How to Make Herbal Teas

Herbal tea is the backbone of herbal medicine.  It is often one of the easiest ways to get herbs into your daily life, just by having a nice cup of delicious whatever in hot water as part of your routine. However, not all herbal teas are prepared using the same method.  In herbal medicine making … Continue reading How to Make Herbal Teas

Infused Honey, Syrups, & Elixirs for Winter Colds

This article is part of the series “Basic Recipes for Kitchen Witches,” which is in response to students’ requests for me to post recipes online.  The goal of these articles is to give you the how-to-ness, the essential mechanics of creation,  as a basis for your own future creativity.  You can let your little light … Continue reading Infused Honey, Syrups, & Elixirs for Winter Colds

Solstice Brew: Herbal Hot Toddy

In honor of the winter solstice, the longest night of the year and a tangible turning point as the light builds towards spring, an easy warming brew from my kitchen to yours. My family celebrates this night of sacred darkness with hot toddies around a snowy bonfire.  This herbal version of the traditional winter drink will chase away … Continue reading Solstice Brew: Herbal Hot Toddy

Making Weight-to-Volume Tinctures

Let's break down the art of tincture making!  Tincture ratios, percents, solubility, and all the rest of it. First, Some Basics Weight-to-volume tinctures are made by carefully considering two aspects of balance: the balance between the weight of the marc and the volume of menstruum, and the balance of alcohol and water in the menstruum. … Continue reading Making Weight-to-Volume Tinctures