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Tools for Water Extraction

Whenever we think about herbs, one of our primary concerns is how to extract the active constituents in the best manner. We want to get the right constituents out, we want the delivery method to be effective, and we want the extraction to last. We also like to make the extraction practice as accessible as …

Borage, A Relative of Comfrey

We’ve talked a bit about borage before, but it’s a beautiful and delicious plant, and deserves a revisit! It’s not only a great companion plant, but it’s a useful one to herbalists. Borago officinalis is a cooling and moistening relative of comfrey. This is important information to remember. We actually don’t have that many moistening …

National Daughter’s Day

I am continually blessed by my sweet daughter every day; but this happens to be national daughter day so I’m going to publicly announce my love, respect and gratitude for Linde. She is not only a vital part of Huckleberry Mountain Botanicals, but in our home and family as well. She is a wise listener, …

Soothe the Smoke Away

The west is on fire. Seriously. If you look at a map of all the fires currently burning in the west, it looks like there isn’t an area you can go to escape the effects of smoke inhalation. Some places are in the extreme toxic air level while others (like mine) are just in the …

The Basics of Lacto-Fermented Veggies

We’ve discussed the importance of supporting your microbiota. Maybe you’d like to increase your intake of fermented foods, but have you noticed how expensive they are? If you’ve purchased live, organic fermented foods such as sauerkraut or kimchi, they can really add up over time. But did you know that making your own fermented veggies …

Honeysuckle Fairy

Most will recognize that lovely fragrance of a honeysuckle and children love to pull the stamen in order to enjoy a drop of sweet, edible nectar (hence the name: honeysuckle)! Lonicera ciliosa, the orange honeysuckle or western trumpet honeysuckle is what we have growing here in North Idaho. The twining, trailing vines can climb up …

Let’s Talk About Pineappleweed

We’re well into summer and surrounded by so many flowers. The pollinators are just loving it! We are blessed to have a blanket of pineappleweed covering a large portion of the gravel near our house. I know, most people wouldn’t want a “weed” growing where gravel should be, but this amazing plant offers beauty, amazing …