Category: musings

Bee Hotel

My husband and I were in a meadow harvesting St John’s Wort when we happened upon this bee hotel. Foxglove, you make an awesome restaurant/accomodation for my fuzzy friends!

Herbal How To: St John’s Wort

St John’s Wort is a tricky one. It is so beautiful with its sunny yellow flowers, perforated leaves and unique purpley-red dye that stains your fingers when the buds are squished. We use St John’s Wort as an anti-anxiety/anti-depressant remedy “sunshine in a bottle”,…

An Herbalist’s Toolbox: Vacuum Sealer

While none of these tools in my Herbalist’s Tool Box are necessary, there are many (all of them, really) that make a big difference to the quality of processing and the efficiency/convenience when having to make bigger batches or process a bulk of herbs….

Ladybugs Gone Wild!

This year, after a year of dedicated bio gardening, the ladybugs have returned with a vengeance. It’s like Nature is helping me out; I don’t poison, and she sends me the bugs I need instead. The ladybugs have taken up residence in my tansy…

Herbal Workshop: Nature Walk

  My first Nature Walk was a great success. My fellow Herbal Warriors and I had a great time together identifying medicinal plants and then making infused oils.       After spraying ourselves with Leave Me Alone! Insect Repellent (and some tick spray…

It’s the simple things….

A tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) leaf, chive (Allium schoenoprasum) blossom and a flower stalk from Salvia caradonna…       I took a brief walk in my garden to think, relax and meditate before my Herbal Workshop last Sunday. I cut a few leaves here,…

Herbal Workshop: Spa

My Spa Herbal Workshop was a great success. My fellow Herbal Warriors and I had a great time together making Calendula Face Cream and Chamomile Face Cream.   After arriving at my house, each participant was offered freshly made sun tea and herbal citrus…

Herbal Energetics: Dry

If we can agree that a cucumber is moist and cooling while a chili pepper is hot and drying then we can see that we each have a unique combination of Hot, Dry, Cold and Damp, plants and humans alike.   Most herbs are…

Herbal Workshop: Wellness

My Wellness Herbal Workshop was a great success. My fellow Herbal Warriors and I had a great time together making Fairy Tea and Calendula Salve. After arriving at my house, each participant was given a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and also an…

Herbal How To: Decanting a Tincture

I have a cold. It seems like everyone around me does. I’m not really that sick, but it is quite annoying what with my head all stuffed up and my strength waning afterr getting up to make myself tea. So, I reached for my…

Pyramid of Healing

Topical salves or ointments are some of the best herbal remedies in my herbal arsenal. They are easy to use, non-invasive and really healing, powerful and effective. The comforting aspect of a balm or salve aids in the healing process and is a great…

Beauty Tip: Under Eye Dark Circles

A friend of mine asked me to help her with an herbal remedy for her under eye dark circles. This was a new request and I was excited to dig into some research in order to help my friend. I read up on ways…