Infused Herbal Oils

Infused Herbal Oils Uses & Sample Formulas Muscle rub & massage oil: warm oil before using. Willow, arnica, Solomon’s seal, cayenne for pain; rose & damiana for love. Decongestant: add to a bath or to boiling water as a steam. Eucalyptus, cayenne, goldenrod, yarrow, thyme. Skin soother: for chronic conditions like eczema and psoriasis, or … Continue reading Infused Herbal Oils

Herbal Ice Pops for Sick Kids

Herbal ice pops are a great variation on the infused ice cube theme, specifically helpful with the cranky toddler and kid crowd. This is a great anti-dehydration remedy, as well as a tasty, fun treat that makes it easier to get herbs into sick kids. Make a strong infusion or decoction (instructions). Sweeten generously with … Continue reading Herbal Ice Pops for Sick Kids

Frozen Yogurt Infusions: Toddler Magic

Turn infusions and decoctions into delicious, fun remedies that go down easy!  Frozen yogurt infusions are a fantastic trick to get medicine into kids who don't eat when things go awry, and they're especially nice for kids prone to tummy trouble.   Make strong tea out of your choice of herbs, using either the infusion … Continue reading Frozen Yogurt Infusions: Toddler Magic

Oxymels: Love in the Medicine

Oxymels: Love in the Medicine Oxymels are one of my absolute favorite remedy forms.  There's something about the sweet tang of an oxymel that seems to embody the love and heartfelt good wishes of the medicine maker, as well as the complexities of caring for each other.  They are delicious, versatile, high in a wide … Continue reading Oxymels: Love in the Medicine

Goldenrod: August Medicine Journal

Get ready for goldenrod!  This much maligned plant is a wonderful ally for allergies, sinus issues, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, sore throats, and more.  It is wonderful as a tincture, syrup, honey, or dried for tea. Allergy syrup is my favorite way to use goldenrod.  I combine it with Tulsi, Nettles, & Schisandra, in … Continue reading Goldenrod: August Medicine Journal

Iced Tea & Ice Cubes: July Medicine Journal

It's hot, and delicious tea herbs are abundant!  Take a cue from the weather and keep the fridge stocked with herbal iced teas.  If you'd like to relish these teas again after the flowers have faded, try herbal ice cubes and popsicles for a year-round treat! Right now, my family is enjoying homemade lemon balm, … Continue reading Iced Tea & Ice Cubes: July Medicine Journal

Summer Meadows: August Wildcrafting Journal

High summer is all about the herbs of the field.  Be on the look out for Bee Balm, Goldenrod, & the wild Mints.  Keep your eyes on the hedgerows for late Elder flowers, and be ready for ripe Elderberries soon.  New England Aster will be ready before we know it, too, although it has a … Continue reading Summer Meadows: August Wildcrafting Journal

Time to Dig Roots! September Medicine Journal

Get ready for roots! One of the most common questions I'm asked is when to harvest roots. Autumn is the perfect time to dig roots, as the plant has stored up lots of good carbohydrate energy to get it through the winter. The most fortuitous time of the fall for digging roots is the dark … Continue reading Time to Dig Roots! September Medicine Journal

New England Aster: September Wildcrafting Journal

New England Aster is almost here!  This has become one of my favorite early fall medicines to harvest.  It is so fun to be out in the sun on a crisp, early fall day, picking beautiful purple flowers at the end of the season.  Often I'll harvest some wild apples or Eliagnus berries while I'm … Continue reading New England Aster: September Wildcrafting Journal

Allyship in Herbalism: Ruminations

The Bottom Line is Self-Empowerment We are each the utmost authority on our own health. We are not the utmost authority on someone else’s health. Even when someone is making an unarguably bad choice (quit smoking already) we are not the expert on what’s inside them. We are experts at our practice, and we can … Continue reading Allyship in Herbalism: Ruminations