Monthly Archives: April 2019

Holiday Egg Dyeing with Herbs – Traditional Medicinals

As herbalists, we are naturally intrigued by all plants – for their historical use as traditional medicine, but also for art and creativity. We mark the passage of time with the growing and blooming of the plants we love, and with spring in our midst, we feel the natural urge to be more creative and to brighten up our homes.

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Happy Spring

Plants are expressing their life force as they emerge from the soil to meet the light. Aphrodisiac Honey – to give you Spring Fever! Honey – 1 quart, local raw wildflower or buckwheat honey Red Roses – 1/2 cup Orange blossoms – 1/2 cup Blood Orange peels – 1/4 cup Tangerine peels – 1/4 cup Vanilla bean – 1 bean cut

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Herbs in Cocktail Drinks – From Mixology to Mocktails – The Herb Exchange

When it comes to cocktails, most people probably focus on alcohol that goes into them. While alcohol is one of the major components in cocktails, you can take yours to the next level by adding various ingredients. Things such as garnishes, rims adornments, herb-infused syrups, and bitters can dramatically change the taste and flavor of a cocktail. However, herbs remain the

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How to Build a Classic Cottage Garden Shed

Because of its simplicity, this classic cottage can be used as a potting shed, or be converted into an artist’s studio or a children’s playhouse. Other people have used this compact 7’×9′ design for a writer’s retreat, a yoga studio and even as extra accommodation for weekend guests. Keep it basic or wire it for electricity and plumbing—even add a

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Dog Rose Hip (Rosa canina, Rosaceae)

The rose (Rosa spp.) hip (also sometimes written as “rosehip”) is a pseudofruit in the economically important Rosaceae family, which includes apple (Malus spp.), strawberry (Fragaria spp.), plum (Prunusspp.), and almond (Prunus spp.). The genus Rosa includes more than 100 species that have been cultivated since ancient times in a vast array of climates.1 Both rose petals and rose hips can be used in culinary and herbal preparations. Rose

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How to Live & Celebrate the Cycle of the Year

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer ~ these are the seasons we all pass through as we travel the cycle of the year. We celebrate with food and ritual-laden holidays. But… there is so much more ~ daily, weekly, monthly and personal cycles within cycles that affect our health, moods, desires, tasks and foods….and each of these, if attended to, lets us live within the

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Dandelion, A Common Spring Garden Herb

Taraxacum officinale Also, Known As: Blow Ball Cankerwort Dandelion Lion’s Tooth Pissabed Priest’s-crown Puff Ball Pu Gong Ying Pu-kung-ying Swine Snout Telltime White Endive Wild Endive The dandelion is a common garden herb, with easily recognized flowers. During the spring season, the leaves and the root of the dandelion begin to produce mannitol, which is a substance utilized in the

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Working Deeply with Water: Waters of the World Shrine and Sacred Waters

Originally posted on The Druid's Garden:
Primal Water from the Plant Spirit Oracle In the druid tradition, water represents the west, the place of emotions and intuition, the place of our ancestors and of the honored dead. Water is often connected with the salmon of wisdom, the salmon who dwells in a sacred pool, offering his wisdom to those…

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