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Homestead Recipes, Herbal Remedies, Kitchen Healing, and more from 30 years

Hawthorn & Rose: Healing the Heart apothecary tips grief rose self development valentine's day Feb 14, 2024

Holly's essay is excerpted from "Of Thorns and Thickets: Herbs That Give Us Heart" published in Taproot Magazine.

Like many plant people, in the course...

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Folic Acid During Pregnancy motherhood nutrition pregnancy Feb 07, 2024

If you’re trying to get pregnant or you already are, folic acid or extra folate in the diet is recommended by the CDC at 400 micrograms (0.4...

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Ideas for Using Fresh Herbs apothecary tips garden design tinctures Jan 02, 2024

When making medicines (with the exception of infusions, powders, and suppositories), fresh herbs are almost always preferable to dried. Fresh herbs still...

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Label Your Jars: Good Herbalist Habits apothecary tips diy and crafts Dec 27, 2023

If you're a new herbalist (or aspiring!), you may be seduced by glass jars, hinge jars, mason jars, canning jars, and bottles of all sorts and sizes. It's...

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Learning about Elderberry apothecary tips elderberry herbal actions Dec 20, 2023

Elderberry: Sambucus nigra or S. Canadensis

Want to learn more about using elderberry? Let's start off with a little poem, and then we'll dive into...

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Brewing Hot Teas and Using Thermoses diy and crafts hearth & home herbal teas remedies Nov 21, 2023

Long ago, when I lived at a sweet yellow farmhouse on a hill overlooking a river valley, I discovered the value of a thermos. I was never a coffee drinker...

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Best Practices for Using Essential Oils diy and crafts frankincense herb school remedies Nov 21, 2023

Many of us are enamored with the fragrance of essential oils: they smell heavenly and are incredibly concentrated. But using them comes with a certain...

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Make a Delicious Honey-and-Vinegar Herbal Oxymel diy and crafts garlic hawthorn hearth & home herbal honeys homestead remedies Nov 21, 2023

What is an Oxymel?

An oxymel is a sweet-and-tangy-tasting and incredibly easy remedy to create. It’s one of my favorites because I love sweet-and-sour...

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Herbal Infused Honey diy and crafts hearth & home herbal honeys homestead remedies Nov 21, 2023

If you love herbs and you love honey, these recipes are for you. This delicious, aromatic and even medicinal blend of plants and bee effort is called an...

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Hollyā€™s Richest, Moisturizing All-Natural Lotion Recipe diy and crafts hearth & home homestead remedies Nov 21, 2023

This recipe is one I’ve used for years, adapted from fellow herbalists including Rosemary Gladstar, and edited and tweaked with the input of students...

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Drying Herbs for Teas harvesting hearth & home herbal tea homestead Nov 21, 2023

If you want to brew herbal teas, using dried herbs will give you the strongest brew and the most intense flavor.

The Easiest Ways to Dry Herbs

These are my...

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Think Outside the Bottle apothecary tips herbal honeys herbal teas homestead oxymels syrups tinctures Nov 21, 2023

As an herbalist, do you find yourself enamored with bottles and jars? You can easily let yourself—ahem, I have easily let myself—get carried away...

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