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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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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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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Pretty little Violets

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 | 0 comments

  Ever admire those pretty little purple flowers popping up all over in the springtime? Well, here’s an easy and sweetly tasting recipe for some Violet Jelly! Try it out and let us know what you think! Well, here’s an inspiration that I tried from a FB post – try it – easy peasy and you’ll love it!   VIOLET JELLY 1 pint violet flowers 2 tablespoons lemon juice 4 cups sugar 3 oz. liquid pectin Directions: Gather lots and lots of little violet flowers and gently press them down into your very clean mason jar. After you are sure you can’t get...

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An Old Friend – Ginkgo

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 | 2 comments

An Old Friend – Ginkgo

When we moved into this little place three years ago there was so much to explore – almost four acres and every nook and cranny held a surprise. On one corner was a sweet little herb garden tucked neatly behind a small coy pond ~ echinacea, mullen, chickweed, thyme among other herbs. In another corner were early risers such as iris’ and daffodils and in another corner – well, actually in the middle of the front yard – was a GINKGO TREE!!! Can you believe that? A ginkgo tree!!! Who does that? But she hails tall and bold in the front yard and her beautiful and healing...

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