How To Boost Your Immune System, Naturally

Flu season is upon us and if you are like me, there ain’t no way you are getting a flu shot! So what’s a person to do? BOOST Your Immune System, Naturally! If you do preventative care, you will be much healthier and less likely to get the nasties that are going around. Normally I … Continue Reading

Bitter What? Benefits of Bitters

Bitters…have you ever tried them? Do you know what the benefits of bitters are? I am here to tell ya! Bitter is a flavor that many Americans think is wrong. You hear all the time, “yuck too bitter!”, “needs more sugar” ad stuff like that. We NEED that flavor in our diet. America loves their sweets … Continue Reading

Benefits of Shiso (Perilla frutescens)

I love to use medicinal herbs as food in the most delicious recipes. This one is definitely a keeper!

My Favorite Green – Stinging Nettles!

I love when the Stinging Nettles are coming in!! My favorite green of all time. I am probably the only one that gets excited to see the nettles spreading all over the garden in places that they weren’t before. 😀 If you didn’t know, I hide nettles in EVERYTHING I can think of: ranch dressing, … Continue Reading

Distilling Hydrosols & Essential Oils

On Saturday I was fortunate enough to attend a class on Distilling Hydrosols & Essential Oils in Atlanta at Kaleidoscope studios. It was simply amazing to see first hand how essential oils are made! I always thought the hydrosol  were the byproduct of distilling essential oils but a true hydrosol is made with that purpose … Continue Reading

Recipe for Green Tea Sunflower Scrub

Do you use sugar scrubs? Have you ever read the label ingredients for those scrubs? Can you EAT your scrub? This Green Tea Sunflower Scrub  is wonderful for your skin and YES, you can take a taste too! 😉 I love sunflower oil and seem to use it in so many herbal skin care recipes! … Continue Reading

How To Make an Usnea Tincture

Usnea is a really cool herb! It is a lichen that grows on trees and you can find tons of it where the air is cleanest. We found enough for everyone at the retreat up in Highlands. Of course we did not pick it off the trees, that is a no no!!!! Many tree branches … Continue Reading

Uses of Beautyberry

Have you ever seen a beautyberry bush with its vibrant magenta colored berries? The berries seem to glow, they are so bright! This plant is useful in a couple ways. Ways that we like…medicinal and edible. Woo hoo! First of all, you cannot mix this plant up with another so ID is fairly simple. The … Continue Reading

Boneset Harvest and Medicinal Benefits

This year I grew some new plants, Boneset being one of them. It was soooo easy to grow from a plant that I purchased in North Carolina. I harvested the aerial parts(all parts above the soil) and have it drying on a rack in my kitchen right now. Boneset is a must have herb for … Continue Reading

The Secret Meaning of Herbs

I was reading through a beautiful post on the Herbal Academy of New England just now referencing the secret meaning of herbs. When we look at flowers, we sometimes describe them in how they make us feel or how they look. For example, when I look at a Calendula blossom, I think how sunny this … Continue Reading