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I was featured on The CraftStar

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Have a look at my interview with Bethan Davies of The CraftStar back in 2013.  (Please forgive the outbursts from The Bear.  He was 3 … and the world revolved around him back then. Who am I kidding? It rather still does.) While I am no longer a seller on The CraftStar, I am grateful …

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The Path to Sainthood

Jeff and Cernan on the Mohawk Trail.

This is a post that I originally wrote back in January, 2010. Re-reading it gave me a chuckle and if any of you readers out there are pregnant (or happen to be married to someone who is) you might get a needed laugh, too, so I’m re-blogging it here. What he said: “Wow, I just …

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Stung by a Nettle

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Nettle (Urtica dioica) is one of the premier herbs in traditional Western herbalism. In addition to being high in protein, this extremely nutritious plant contains many vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, iron, and chlorophyll, which explains why it has historically been used as both a pot-herb and vegetable. Ironically,  …

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The Humble Dandelion

Just a few humble dandelions.

Even now, my unmown lawn is covered in these beautiful little Sunshines-on-a-Stem. Most people write off this plant as just another invasive weed, but we herbalists know better. It is considered a valuable herb with many medicinal properties.  I use it in a number of my combinations to great effect. The dandelion is most often …

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Keeping the Pressure Down – Blood Pressure, That Is

Hawthorn leaf and berries

About a year ago, I had several people that I know talking with me about their high blood pressure and how difficult they were finding it to keep it under control even with their prescribed medications. Most of them say that they take their meds as directed and follow their doctor’s dietary guidelines and were …

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Maligned Melissa

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) — not to be confused with Bee balm (Monarda fistulosa) — is in my opinion, one of the easiest plants a person can grow. Left unhindered, it grows to about two feet tall with lemon scented leaves and flowers that are borne on auxiliary stems and are a light yellow, white …

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Passionate for Passion Flower

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Life has a way of sneaking up on you, upsetting your calm, and nudging you off-center; at least it does me. Like lots of folks these days, I have a lot going on: the process of building and running my own business, maintaining and running two websites and a blog, managing my partner’s business, raising …

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Winter Herbs, You Say?

Container indoor herb garden.

Yes, I know it is officially winter out there (has been for some time) and temperatures are dropping to below zero for many of us, but that does not mean that we need to be without our beautiful little lovelies.  I, for one, have grown accustomed to having fresh herbs in my meals, so today, …

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Raspberry Leaf – A Woman’s Best Friend

Red raspberry leaf and berries.

Let me begin with the following admission: I am a coffee drinker. *head hanging* Yes, it’s true. In fact, I love my coffee; A LOT.  But that said, I have decreased the amount that I consume on a daily basis to usually only one cup in the morning and some days none at all.  During my last …

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Herbal Poultices

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Herbal poultices are an old-fashioned remedy employed by wise-folk for centuries with good reason; they are fantastic at  helping to draw out infections and speeding up healing.  A poultice can help by increasing the flow of blood around a wound or injury, relaxing tense muscles, soothing inflamed tissues, or drawing toxins out of an infected …

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Cardamom – The Spice That Heals

A handy little infographic I made to remind people about the wonderful benefits of cardamom.

Having spent nearly 20 years in the Middle East, one of the most memorable culinary experiences that pops to mind is the first time I tasted cardamom. I remember being handed this hot, deliciously scented liquid out of a tiny cup without handles and thinking, “What in the world…?” And that was my introduction to …

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Keeping the Flu at Bay with Elderberry

A drawing of elderberry branches from an old herbal.

Since the cold and flu season is currently in full swing, I’ve been asked repeatedly, “What can I do to protect myself and my family from getting sick?”  Not that this will save me from repeating myself several times a day, but I thought it fitting to write about just one remedy that has been …

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Saying Hello to Comfrey

My beautiful Comfrey in bloom this summer.

For centuries Comfrey has been known to be invaluable in the treatment of wounds, sprains, skin irritations, bug bites, rashes, bruises, even broken bones in both humans and animals (the origins of several of its common aliases, “Bruisewort”, “Knitback”, “Knitbone”, “Boneset”, and “Bruisewort”). There was a time when farmers regularly fed Comfrey to their livestock for …

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