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By Wolfsbane and Mandrake Root – A Review

When the publication of this book was announced, I got excited. Yet another book to add to my collection on poisonous plants! In addition, Ms. Draco is a respected author in the occult world. Once through this small book (a whopping 96 pages), I was both pleased and disappointed. The pleased: She gives a very […]



Honey to the Rescue!

I normally have mild spring and fall allergies, fall being just a little worse. A little sniffing, a little sneezing, a little itchy eyes for a week or so, and I’m back to normal. I don’t even consider them bad enough to take anything. Usually. Not this year. Whatever was blooming, on top of the […]



Bug Spray

Eureka! For years (my entire life, actually) I have been bug lunch. I tried everything – even the icky commercial repellents didn’t work. I’ve always known I have a weird physiology but to not have a single one work? I had pretty much resigned myself to not being able to enjoy our deck in the […]



Book Birth Day!

A Green Witch’s Cupboard is LIVE! You can find it in paperback at Amazon US or Amazon UK. It will take a few days for it to reach other Amazon outlets and what they call “expanded distribution” (competitors). After looking at the sales numbers from other books, for the moment, it’s only available electronically on […]



Cover Reveal!

Phew! After many trials and tribulations, A Green Witch’s Cupboard is nearing completion! Here’s the cover: Do you love it as much as I do? If everything goes as planned (cough) it should be available in paperback and e-book by the end of the month – just in time for the holiday season – and […]



OMG- Fleas!

I can’t believe it. All four cats are indoor cats (their only “outside” is the deck, which has no egress), yet we got fleas. Obviously, they came in with the humans – or maybe that bat Maks caught about a month ago… A couple of weeks ago, I saw a flea on Maks in the […]



Today in the Garden

Got out today for the first time in almost 2 weeks. It rained, then I sprained a toe, then it rained… I’d like to say I was playing in the dirt but in reality, kids and I could have made some marvelous mud pies with the dirt in the beds. Over two inches of rain […]



The Alphabet of Galen – A Review

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know I love reading historical herbals and other medicinal texts. I find comparing what “they” knew “then” to what we know today an interesting (and sometimes mind-boggling) exercise. You’d be surprised at how accurate some entries are, without scientific evidence. The Alphabet of Galen wasn’t […]



Herbs ARE Drugs

Last week in my webinar, I mentioned that herbs are drugs. In the Q&A session afterwards, someone asked me why I said that. The answer is quite easy. A quick Google search of the definition of “drug” brings up, “a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into […]



Herb Storage

We all need a place to put our herbs. Most of us put them in a cupboard in the kitchen so they’re handy for cooking. This is what most kitchen cupboards look like:   Image via Wikimedia Commons John Reid CCA-SA 3.0 All those plastic & glass bottles let in light which, in time, leaches […]