Staying Healthy in 2014

December 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’m not advocating flu shots. Each of us must make an informed decision if we want the vaccine or not. H1N1 cases have been reported in Chicago on December 27, 2013. If you would like to know more, here is a link to an excellent site that will keep you informed with the latest updates. [ ...click to read more ]

Holiday Recipes

December 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Russian Tea 1/2 cup instant tea 1 cup Tang 1 package Wyler’s lemonade 1 tsp.cinnamon 10 whole cloves 1/2 cup sugar Mix all ingredients together and store in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Use 2 tablespoons of tea per 8 ounces of boiling water. Wassail 1 stick cinnamon 16 whole cloves 1 orange 1/2 [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 4

December 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

How to make disinfectant wipes: 1/4 cup dried lavender flowers, 1/4 cup dried rosemary, 1/4 cup dried sage, and 2 cups of white vinegar. Add all the ingredients to a quart mason jar. Cap the jar and place it in a cool area. Infuse this mixture for seven days. Strain out the herbs, add the liquid to a spray bottle. Use [ ...click to read more ]

Celebrating Yule

December 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Yule takes place on the day of the winter solstice, December 21st. This year on December 21st, 2013, it begins at 12:11 pm. An amazing thing will occur on this day. The Earth’s axis tilts away from the Sun in the northern hemisphere, and the Sun reaches at its greatest distance from the equatorial plane. [ ...click to read more ]

December in the Herb Garden

December 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Shorter daylight hours and freezing temperatures have slowed down the growth of the herbs. They may be dormant, but they still need protection and water. Continue to water herbs growing in containers. Remove any fallen leaves from low-growing herbs such as thyme or summer planted lavender. Damp, rotting leaves are [ ...click to read more ]

Good for You ~ Ginger

November 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

In merry old England during the 17th century, a pound of ginger could be traded at the market for one healthy female sheep. This twisted and gnarled herb has been around for thousands of years, valued not only as a seasoning but also for use in herbal medicine. When brewed as a tea, it can ease morning sickness and [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket

November 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

Certain herbs can warm you up from the inside out. They can improve circulation and bring warmth to the extremities. Allspice: Add ground allspice to holiday marinades, roasted vegetables, cookies and pumpkin pie. Its sweet and spicy aroma will boost your mood. Horseradish: This tangy herb is a natural detoxifier that [ ...click to read more ]