I hate to admit it, but I’m not particularly graceful. Consequently, I tend to get my share of bruises. And that’s why I need my homemade arnica salve. Continue Reading
When it comes to staying well, prevention through a healthy lifestyle goes a long way. But we all know that despite our best efforts, we still catch cold, and get cuts, bruises, and the occasional headache. And if you’re me, get into a patch of poison ivy. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep your medicine cabinet stocked with some natural home remedies.
I’m not a health care professional. I’m a wife, a mom, and a grandmother who has faced lots of minor ailments over the years. Please use common sense when caring for your family. Home medicine can be very safe and effective, but educate yourself and know when to see your doctor.Continue Reading
One of my favorite things ever is watching someone’s eyes light up as they are opened to a new idea. That happened recently on a walk with my niece. I just naturally started pointing out plants, as I’m inclined to do, that are edible or medicinal and I saw it happen. And she said it. “You mean they’re not just weeds?”Continue Reading
Make Your Own Tea Bag
Yes, I have tea balls, and tea spoons, and even a tea sock for straining loose leaf tea. But I was drying mullein leaf to have on hand to ease coughs and congestion. Mullein leaf has really tiny hairs and if not completely strained can cause irritation and make that cough worse.
So I wanted a quick, easy way to make a tea bag that would be sure to strain the tea completely. A tea bag from a coffee filter was just what I needed.Continue Reading
One of the most difficult things, at least to me, about learning a new subject is the fact that you have to learn a new language, in a sense. It’s true whether you’re learning to cook, or learning to make soap.
Herbalism is no exception. Each medicinal herb has specific properties, some of which, like ‘antidepressant’, or ‘laxative’, are familiar. But when I read that an herb is cholagogue, or cicatrizant, my eyes begin to cross.Continue Reading