Herbalists links that I Love!

How do you find an affordable way to learn from a Master Herbalist? Word of mouth is usually the best way, but if you aren’t really involved in groups that you feel good about, or know any herbalist then this can be hard, especially if you are new to herbalism. There are so many venues…

Pumpkin Spiced Pear Butter

Finding pear trees in fruit is a great feeling. But quite a few years ago it was important, because we needed food! We had moved in with my parents after an offer for a new home fell through when we were informed of a hefty tax from the township. In the meantime, we met a…

Mullein

Originally posted on Krista's Herbarium:
Verbascum thapsus Common Name: mullein, velvet plant, figwort, Jupiter’s staff, blanket herb   Family: Scrophulariaceae TCM Name: Jia Yan Ye Ayurvedic Name: N/A Parts Used: root, leaf, flower, flower stalk resin Native To: Native to Europe and North Africa, naturalised in North America Medicinal Notes Lyte (The Niewe Herball, 1578) tells us ‘that the…

What the Ancients Knew and We Forgot

Years ago, I was interested in Astrology and as time went on, saw that it could be a very useful tool in certain arena’s. I was working as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of Operations at a County Mental Health facility and thought on more than one occasion that the PsyD’s would probably understand…

Blueberry Elderflower Mead

Racking a few bottles of homemade Herbal Mead is a real pleasure, but not as much as decanting it! If you are creative you can make up all original recipes. If not, there are countless recipes for Mead making. The approach that I use is not what you will find in a Modern Mead Maker…

Boneset

My dog and I left the barely cool shade of the flood plain forest and started walking across the field under the glare of the midday  sun.   A flash of white caught my eye and I moved closer for a look.  There it was–Boneset.  During just the time I took to stop and take…

Spiced Pear Cardamom Butter

Originally posted on Putney Farm:
Spiced Pear Cardamom Butter. As we mentioned in last week’s weekly cocktail post, we sometimes find pears to be a challenging ingredient. We like to eat our Comice pears out of hand, but when we got to our “mystery” pears we were a bit stumped. Part of the issue is…

COMFREY- THE HOMESTEADERS GOLD MINE

Originally posted on Rise and Shine Rabbitry:
Bee’s love comfrey I get excited about a few things (most are homestead related), but rabbits and comfrey are at the top of my list! There are so many uses for comfrey on the homestead everyone should grow it. This amazing plant can be used as a livestock food and tonic, herbal…

Elderberry – Scary and Delicious, part 1

Originally posted on The Herb Society of America Blog:
Kathleen Hale, member Herb Society of America, Western Reserve Unit The elder is a scary plant. Oh, sure, it’s hardy and lovely. In June it is crowned with showy, flat umbels of fragrant flowers above its lacy foliage. Later come rich clusters of dark purple fruit,…

Happy 100th Birthday, Julia Child!

Originally posted on My Vermont Kitchen:
This photo of “Les Trois Gourmandes” hangs in my kitchen. I like to think of them as my kitchen guardian angels. I owe all of my interest in cooking and food to Julia Child. In the 1970s, her show would be on in the late afternoon on PBS and…