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Winter Wellness, Cold & Flu Season, and Herbal Gift Giving

We are now entering into late Autumn. With the coming of November, some of us are turning our thoughts toward hearth fires, good food, the smell of pumpkin pie or mulled cider, and the coming holiday season. We also start to think about wintertime wellness, and may be wondering how best to support our immune …

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Featured Herb: Elder

Elder (Sambucus nigra, S. canadensis, S. Cerulea) Family: Adoxacea Grandmother Elder, healing Elda Mor, powerful wise healer, magickal tree of the faeries…There is so much lore and history surrounding this sacred healing plant.  Not only that, but many scientific studies on the antiviral properties of elderberry have come out as well.  There are even entire …

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Featured Herb: Mullein

Soft, fuzzy Verbascum spp, otherwise known as herbal toilet paper, is in the Scrophulariaceae (Figwort) family. All parts of the plant-the leaves, flowers, and roots are medicinal. It is such a treat to come across the gorgeous first year basal rosette with the fuzzy leaves, as in the photo above. Mullein is a biennial, which …

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A Day In The Life: Using Herbs for Wellness and Fun

My Personal Self Care Herbal Wellness Routine for Summertime (a product roundup from the shop): Hi all, A few folks have been asking me about ways to incorporate the use of herbs in their everyday lives. So I figured sharing my personal herbal protocols on the blog would be a good idea. Since my regimen …

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Featured Herb: Rose

I just love roses! All roses, wild and cultivated (as long as they’re organically grown) are medicinal. High in vitamin C, many people harvest and use the hips (fruits) of roses in the Fall and Winter months to add to teas and syrups during Cold and Flu Season. But today, I want to talk about …

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Featured Herb: Plantain

Plantago lanceolata is the botanical name for long-leaf plantain, which is what I wildcrafted on my property in Bayside that I affectionately and unofficially call Melody Farm. Many of you might be familiar with plantain as the ultimate “band-aid plant”, because it is so amazing as a topical first aid herb for cuts, scrapes, stings, …

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