I just found the coolest thing and wanted to share it with you!!! It is the Herbarium.

What is an herbarium you ask? The definition is as follows:

  1. A herbarium (plural: herbaria) – sometimes known by the Anglicized term herbar – is a collection of preserved plant specimens. These specimens may be whole plants or plant parts: these will usually be in a dried form mounted on a sheet but, depending upon the material, may also be kept in alcohol or other preservative.

    Well that is one definition but NOT the one I am sharing! I have been getting newsletters from the Herbal Academy of New England(HANE) for a couple months now with some amazing educating herbal info. Today, they announced their brand new program – their very own HERBARIUM – here are some cool facts from The Herbal Academy of New England.

    Your Virtual and Vibrant Collection of Herbal Resources. 

    We are herbalists, a spirited group of individuals from all walks of life, joined together by our gratitude for nature and our desire to live and heal with plants.

    Along our herbal journey, we have grown closer to the earth and closer to the fellow beings whom it sustains. We have learned and continue to learn how even the smallest, seemingly insignificant plant has value. Real valueto its ecosystem and to us.

    This connection that we share, this knowledge that we have gained, and all that we have yet to learn

    these are the roots of The Herbarium

     Here are some of the features below.


    An ever-growing database including detailed medicinal uses of each plant, beautiful images and botanical prints, quick facts, and scientific research and articles for further reading. By combining traditional herbal wisdom, hands-on experience, and modern scientific research, the monograph collection includes some of the most complete information to date.


    An ever-expanding collection of in-depth herbal resources including articles, presentations, videos, and podcasts from some of the most brilliant herbal minds from across the globe.


    Here you will find convenient access to downloadable and printable charts and graphs as well as ebooks on various herbal topics. These are valuable tools for the herbalist!

    Handpicked By HANE


    Looking for even more resources? Members will find a compilation of handpicked books and reviews on some of the best herbal works.


    As a member, you will receive 10% off all online programs and local workshops. All ebooks sold online will be offered FREE to you in our membership program.


    Interaction is not required but we’ve got plenty of ways to get involved. Answer a poll and vote on which herb you’d like to see featured in the next monograph! Plus, keep your eye out for bonus videos found in monographs and articles. These treasured tips are worth every penny!


    Connect with one another, discuss site content, and share recipes and remedies in The Herbarium forum.

    Whether you are a new herbal student or finishing up an herbal program, this membership will help you. It is nice to have a community to reach out to, to connect with and to share. The best part is it only costs $45 for an entire year!!!
    Seriously, I just joined and that is why I am now sharing it with you. Well actually if you hurry before November 30th, you get it for $39 –  sweet!!! Just use the coupon code – GIVETHANKS when you check out.
    So exciting to do this especially after I am just about to finish up with this years program at BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies.

So if it sounds like something you want to try click the link above on the pumpkin. OR Click HERE!

AND here is a nice recipe from their blog – delish!!!

Real Peppermint Hot Cacao –


2 cups non-dairy milk (I use coconut milk with a dash of canned coconut milk for an extra creamy texture)
2-3 Tbsp. maple syrup (or honey, but maple syrup has a less prominent flavor)
2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder (you can substitute cocoa powder if you don’t want the darker flavor of raw cacao)
1-2 Tbsp. peppermint dried leaf (depending on how minty you want your hot cacao. You can also substitute 1-2 peppermint tea bags or 2-4 Tbsp. fresh peppermint leaves)
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1-2 Tbsp. dairy-free dark chocolate chips or raw cacao nibs (optional – for an even more chocolatey decadence)

  • In a saucepan, combine peppermint leaf and milk, and bring milk to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently to keep milk from burning.
  • Remove from heat and allow to steep for ten minutes, covered. Strain peppermint and return to medium heat.
  • Whisk in cacao powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, and chocolate chips/cacao nibs (if using).
  • Serve hot and top with marshmallows or whipped cream!

Enjoy and share with your friends.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!


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