Goldenrod (Solidago) ‘To Make Whole’

Goldenrod (Solidago) ‘To Make Whole’

Goldenrod, Solidago spp. In early January I decanted a Goldenrod tincture that I began macerating in late September. A perfect time to get Goldenrod ready for consumption in case of cold symptoms. As an astringent, Goldenrod can help dry up a moistened composition if...
Usnea (Lichen) Old Man’s Beard

Usnea (Lichen) Old Man’s Beard

Usnea is sometimes called ‘old man’s beard’, tree moss, or beard moss, and lives in trees throughout the world. Old Man’s Beard grows in hardwood forests and is considered by many an indicator of clean air. During the winter months after high wind events lichen...
Wintertime Energizing Pine Needle Tea

Wintertime Energizing Pine Needle Tea

Wintertime Energizing Tea with Pine Needles Making pine needle tea is easy and fun! Pine trees are located throughout the northern hemisphere and in some locations in the southern hemisphere. They are likely growing near you. The aroma of pine trees invigorates the...
Anise Hyssop Digestif, an herbal ally (recipe included)

Anise Hyssop Digestif, an herbal ally (recipe included)

Anise Hyssop, Herbal Digestif | Empower yourself with knowledge to support your health and well-being.   Please note: if you have an ongoing digestive issue that doesn’t resolve in a day or two, please see your trusted medical provider. Herbal remedies are great...
Manzanita, Herbal Ally in the West

Manzanita, Herbal Ally in the West

Manzanita, Arctostaphylos spp. I live in a yellow pine forest in Southern California where Manzanita are growing in my yard and throughout the mountain. This is a common plant in western states with gorgeous deep red bark and elegant smooth branches dancing and...
Herbal Remedies for Anxiety: Nervines & Adaptogens

Herbal Remedies for Anxiety: Nervines & Adaptogens

What is Anxiety? Do you have cyclical thoughts, worries, and fear that won’t subside? Perhaps, your heart is racing, your muscles are tense, and finding a relaxed sense of being simply isn’t happening. Herbal allies for anxiety known as nervines and adaptogens might...
Carrier Oil Shelf Life

Carrier Oil Shelf Life

Note: The shelf life of an oil is dependent upon its exposure to heat and manufacturing date. It’s often recommended that oils be refrigerated. In some cases, frozen if you have large amounts. This list will you give an approximate idea of an oil’s shelf life...
Four Herbs to Plant this Spring

Four Herbs to Plant this Spring

Four Herbs to Plant this Spring Planting herbs in the spring is an annual ritual that human beings have participated in for a very long time. Research shows that gardening (even in containers) enhances your sense of well-being. Nurturing your plant friends instills a...
Oil Infusions for Skincare

Oil Infusions for Skincare

Oil Infusions: After moving to the mountains of Southern California, where the air is much drier than what I was used to, my skin became extremely dry. And turning the furnace on during the winter to keep warm, only exacerbated the dryness. So, I started making and...
Adapting to Stress with Adaptogens

Adapting to Stress with Adaptogens

What is an Adaptogen? Simply put, it’s an herbal remedy or a mushroom remedy that helps the body/mind to adapt to stress. They are known as ‘qi and rasayana tonics because they enhance the body’s life force’. They work on the entire system: body, soul & mind. They...
Experiencing Harmonious Herbs – Nervines

Experiencing Harmonious Herbs – Nervines

Nervines I like the sound of this… harmony + herbs… just saying harmonious herbs relaxes my entire body. I need harmony + herbs right NOW. The busy-ness of life can often take its toll on our mind and body without us realizing it. Herbal remedies are readily available...
Pine Resin – a very versatile substance

Pine Resin – a very versatile substance

I noticed a red gooey substance at the base of one of my pine trees. A Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), also known as a western yellow pine. I saw it but didn’t take the time to look closely until a few weeks later. Ever do that? See something, but you’re too ‘busy’...
Living on a Pine Tree

Living on a Pine Tree

Pine Trees I live in a Yellow Pine Forest that is made up of Jeffrey and Ponderosa Pines primarily, but there are other Pines here, too. Coulters & Sugar Pines also live in these hills. Not too far down the road are Pinyons. At higher elevations there are Limber...
Herbs for Grief & Loss

Herbs for Grief & Loss

Losing a loved one changes you. For me, it’s as though a piece of my heart is missing, and this causes physical pain. Sometimes it’s difficult to breathe. After my beautiful daughter, Christina, died, one of my lungs collapsed. I often wonder if the heartache and...
What is a Tincture and How to Make Your Own

What is a Tincture and How to Make Your Own

What is a Tincture? DIY – Homemade is always better… cuz it’s infused with LOVE!!  ? Tinctures are an herbal remedy made with drinking alcohol. When herbs are added to the alcohol and placed in an airtight container overtime the alcohol breaks down the cell membranes...
Product FAQ’s for Your Reference

