3 Alcohol-Based Hand Rub Recipes – Herbal Academy

The most important prevention measures we can take right now are staying home and practicing social distancing if leaving the house for essential work or trips to the grocery store or pharmacy—that is, staying at least 6 feet away from other people (Centers for Disease Control [CDC], 2020a). Washing hands thoroughly with soap and warm … Continue reading 3 Alcohol-Based Hand Rub Recipes – Herbal Academy

Wild Spring Greens: A Superfood Recipe Round-up! – Gather Victoria

Today there is a huge demand for antiviral and immune-supportive herbs amid growing concern over COVID-19. Many are sold right out as herbalists scramble to get packages out. But don’t worry – I’ve got good news – the wild spring greens are here! Jam-packed with “nutraceuticals” known to have antiviral, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, immune supportive and … Continue reading Wild Spring Greens: A Superfood Recipe Round-up! – Gather Victoria

Old Fashioned Medicinal Lavender

His Aunt Jobiska made him drink Lavender water tinged with pink For she said, 'The world in general knows There's nothing so good for Pobble's toes!'   Edward Lear, 'The Pobble Who Has No Toes'   The old herbals constantly sang the praises of lavender for medicinal purposes. John Gerard wrote in his Herball {1597}: The distilled water … Continue reading Old Fashioned Medicinal Lavender

Spread the Love: Herbal Recipes to Treat Yourself & Others – Traditional Medicinals

The intoxicating fragrance of jasmine on a warm summer’s night, the alluring hues of wild roses, borage and calendula, and the juicy sweetness of a fully ripe peach are all part of nature’s divine craft of seduction. They entice us through our senses to do their bidding. With each pluck, nibble, and inhale, they’ve lured … Continue reading Spread the Love: Herbal Recipes to Treat Yourself & Others – Traditional Medicinals

Herbal Recipes for Thanksgiving – Urban Moonshine

It's the time of year when many of the simple joys of life become the heart and center of this season; spending time with family and friends, the coziness of winter, warm fires, mugs of mulled wine, and lovingly prepared meals. So much of herbalism is about celebrating the life and benefits of the plants, … Continue reading Herbal Recipes for Thanksgiving – Urban Moonshine

Praise of the Pumpkin

The pumpkin is a fall fruit with a rich heritage and flexible flavor that has been used for centuries. If the tomato is the queen of garden vegetables, the pumpkin may well be the king. In fact, in some parts of China, it is called “Emperor of the garden.” And why not? No plant produces … Continue reading Praise of the Pumpkin

Summer Wellbeing: Summer, The Season of Becoming

Summer has arrived, filled with a joyful abundance of all the sweetest of things. It makes me want to run barefoot and wild, as I listen to the sounds of the forest: the chirping birds and crickets, the rush of leaves when a gentle breeze comes to play. I fill my lungs as long and … Continue reading Summer Wellbeing: Summer, The Season of Becoming

Lavender for Body and Soul

Lavenders have everything for the modern garden as an amenity plant. They are evergreen, fast-growing, compact and fragrant. The origins of its name are probably from the Latin word Lavare indicating the plant has another use as it means to be washed and suggests it was regularly used to perfume bathing water. There are numerous … Continue reading Lavender for Body and Soul

Five Flavors Herbal Cough Syrup Recipe – LearningHerbs

This herbal cough syrup recipe was inspired by formulating with the TASTE of herbs. I wanted to create an effective syrup that encompassed all five of the tastes in Traditional Chinese Medicine (pungent, salty, sour, bitter, and sweet). It’s commonly believed that a meal isn’t complete unless it has all the flavors, so I thought … Continue reading Five Flavors Herbal Cough Syrup Recipe – LearningHerbs

Home-Grown and Wildcrafted Smudge Sticks: Plant List and Recipes

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Basket of newly made smudge sticks Basket of newly made smudge sticks

Creating homemade smudge sticks with local ingredients is a wonderful activity to do this time of year.  As the plants die back, you can harvest whatever you aren’t using for other purposes and create a number of beautiful smudges that can be used for many different purposes: clearing, honoring spirits, protection, setting intentions, letting go, bringing in, preparing for ritual or mediation, and much more.

A few years ago, I wrote an initial post on homemade smudge sticks using local ingredients–this has become my most popular post on my blog.  Given that, I wanted to offer a follow-up post with some additional information and share a few smudge stick recipes for specific purposes. For initial instructions on how to make your sticks, please see my first post.  This post expands the plant list that you can use to make smudges and also offers…

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