Sea salt is rich in minerals. So are many weeds growing in lawns and gardens. Joining forces, these five weeds and the sea salt we love will brighten up our dishes. *Recipe at the bottom of this post.
Some days just need a boost from out plant friends. Herbal teas are the easiest way to do this. You just have to play around with formulating them to taste good.
One of the easiest and most beautiful herbal concoctions you can make in spring is violet syrup. Used as a soda base with sparkling water, this potion can also be a part of your science lessons! The mixture should be a deep blue to start but when you add the acid of lemon juice, it changes color (like magic!). The recipe below is a great place to start.
Have you ever heard that chocolate is good for you? Buzz words like 'antioxidant', 'superfood', and 'aphrodisiac' are often used to tout this amazing food's benefits. They aren't just buzz words when it comes to cacao.
Cacao, cocoa, chocolate. What's the difference? Below, I go into more detail about this terminology and give you some fun facts about the history of this delicious plant. Fair warning, this article is not all sweet and lovely. Cacao is bitter! And so is it's story.
Let's talk about transformative justice. This may not seem like it has anything to do with herbalism, but bare with me a minute, and I'll tell you on how it does.
White pine can taste astringent. Have you tried it? What did the word ‘astringent’ make you feel? Did your lips start to pucker and tongue dry up just hearing the word? Then you are aware of plant energetics.
What else do I have in this decoction that I have wild-thinged into this new calendar year? I say ‘wild-thinged’ and you pictured me plunging my fists into herb jars and thrusting plants wildly into a bowl. Memories of childhood fiction?
8 Upcycled Gift Wrap Ideas
Hey there, Friend
This is going to feel very last minute...because it is!
Have you ever found yourself reaching the end of your gift wrap roll with just a few gifts to go? Or, are you trying to be more environmentally conscious this year with your wrapping?
This letter is for you then.
Tidings of joy during this Yule season
Do you ever find yourself lost in the holiday shuffle of work, kids, family, shopping, baking.....? What are some of the ways you slow it down? Mine is evening tea. For my entire household.
This Yule tea is a new tradition in our home. I started it last night. My little herbalists had gone out to enjoy some hours of snow play, coming in with red cheeks and noses, so we made spice cookies and Yule tea to warm them up. It smelled so festive and cozy in our home!
Medusa with a kick!
Hello, there, fellow spicy food lovers!
What is it about horseradish?
It's not like any other root we know. It has a flavor all its own. Most know it as a culinary condiment, used sparingly. If you've ever added too much, your sinuses let you know! That's what makes this passionate growing plant so versatile. Spice gets your blood moving! As a food and medicine
Come on, all you germ fighters!
November's Potions Kit for Immune System Function
The weather is turning. Here is a pathway to keeping those immune systems optimally functioning.
Sarah is a community herbalist, raising children, teaching children and adults the ways of herbalism and nature, and handcrafting herbal products for the community.