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Rose Cocktails (x 2)

From Shakespeare to nursery rhymes, the humble rose is loaded with symbolic meaning, often relating to matters of the heart. To the herbalist, roses are simultaneously uplifting and tranquility inducing, helping to soothe frazzled nerves and balance the emotional heart. Not only do they promote a sense of well-being, roses are also edible and quite …

Mullein

Verbascum thapsus Common Name: mullein Other Names: cowboy’s toilet paper (wipe with the grain), great mullein, Aaron’s rod, candlewick plant, cow lungwort, velvet dock, flannel plant, feltwort, shepherd’s staff, torches, our lady’s flannel, blanket herb, rag paper, wild ice leaf, clown’s lungwort, Peter’s staff, Jacob’s staff, shepherd’s club, beggar’s stalk, Adam’s flannel, beggar’s blanket, fluffweed, …

Dandelion vs. Cat’s Ear

Taraxacum officinale vs. Hypochaeris radicata The difference between Cat’s Ear and Dandelion leaves: The stems of Cat’s Ear are not hollow, they are wiry and will usually have more than one flower on each stem. The young leaves, root, flowers, and buds of Cat’s ear are edible similar to dandelion with comparable nutritional benefits, but …

Herbal Hot Cocoa

Nothing says “comfort” better than a steaming hot mug of hot chocolate on a cool fall evening. But not just any hot chocolate will do… toss out those packets of Swiss Miss and try this simple and delicious dandelion root hot cocoa blend using healthy, whole food ingredients. You’ll be amazed at how good this …

The Whole Person vs. Symptoms

When you experience symptoms, it’s a sign that your energy – or vital force – is doing its very best to protect you. When your body begins throwing off the illness, you may experience external symptoms such as: rashes & irritations eruptions, boils, acne & lumps sweating vomiting diarrhea This is certainly not ideal or …

Botany: Leaf Types

When I first started learning botany, the vocabulary was a little confusing. Not only was I having to memorize unfamiliar words and definitions, but I found that different books used different terms to describe the same thing. Here’s a hint: choose a descriptive word you like and stick to using that one. Becoming familiar with …

Health Benefits of Star Anise

Star anise (Illicium verum), not a very popularly used or thought-about spice, but darn it, I love the taste it imparts to recipes! This spice is NOT the same as anise seed; it’s beautifully star shaped and pleasantly fragrant. In our home, we use it in two of our favorite recipes: chai spice blend root …