Rain Dance

September 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

  You’ll need a blue candle for this dance, and it helps if you wear something green or  have a bouquet of fresh herbs with you. Go outside during the first full moon. Center yourself, let the cares of the day drift away. Breathe in slowly and exhale. Light the candle and raise it up high towards the sky. [ ...click to read more ]

Remembering September 11, 2001

September 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

  Herbs For Love and Healing… When this terrible tragedy happened, I was outside in my herb garden. I came inside at noon to watch the news and have something cold to drink. It was hot that day, and I felt nervous for some reason. For the next few hours I sat in front of the television unable to take my [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket

September 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

In a region of Saudi Arabia, around Mecca, the name aloe, saber, means patient. Aloes are considered “patient” plants because they are evergreen and require very little water. Men and women plant them at the edges of graves on a spot facing the epitaph to signify patience during the wait between burial and [ ...click to read more ]

All About St. John’s- Wort

September 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

  This beautiful herb is a perennial, with a lifespan of several years if not over-harvested. Sow seeds in late March on prepared soil. Do not cover the seeds. They need chilling in order to sprout in April. Scatter the seeds on prepared soil, 12 inches apart. Grows to a height of 24 inches. Keep the soil evenly [ ...click to read more ]

Mosquito Beaters

August 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Summertime and the living is easy. What a delightful time to be outdoors- until you hear that all too familiar, high-pitched whine circling above your head. This whine is very quickly followed by itchy whelps appearing on exposed areas of your skin. She has arrived and she does not travel alone. She’ll have no [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket

August 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Bay is a long-lived and slow-growing pyramid shaped evergreen tree. According to folk lore, a bay tree in the garden or grown near the front door keeps away evil as well as thunder or lightning. During the Crusades, ladies embroidered flowers of borage onto scarves which they gave to their chosen knights before they [ ...click to read more ]

No Need to Panic

August 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Dear Subscribers and Friends, I’ve gotten a few emails recently from people asking if there is an herb or herbs to protect them from Ebola. No, there is not. I have visited several other websites and most of them are advising the same thing I will be suggesting in this article. Cut out sugar, soft drinks, [ ...click to read more ]

All About Lovage

August 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

  Lovage is such a useful kitchen herb, I’m surprised more gardeners don’t grow it. It has a distinctive flavor- much like that of celery, only stronger. It can grow to a height of 4 feet in rich soil, and it doesn’t seem to mind partial shade. It does like moist soil, and will respond to [ ...click to read more ]

Fourteen Medicinal Herbs

July 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

  Aloe: Apply the fresh gel from the leaves to minor burns and sunburn, blisters, scrapes, and minor wounds. Helps to promote healing and prevents infection. Do not take internally. Arnica: Make an tincture of the flower heads and apply as a poultice or compress. Witch Hazel and apple cider vinegar make the best [ ...click to read more ]

The Back Porch

July 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

  A generous friend stopped by this morning and brought me 4 dozen ears of Silver Queen corn. For those who have never tasted sweet, organically grown corn, you’ve missed out on something special. Perfect, pearly rows of delicious goodness, so fresh when you press down on the kernels, you can see the corn [ ...click to read more ]
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