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…

Salves: Calendula

Hello! Before summer is over, I want to stock up on all of the herbal remedies we use most (plus some ones I haven’t tried before). If you would like to start (or expand) your herbal medicine cabinet, this series of blog posts is for you! Here are the salves I want to make: Calendula: Good…

Guess what Herb

Hello! How well do you know your herbs? I am going to put pictures of four different herbs below, and if you know what one (or more) of them is, put your guess in the comment section below.   #1                               …

How to Identify: Plantain

Plantain is fairly easy to identify, I don’t know of any similar looking plants. This plant has many beneficial uses, such as easing the pain of bee stings and stinging nettle, itching of a mosquito bite, healing cuts and scrapes, and the list goes on and on. When infusing oil with plantain, the oil begins to […]

How to Grow Calendula

I hope you all had a happy and safe New year! I hope 2017 is a year full of blessings and health for you. Calendula is one of my favorite herbs, it is good for so many things. It is antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal,  antiviral, and astringent. Not only is it a very medicinal herb, it…