Cleavers – The Spring Cleaner

Cleavers – The Spring Cleaner

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[caption id="attachment_467" align="alignright" width="300"] cleaver ready to tincture[/caption]What could be more invigorating, waking up from the winter doldrums and bursting into spring than a tonic to do that very thing! (wow, I rhymed) There's an herb for that! It goes by the name cleavers (or clivers or bedstraw). You can find a huge list of things that cleavers can be good for, but today let's focus on the word "herbal tonic". The earth that we live on is usually the best indicator for what to use, when, where herbal tonics are concerned, and the herbs that grow in every yard and in every open place they can find in the wild, this time of year, include cleavers, chickweed, henbit, dandelion, and dead nettle. Cleavers enjoys a wonderful history as a…
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Experiencing Herbs with your Child

Experiencing Herbs with your Child

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[caption id="attachment_396" align="alignright" width="300"] Bash, processing thyme and lavender with Mom.[/caption] Here is a picture from last summer. Bash was helping me process thyme and lavender. Lavender is his FAVORITE herb. He loves the little purple flowers and the smell, I mean who doesn't? Well my weirdo herbalist of a mother isn't the hugest lavender (fragrance) fan...buuut...more for US! ;) Hello beautiful people! Relishing in this absolutely beautiful sunny day! Wandered around my garden barefoot this morning slowly soaking up that positive Sagittarius energy. I did not want the quiet morning to end. It lasted a good solid 3 minutes until I realized my bare feet were two inches away from a mound of dog poop left by my beloved blue heeler Winston. OH glorious morning!! I MUST say though,…
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How to Use Violets

How to Use Violets

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[caption id="attachment_368" align="alignright" width="300"] violet blooms soaking up the spring sun[/caption] They are the color of spring. They are the taste of spring. They grow anywhere, everywhere. I have found them in the woods, in the shade and in full sun in our strawberry beds at the farm. VIOLETS! The entirety of the violet plant is useful in some way... the flowers, the leaves, and the roots. How to Use Violets To start with, try a leaf. Go ahead, pluck one off and chew on it. Taste it. Note the slipperiness of the leaves in your mouth. The way an herb tastes is a very good indicator of its medicinal value. To try a violet tea, put a large teaspoon of fresh chopped up violet leaves (and flowers and roots…
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Where are you? We are here!

Where are you? We are here!

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[caption id="attachment_299" align="alignleft" width="300"] this is where we are![/caption] Homeschool "Mom's Night Out" looks like it was a big success! My daughter Hannah, her sister-in-law, Rebecca went with all the other moms in the group to a local artists' shop. (She teaches the art class Rebecca's daughter attends. ;) ) This shows you, our readers sort of where we are. Where in the world are YOU?
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Herbal Tonics

Herbal Tonics

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Herbal tonics are an easy way to begin using herbs. You can use fresh herbs straight from your garden or of the woods around you or dried. It is an easy way to try something new and see how it affects you. AND, you can drink tea all of your life. Our world is toxic and filled with disease. What can it hurt to safeguard our health and keep our body’s defenses strong? How does one go about combating disease, increasing immunity and elevating the quality of their own life but by nourishing one’s body tissues and providing energy for all the zillions of metabolic unseen processes that go on at a cellular level? The word (and use) of tonics is powerhouse if understood (and used) properly. Speaking about the…
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