Medicine Chest: Herbal First Aid Kit

Topical Herbal First Aid Kit As you delve into the world of herbal medicine, at some point or another you take a look at your medicine cabinet and think, "What kinds of natural remedies should I stock in my first aid kit?" Many herbs offer topical applications for a variety of everyday woes, including aches … Continue reading Medicine Chest: Herbal First Aid Kit

Caring With Calendula

This vibrant orange blossom pops in the garden add a burst of color to cuisine and is a powerhouse in the medicine cabinet. Learn more about this amazing, autumn-loving species. Brilliantly striking, calendula's gorgeous yellow and deep-orange blossoms bring a smile to both gardener and herbalist alike. In the fall, you'll find this plant gracing … Continue reading Caring With Calendula

Celebrate Calendula Flowers

Calendula flowers have a sunny disposition in the garden. Use its golden petals in the kitchen and be sure to keep it well-stocked in the medicine cabinet for an array of medicinal uses, including soothing ointments and astringent tinctures. Since antiquity, calendula flowers, or pot marigold, have been used in infusions for many maladies. Since … Continue reading Celebrate Calendula Flowers

Powerful Herbal Pain Relief

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the home of a gracious woman who deals in antiques. As I admired the many fine pieces displayed there, I came to realize that I, too, am something of a period piece a baby boomer who's fundamentally sound but sporting the odd creaky hinge or … Continue reading Powerful Herbal Pain Relief

Your Apothecary Cabinet: Calendula Oil

Marigold has much value today and in traditional cultures as a homeopathic remedy, but the oil extracted from the flowers, called calendula oil, is not far behind in providing benefits. Learn more about this oil distilled from the petals of the pot marigold or Calendula officinalis, and how you can harness its health and practical … Continue reading Your Apothecary Cabinet: Calendula Oil

Your Apothecary Cabinet: Herbal Oils

Herbal oils are simply oils infused with herbs, much as you would steep rosemary in olive oil for culinary purposes. Healing herbal oils can be taken internally for a variety of ailments, can be used externally for therapeutic or daily beauty routines, and can be incorporated into herbal salve recipes. Dried herbs are preferred since … Continue reading Your Apothecary Cabinet: Herbal Oils

Calendula – A Golden Herb for Garden and Kitchen

Known also as the poet’s marigold or pot marigold, calendula brightens garden beds, pots, vases and culinary creations from spring to frost {or beyond} with its sunny flowers. The flowers smell like honey, slightly spicy and woody- reminiscent of fresh rhubarb or angelica flowers- and their flavor is pleasantly mild and vegetable-sweet. Traditionally, the golden … Continue reading Calendula – A Golden Herb for Garden and Kitchen

Your Medicinal Herb Garden

One of the questions I get asked frequently is what herbs would I recommend for a small medicinal herb garden or for someone just starting out so they don’t get overwhelmed. So that’s what I’m going to cover today. Of course, I don’t know everyone’s specifics. I will have to make a few assumptions – … Continue reading Your Medicinal Herb Garden

Let’s Create Some Herbal Medicine – Compresses.

Compresses are pads or cloths saturated with herbal teas that are applied externally to heal skin traumas {wounds, rashes, skin infections, burns, scrapes, bites, and stings}, contusions, sprains, strains, muscle aches, and even organ congestion {a lack of proper blood flow that can lead to the functioning of an organ}. A warm compress is helpful … Continue reading Let’s Create Some Herbal Medicine – Compresses.