Intern Adventures!

This is my 3rd year of having interns help me out with planting, harvesting, product making, foraging and more. Early Spring garden planted… We also go on fun adventures! You never know what we will be doing…it all depends on what is growing and who calls me to come harvest an abundance of something. This … Continue Reading

Medicinal & Edible Benefits of Hibiscus

The colors of Fall are beautiful with the trees changing into an array of yellow, red, gold, orange and brown. You don’t expect to see many plants producing as you do in the Summer. There are some exceptions of course. The beautiful Hibiscus Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa), with its ruby red calyces and deep burgandy stems. After … 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!

Stress Buster Smoothie For Your Adrenal System

Have you noticed yourself lately in the mode of going, going, doing, doing doing and then crash because you are OVERDOING? Most women take on more than they possibly can, or at least we THINK we can do it all, and sometimes we can, but realistically we are not superwomen! When we try to do … Continue Reading

Beeswax – the block or the pastilles?

One day I will have my own bees – so I can have honey and BEESWAX! Until then I have to buy beeswax in either a giant block or in a more processed pastilles(fancy word for pellets). Dealing with the pastilles is easy, peasy – you just open the bag and scoop em out. Yeah … Continue Reading

Happy Easter: The Story Of Passionflower

Happy Easter to all of you! In preparation for my wishes to you this morning, I was reminded of the story of passionflower. Since medicinal plants are pretty much my life now, I thought this story was perfect for today – please share it will those near and dear to you as we remember and … Continue Reading

NEW Herbal CSA!

Bella Vista Farm is excited to offer a quarterly share in our new Herbal CSA. Here are the basics of a CSA if you are unsure of what it is. While we will not be offering fresh produce and meat, we will be offering a quarterly basket of Herbal Remedies and Fresh Herbs that relate to the … Continue Reading

Herbs in Chocolate

Chocolate, Cocoa, Cacao….however you say it, it is delicious! On Saturday I taught a class here on Herbal Chocolates. You heard me right HERBS and CHOCOLATE together. 🙂 First of all if you did not already know, Chocolate or Cacao(Theobroma cacao) is medicinal all in it’s self. It elevates mood, stimulates(only half the caffeine of … Continue Reading

Herbal Recipe For Vitamin C Pills

Do you take a vitamin C supplement each day? Do you REALLY know what is in that vitamin C or how much real fruit is in there? Hmmm… if you are like most of us, the answer is probably a big fat no. While I do know medicinal plants, I do not really know the … Continue Reading

We Won People's Choice!!!!!

Good Morning Friends – Just woke up, late, really late for me at 6:45am but it is too darn cold out there. Makes you want to curl up and hide under the covers until Spring. 😀 Guess what?? Just got the email saying I was one of the 3 Winners for the People’s Choice Award. … Continue Reading