The Here And Now

 “The best way out is always through.” -Robert Frost   Another week in the books and as we say goodbye to borage, I’m still battling with whatever this illness is that has a hold on me. I’ve been doing a little research and though I’m not a doctor, I would venture to say I am…

{Recipe} Borage Jelly

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Finding something new to make is always exciting to me!  I was going through my normal day at my store when a couple of our great clients came in and started talking about borage (they just started an organic farm to grow tomatoes & herbs, Alpine Organic…

Yarrow and Chamomile Bath Tea

I’ve used much yarrow this week trying to encourage this terrible abscess to drain and give me relief( I chew the leaves and place them between my gums and the abscess in case you were wondering). I really thought of this recipe first when I began thinking about yarrow. I may be new to the…

Materia Medica: Yarrow

A valuable tool for any herbalist, “Achillea” said to be named for the mythological, Achilles, was first used by the Greek over 3000 years ago as a way to staunch bleeding wounds during battle.  The fern-like leaves can be used to treat anything from toothaches, fevers, and digestion to the prevention of gall stones.  Drying…

A Day Behind

I am running a day late this week, because I have an abscessed tooth which has led to a very horrible infection in my face. My cheek is so swollen that my eye is trying to shut and the corner of my mouth is turned downward. I look like someone beat me up just without…

Goldenrod Facts and Folklore

Our “Herb of the Week”, Goldenrod, has many healing properties as the latin name suggests. Solidago comes from the latin word “Solidus” which means whole and many herbalists around the world use it to treat everything from UTIs to inflammation of the skin. Fun Facts About Goldenrod There are 25 species of goldenrod in Indiana…

Goldenrod and Ginger Tea

With cold and flu season fast approaching, I thought it would be fitting to post a  great tea with our herb of the week, Goldenrod. I highly recommend serving it with a healthy dose of honey to bring it all together and to counteract the slight bitterness of the goldenrod, not to mention all the…

Materia Medica: Goldenrod

Botanical/Common Name: Solidago canadensis or Solidago virgaurea/ Goldenrod Family: Asteraceae Hardiness Zone: Perennial in zones 4-5, 7-9 Height/Width: 6-8ft/ 8-36in Parts Used: Aerial parts in bud stage Taste/Smell: Slightly bitter/ Aromatic, floral aroma Tendencies: Slightly warming and drying Indications: Mental weakness, physical exhaustion, arthritis, gout, allergies, cold and flu, inflammation of urinary tract/bladder, kidney stones,…

What A Week!

This has been one long week! I spent most of it doing a complete “fall cleaning”of my home while still finding time to do not only my daughter’s homework but my own as well, plus going to dr appointments and trying to tidy up my garden. Needless to say I’m grateful to have an extra…

Watermelon-Mint Agua Fresca

Despite the fact that mint has many different medicinal uses, my personal favorite uses are culinary. I realize that summer is drawing to a close, but maybe you can squeeze a few more days out of it by drinking my favorite way to use mint… The Watermelon-Mint Agua Fresca! I’m partial to this particular recipe…

Materia Medica: Peppermint 

​Common Name: Peppermint  Botanical Name: Mentha peperita Plant type: Perennial  Hardiness Zone: 5 Height/Width: 12-24in/12-24in Description: Found in moist soil with a strong sweet scent. It has crinkled leaves with reddish-purple tinged stems. The 2 inch leaves are pointed and  toothed. The flower spikes are 2-4 inches long with lavender flowers. Spreads fervently with runners and can be…

On A Night Like This

With my family finishing up their dinner and myself lounging in the recliner swiping away at my keyboard, I sit here wondering how do routines really begin? Do we just wake up one day and decide this is how we are going to do things or does the same thing happen so often it becomes…