Herb Challenge Week #5

So for the least week of the herb challenge, I thought I’d do an herb that I know little about: Pleurisy Root! Pleurisy Root, also known as butterfly weed, is a beautiful perennial wildflower  that blooms in mid-summer to early fall. The corymbs of flowers are a gorgeous deep orange, sometimes yellow. The plant grows…

Herb Challenge Week #4

Howdy! Yarrow (achillea millefolium) got the first part of it’s scientific name from Achilles who used it to stop the bleeding of his soldier’s wounds, and it was called Herba Militaris, the military herb, by the Ancients. The second part of the scientific name, millefolium, was derived from it’s feathery leaves. Cool, huh? Yarrow will…

Herb Challenge Week #3

Hello! And, finally, the week #3 post on echinacea  is going to happen! The Native Americans used echinacea for blood poisoning caused by infected wounds, snake bites, and as a remedy for sore throats. It was, and still is, a very powerful herb! You can take the tea right as you feel a cold coming…

Herb Challenge Week #2

Sarah asks, ” I would love to know how to grow basil nice, bushy and green! Every single time I do it, it dies on me. Help!” Basil can be finicky sometimes, but I bought myself a basil plant and did some research. Here is what I learned! Basil likes partial shade and well-drained soil…

Herb Challenge Week #1

Today’s post is on sage! Sometimes it’s easy to forget that even the herbs you use for flavoring your food are medicinal, and they’re usually the best tasting ones. Sage is a carminative, which means it helps the body digest by stimulating blood flow to the digestive tract, so what’s not to love? Hippocrates said,…

5 Easy Ways to Use Herbs in Everyday Life

Hello! Today I’m going to teach you some easy ways to start incorporating herbs into your busy everyday life. I know the prospect can seem quite daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are five ways to give it a try. Add them to your salads Our family eats a lot of salads, and we…

Just be Yourself!

You know, there is something really easy to forget. It’s okay to be yourself. It is just so easy to see a person you admire and to start wanting to be just like them. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with seeing a person who is honest, kind and smart and just has so many great character…

Fresh Starts

Hello everybody! It has been way too long since I have written a post! The past couple months have been insanely busy, mainly due to us moving from our home of 13 years! It was a big change, but we are now only a block away from our best friends, and happily settled in our…

Salves: Cottonwood

Hi, I hope you had a great Labor Day! Today we’re talking about Cottonwood. Ever see that spring snow of fluff in the air?These trees can be identified by their heart-shaped leaves that have a silvery, almost white underside (they look like they’re shimmering when a breeze ruffles them), and if you smell a young…

DIY Spider Repelling Spray

Tis’ the season of unwanted guests! Right now spiders are coming into our homes to escape the cold weather coming. Yikes! Since we don’t like finding that we are not alone while doing laundry or taking a shower (eek!) I came up with a solution. Peppermint! Spiders don’t seem to like Peppermint, so that is…

Eclipse Pictures!

Hello! I just thought I’d share some pictures I took of the eclipse yesterday. It was really amazing to watch! Grace                          

Salves: Oregon Grape

Hello! I hope you all are doing well. Today I am going to talk about Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolia). It grows everywhere here in the Pacific Northwest! Here are some some pictures below I found easily just a short walk outside. Oregon Grape is great for cuts and scrapes because it is an antiseptic, and…