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Enjoy our short posts covering all things herby, from nutritional recipes to medicinal herb remedies.

Lavender

In this blog, Lavender flowers will be discussed, not Lavender Oil. Read on to learn about possible health benefits of beautiful and fragrant Lavender flowers. Lavender (Lavandula) a flowering plant in the mint family that’s easily identified by its sweet floral scent. It’s believed…

Rose Hips

Roses have been grown for centuries as an important source of food and medicine. They are not only beautiful to look at, the fruit bulbs that appear below the flower are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Best known for their abundance of vitamin C,…

Red Clover

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is an herb that belongs to the legume family, which also includes peas and beans. Red clover’s brightly colored flowers contain many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. They’re also a rich source of…

Herbal Relief From Menopause

Remember, each women will experience menopause differently. Some will breeze through it with little symptoms, while others will be very uncomfortable. You’re reading this because, like me, you want a natural approach for relief.

Marshmallow

Althaea officinalis Marshmallow is most commonly used to ease sore throats and dry coughs. The Marshmallow plant, especially the leaves and roots, contains polysaccharides that have antitussive, mucilaginous, and antibacterial properties. Because of this, marshmallow has a soothing effect on inflamed membranes in the…

Licorice

Licorice root is one of the most-used herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is frequently used in small amounts in formulas and is considered to be a synergist or peacemaker in that it helps herbs work together more effectively.  This post will look at…

Violet

Violet Leaves, Viola odorate Violets are welcome in my garden. Not only are they lovely, but they are useful as a medicinal herb. The leaves and flowers of many violets are edible, but the yellow species are questionable by some. Most herbalist say that…

Antiviral Herb Echinacea Root

Echinacea

Common Names – Echinacea, Purple coneflower Botanical Name – Echinacea spp Family – Asteraceae It is a simple flowering plant and a member of the daisy family. More commonly known as purple coneflower, many people grow this powerful herb without even realizing it! The…

Elecampane

Common Names – Elecampane, Wild Sunflower, Horseheal, Yellow Starwort, (more below) Botanical Name – Inula helenium Family – Asteraceae Elecampane (Inula helenium) is a perennial herb in the aster family with a long history of medicinal uses. In appearance, it is reminiscent of a sunflower…

Febrifuge Herbs For Fever

Thankfully, fevers aren’t as dangerous as many people fear, but comfort is just a cup of herbal tea away. When a loved one gets a fever, we want to reduce it instantly. When your body temperature rises because of an infection, it’s called a fever….

Antiviral Herbs For Viruses

Antiviral herbs inhibit the development of viruses. Many of the best antiviral herbs boost the immune system, which allows the body to attack viral pathogens. This can be even better than attacking specific pathogens, which antiviral drugs are designed to do, because pathogens mutate…

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How To Brew Herbal Tea

Herbal tea making is just as much of an art as it is a science. Herbal infusions provide the best way to get acquainted with a new herb. You take note of the texture and color of the leaves and flowers as you measure…

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Alfalfa

Alfalfa has impressive health benefits, including its ability to lower cholesterol, improve digestion and protect heart health. It also helps improve respiratory conditions, detoxify the body, boosts immune system, speeds up healing, improves bowel movements, and reduce inflammation. Apart from this, it has anticancer properties. It’s…

Benefits of Nettle Tea

The most important health benefits of stinging nettle include its ability to detoxify the body, improve metabolic efficiency, boost immunity, increase circulation, improve energy levels, manage menstruation, minimize menopausal symptoms, and aid in skin care. It has the power to protect the health of…

Hot Cocoa Mix

Mix a batch or two of our delicious Hot Cocoa. You’ll want to keep this mix on hand for your family and visitors. Easy to make! Ingredients:2 cups Confectioners Sugar1 cup Dutch Processed Cocoa1 teaspoon Salt (Do not skip this ingredient! Himalayan salt is…

Herb Cookies

Never thought about baking cookies with herbs? Well, you’re in for a real treat! These cookies are easy to make and tastes delicious. I made Lavender cookies at an herb class I gave, and everyone loved them. Serve Rosemary or Sage cookies with your…

Herbal Hair Highlights

Herbal teas won’t dye your hair permanently like commercial dyes do, but over time, with regular use, your hair will have tinted highlights.  Herbal teas are safe to use, and there’s no harmful chemicals. As an added bonus, herbal tea will get your hair…

Hair Treatment Herbs

One of the easiest ways to get beautiful healthy hair, is to use herbal teas in your hair. Herbal tea doesn’t only increase hair growth. It makes the hair stronger because of the rich vitamins and minerals. Herbal Tea Rinses will reduce breakage and shedding by strengthening your hair from the root….

