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...

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...

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...

Planetary Hours

If you, like me, read old books on ceremonial magic, astrology, gardening, herbal medicine, or any combination of those subjects, you’ve probably read something like, “do X in the hour of Saturn”. For a lot of modern folks, that...

Herb Puzzle!

I love puzzles. Especially word puzzles. Crosswords, word search, Wheel of Fortune… I can and do spend hours on them. Yesterday, I was procrastinating had some time to kill so thought I’d make up one of my own. Naturally, it had to be...

Curanderismo

I’m always curious about folk healing. First, because it was around (and mostly effective) long before science took over. Second, because it’s interesting to see both similarities and differences between cultures. It’s...

Straining Herb-Infused Liquids

I was straining the latest batch of my hair rinse yesterday and had a “duh” moment. I usually strain any herb-infused liquid by balancing a mesh strainer over a measuring cup (or jar) and lining the strainer with a coffee filter...