Learn How to Harvest and Use Albizia Flowers and Bark

Learn How to Harvest and Use Albizia Flowers and Bark

Adaptogens are a group of herbs that support everyday health by assisting our bodies’ response to stress. I’ve written an entire recipe book with easy ways to add adaptogens to your daily wellness routines, but today I want to explore one adaptogen in particular: Albizia…

Growing and Identifying Herbal Trees and Shrubs

Growing and Identifying Herbal Trees and Shrubs

Herbal trees and shrubs really stand out as being easy to grow once they are established and they make useful additions around your yard or homestead. Of course, trees and shrubs do require more planning to incorporate into your home landscape and they need more…

5 Herbs That Grow Almost Everywhere

5 Herbs That Grow Almost Everywhere

I always reserve a small corner of my garden for “weeds”. Not just any weeds, of course, but there are quite a few that I am always happy to see – things like violets, cleavers, plantain, dandelion, and nettles. Most of these will grow anywhere…

Beautiful Blue Tea with Foraged Violets

Beautiful Blue Tea with Foraged Violets

Foraged violets are a spring treat for many herbalists. They are one of the first wild greens to appear after winter. Herbalists also love them for their ability to help our bodies shake off winter and get ready for spring. Violets are a gentle, nourishing…

Celebrate Spring with Homemade Dandelion Jelly

Celebrate Spring with Homemade Dandelion Jelly

Spring greens are in full swing here on the farmstead, and it has been an incredible year for dandelions. I’ve never seen the blossoms this large or plentiful. Dandelion jelly is one of my favorite spring traditions, so I thought I would share just how…

Medicinal Use of Black Willow in Historical Accounts

Medicinal Use of Black Willow in Historical Accounts

Willow trees have long been used in healing, and there are many traditional medicinal uses for willow. When most herbalists turn to willow, they reach for white willow, Salix alba, which is easy enough to find at health food stores. Otherwise, the word ‘willow’ typically conjures…

How to Forage and Use Tulip Tree Bark

How to Forage and Use Tulip Tree Bark

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 limbs after the first storms of spring. Read on to…