Cleansing Grains

Create a cleansing experience so luxurious, leaving your skin so beautiful, that you may never cover your skin with makeup. A cleanser rooted in ancient ritual, Cleansing Grains are powered by earth and plants; the perfect cleanser to start and end your day with. This…

How To Make An Oil Infusion

What is herb-infused oil? Herb-infused oil is a result of steeping dry or fresh herbs in carrier oil for several days to weeks. The plant matter is then discarded, leaving just the oil, which has been infused with the medicinal properties of the herb….

Cold Sore Lip Salve

Lemon balm is a powerful antiviral, proven to banish cold sores. Use this homemade super healing cold sore lip salve recipe to help fight & prevent cold sores. Cold sores — also called fever blisters — are a common viral infection. They are tiny,…

Herbs For Kidney Support

If you consume adequate fluids, vegetable and fruit juices,  and especially water, the kidneys are self-cleansing. But, many herbs can improve kidney function. Most herbs do so in preventing common kidney and urinary-tract infections or by acting as a diuretic to flush out excess…

Oil Cleansing Method

Clean your face with oil?  We’ve been taught all these years to remove the oil from your face if you want a clean face.  Sorry, but that’s not the truth, your skin needs oil to be soft, healthy, and beautiful. Here’s how to cleanse…

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Herbal Bath Salts

You can create many homemade gifts from our lavender, rose, or chamomile flower for your friends and yourself.  You can make bath bags, bath salts, bath fuzzies, bath oils, soap, sachets, salves, lotions, tea bags, dream pillows, and so many more. One of my…

Natural Body and Foot Powder

Body Powder is refreshing and keeps your dry.  But, with all the harmful ingredients in store- brought body powder, one is afraid to use it. Make your own safe and natural body powder in a few minutes with a few ingredients you may have on…

Violet Leaf Oil and Balm for Fibrocystic Breasts

My fibrocystic breasts have become a big problem for me since I’ve reached pre-menopause.  Especially certain times of the month. According to the Mayo Clinic and many other sources, these signs and symptoms of fibrocystic breasts may include: Breast lumps or areas of thickening that…

Sweet Basil Mosquito Bug Spray

Fall is finally here, but sadly, that means summer is over. All my herbs are going to seed and clean up has begun. I decided to harvest the rest of my basil this morning.  They are now tied in cute bundles hanging on my…

Herbal Face and Sinus Steam

Weekly herbal face steaming is very beneficial to your skin, and it’s easy to do at home. Forget the expensive facial treatments, and opt for this herbal face steam instead. With all of the dirt, pollution and toxins we’re exposed to on a daily…

Salt Glow Body Scrub

Rejuvenate your body and remove dead skin with this easy to make body scrub.  Glowing skin is always in. Ingredients 3 cups finely ground kosher salt, Dead Sea salts, or salt of your choice 1 cup of a dried herb (see below), finely chopped…

Rose Petals Face Care

Lovely rose essences do far more than just add their light scent to your products. This fragrant flower helps rejuvenate and replenish skin. Discover how this lush blossom can make your skin feel as velvety soft as a bed of roses. Roses provide these…

Basic Lip Balm

This is my favorite lip balm recipe. You can make it basic or make any changes your wish. Basic Recipe: • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil or other oil • 2 teaspoons grated beeswax • 1 Vitamin E capsule (400 IU) or 1/4 teaspoon…

Mineral Blushes

There’s a lot of interest in natural makeup lately.  I’ve already shared my Plant Powder Foundation, Mineral Eye Shadow, and now I will share my mineral blush recipe. You can get mica in matte or sparkle if you want a little glitter. Ingredients: Arrowroot Powder…

Plant Powder Foundation

Store-brought foundations have words listed in the ingredients that normal people can’t pronounce. Not to mention what it does to our skin and eyes. This all natural herbal and plant powder foundation is beautifully sheer, but good for your skin too. You don’t have…

