Making Herbal Smoking Blends from Scratch

Making Herbal Smoking Blends from Scratch

Throughout history, dried herbs have been used to make incense, smudges, and herbal smoking blends. After all, there’s something fascinating about the alchemy of herbs and smoke. Part of it is visual. We can see the plants undergo a violent physical change to become smoke…

My Favorite Companies that Make High Quality Herbal Extracts

My Favorite Companies that Make High Quality Herbal Extracts

Did you know I used to work in health food stores? It’s true! I managed a Peachtree Natural Foods store many years ago, and I’ve also worked for Mother Nature’s Eden in Tucker, GA. I thought it would be fun to talk about some of…

Complete Home Apothecary Start Up Guide

Complete Home Apothecary Start Up Guide

So You Want to Start a Home Apothecary . . .  Perhaps you’ve seen dreamy pictures of home apothecaries come up on your Instagram or Pinterest accounts. Charming glass jars full of gorgeous petals, roots, and leaves; handsome mortars and pestles; tall stacks of herbal…

Ways to Use Dried Bee Balm on the Homestead

Ways to Use Dried Bee Balm on the Homestead

Bee balm is an herb and ornamental garden plant.  Other names for bee balm include bergamot, monarda, and sweet leaf. It is one of my must-have garden herbs for health and culinary uses on the homestead! Dried bee balm holds it’s fragrance well and makes…

Why Use Herbal Formulas?

Why Use Herbal Formulas?

Herbal formulas are mixtures of multiple herbs designed with a focused goal. Herbalists create them for convenience, synergy, and flexibility. Sometimes herbal formulas are also known as herbal blends or herbal compounds. What are herbal formulas? Herbal extracts can be used one at a time,…

The Herbal Tools I Use the Most in My Home Apothecary

The Herbal Tools I Use the Most in My Home Apothecary

Although you don’t need a lot of tools to start making herbal extracts and teas, it does help to have a few quality things like glass canning jars, a good kettle, and a sturdy coffee grinder.  I’ve been studying herbalism in a focused way since…

The Easiest Way to Make Herbal Teas with No Mess

The Easiest Way to Make Herbal Teas with No Mess

Using loose-leaf herbs is an economical way to make healthy herbal teas. You can often buy a few ounces of, say, chamomile for the same price as a box of chamomile tea sachets- and the same holds true with most herbs. Once you have collected…

6 Simple Steps to Make a Heavenly Albizia Glycerite

6 Simple Steps to Make a Heavenly Albizia Glycerite

Welcome to Modern Alchemy Mondays! We will be exploring herbs and herbal preparations in this mainstay weekly feature. Today, I’m going to walk you through one of my favorite summer projects: making a heavenly herbal glycerin (aka glycerite) from albizia flowers.   Albizia, or mimosa, flowers…

A Tour of My Working Home Apothecary

A Tour of My Working Home Apothecary

A few years ago I did a mini tour of my home apothecary, and it has been one of the most popular posts here at indieherbalist. It offered a glimpse into how I like to organize my tools and supplies- but it was a fairly…

3 Reasons to Use Dried Herbs Instead of Fresh

3 Reasons to Use Dried Herbs Instead of Fresh

​Dried herbs are easier to obtain than fresh, but are you missing out by not having access to fresh herbs? Not at all! For several reasons, dried herbs are usually a better choice than fresh, especially when it comes to making extracts and infused oils.…