With the potager cleaned up, I set to work identifying current plants. There were a few things planted there that I loved, for no particular reason. Some of them include primrose, day lilies, honey suckle, and today I found this beauty... Periwinkle! It's an attractive (though somewhat aggressively spreading) ground-covering ever green. This is the … Continue reading Springtime Potager discoveries
Calendula is a new herb to me, but it's definitely one now that I won't ever be without again. I put together a hugelkultur planter in the potager and planted my calendula in it. I've had a handful of blossoms so far with more on the way. To prepare calendula oil, I plucked a couple … Continue reading Calendula Oil
It's that time of year again... When I go through my herbal hutch and take inventory of everything and make new and fresh preparations before fall/winter. Right now, I have some glycerin tincture of muellien going that is about ready to be bottled, but the primary focus of today is plantain salve. Here's a step … Continue reading Making Plantain Salve
The garden is still going strong. Last week I pulled out the peas for seed next spring, and they're continuing to dry inside. I let them dry on the vines, but with all the rain we were getting, I didn't want them to mold, as some were beginning to. I also pulled and dried some … Continue reading Back to Eden Garden Update #3
My husband and I joined the Arbor Day Foundation. People who see us cutting down most of the dogwood trees around our house may find that hard to believe, but we did. And we have a method to our madness. To start, we need more space to plant our fruit and nut trees for our "food forest" … Continue reading Forsythias and Such
Ugh...So rough couple weeks topped off with a sick toddler. Last night after I emailed my Bible study small group to cancel on account of my feverish little man, I got a call from a friend. She started off with an apology, which is never a good sign. She went on to say that her … Continue reading Anything But That…
This is mostly a shout out to a really knowledgable young woman I had the opportunity to hear speak last weekend. I recently had the privilege of attending the Appalachian Homesteading Conference where I gleaned much information regarding homesteading things like raising chickens, meat, smoking/preservation, canning, and herbal medicine. The most pertinent information to me … Continue reading Herbalism: Shout Out
Long time, no blog. I thought it was time for a WHL update. First things first, I'm unexpectedly expecting...again... Just when I convince my self that one toddler is enough to keep me on my toes, God once again finds a way to keep me humble and remind me that even though my plans were … Continue reading UPDATES!
I'm a huge fan of herbal medicine. I believe that God endowed creation with everything we would need in order to heal sickness, eat healthily, and thrive as His children with all of that joy and gratitude rolling up to him as praise and worship. It's no secret to those who know me that I … Continue reading Tinctures
If there's an adverse reaction to a medication, I probably have experienced it. When I was a junior in high school, I had been asked to sing as part of an ensemble for an Easter program at a local church. We had a limited number of rehearsals scheduled which meant I was expected to be … Continue reading Why Herbal Medicine?