All About Reishi Mushrooms

  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 →

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 →

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 →

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