January 2015


January 28, 2015 // 4 Comments

Celebrated on the 1st of February, Imbolc means in the belly, because our mother the Earth is expecting. She’s expecting spring, and so we celebrate the transformation of old woman winter into young maiden spring. Imbolc is referred to by others as  Saint Brigid’s Day. It is a Gaelic festival marking [ ...click to read more ]

Tea Time

January 27, 2015 // 3 Comments

Not only does tea taste good, it’s good for you… True tea is made from the leaves and buds of the Camellia sinensis tea bush. Depending on how the tea is produced, it falls into one of these six classifications: green, white, yellow, oolong, and He Cha [ dark black ]. There are also dozens of teas within [ ...click to read more ]

Soft and Silky Skin

January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Unless you’ve immersed yourself in oil this time of year, your skin is probably feeling the effects of cold air, dry and stuffy rooms, and lack of moisture. Because the skin is the largest organ in the human body, it is the first to suffer from lack of moisture. Water, plain and simple. Two pints each day in [ ...click to read more ]

Herb Catalogs

January 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

This month would be a good time to design and plan the 2015 herb and vegetable garden. Over the past several years I’ve taught students that the best and most productive gardens begin on paper. Draw up a list of what did well for you last year, and a list of what didn’t do well for you. Maintaining [ ...click to read more ]

Herbal Pharmacy

January 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Cold sore stinging? Crush a 250 mg. vitamin C tablet and apply it to the sore. The ascorbic acid will kill the bacteria in the sore. It will promote faster healing and dry up the blisters. The herb cilantro binds to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and aluminum, making it easier to flush them out of the body. [ ...click to read more ]

January Recipes ~ Simple and Delicious

January 8, 2015 // 2 Comments

Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup In a 4-quart or larger slow cooker, combine 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in bite-size pieces, 1 medium chopped onion, 3 sliced carrots, 2 ribs of thinly sliced celery, 1/4 teaspoon each, salt and pepper. 6 cups of low sodium chicken broth. Cover and cook on low [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 19

January 7, 2015 // 4 Comments

A pot of basil grown in a kitchen window that faces west will keep this area free from negative spirits. The best time to plant an herb garden is when the moon is in Cancer, Scorpio, Libra or Pisces. Any product made from rose oil will not only moisturize your skin, it will also purify and cleanse your skin as well. [ ...click to read more ]

Herb of the Year for 2015 – Savory

January 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

The International Herb Association has selected savory as Herb of the Year for 2015. A beautiful herb it is, and a well deserved honor indeed. Savory’s use as a cooking herb dates back to well over 2,000 years. Both varieties, winter and summer, have a strong, but delicious flavor. The Latin name for summer [ ...click to read more ]

All About Echinacea

January 1, 2015 // 1 Comment

Echinacea ~ Also known as purple coneflower. Soil/Sun – Grows best in full sun, and prefers a sandy or rocky soil. Echinacea likes to grow in wide open areas. A long bed or border is ideal. Some plants will need staking after a heavy or prolonged rain. Under ideal growing conditions, the plants can reach a [ ...click to read more ]