Product FAQ’s for Your Reference

Product FAQ’s for Your Reference How do I take tinctures? Follow the instructions on the bottle, but feel free to experiment a bit. Whenever you start taking a new herbal tincture, it’s a good idea to test it out by taking a few drops to see how you feel. Start...
Garlic Oxymel

Garlic Oxymel

An excellent way to get fresh garlic into your body especially during cold and flu season. What is an Oxymel and how does it benefit the body? Oxymels are herbs infused in vinegar and raw honey. Vinegar aids healthy digestion and acts as an expectorant. Honey soothes...
Living on a Pine Tree

Forest Bathing for Health & Well-being

Forest Bathing A couple of years ago I moved to the mountains in Southern California, and since then, I’ve had the great privilege of being able to walk out my front door, down the street, and escape into the woods onto any number of nearby trails. My home sits on a...
Arnica montana *Nature’s pain reliever*

Arnica montana *Nature’s pain reliever*

Nature’s Gift  A pretty yellow perennial flower that grows 1-2 inches and is similar in shape to a daisy. This flower is often referred to as ‘nature’s pain reliever’. This gorgeous flower and its rhizomes are used medicinally often for the...
Digestif (herbal remedy & an elixir)

Digestif (herbal remedy & an elixir)

What is a digestif? This herbal infused beverage is used as an after-meal drink to aid digestion. There are different types of digestifs, but let’s talk about the herbal elixir that you can handcraft at home. Have you ever felt the negative effects of a heavy meal?...
Profound Healing Effects of an Herbal Bath

Profound Healing Effects of an Herbal Bath

Ahhh… a warm relaxing bath before bedtime is just what the body needs to promote restful deep sleep. Water, one of the five elements of nature, benefits emotional and physical well-being. Profound Healing Effects of an Herbal Bath Therapeutic benefits from bathing are...
Are Oils Bad for Your Skin?

Are Oils Bad for Your Skin?

Often, we’re looking for helpful ideas for anti-aging treatments especially for the face. It’s never too early to start. My daughter-in-law is in her early thirties, and she’s already thinking about anti-aging remedies. In my thirties and even forties, I received lots...
Elderberry & Elderflower (not just for cold & flu)

Elderberry & Elderflower (not just for cold & flu)

Elder (Sambucus nigra, S. canadensis)   This ancient herbal ally has powerful constituents which support the body during cold and flu season. But its benefits don’t stop there. I can’t wait to tell you about this beauty. As I learn more and more about this herbal...
Sage – not just for use in the kitchen

Sage – not just for use in the kitchen

This amazing herb is often used at Thanksgiving on turkey (here in the U.S.), in stuffing and other poultry meals, but did you know it has wonderful properties for the skin when used topically?  Due to its antimicrobial and anti-oxidant properties, it’s a wonderful...
A Journey into Making Skincare Products

A Journey into Making Skincare Products

I was surprised to learn the cosmetic industry is not heavily regulated. And so, I asked myself, “Does this mean we can’t trust what’s on the labels of skin care products?” The short answer is NO. So, we have to do our research before using skin care products, because...
A Simple Face and Body Cream Recipe to Try

A Simple Face and Body Cream Recipe to Try

I have so much fun trying new recipes for skin care products, just like trying a new salsa or lasagna recipe, it’s interesting to work with something new and give it our own unique twist. I don’t always have the exact ingredients on hand that a recipe might call for,...
Herbal Brain Tonic

Herbal Brain Tonic

Brain Tonic Rosemary leaves (Rosmarinus officinalis): A member of the mint family. This fragrant and invigorating herb is useful for many situations!! For this recipe, I’m using it for brain health. How does Rosemary benefit the brain? It is known to increase blood...
Joyful Sorrow

Joyful Sorrow

A Mother’s Grief Christina & Daniel Our family was stunned and inconsolable when Christina and Daniel were diagnosed with terminal cancer two months apart in late 2011. Christina and Daniel, siblings born 5 years apart. I still remember the night Christina...
Apple Mint Dog Biscuits

Apple Mint Dog Biscuits

Herbal Dog Treats MINT  It’s easier and quicker to purchase pre-made dog biscuits. Sometimes, we’re busy and who needs one more thing to do? But my furry family members deserve handmade herbal treats just like I do. And since I love the meditative process of lining...
Schisandra Berries (Schisandra chinensis)

Schisandra Berries (Schisandra chinensis)

Schisandra Berries: Botanical Name (Schisandra chinensis) Who doesn’t looove berries? Sweet strawberries, tart and sweet blackberries, tangy and sweet blueberries are just a few of my favorites. Schisandra is a unique berry in that it has FIVE different flavors! Sour,...
Herbs that May Improve Your Energy

Herbs that May Improve Your Energy

Sometimes, when we’re feeling a little tired or want to improve our energy, we need to rest and let the body regain its strength. But how many of us slow down when we feel tired? I will often just ‘muscle through’ tiredness. Do you do this, too? But I’m learning it’s...

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