Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is such a misaligned plant, the bane of lawn enthusiasts. She is a darling to herbalists, a powerhouse healing herb. Dandelions are full of vitamins A, B, C, E and K and are rich in minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc. This is an excellent nourishing and tonifying herb.
This entire plant is edible, the tender young leaves in spring are great in salads and made into vinegar, the sunny flowers can be battered and fried, made into shortbread cookies or infused into oil to make a lotion. The long tap root can be eaten…
Coming down with a sore throat is never any fun. Throat pain can make it hard to swallow food or liquids. Whether a sore throat is caused by a virus or bacterial infection or from dry air or straining your voice, that pain needs to go away fast.
Slippery elm bark has a mucilaginous consistency when heated, this is very beneficial to coating and soothing sore throats. Licorice root has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, it’s pain relieving and soothing to sore throats. Ginger fights infection, reduces inflammation, and relieves sore throat pain.
This combination of herbs supports your body’s…
Do you want to lower your cholesterol naturally without medications? You can! By changing some of the foods you eat, you can lower the harmful LDL cholesterol and increase the good HDL cholesterol.
Eating more foods with fiber, soy, omega-3 fatty acids, and plant stanols and sterols (which are similar to cholesterol) can lower LDL cholesterol. Plants play an important role in helping you lower your cholesterol levels and are easy to incorporate into your meals. Along with daily exercise, (my exercise is Tai Chi which I’m learning on YouTube for free) you can take back control of your health…
It’s that time of year for the bugs to bother us as we enjoy being outside. Mosquitoes, ticks, gnats and flies can make enjoying the outdoors not so enjoyable. There is relief from the itching and biting bugs with the plant, yarrow! This is a great bug repellent. A small spray bottle of yarrow tincture sprayed on your skin and clothes will keep those annoying bugs at bay.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is an amazing plant and is a staple in your herbal medicine chest. Yarrow not only heals wounds, it counters and prevents infection. It has been shown to be…
What is leaky gut, and how does it impact your health? A leaky gut happens when your intestinal walls become thin in areas that allows toxins, pathogens, and protein molecules to seep into your bloodstream, triggering an immune response.
Leaky gut has been linked to health issues like food & environmental allergies, skin issues, headaches, and GI issues. It’s also a known precursor to autoimmune disease.
When your gut health is out of balance with an overload of bad bacteria, your entire system is thrown out of balance. Healthy amounts of gut flora is so crucial to your overall health.
Edible flowers are some of the first wild foods to show up after the long, cold winter. These tasty flowers add delicious, unusual flavors and colors to many different dishes. Plus many of these flowers are high in phytonutrients and have medicinal properties. Spring is definitely my favorite season, there’s so much wild food appearing!
I’ve already made flower jelly with dandelions and violets. Here’s a link to my Dandelion Flower Jelly post if you want to make some.
Spring has finally arrived after what seems like a very long winter hibernation. Our bodies may feel sluggish and tired after a winter of eating heavy, rich, comfort foods. Now is the time to feed our bodies and souls, to awaken and quicken our senses.
We do this with spring tonics, blood and liver purifying herbs, which flush out toxins and restart our metabolism. These are the first greens that appear each Spring, giving our bodies a nutritional kick start for the new season.
These are common wild plants you have seen before but might not have known about their…
Shrubs and oxymels are delicious, easy to make, nutrient dense drinks that are made with herbs, fruit and apple cider vinegar. Yes, you read that right, vinegar! But not just any apple cider vinegar, you want to use the raw unpasteurized vinegar with the mother because of all the health benefits it has. These drinks help alkalize your body and are very beneficial for your gut health and digestion.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) has been used as medicine for thousands of years in cultures around the world. It is a prolific plant growing in sunny fields, along the roadside and in any well-draining ground. Yarrow is recognized by its feathery leaves and broad white flower heads made up of many small individual flowers.
This plant has many uses in assisting your body to better health and maintaining your health. I think this plant is truly amazing in its abilities to help us heal.
Yarrow has styptic and antimicrobial properties making it an excellent herb for first aid. Applying yarrow right…
One of the easiest ways to preserve your garden harvest for year round use is dehydrating the herbs, fruits and vegetables. Once they are dehydrated, you can store them in vacuum sealed mason jars, seal a meal bags with oxygen absorbers or air tight containers.
Buy extra fruits and vegetables at their peak of ripeness when they are on sale at the grocery store and dehydrate them. The low temperature used in dehydrating vegetables and fruits helps to preserve nutrients. Label your jars with the date and item. Stored correctly dehydrated foods have an extremely long shelf life.