Category: Herbs

Lavender Tulsi Sparkling Water

I really, really believe in the saying “Keep It Simple, Sweetie!” when it comes to health and herbs. There is no reason to struggle with icky tasting extracts or down a handful of pills when […]

Tulsi + Green Tea Ice Pops

I am struggling with allergies this year. Really struggling. Last year I dealt with fluid in my ears for a good three months after not having much of a peep from seasonal allergies in several […]

Holy Wow! Green Rooibos Tea Recipe

Today I’m sharing one of my homemade tea blends with you. I sometimes call this my “Holy Wow!” tea blend, because I enjoy punny names and it has tulsi (aka, Holy basil) as one of […]

12 New Year’s Resolutions for Every Herbalist

One of my favorite traditions for New Year’s is making a list of 12 herbal projects or activities I want to try in the coming months. Over the years, my list has included recipes I […]

4 Herbs For Emotional Support

Many herbs can be used for emotional support during and after stressful events and emergencies. Essentially, herbs for these types of situation all come from the same class of herbs called nervines. Lavender, linden, rose, skullcap, […]

Violet Oxymel

Sweet violets are in full swing here on the farm! So far, I have made sweet violet tea, attempted to make sweet violet syrup, and have made two types of violet blossom vinegar. The success […]

Celebrate Spring with Homemade Dandelion Jelly

Spring greens are in full swing here on the farmstead. We enjoyed chickweed salads last week, and the purple dead nettle is blooming everywhere. The dandelions have been tempting me for the last few days, […]

The Herbal History of Black Willow

When most herbalists think about willow, they think about white willow, Salix alba, which is easy enough to find at health food stores. Otherwise, the word ‘willow’ might conjure up images of the graceful landscape tree […]

Foraging and Using Tulip Tree

Tulip tree (Liriodedron tulipifera), also known as tulip poplar or tulip magnolia, is a native medicinal herb and old folk remedy of the Appalachians. In my experience, tulip tree bark is easily gathered from downed […]

How to Use Bee Balm in the Kitchen

  Sometime the most familiar plants in your garden can surprise you. My mom always grew bee balm (Monarda spp.) in her garden because it attracts birds and butterflies, and as a child I was […]