Basil – a Treasure Chest of Healing

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 | 0 comments

Basil – a Treasure Chest of Healing

  My new favorite herb this year is Basil! ALL OF THEM! All of them, you ask? Yes! There are so many various types of basil and each one is unique and essential for various reasons. This year I’ve embraced two that have become my overall favorites. Holy Basil (also known as Tulsi) and the everyday Sweet Basil that we are all familiar with. The Sweet Basil, seeped as a tea infusion, is simply the most aromatic tea one will experience. The health benefits, calming, soothing, good for what ails you, is an added bonus. The Holy Basil, on the other hand, is not as aromatic, but the...

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Facial Cleanser

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 | 0 comments

Ingredients • 1 tablespoon rose petals • 1 tablespoon yarrow leaves and flowers • 1 tablespoon calendula • 2 tablespoons oatmeal • Almond meal, cosmetic clay powder, milk powder, or other botanicals (optional) Directions 1. Rose petals will often resist breaking down, so begin by putting them into a food processor, or if you’re like me you have a coffee grinder (or two) just for herbs and resins. Pulse to break down. 2. Add the remaining ingredients and process until they are a fairly uniform consistency about the size of grains of sand. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container. 3. To...

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In The Garden

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 | 0 comments

Today in my garden I took advantage of the slightly less than HUMID weather and decided to bring in a harvest of sage, basil (Thai and Sweet), marshmallow leaves/flowers and lemongrass. As I type, they are safely taking a nice wet bath in the tub to shake loose any little critters that might be clinging to their stems. After that, I’ll shake off the water, hang the marshmallow by bundles and  place in a dark, well ventilated area, and the rest will go into the dehydrator. After everything is totally dry, a volume of each will be ground up finely and made into a healing herbal mix. The...

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All Natural Laundry Soap

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Rosemary Powdered Laundry Soap Recipe • 1 cup washing soda • 1 cup borax* • 2 cups grated castile bar soap • 50 drops rosemary essential oil 1. Mix washing soda, borax and soap grounds (see note) in large bowl. 2. Add rosemary essential oil and mix well. 3. Store in a large airtight container. To use, add 1⁄8 to 1⁄4 cup per load. Note: Grate bar soap or cut coarsely, then grind in food processor until fine. *Borax washes completely out of clothes and is safe to use on laundry. However, borax can be irritating when inhaled and may be a potential endocrine disruptor, particularly in males, so...

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Ahhhh….spring

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 | 1 comment

Ahhhh….spring

Yes…another winter behind us…another spring opening up before us. The essence of the breezes are lighter, full of scents that refresh the psyche and put a spring in the step. Several springs. This is my 65th spring….that is mind blowing. But I relish every moment, taking the time to ‘see’ and ‘hear’ and sometimes I just sit on the deck and marvel at the beauty that the Holy One, the Creator of everything in the Universe has blessed His children with. The garden is beginning to look alive…green is everywhere and salads have been gracing our...

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Dandelion, dandelions everywhere! Let’s make Jelly!

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 | 0 comments

  This is an easy recipe and you’ll love the idea of sending out the kids to pick dandelion flowers! It will keep them busy for at least an hour (hehe). But, seriously – this is a good one! Gather as many dandelion flowers as you want or until you get tired of bending over. This recipe fills six 8oz mason jars. You can revamp it to fill up what you would rather use. DANDELION JELLY! 2 quarts water 1 package powdered pectin 2 tablespoons lemon juice 5 1/2 cups sugar INSTRUCTIONS The only part you want of the flower is the yellow – snip off any green, or as much as you...

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