Recipes and DIY

21 12, 2014

The Sunday Steep!

By |December 21st, 2014|Categories: Herbal Goodies, Natural Health, Recipes and DIY, Tea|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

  Just like many of you, I have my personal list of favorite herbs – the ones that not only suit my palate, but also seem to be just the ones my body craves. Sage is one of those herbs I absolutely love and I have several Sage plants (or Mother Sage, as I like to call them as I brush by, pull off a leaf, and munch on it like an irresistible snack) growing in my garden. I use it for cooking everything from eggs to popovers! The fact that it stays green year-round means I can use it fresh or take advantage of the dried form for teas. This tea seems like it could be a good summer or spring tea, and it is, but it's also surprisingly perfect for the winter season too. That's why it came to mind as a perfect solstice beverage as we celebrate the darkness and […]
15 12, 2014

How to Make Herbal Potpourri

By |December 15th, 2014|Categories: Aromatherapy, Children, Herbal Goodies, Herbal Info, Recipes and DIY|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

    Making your own herbal potpourri is super easy and a fun wintertime project! Plus, it's a great gift idea, perfect to make with kiddos, and a great addition to holiday ambiance, sock drawers, cars, or the laundry basket. Who doesn't love all-natural botanical fragrance?  So, is crafting potpourri as simple as it looks? Yes, with one unexpected but important step – adding a fixative mixed with essential oils. A fixative can be any number of ingredients including orris root powder, frankincense powder, myrrh gum powder, angelica root powder, calamus root powder, or benzoin gum powder. I prefer to use orris root powder, which comes from the rhizome of two species of European iris. The rhizomes resemble ginger and are harvested in August, stripped of their rootlets and bark, and dried until they have a chalky appearance. Dried orris root smells like violets and is commonly used in natural toothpastes and as a fixative in perfumes to […]
14 12, 2014

The Sunday Steep!

By |December 14th, 2014|Categories: Herbal Goodies, Herbal Info, Natural Health, Recipes and DIY, Tea|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

  'Tis the season…or so folks like to say this time of year. It ends up being a catch-all phrase to explain away all sorts of seasonal realities from busy shopping trips to snow days. For many of us, this is the season for a fair amount of stress and tension. People get a little edgy, a bit short-tempered, a bit overtaxed, and by people, I mean me too! When the stressors of the season start to turn me into a mid-winter crab, a soothing cup of calming tea is in order…and this recipe is ideal!   Merry & Bright Tea Blend 1 teaspoon organic Damiana leaf 1 teaspoon organic Spearmint leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Alfalfa leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Barberries 1/2 teaspoon organic California Poppy 1/2 teaspoon organic Elderflowers Combine all the herbs in an infuser, nest, or tea bag. Pour 1 1/2 – 2 cups of boiling water over and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Add […]
8 12, 2014

DIY: Herbal Infused Wine

By |December 8th, 2014|Categories: Herbal Goodies, Herbal Info, Misc, Recipes and DIY|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

  Maybe you’ve fantasized about making dandelion wine, but never found the time? Looking for a special beverage to commemorate a special celebration? Perhaps you have gift giving on the mind and want to create something unique and delicious to give and share? This delightfully simple project is the perfect way to go. Herbal infused wines are easy to make, beautiful, and even have medicinal properties—depending on the herbs and combinations you choose to create! The process for creating wines infused with herbs can be adjusted depending on your needs and inspiration. You can choose store bought or homemade wine, and both red and white wines make for delicious concoctions. All it takes is a little time… My basic “recipe” for creating an infused wine follows, and then I have some suggestions for some particularly tasty combinations. Make sure you clean and sterilize the jars or bottles you plan to keep the wine in, as you […]
7 12, 2014

The Sunday Steep!