Mineral Eye Shadows

There’s a lot of interest in natural makeup lately.  I’ve already shared my Plant Powder Foundation and now I will share my mineral eye shadow recipe. You can get mica in matte or sparkle if you want a little glitter. Ingredients: Arrowroot Powder Mica or Iron…

Motherwort Tincture

This is one of the tinctures I’m making today.  Motherwort is a favorite of mine and I use it everyday. It has many uses, but these are reasons I use it: cramps heart palpitations nervousness insomnia high blood pressure It’s very bitter, and a…

Rose Clay Facial Mask

Rose clay, often referred to as pink clay, is a gentle, natural clay that contains kaolinite. Rose clay is fabulous for most skin types; including sensitive skin. Rose clay provides gentle exfoliation, helps to draw toxins from the skin, helps to increase circulation, reduces…

Spa Bath At Home

My favorite way to relax, treat aches and pains, insomnia, and my fibromyalgia, is simple soak in the tub.  But by adding two or three ingredients, they turn my bath in a private retreat. Choose one or more of the following salts and oils…

Ginger Syrup

Just the name, Zingiber Officinale promises a great surprise.  But, it’s no secret that ginger works well for motion sickness. But, there’s must more to this rhizome than you think. Ginger is one of the most ancient spices worldwide. It has become well-known for its health benefits, which include its…

Garlic Onion Honey, Cold and Flu Cough Syrup

Garlic, onion, and honey are a powerhouse of combined healing naturals.  When you feel a sore throat,  cold, runny nose, and body aches coming on, your immune system is probably running on empty.  You can mix up this easy remedy for fast relief. This…

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Elderberry Syrup

Many symptoms connected to colds and flus are effectively treated with this tiny berry. Coughs, fevers and sinus infections all bow to elder’s healing touch.  This makes elderberry a rare herb as it not only prevents infection but also treats the infection after it’s…

Black Nettle Syrup

I make this dark healing syrup for myself, for two reasons.  First, I suffer from anemia.  My iron levels, Vitamins B12 and D are often low.  Second, I have allergies.  Nettles (Stinging Nettles) help both of my problems in one delicious syrup.  And with…

Navel Therapy

Many diseases can be cured through the belly button. It is an amazing fact that putting oil on the navel has unbelievable health benefits. In some countries putting oil in the belly button before going to sleep is considered a tradition. When we put…

37 Herbal Remedies For Colds and Coughs

It’s a fact of life, everyone gets a cold sometimes.  Along with colds comes cough, chest congestion, sinus infection, headache, body aches, stomach aches, and other complaints. You could reach for over the counter drugs, or better yet, try some of the herbal remedies…

Cloves

CLOVES are a pleasant, sweet spice like cinnamon, but have a stronger flavor and a sharp aroma. Whole cloves are the buds of the evergreen clove tree. Stewed fruits benefit from a handful of whole cloves while they are simmering, and fragrant pilafs are made…

Sweet Basil

Basil is available in many varieties.  Choosing which basil to grow and use is the hardest part, but using them is very easy.   There’s cinnamon, dark opal, holy, lemon, lime, spicy bush, purple ruffles, sweet thai and many others to choose from.  But sweet basil is…

Milk Thistle Seeds

Milk thistle seeds has many benefits to the liver! Your liver is what does a great deal of the detoxing in your body and when your liver isn’t in top notch condition, this can affect the whole body. Any detox plan you undertake should always have…

Chamomile

Scientific Name: Matricaria recutitaCommon Names: German chamomile, Roman chamomile, wild chamomileFamily: Asteraceae-Daisy FamilyPart Used: flower headsProperties:  analgesic , anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, diuretic, sedative Uses:  indigestion, gas, bloating, heartburn, peptic ulcers, to calm nervousness, insomnia, spasms in stomach and muscles, diluted for…

Cilantro or Coriander

Cilantro is an herb that is never available in dried form, since its pungent flavor and aroma seem to dissipate almost entirely when dried. Sometimes referred to as Spanish or Chinese parsley.  Fresh cilantro is becoming more widely available in produce markets. Cilantro has…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Drawing Salve

Black Drawing Salve helps draw out irritations from under the skin caused by splinters, boils, thorns, pimples, ingrown hairs, and bug bites.  It’s an easy salve salve to make, so collect the ingredients and get started making this old fashion home remedy.  Some the…

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