December 2014

The One Lovely Blog Award

December 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

This is to thank two awesome bloggers who have such beautiful and informative blogs, Ch’kara at Heather Kemball at for nominating Mystical Magical Herbs for the One Lovely Blog Award. Now the rules for the One Lovely Blog Award: 1.  Thank [ to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 18

December 13, 2014 // 3 Comments

Fresh lemon balm leaves were once used to polish oak furniture. The lemon essence preserved the wood and kept it light in color. In Medieval times, children were not allow sweet cakes [ gingerbread men today ] as it was thought that fresh ginger would produce bad dreams. Mace is the outer covering for nutmeg that is [ to read more ]

Stocking the Pantry

December 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Long ago before we had stores on every corner and shopping centers popping everywhere, people kept a large supply of food on hand. Lack of transportation, and weather conditions dictated how people stored food. There was the old fashioned root cellar, a basement full of shelves lined with staples. In many parts of [ to read more ]

Build Your Own “Food Bank”

December 8, 2014 // 1 Comment

If you put money in a regular bank CD, you might get 2.4% per annum, and that’s with a very large deposit to be put away for five years. Rates usually hover around 1% or a tad more for us regular folks with not that much spare cash. Recently, food prices have been increasing by an average of 3.5% in the course [ to read more ]

Herbal Pharmacy

December 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Eating foods rich in the phytochemical luteolin  may help prevent diabetes, say Chinese scientists. In an animal study, mice on a high-fat diet enriched with luteolin had improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity after 12 weeks. Luteolin works by stabilizing the cellular inflammation that hampers the [ to read more ]

December Recipes – Chill Chasers

December 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s not even winter and we’ve had massive snow storms and freezing temperatures. I’m stocking my cabinets with items for quick and delicious meals. I’ll be posting some hearty soup and stew recipes this month. I’ll add something to this article as much as possible, so check in once a [ to read more ]