By |December 7th, 2014|Categories: Herbal Goodies, Natural Health, Recipes and DIY, Tea|Tags: , , |0 Comments

While lolling about on a soggy Sunday is always a treat, there are times when I want caffiene! But, of course, I want the flavors of herbal tea (hopefully something with a little zing) and the goodness of a nice, organic black tea. This recipe is the best of several worlds by combining the smoothness of our organic Ceylon tea with some seasonal herbs and spices. You might as well make this one by the pot because one cup is just not going to be enough… Cedar & Cinnamon Ceylon Tea 2 Tablespoons organic Ceylon Tea 1 teaspoon Cedar Berries 1 teaspoon organic Cinnamon Chips 1 teaspoon organic Hibiscus Flowers 1 teaspoon organic Bitter Orange Peel 1/2 teaspoon organic Whole Cloves Combine the tea, herbs and spices into an infuser, strainer, nest, or filter. Pour 4 cups boiling water over (this is best done in a teapot, but a pot or bowl will do) and let steep […]
3 12, 2014

Make a DIY Herbal Kitchen Wreath

By |December 3rd, 2014|Categories: Eco Projects, Herbal Goodies, Misc, Recipes and DIY|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

  Some herbs are just too beautiful to hide away in a dark jar! I was trying to think of something festive for the kitchen that would also make a great gift. How about a kitchen wreath full of gorgeous, fresh herbs that could actually be used in culinary creations throughout the year? The smells, textures, and tastes of nature come through in this organic wreath, and it also looks great hanging on a wall or door. Who wouldn’t want to receive this unique creation as a gift? And…it is super easy to make!   Supplies: One wire wreath form Floral wire Scissors Variety of suitable herbs and spices:  organic Maitake and Shiitake mushrooms organic whole Bay Leaves organic Whole Chilies organic Cinnamon Sticks organic Whole Nutmeg organic Rose Buds  Cedar Tips   organic Licorice Root Slices or Astragalus Slices So many others would be wonderful additions like White Sage, Raw Cacao Beans, and Cedar Berries just to name a few! Raffia, ribbon, and/or floral ribbon for finishing touches   Directions: Lay out the wreath form so the indent or “ditch” is facing upwards. This provides a nice […]
30 11, 2014

The Sunday Steep!

By |November 30th, 2014|Categories: Herbal Goodies, Herbal Info, Recipes and DIY, Tea|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

  We're still working on the leftovers from Thursday's big feast and we've already jumped into the hustle and bustle of the upcoming season with great abandon. After all, we're staring headlong into the frosty eyes of December! My belly could use a reprieve from all the tasty treats and maybe more of a boost than can be had from an ordinary cup of tea. This is the perfect time for a stronger infusion or a decoction. While tea is a type of infusion, sometimes it is helpful to steep herbs for longer than the usual 3-5 minutes–especially some of the woodier roots and nutrient-packed plants. For this infusion, I like to let the herbs steep in water overnight and then drink the next day…   Rejuvenation Infusion 1/8 cup organic Burdock Root 1/8 cup organic Marshmallow Root 1/8 cup organic Dandelion Root 1 Tablespoon organic Cinnamon Chips optional (Anise, Fennel seed, Spearmint leaf, or other digestion-friendly herbs) Put […]
24 11, 2014

Herbal Holiday Cocktail Recipes!

By |November 24th, 2014|Categories: Herb Stories, Herbal Goodies, Recipes and DIY|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments

Aromatic herbs and spices like sweet cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla define our culinary palate this time of year, and that goes for cocktails too. Thankfully, you don’t need to stock the cabinet with a fortune’s worth of pretty liquor bottles to enjoy these delights. Infusing your own spirits at home and making flavored syrups are easy ways to build ingredients for your home bar. It's fun to have a few specialty drinks on hand that will wow your guests when hosting parties. After all, tis the season for cups filled with cheer, making memories, and merriment! Here are 5 of my favorite herbal sipping treats for winter celebrations…     Rose & Cardamom Eggnog 2 super fresh, organic eggs 3 oz (by volume) organic granulated sugar ½ tsp organic cardamom powder 2 oz brandy 2 oz spiced rum 6 oz organic whole milk 4 oz organic heavy cream 2 tsp organic rosewater organic nutmeg shavings to garnish (find a nutmeg grater here)   Beat farm […]
23 11, 2014

The Sunday Steep!

