Promote Restful Sleep Naturally

How many mornings do you wake up feeling groggy and saying, “I didn’t sleep well.” For me, it’s been too many mornings to count! Thankfully, the world of holistic health has many options to help promote restful sleep. From herbal tea to aromatherapy, restful sleep is not far away. Let’s look at aromatherapy options first…. …

Top 10 Easiest Herbs to Wildcraft

Spring is here at last, which means the best time of the year for wildcrafting is just around the corner. To get you ready, let’s take a look at the top 10 easiest herbs to wildcraft. Several of them are probably growing happily in your yard right now! Blackberry You’re likely familiar with blackberries from …

Spring Tonics for Health and Vitality

Spring is here! ….or at least, that’s what the calendar says. The temperature did hit 60° here yesterday, so I suppose that counts as a decent start to spring. And if it’s spring, that means it’s time for Granny’s Spring Tonics. What are Spring Tonics? Even in our modern world of 24-hour grocery stores and unlimited …

Herbal Profile: Chamomile

When I think of chamomile, I think of restful sleep, calm babies, and settled kids. I think of warm cups of tea and relaxation. Chamomile is definitely all of that … but it’s also so much more! Let’s take an in depth look at chamomile and get to know this lovely botanical. Chamomile Botanical names: …

How to Make an Herbal Tincture

Would you like to learn how to make an herbal tincture? Herbal tinctures offer one of the simplest ways to take herbal medicine. Once a tincture is made, administering it is immediate and takes less than a minute – maybe two minutes if you put the dose in a glass of water. There’s no need …

Where to Buy Quality Herbs

Wildcrafting and shopping for herbs are two of my favorite activities. When using herbs to make medicine, you want to use the highest quality herbs you can find. Old, worn out herbs or ones that haven’t been properly stored will have much less potency than properly-dried and stored herbs. It makes no sense to take …

Homemade Antibiotic Ointment

Cuts, scrapes, and burns. We all get them … some, more often than others. And for us parents, it sometimes seems we’re dealing with some sort of cut or scrape every single day. We wash cuts with soap and warm water and run lots of cold water over a burn. Then what? Do you reach …

How to Make Homemade Herbal Salve

A homemade herbal salve can soothe and speed healing in many skin conditions – first aid for cuts, scrapes, bruises, and burns cooling and relieving rashes moisturizing and restoring dry skin shrinking varicose veins and much more. Any herb can be used as a base for a salve, which means that your homemade herbal salve …

Late Winter Wildcrafting

Has spring fever got you down? Tired of the same old gray skies and ready to feel some warm grass on your feet? Well, I can’t make the temperatures rise any faster, but maybe I can help you enjoy some outdoors anyway! Where we live in the Appalachian Mountains, we’ve had a rather mild winter. …

Hawthorn for Heart Health

Heart health is a primary concern for many Americans today. With heart disease being the number one killer and our typical diet not doing much to change that fact, the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular disease is worrisome to many people. The ripe berries of the hawthorn tree have …