Tag: nature

Bee Petting: Autumn Edition

The cooler days mean sleepy bees. This one makes a vague suggestion of annoyance at the end by half-heartedly lifting one leg at me.

Making New Friends

On the way to Vienna, this little green buddy hopped a ride from České Budějovice. He stayed with me even on the subways in Vienna. I’m in my hotel room and he’s crawling around my head while I’m typing this.  Update: He stayed with…

Mullein

Verbascum thapsus Common Name: mullein, velvet plant, figwort, Jupiter’s staff, blanket herb   Family: Scrophulariaceae TCM Name: Jia Yan Ye Ayurvedic Name: N/A Parts Used: root, leaf, flower, flower stalk resin Native To: Native to Europe and North Africa, naturalised in North America Medicinal Notes Lyte (The Niewe Herball,…

Herbal How To: Making a Face Cream

Today I’m making a special order for a client. She requested a face cream with an SPF. I am adapting my Calendula Face Cream to have some sunscreen properties by adding St John’s Wort-infused almond oil. 1. Gather your supplies: infused oils, essential oil,…

Happy Summer Days!

My husband has mowed a smiley face into our grass for a decade now. At first, the neighbours thought we were nuts. I’m pretty sure they chalked it up to us being the crazy foreigners. Now, I think the smiley brings everyone a bit…

Self-heal

Prunella vulgaris Common Name: All-Heal, Blue Curls, Brownwort, Brunelle, Brunelle Commune, Brunelle Vulgaire, Brunette, Carpenter’s Herb, Carpenter’s Weed, Charbonnière, Heal-All, Heart of the Earth, Herbe au Charpentier, Hercules Woundwort, Hock-Heal, Petite Consoude, Prunela, Prunella, Prunelle, Prunelle Vulgaire, Self Heal, Sicklewort, Siclewort, Slough-Heal, Woundwort   Family: Lamiaciae TCM Name: Xia Ku Cao Ayurvedic Name: N/A Parts Used: leaves, flowering tops Native To: Northern Hemisphere Medicinal Notes The plant has…

Calling All Arborists

While out harvesting, I came upon this unusual Tamarack (?) Larch (thanks, Tony!). I saw several people gathering the succulent baby cones. I wondered for what purpose they could be used. I am no expert on trees, apart from the few that I use…