Herbal Pharmacy – 8

October 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Drinking two cups of dandelion tea several times each week could flush away up to five pounds of fluid from your tissues, lowering blood pressure the way many diuretics do — without the negative side effects of the manufactured drug. Look for loose leaf dandelion tea bags in health food stores. -oOo- In one [ ...click to read more ]

Herbal Remedies for Insomnia

October 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

While some people have no problem falling or staying asleep, others toss and turn and count sheep. Here are some suggestions and ideas for promoting a good nights sleep: Warm milk with peppermint and honey. In a sauce pan, heat one cup of milk, do not boil. Add 1/2 teaspoon dried peppermint. Remove from heat, cover [ ...click to read more ]

How to Make a Vinegar Tincture

October 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

Dried herbs produce the most effective medicinal extract, but fresh herbs can be used as well. I prefer the dried herbs because fresh herbs have too much moisture and will water down the vinegar as the maceration process begins. You’ll need a glass jar with a non-metal lid, because during the maceration process the [ ...click to read more ]

Plantain ~ The Wonder Weed

September 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

Plantain – Plantago major, Plantaginaceae Description: Deep green, lily like plants found along streams, roadsides and lawns. The flowers are a yellow-green in appearance and when mature 7 inch spikes that resemble miniature cat-tails protrude from the center. The leaves are 8-10 inches long, oval to [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 23

September 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Hanging Gardens, in what is now Iraq have been called one of the seven wonders of the world. Legend has it that the gardens were built by King Nebuchadnezzar for his favorite wife who was homesick for her native trees and mountains. The Hanging Gardens were actually terraced roof gardens, built over massive stone [ ...click to read more ]

Cleanup Time

September 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

When it comes to putting the garden to bed (for winter), the first step should be clean up your plants — this would include any food crop beds or any annual herb plants. You’ll prevent diseases from returning the following year by removing any diseased plant material and disposing of it by putting it in the [ ...click to read more ]

A Basket of Love

September 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

It was cool this morning, and after a very hot summer I welcomed 58 ºF. I picked all of the ripe tomatoes and the remaining green peppers and harvested the last sweet Spanish onions (the onions didn’t grow very large as I had started them from seeds). Hard to find this type of onion in the grocery — the [ ...click to read more ]

Some FAQs About Herbs

September 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

Q : Herb – how do you pronounce it? A: That’s easily the most asked question about herbs. It depends on where you live. If you’re in the UK, the “h” is pronounced, as in “herb”. In the US, it’s usually pronounced “erb” (no “h” sound). Q: What exactly are [ ...click to read more ]

Versatile Lemon Balm

September 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Description- An upright perennial herb with attractive lemon scented leaves. Leaves are oval and serrated, about an inch long with clusters of pale yellow flowers blooming in late July. The entire plant emits a pronounced lemony scent. Lemon balm is native to southern Europe and North Africa, and grows wild throughout [ ...click to read more ]

How to Make a Vodka Tincture

September 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

. Many of the active constituents in herbal medicines are readily soluble in alcohol, which is also an effective preservative. For this reason alone, a vodka tincture is preferred by most herbalists. You may use dried herbs if fresh herbs are not available. Take care that the herbs are of the highest quality and [ ...click to read more ]