Next up in our video series from the Free Herbalism Project, wise woman herbalist Susun Weed illuminates the history, lore, and traditional medicines made with Artemisia vulgaris. Learn Susun's favorite uses for the plant including dream work, smudging, and moxa, her discovery of the herbal feminine triad, and why she no longer calls this green being Mugwort… Want to experiment with these herbs on your own? Find them here: Organic Mugwort Organic Motherwort Organic Chickweed Wise Woman Tea Dream Tea Dream Balm DIY: Homemade Sleep & Dream Pillow Tutorial How to Make Mugwort Bundles Click here to watch the video!
Crackers are the perfect salty canvas for spreads, dips, nut butters, and cheeses. It's so easy to snack away on these savory treats with their satisfying crispy crunch, but the store-bought variety are usually grain-based and contain weird preservatives, GMOs, emulsifiers, starches, gross hydrogenated oils, and loads of sugar. As many of us transition our diets to more whole foods and less processed junk, we also examine the ethics and health concerns of consuming certain ingredients. This challenges us to find alternatives to our favorite comfort munchies that are still crave-worthy, easy to prepare, and perhaps even good for us… That's what makes this recipe such a crowd-pleaser! For all of the gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, or otherwise health-conscious folks in your life, these seed crackers will be a hit. For the flavor obsessed foodies who eat anything as long as it's tasty, these will do the trick too. I […]
Whether submerged in a forest-nestled hot spring, floating on the surface of a high mountain lake, or luxuriating in the warm lapping ocean, water is an essential element for physical and emotional wellbeing. Taking time to bathe in the ancient healing power that water offers can be transformative, and sometimes this simple pleasure is the perfect medicine for whatever ails us. The sensuous comfort water provides connects us back to both our bodies and the Earth’s beauty. Creating an oasis evocative of these experiences is not far out of reach in our daily lives, and can be done easily at home. Rather than rushing through another quick shower, try lighting a few natural beeswax candles, play some soothing music, and draw a warm bath infused with fragrant oils, relaxing salts, or therapeutic herbs. Making this a regular ritual, even just once a month, can improve your health in many ways. […]
If you find yourself plucking petals over whether or not you actually love Valentine's Day, it's good to remember that February 14th is a nice excuse to honor that special someone in your life. Why not reinvent the holiday by pampering your beautiful lover, best friend, or fluffy cat with pure herbal decadence? These all natural and organic gift ideas will be thoroughly enjoyed by the one you hold dear. Whether sipping rose tea during a candlelit bath, offering a soothing massage with aromatic oils, or crafting homemade chocolates and perfume, your love will shine bright. Essential Oil Kits Did you know that there are 60 roses in every drop of rose essential oil? These sets are much better than a bouquet! We love the romantic collections of sensuous and arousing essential oils found in both the Lovers and the Rose Essential Oil Samplers. Each pure botanical oil comes in its own glass vial, […]
Need something cooling and soothing to open up the respiratory passages, but want to steer clear of petroleum-based products? Unfortunately, most of the chest rubs we grew up using from the drugstore are made with a base of petroleum jelly and turpentine, along with herbal ingredients that are actually helpful, like eucalyptus and menthol. Such a shame! Making your own rubs at home is super easy and allows you to harness the powerful benefits of these plants without relying on a byproduct of the oil industry. All you need is a simple salve base of organic carrier oil and beeswax to get started. You can then add essential oils or menthol crystals to formulate a remedy for your needs. You may be familiar with the strong scent of menthol, but what exactly are menthol crystals? Menthol is a solid constituent of mint oil that gives the plant its strong fragrance. These potent crystals are made from cornmint (Mentha arvensis) essential oil […]
We've been crafting herbal teas for nearly 30 years, and 5th Chakra has become one of our most beloved blends. Especially wonderful this time of year, the sweet citrus and warming spices combined with Echinacea for immune support* and soothing marshmallow root make this tea the perfect base for a seasonal syrup. I love how the thickness of the honey and natural mucilage from the marshmallow root and cinnamon coats, soothes, and moistens irritated mucous membranes in the respiratory tract. Such a delicious remedy! Let's make a batch to have on hand all season long. You can also create syrups at home using other tea blends. Some great choices would be Echinacea & Roots, Forests Tea, Happy Man Tea, Winter Spice Tea, or Holy Basil Chai. Imagine a beautiful little gift basket of freshly bottled herbal syrups to give to friends and family! Sweet holiday medicine… 5th Chakra Syrup Recipe Ingredients ½ cup loose organic 5th Chakra Tea Blend raw local honey 1 part brandy or […]
Have you been enjoying the Flavor Wheel we offered as a free download last week? It's such an incredibly practical tool for anyone learning about natural health and herbal remedies. We love it! Maybe it inspired you to look deeper into choosing the right herb for a specific person’s need? If so, we are excited to present a wonderful online course that simplifies that process and provides a roadmap for making these choices easier… It's called Taste of Herbs with Rosalee de la Forêt! Want more details? Visit the Taste of Herbs website now to learn all about this fantastic online course . Enrollment is now open! Questions about the Taste of Herbs course? Contact LearningHerbs here!
