Kitchen Herbalism: Sage

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…

Sage, Winter’s green

December = Nothing to do in the garden, devouring each seed catalog as it arrives in the mail. No snow yet so I can still see some green out there including Chives, Lemon Balm, and Sage. Garden or Common Sage (Salvia officinalis) has become one of…

Herbal Alchemy: Calendula oil

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…

Calendula brings the Glow

Calendula brings the Glow

Cold, grey, and rainy today. I’m thinking about cozying up with one of my favorite plants, a golden beauty long associated with fire and the Sun, Calendula. Calendula officinalis is her botanical name, but she has been known by many different names including Pot Marigold,…

Calendula is not (only) for you

It’s starting to make me uncomfortable, seeing herbs described and defined by what they can do for us. And if we think they’re especially useful, they’d better watch out- we’ll hunt and gather them to extinction. Plants were not put here for people, as the old…

Shades of Green

Gathering together some of the herbs used in my salve and balm (pictured left to right: Lemongrass, Green Tea, Chickweed). Aren’t they beautiful? I love all the different shades of green. The aroma is pretty plantastic too! Seems obvious, doesn’t it, that Paradise would be plant-based…

Beautiful, Bountiful Basil

  The big heat of Summer is here, the time that Basil begins growing with beautiful bounty! We’ve just started delivering bunches to the co-op and I’m happily munching as much as I can. I’m a pretty serious Basil hound, using fresh leaves like lettuce and smearing pesto on…

Less is More

  My journey to plantland started with aromatherapy. I cringe now thinking about how heavy-handed I used to be with essential oils. They take so much plant material to produce. And you don’t really need much for it to be effective. Less is more!

The Solstice Tide

Summer Solstice is on June 20th this year, but you can already feel it in the air! The sky is still light at 9:00 at night and the garden is overflowing with roses. Heirloom roses are better than gold to me– they smell incredible (seriously, better than…

Read any good labels lately?

Read any good labels lately?

If you’re a compulsive label-reader like me, you know a good label is hard to find! Even natural brands succumb to the necessity of synthetic preservatives to protect their water-based products from contamination. Most annoying though is when ingredients aren’t fully disclosed. (Hiding preservatives under the…