How to Become Your Family Herbalist

How to Become Your Family Herbalist

My history with herbal remedies began when I was pretty young. You see, I grew up on an herb farm, where my dad managed the growing and processing of herbs for a world-wide herbal wholesale company. (He still does, in fact, and we lived there on our bus.) The summers...
How To Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup

How To Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup is a great natural remedy for colds and flu. Elderberries are high in vitamins A, B, and C and help support a healthy immune system. Research shows that elderberry syrup can reduce the the length and severity of the cold and flu (this study). Also,...
How to Prepare Herbs

How to Prepare Herbs

You’ve got your herbs. Now it’s time to make herbal remedies. How do you prepare herbs in a way to get the maximum benefit from their properties? Here are some of my favorite ways to prepare herbs. Tea Teas are simply herbs prepared in hot water. They differ from...
How to Make Nettle Tincture

How to Make Nettle Tincture

One of my favorite herbs is nettle, a plant that I first learned about from my midwife when I was pregnant with Ella (we don’t have stinging nettle where I live, though it turns out my in-laws have it everywhere – I guess I never paid attention!). Nettle...
Herbal Spotlight: Yarrow

Herbal Spotlight: Yarrow

Yarrow is a pretty plant, growing wild in many areas. You can also plant it in your garden – it’s easy to start from seeds (and even I managed to grow it without killing it!). Its uses are vast and it can be taken internally or applied externally. Styptic...