By |November 23rd, 2014|Categories: Herbal Goodies, Misc, Natural Health, Recipes and DIY, Tea|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

  It's coming! In fact, for many of us, it's already here. This week marks the start of some busy, invigorating, stressful, and downright overwhelming days as we plunge headlong into the holiday season. It's going to take some focus to make sure we take care of ourselves, get plenty of rest and give our bodies the nutrition and support we need to carry us through the coming weeks. For me, oatstraw, red clover, and lavender are musts for a nourishing, calming cup of herbal tea! I call this recipe my "Do All The Things" tea blend; it even has a boost of Lemon Balm extract or tincture for a little extra concentrated feel good! Do All The Things Tea Blend 1 teaspoon organic Oatstraw 1/2 teaspoon organic Lavender flowers 1 teaspoon organic Bilberries 1 teaspoon organic Red Clover herb 1 dropperful organic Lemon Balm extract Combine the herbs in a tea infuser, nest, or bag and pour […]
21 11, 2014

The DIY Holiday Gift Guide

By |November 21st, 2014|Categories: Herbal Goodies, Misc, Natural Body Care, Natural Health, Recipes and DIY, Tea|Tags: |8 Comments

    Creating thoughtful, hand-crafted holiday gifts doesn't have to be hard or complicated. I don't think of myself as a very craftsy person, but I do challenge myself to give those closest to me at least one handmade gift every year. Some years, everyone gets the same thing, while other times, I have the energy to make more personalized gifts for those on my list. These seasonally inspired gifts are easy to put together, not the slightest bit fussy, and perfectly-suited for the range of folks you have in your life. And the best thing? None of them have to be made far in advance, so you can spend one afternoon crafting these delightful and useful gifts and then put your feet up and enjoy a nice, hot cup of tea…   Body & Bath Treats   Spearmint & Eucalyptus Lip Balm 1 Tablespoon organic Cocoa Butter or 4 Cocoa Butter Wafers 2 Tablespoons Shea Nut oil […]
16 11, 2014

The Sunday Steep!

By |November 16th, 2014|Categories: Herbal Goodies, Natural Health, Recipes and DIY, Tea|Tags: |1 Comment

I recently reorganized our “tea and herb station” at home for the upcoming season. This is the time of year when we are drinking hot tea just about every day and it was time to refill jars, freshen the stores, and get things reorganized to make creating tea blends easier and more fun. Organizing excites me, but I was also reminded of some of the amazing herbs that have been pushed to the side and neglected. It’s sort of like the seasonal organizing of my closet–things get moved to the front that I forgot about and it’s like discovering them all over again! Plus, I just love seeing all those gorgeous herbs lined up in labeled jars! This was one of the first teas I created from the newly tidy shelves (three full shelves of jarred and labeled herbs, mind you) and it was so sweet and delicious! Sweet Oat Tea 1 […]
14 11, 2014

New Editions of Rosemary Gladstar’s Classic Books Are Here!

By |November 14th, 2014|Categories: Books, Herbal Info, MRH News, Recipes and DIY|Tags: |0 Comments

These classic texts from the herbal community’s beloved Rosemary Gladstar are hot off the press.┬áThis collection of new 2014 editions have a wealth of herbal knowledge and how-to information with updated looks. Herbs for Common Ailments Previously sold under the title Herbs for the Home Medicine Chest, this informative guide profiles more than 50 herbs that are safe and effective for treating common ailments and injuries. Discover recipes for salves, teas, tinctures, and more, along with instructions for making an herbal first aid kit. Herbs for Stress & Anxiety This new edition was previously titled Herbs for Reducing Stress & Anxiety. Throughout this text, Rosemary Gladstar shows you simple herbal remedies that strengthen and build a healthy nervous system. She profiles 21 herbs proven to be effective at soothing common stress symptoms. Enjoy the herbs in tea decoctions and infusions, take them as capsules or tinctures, and relax in warm baths enhanced by […]