Creating Herbal Goals for the New Year


Almost 2 weeks into the new year and after plenty of thought about my priorities, lots of distraction dealing with sicknesses one after the other, and finding a few quiet moments to actually distill my thoughts into real practical ideas, I am excited to say that I have my 2017 goals for my herbal study!

I want to share with you how to create your own goals for enhancing your use of herbs in your family, and give you a peek at my goals for the year!

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What do Herbs have to do with Homeschooling?

herbalism-and-homeschoolingWhy an herbal homeschool?

I just updated my domain name to be This has led to some reflection on my blog name and what it really means to be an herbal HOMEschool as opposed to sharing information as a herbal “school” or our homestead or any other cheesy name I could think up (and I am pretty good at that, let me tell you!)

I was homeschooled for 10 years, from 2nd grade through graduation.

Best Christmas present EVER! After spending a year in public school and 1.5 years in a private Christian school, I was more stressed and uptight than any eight year old should be. I begged to be homeschooled for months before winter break and all I asked for at Christmas was a note saying we could homeschool. I got it! We gathered up all my school supplies & books from the school and never looked back. Aside from repenting & becoming a Christian at a young age, being homeschooled by my incredible mom was easily one of the top things that has most influenced me throughout my life. Let me elaborate on how our vision for education influences my interest in herbalism. . . Continue reading

Year Round Herb Gardening

herbal-rebel-introLooking at nature, autumn is a time of relaxing from the hustle of summer, of drawing inward and reflecting, of reaching into what you have stored away over the growing season.

A blog post by Guido Mase on Mountain Rose Herb’s blog called In Gratitude for Plants focuses on the blessings of pulling inward and reflecting during this season. He says,

” It is an opportunity to reaffirm connection, gather the alignments and alliances that have grown richer over the summer months, and renew my faith in the plant connection that drives me. So much happened over the summer, but fall gives us a chance to acknowledge, internalize, and express gratitude for it all. This is a time when power is in the air, a richness and abundance we can harness if we stop to do it mindfully. “

I love the idea of this, of settling down to my indoor projects, pulling from my herb collection built up over the summer, reflecting and setting goals for the next growing season. Really, I need to start working towards finding a balance with this.

The only problem is, that so isn’t me.

I LOVE autumn; I love it getting cooler, I love love love the colors and the crunchy leaves and the musty smell of the woods. But I don’t love having to stop.

I like pushing the boundaries, keeping things growing.

Perhaps some of this feeling comes from jumping on the herbal bandwagon literally late in the season. Perhaps it comes from my natural tendency to be contrary. Most likely some of these feelings are inspired by expecting a new baby in spring and knowing I am going to be busy and exhausted and less able to get outside in the garden.

At any rate, as it gets colder & browner outside, my mind has been wandering to how I could possibly maintain an indoor herb garden. Continue reading