Day: November 16, 2019

Elder Flowers

Scientific Name:  Sambucus nigraCommon Names:  elder, mother elder, elderberries, elderflowersFamily:  Caprifoliaceae-Honeysuckle Family Uses: sweat-inducing for fevers encourage circulation, colds and flu bronchial and upper-respiratory allergy and hay fever eye wash tonsillitis and sore throat mild laxative rheumatism and gout inflammation The Elder, with its flat-topped… Continue Reading “Elder Flowers”

How To Make Tea From Roots

Decoctions are preferred for harder herbs like roots, barks, and seeds, it takes longer to release the healing properties.  It’s best, but not necessary, to mash or grind the thick herb before use. To make a decoction, you just need the following steps: Use 1… Continue Reading “How To Make Tea From Roots”

Shepherd’s Purse

Common Names – Shepherd’s Purse , Pickpurse, Casewort, Lady’s Purse Botanical Name – Capsella bursa-pastoris Family – BRASSICACEA What a curious name for a plant.  It was probably called this because of the resemblance of the flat seed pouches of the plant to an old fashioned leather… Continue Reading “Shepherd’s Purse”

Uva Ursi

Common Names – Uva Ursi , Bearberry Botanical Name – Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Family – ERICACEAE Uva Ursi, is a small groundcover shrub distributed throughout northern latitudes and in high altitudes further south. The plant produces small; stiff evergreen leaves that last 1-3 years before falling.  In late… Continue Reading “Uva Ursi”

Rosemary

Native to the Mediterranean region, rosemary is one of the most commonly found herbs in a spice rack, and for good reason – not only does it have a wonderful taste and aroma, but also a wealth of beneficial health effects if regularly added to our… Continue Reading “Rosemary”

DIY Natural Powder Foundation Video

In this video, learn to make natural powder foundation with five ingredients you may already have.  No harmful chemicals or dyes.

Healthy Woman Tea Blends

It’s a fact of life, that every woman between the ages of 13 and 51, give or take a few years, has to endure menstruation every month. Most women breeze through this time with little problems.  But, like me, there are women who are… Continue Reading “Healthy Woman Tea Blends”

Thyme

Thyme is a tiny-leaved herb that is most often used in French cooking.  Make sure to strip the leaves from the woody stems before adding them to recipes (unless it’s used to flavor a roast or soup and then removed before serving!).  Run your… Continue Reading “Thyme”

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm is one of my favorite garden plants.  It grows well in our Zone 7 with little effort.  The bees love beautiful flowers.  The best part, is the delightful lemony leaves for my teas or just to crush in my hands. Indigenous to… Continue Reading “Lemon Balm”

12 Common Culinary Herbs and Spices

New to cooking with herb and spices?  This post will help you create delicious dishes using herbs and spices that you probably have in your cupboard. Not only are herbs and spices tasty, but are rich in vitamins and minerals that you and your… Continue Reading “12 Common Culinary Herbs and Spices”

Astragalus

The most interesting health benefits of astragalus include its ability to protect heart health, alleviate allergies, boost energy levels, lower stress, strengthen the immune system, slow the aging process, and prevent chronic illnesses. This herbal medicine is also able to prevent cancer as well as aid in chemotherapy. For thousands of years, the powerful extract… Continue Reading “Astragalus”

Wild Cherry

Wild cherry bark (Prunus serotina) is a medicinal herb derived from the black cherry tree that has been used for hundreds of years due to its antiviral, antibacterial, and anticancer properties. It is rich in minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, and magnesium and phytochemicals… Continue Reading “Wild Cherry”

Chicory

Herbalist value (Cichorium intybus) chicory as a bitter digestive tonic. Used as teas, and heated beverages. Prepare just like coffee or add in equal parts to coffee. Also, combines well with coffee, burdock and dandelion root. It’s anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial! Chicory is a woody, herbaceous plant… Continue Reading “Chicory”

Mullein

The wonderful gift of mullein is that it grows almost everywhere, and the benefits are a marvel.  Although native to Europe, it grows all over North America as well. In domesticated places like pastures, fields, roadsides, near train tracks, back lots, and alley ways, even… Continue Reading “Mullein”

Hibiscus

High in vitamin C, minerals, antioxidants, and bioflavonoids, lightly astringent properties, make a wonderful red tea that is good for you and tastes great. The health benefits of hibiscus tea include its ability to reduce high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and inflammatory problems, aid in relieving… Continue Reading “Hibiscus”