Roses have long been a staple in bringing beauty and scent into our lives. I love to add rose petals and rose hips to my tea, and rose petal jelly has a taste that you have to try to believe. For over 3,000 years Rose has been considered the Queen of flowers. Brought to Europe… Continue reading Rose
The botanical name of the plant we commonly refer to as rosemary was recently changed from Rosmarinus officinalis to Salvia rosmarinus. While the official name may be different, rosemary is still a beautiful, and beneficial, plant for your garden. The word rosmarinus, which is a constant in the name, may have been inspired by its… Continue reading Rosemary
I have had an interest in herbs for as long as I can remember. As an active member of the group Future Farmers of America, or FFA, in high school, my focus was on landscaping and horticulture. After working in a greenhouse for a few years, I transitioned into a management role and moved away… Continue reading Herbal Books on My Bookshelf
One thing that we can count on every year is cold and flu season. This year has made even more clear the impact that viruses can have on us. It has also highlighted both the need for personal hygiene and the importance of supporting our immune system. Those things alone are still not often enough.… Continue reading Seasonal Support: Cold & Flu
An old tradition that is being rediscovered is the use of dream pillows. Adding these sachet-like, herb filled pillows can stimulate and guide your dreams. The herbs that are chosen can enhance dreaming, encourage a sense of calm, and even reduce the discomfort of a headache. You may choose to record your dreams in a… Continue reading Dream Pillows
Sage, salvia officinalis, is a culinary, medicinal, ornamental, and magical plant. The plants name come from the Latin word for salvation. It has a long history of being used as everything from a preservative to way to assist in weaning children. Personally, I use sage to help with sore throats. A woody perennial with square… Continue reading Sage
We all encounter obstacles. Sometimes they are small, easily surmountable and leave little residual effect. Sometimes they are larger, require a little more effort and have a lasting impact. Then there are those obstacles that act as blocks, preventing us from moving forward. What do obstacles and blocks have to do with lemons? Citrus x… Continue reading When Life Gives You Lemons…
There are many benefits to using tulsi regularly. It is considered an adaptogenic herb and an immunomodulator. This means that regular use can help the body better tolerate the effects of stress on the system and it can reduce excessive immune responses to common allergens.