Category: musings

Herbal How To: Making an Herbal Salve

  Herbal How To: Making an Herbal Salve Fungi Foe (anti-fungal salve) You will need: oregano and calendula oils; beeswax; tea tree, lavender and red thyme essential oils; jars 1. Strain and measure out the oils 2. Heat oils in a double boiler 3….

An Herbalist’s Toolbox: a good knife

I made it home to America (specifically, New Mexico) for Christmas with my family. It had been eleven years since we had celebrated Christmas together. My daughters and I came prepared with Christmas gifts in tow, ready to wrap and put under the tree….

Herbal How To: Chamomile-Infused Almond Oil

How to make Chamomile Infused Almond Oil: 1. You need chamomile flowers, a jar and some freshly pressed almond oil (this oil comes from my friend Alex in Ukraine) 2. Grind the flowers up (I used my juicer) 3. Fill the jar up halfway…

Herbal Energetics: Damp

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.   Imagine a sponge….

Herbal Energetics: Cold

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.   Remember back to…

Saying Hello to Old Friends

I’m not my best self in winter. The gray days here last from October through March. The garden is covered in snow and ice, is brown and gray and mushy. Blech. No one lives in our neighbourhood in winter. Ok, they live in their…

Herbal Energetics: Hot

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. This last week in…

Herbal Energetics

One of the things that drew me to herbalism is the concept of connection. We are all connected, we are connected to our Creator, to each other and to the creation around us. When I go to the doctor, I don’t feel connected. I…

Krista’s Herbs: Loose Leaf Herbal Teas

Here is a look at my tea menu: Calm and Relaxation: Enhance Your Calm calms you after a stressful day chamomile, linden, rose petals, lavender, skullcap Keep Calm remedy for anxiety and stress chamomile, lemon balm, skullcap, catnip, st john’s wort, passionflower, mint Women’s…

An Herbalist’s Toolbox: the dehydrator

I was given the opportunity to test out this dehydrator for a couple of months. It might just be my favourite now. At 7:20 you will see me describing how to use this dehydrator to make potent herbal oil infusions.

Say Goodbye to Dry Eyes

Sea Buckthorn makes another appearance!     During a client consultation last weekend, the subject of dry eyes came up. Actually, overall hydration was discussed. Both my husband and I wear contacts and I work long days. This is a recipe for eye disaster! Last…

A Cat in Repose

After quite a few months of grey days, my cat has found a sunny window in a warm room, curled up in a baby pomelo plant. Plants are healing and comforting to more than just humans.