It was only a matter of time before I came across medicinal mushrooms and fungi on my herbal journey. I've always loved eating mushrooms and learning to forage for them has been on my bucket list for some time, but I've never really studied their medicinal uses. Of course, as I learn more, I... Continue Reading →
Winter Skin Salve with Flower Power
One of the best things about learning herbalism is experimenting with various recipes and ingredients. I'm always blending, brewing, or infusing something, and it's fun being the mad scientist. Of course, not every experiment turns out as planned, but I seem to have a decent success rate. There isn't really any other way to develop... Continue Reading →
Free Fire Cider!
Just yesterday, I made my first ever batch of a traditional remedy known as Fire Cider. Fire Cider is raw apple cider vinegar infused with garlic, ginger, horseradish, onion, and cayenne peppers over several weeks. You can also add almost any other herbs to the mixture, to tailor it to your own needs and preferences. ... Continue Reading →
Apple Cider Vinegar – Helpful or Just Hype?
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is probably one of the most widely known "natural cures" on the market today. I started drinking it to help with upset stomachs, and continued because of the reputed health benefits. Several friends use it to treat heartburn and swear by it, and these are not the types of people who... Continue Reading →
Herbs for Stress and Anxiety part 3
For the last post in this series, I'm focusing on three herbs commonly used for their calming effects on the mind and body. Passionflower, Skullcap, and Lemon balm have all been used as natural remedies for stress, anxiety, and insomnia for centuries and have similar effects, with a few notable strengths and differences. They can... Continue Reading →
DIY Ginger Syrup and Candied Ginger
I love ginger. It's one of my all-time favorite ingredients. Especially the fresh root, although dried ginger will do. The spicy, sweet rhizome lends flavor and zing to almost any dish, and it is highly versatile in the kitchen. I often add it to smoothies or herbal tea blends, and find it to be uplifting... Continue Reading →
How to Make an Herbal Tincture
For my next several posts, I will be focusing on herbs to help manage stress and anxiety. The plant world is full of surprisingly effective remedies that do not come with the same risks and side-effects of typical anti-anxiety medications. I've found several that seem to work well, and I'm hoping others can benefit from... Continue Reading →
Luxurious Homemade Calendula-Infused Body Butter
I've been experimenting with different recipes for homemade natural body products, and I've concocted a body butter recipe that I'm especially proud of. I gave away jars of it to friends and family, and within weeks, they were returning the jars and asking for more! It smells wonderful, has a lovely whipped texture similar to... Continue Reading →
Winter Blues Already??
We just changed the clocks last week. Since then, we've had sleet, snow, wind, and temperatures dropping into the teens. I'm already feeling that vague pit in my belly and that cloud overhead. Unsettled and restless, yet unmotivated to move...then beating myself up for my lack of productivity. I wish I could curl up in... Continue Reading →
Elderberry for Colds and Flus
In my line of work, flu shots are optional only if you're willing to wear a mask from November to April. I have two days left to obtain said flu shot, or face the consequences. Unfortunately, I woke up with a raging sinus headache and the beginnings of what will likely become a congested cough,... Continue Reading →