Medicinal mushrooms have become very popular over the last few years. From shiitake and reishi, to chaga and maitake, more and more folks are feeling drawn to these fascinating and useful beings. When I’m at events, I get a lot of questions about how to prepare and consume them for their medicinal benefits. Making a decoction is a good way to go, but I prefer making what’s called a “double extraction” since mushrooms contain some constituents that are water-soluble, called beta-glucans, and some that are alcohol-soluble, called triterpenes. A double extraction effectively pulls out these constituents with the added benefit of being shelf-stable! For information and research on the benefits of various medicinal mushrooms, I recommend checking out the works of Christopher Hobbs and Paul Stamets. Rosalee de la Forêt offers this great introduction to medicinal mushrooms on her site as well. Ready to work with mushrooms in your home apothecary? Making a double […]
When I'm working on a project that begs for minimal interruption, it is nice to make a pot of tea instead of just one cup. It's also nice to have recipes for full pots of tea to share with loved ones or company at tea time! This recipe is made up of some of my favorite nutritive herbs. I like these plants when I don't need any caffiene, but I want to stay alert, focused, and bright-eyed. The additional squirt or two of rhodiola extract gives an extra burst of adaptogen properties to make this the perfect tea for a project or a stimulating chat… Daily Provisions Tea–by the Pot 1 Tablespoon organic Borage 1 Tablespoon organic Chickweed 1 Tablespoon organic Nettle leaf 1 Tablespoon organic Lemon peel 1 Tablespoon organic Red Clover blossoms 1-2 droppers of Rhodiola extract Honey to taste, optional Combine all the herbs in […]
I love cookbooks! Cooking and creating in the kitchen is my bliss. My approach to herbal medicine-making tends to be inspired by decades of kitchen experiments. While a simple elderberry syrup is quite functional and elderberries are delicious on their own, I couldn’t help but fiddle around until I’d crafted my own version of a classic elderberry syrup—full of extra herbal goodness and spicy flavor. Elderberries are used this time of year to support healthy immune system functioning.* This syrup is wonderful when sipped at the first sign of sniffles, but it is also amazing as a pancake or waffle syrup or used in place of a simple syrup in a delicious cocktail, like this Elderberry Champagne Sparkler recipe. I like to pour about ¼ cup in a tall glass or Mason jar and fill with ginger ale or club soda for a refreshing beverage too! This recipe is easy to multiply if […]
How is the autumn weather shaping up where you are? While we have had a bit of lingering summer here in the Pacific Northwest, the nights are getting cooler and the mornings have a bit of a crisp nip in the air. As the season changes, cool fall mornings call for a spicy, warming tea. This tea recipe has the added benefit of being full of good-for-you herbs like Elderberries and Cinnamon! Cold Morning Tea 1 teaspoon organic dried Orange Peel 1 teaspoon organic Cinammon Chips 1 teaspoon organic dried Elderberries 1/2 organic Vanilla Bean (cut bean in half, split and scrape seeds) 1/2 teaspoon organic Anise Seed 1/2 teaspoon organic Ginger Root 1/2 teaspoon organic whole Black Peppercorns Honey and lemon, if desired Combine all the herbs in a tea infuser, bag, or nest. Pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over and allow […]
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