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DIY Antioxidant Face Mask

Besides eating them, the best way to benefit your skin with antioxidant vitamins is to use them topically as facial treatments. Masks and scrubs made with antioxidant-rich fruit and veg can help give you a brighter, smoother complexion. Mash the fruit or veg and use […]

How to use Sage Balm

Herbal balms are a simple, natural way to care for your skin. Similar to herbal salves which are made with oil and wax, balms also contain vegetable butter, making them extra rich and moisturizing. Balms can be used for both healing and beauty. I use them […]

Kitchen Herbalism: Sage

When you think of herbal medicine, do you think of Sage? Garden Sage (Salvia officinalis), the same Sage that’s on your kitchen spice rack, is antibacterial, anticatarrhal, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral. It’s thought of as “cleansing” and has been used throughout history to treat illness […]

Herbal Alchemy: Calendula oil

al·che·my: a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination. Herbal oils are a good home remedy to keep on hand, useful for everything from skin moisturizing to first aid. Infusing herbs into oil is actually a simple process, but every time I decant the resulting […]

Can’t find Spring? Make it yourself

If you have access to a forsythia bush, you can make your own Spring a little ahead of the calendar. Forsythia flowers will bloom early if you cut some stems and bring them inside. They’ve lasted over a week on my kitchen table and have […]

World Fire Cider Making Day!

Fire Cider is a popular traditional herbal remedy freely shared, made, produced and sold by hundreds of herbalists across the world. The remedy has taken on many different amendments over time, somewhat like chicken soup. Many people have their favorite version, but the base consists […]

Lookin’ this good, everybody gonna swoon

Lookin’ this good, everybody gonna swoon

It’s actually almost embarrassing how in love with Lettuce I am….  One of the first things I can eat out of my garden in the Spring, Lettuce’s amazing variety of colors, textures, and flavors is enough to put me into a swoon. And more than […]

Join me at #HandmadeChat 2/28!

Join me at #HandmadeChat 2/28!

Every Thursday at 8pm ET, the Indie Business Network (IBN) hosts #HandmadeChat, a weekly Twitter talk show to coach, inform and inspire handmade and creative entrepreneurs. I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be next week’s guest! Indie Business Network is a niche community of small and […]

Infotainment for herbanites

Infotainment for herbanites

When the weather outside is frightful and all you feel like doing is curling up around the warm glow of your computer screen…. Here’s my take on “the best of the best” gardening and herbal videos on YouTube. Check out my Playlists for Natural Skin Care […]

Herbal Lore: Basil

Herbal Lore: Basil

  When I say “basil”, do you think “pesto”? Pesto made with sweet basil just happens to be one of my most long-standing addictions, but with over 50 different varieties (possibly as many as 150!) distributed around the world, basil is about much, much more…. […]