January 2013

Squash Soup Recipe

January 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

I harvested a bumper crop of winter squashes from our backyard, and after giving away several to friends, neighbors and some people that I barely knew, I thought I should give myself pause and look up some squash recipes before I gave them all away. I’ll admit that I had started to tire of steamed squash with [ ...click to read more ]

Legend of the Four Thieves Oil

January 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

A tale of four men who robbed and plundered the houses of the dying and deceased victims of the bubonic plague. They created this blend of herbs and added virgin olive oil as a carrier base to disperse the ingredients. Each robber chose a name for which they would refer to one another during the thefts. We have listed [ ...click to read more ]

The Mighty Tea Tree

January 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Tea Tree: [Melaleuca alternifolia] The shrub is native to Australia. The bark has a paper like feel and texture, with pointed leaves and flowers in various shades of white. Cultivation: Tea Trees are started from seed, usually in the spring. The seeds are tiny, so start them in a fine textured seed starting mix. [ ...click to read more ]

Five Fabulous Herbs

January 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Super herb for gas and bloating: Dill [ Anethum graveolens ] A certain amount of gas is normal, but at times excess gas can be embarrassing. Dill with its soothing and calming action on the digestive system is the preferred herb to curb excess gas. Dill’s essential oil is responsible for reducing excess [ ...click to read more ]

To Make an Amulet

January 4, 2013 // 4 Comments

An amulet is a magical tool that helps to bring about changes in your life. We have a new year ahead of us, one that can and should be filled with knowledge and adventure. And love as well. To make an amulet, begin with a piece of cloth or leather, about 8 inches in diameter. If you’re the rustic type, a section [ ...click to read more ]

Herb of the Year – 2013

January 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

The International Herb Association has announced Elder [ Sambucus nigra ] as Herb of the Year – 2013. The shrub is easily cultivated and can be grown successfully in a location that receives full sun. Elder is native to northern Africa, Asia and Europe. Elder grows best in zones 5-7. The flowers and berries are [ ...click to read more ]