Benefits of Reishi Mushroom: Herbal Profile

Mushrooms are one food I have never tried to eat. My mom once tried to stealthily serve me spaghetti with pureed mushrooms in the sauce, but from the first bite, I knew something wasn’t right! Since learning about the health benefits of reishi mushrooms, though, I’ve discovered that mushrooms are far more desirable than I …

Wildcrafting in the Spring

Here it is the first week in May. The weather is beautiful, the sunshine is warm and inviting, and all the little growing herbs are enticing us to go wildcrafting in the spring. I know now why people used to dance around the Maypole on the first of May – the sheer joy of spring! …

Horse Chestnuts: Natural Relief for Varicose Veins

No one wakes up one morning and says, “Hey, I think in another ten years, I’d like to have lots of bulging varicose veins!” It’s one of those things that creeps up on us, sometimes during pregnancy, sometimes not until later in life. Yet this doesn’t have to be an inevitable development because the beautiful …

How to Make a Glycerin Tincture

An herbal glycerite, or glycerin tincture, is a medicinal preparation that uses liquid glycerin to hold the herb’s beneficial compounds. A glycerin tincture is a great alternative to the common alcohol-based tincture for children or anyone who prefers to avoid alcohol. When you learn how to make a glycerin tincture for yourself, you can save …

Herbal Profile: Ginkgo

Have you ever seen a ginkgo tree? They have the loveliest fan-shaped leaves that seem to wave in the breeze. The leaves from this amazing tree have been used medicinally in China for over 3,500 years! In recent years, ginkgo has become popular as an aid to memory and concentration, and research confirms its use …

Peppermint for Upset Stomach

Ah, fresh, cooling peppermint for upset stomach – it’s my first choice every time. Whether the problem is simple indigestion, nausea, gas, or even more troublesome issues, peppermint is a true friend to the digestive system. Perhaps the most prominent member of the mint family, peppermint is a hybrid of two other mints: spearmint (Mentha …

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: …