Your Herbal Home Base

Your Herbal Home Base

One thing that has always bothered me about blogs is the lack of topical organization that is produced by displaying blog posts sequentially. I love trying to wrap my mind around something one subject at a time and I love outlines. Thus, I've created this post to be a topical outline of sorts about the different [...]

Benefits of Including your Children in your Herbal Adventure

Dirt covered everything. Dried herbs poured everywhere but the pot of water. Herb seedlings "transplanted" by being crushed in chubby little hands. Yep, I'm raising a toddler herbalist. And I couldn't be happier.   My Little Herbalist Last night at supper I got the privilege of listening to our two year old give her daddy [...]

3 Ways to Dry Herbs

"The purpose of drying is to take out enough water from the material so that spoilage organisms are not able to grow and multiply during storage." (Putting Food By) Technically the USDA defines dehydrated food as having only 2.5 to 4 percent water left; this is unattainable with home drying. Dried foods are defined as [...]

Growing & Enjoying the Benefits of Lavender for Beginners

Lavender. Who doesn't love a row of perfectly curved bushes surrounded by that glorious purple haze of flowers and the even more incredible aroma? I love the look of lavender and I love the scent. While I did appreciate the glories of lavender, I really didn't know how to use it. Looking on Pinterest, I've [...]

Planter Ideas for Indoor Gardening

There's a hint of cool in the air, it is officially after Labor day, the kids are back at school, and pumpkin flavored everything is making an appearance. Sounds enough like fall to be thinking about bringing the outside herbs in! I began looking on Pinterest to get some ideas for my indoor herb garden and [...]

Chamomile: Benefits & Uses

" The finest and safest of all medicinals" is how Chamomile is described by Rosemary Gladstar. What's not to love about Chamomile? It's has beautiful little daisy-like flowers that would look great in any garden, it's gentle enough even for babies, and it has so many uses! It is "commonly used for -stomach stress, -digestive [...]

Echinacea; Benefits, Uses, & Doses

Echinacea; your immune boosting super star! This pretty purple herb is great for activating your immune system to fight colds, the flu, and respiratory issues. It's safe for kids, and according to the Mayo clinic is safe for pregnant and nursing moms as well. This week after my husband's entire extended family including us got [...]