Herbal Oxymels From the Flower Garden

Oxymels combine the sweetness of honey, the tanginess of apple cider vinegar, and your favorite medicinal flowers for a summer remedy unlike any other! They are certainly one of the lesser-known forms of herbal remedies—unlikely to be found on the shelf of your local food co-op—which makes them a perfect do-it-yourself project for your kitchen … Continue reading Herbal Oxymels From the Flower Garden

Weaving Together the Patterns of Herbs: Using Materia Medica to its Fullest Potential

Home herbalism is who we are and how our families work, healing practiced around the kitchen table around the world and across the centuries. Thank the Good Green Earth that home herbalism happens as a reflex, intuition built on a foundation of herbal fluency that allows us to live as herbalists in every moment. Let … Continue reading Weaving Together the Patterns of Herbs: Using Materia Medica to its Fullest Potential

How to Choose Safe, Effective Herbal Remedies for Toddlers & Young Children

Caring for our own children is the entry point into herbalism for many of us, inspired by the awe of a new life to look for safe, natural, inexpensive means of nurture. Home herbalism is who we are and how our families work, healing practiced around the kitchen table around the world and across the … Continue reading How to Choose Safe, Effective Herbal Remedies for Toddlers & Young Children

Choosing Remedy Forms for Toddlers and Young Children

Caring for our own children is the entry point into herbalism for many of us, inspired by the awe of a new life to look for safe, natural, inexpensive means of nurture. Home herbalism is who we are and how our families work, healing practiced around the kitchen table around the world and across the … Continue reading Choosing Remedy Forms for Toddlers and Young Children

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

Thoughts on Family Herbalism

Home herbalism is a way of life as well as being a healing practice. It permeates our lives in myriad ways, far beyond transforming the garden yield into next year’s medicines: turning a chicken carcass into bone broth, tucking a light sleeper in with a lavender pillow, convincing three teenagers to spend Saturday afternoon harvesting … Continue reading Thoughts on Family Herbalism

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