How to Make Herbal Dream Pillows

In the modern world, it can be challenging to get a good night’s rest. Keeping a healthy daytime lifestyle as well as a calming nighttime ritual are excellent ways to prepare the body for restful sleep filled with exciting and inspiring dreams! There are even traditions in which herbs are used during sleep, not only to bring about peaceful … Continue reading How to Make Herbal Dream Pillows

How to Make Elderberry Syrup for Immune Health

Each year as winter approaches, I reliably find my patients asking me about the best herbal remedies to use during the cold weather months. One of the most common questions I encounter is, “What nutritional preparations can I use to help keep my family strong and healthy throughout the sniffle season?”. There's a wide array … Continue reading How to Make Elderberry Syrup for Immune Health

How to Process Rose Hips for Your Apothecary – Floranella

If you’re gathering wild rose hips, just about any species will do, but the rugosa roses will be much easier to work with. Their hips are much larger than most of the other species and with something like rose hips, the more usable fruit you can get for your time, the better. Rose hips take a while … Continue reading How to Process Rose Hips for Your Apothecary – Floranella

Fall Gourds

Storage containers, bowls, utensils, tools, masks, musical instruments, jewelry, dolls, flotation devices, toys, wheels, sieves, food, birdhouses - the list goes on and on for the many functional, spiritual, and decorative uses of the humble gourd. At this time of year, gourds abound at farmer's markets, the grocery store, and even the backyard for some … Continue reading Fall Gourds

Our Newest Plant Aquisition; Purple Shamrock {Oxalis}

Actually, there was two, a Thatian Bridal Veil and the Purple Shamrock. I'm not familiar with the latter so this post is what I have found out so far. Three is often the magic number when it comes to Oxalis. The most common species grown as a houseplant is Oxalis triangularis which has three common names, False Shamrock, Purple Shamrock, and Love … Continue reading Our Newest Plant Aquisition; Purple Shamrock {Oxalis}

How To Effectively Use CBD Oil

Thinking about using hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) for the first time? Trying something entirely new can feel risky – especially when you don’t understand exactly what the experience will entail. Stepping into the unknown may feel frightening, but it is often worth the leap. Even though CBD has surged in popularity in recent years, it is … Continue reading How To Effectively Use CBD Oil

How to Make Easy Herbal Oils, Salves, and Syrups

Soothe injuries and boost your immune system with these simple, plant-based recipes for trauma oil, Saint John’s wort oil, black elderberry syrup, herbal lip balm, and more. How to Make Infused Herbal Oils Herbal oils are convenient and easy to use. These are made by extracting ground-up herbs with organic olive oil. You can apply … Continue reading How to Make Easy Herbal Oils, Salves, and Syrups

What You Should Know About Herbal Preparation Shelf-Life

In this post, we’re sharing some basic guidelines on herbal preparation shelf-life. We’ve even made a free printable for you so you can have these guidelines handy in one place. Feel free to download, print, and store this chart in your herbal journal or on the inside of your bathroom cabinet (or wherever you store … Continue reading What You Should Know About Herbal Preparation Shelf-Life

Lunar Tinctures

Making your tinctures following the phases of the moon allows the powerful gravitational pull of the moon to draw out the properties in the plant and also adds a bit of ancient wisdom to your mixture. Just as the gravitational pull of the moon affects many things in nature and our lives, it’s thought that … Continue reading Lunar Tinctures

How To Grow Sweet Peas {April Flower}

No cutting garden is complete without at least one row of fragrant, nostalgic sweet peas. I’ve been growing them for what seems like a lifetime now and each spring as they climb their trellises it’s like seeing my dear old friends once again. What You Will Need Top quality sweet pea seed Potting soil Compost … Continue reading How To Grow Sweet Peas {April Flower}