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 [...]

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 [...]

Storing Your Herbal Infusions

What's easier? Grabbing the bottle of Ibuprofen/tube of diaper rash cream/oragel to suppress symptoms or just researching what the problem is, finding the appropriate herb, making an infusion, waaaaaaiting for it to infuse, filtering it, and using it? Obviously the second option, right? Not really, especially when you are sick, in pain, holding a screaming [...]

Pineapple Sage; Growing, Harvesting, and Using

I've had Pineapple Sage growing in my garden for two years and have finally gotten around to harvesting it! I've appreciated that it has grown enthusiastically and has produced beautiful flowers, but I haven't thought of anything off the top of my head that I NEED to add a Pineappley flavor to. So, instead of [...]

How to Make Echinacea Tincture

As promised in my post on the benefits of Echinacea, here is how I made my Echinacea tincture. I'm not even sure you could call this a recipe because it is SO easy and such little work, but to make it look more official, we will call it a recipe still ūüôā How I made [...]

Tinctures: The Basics

So what is a tincture? The Prescription for Herbal Healing says that, "Tinctures are made by soaking an herb in alcohol. This causes the active constituents of the plant to dissolve, and gives the tincture a stronger action than teas or infusions." Tinctures are beneficial because they are much more concentrated, meaning it is easier [...]