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...
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...
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...
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...
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?...
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...

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