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Douglas Fir: Folklore & Medicinal Uses

As the ubiquitous tree of the Pacific Northwest, Douglas fir has a rich folklore, history and abundant food and medicinal use, plus tea recipe. Douglas Fir Fable, History, Identification, Food & Medicine Douglas fir is a thing of scent memories. …

Foraged Foods: Creamy Nettle Soup

Stinging nettle is a highly valued medicinal and nutritional forage. This delicious creamy nettle soup perfect way to entice a reluctant diner to eat foraged foods! There comes a time every year when I must choose between gardening and foraging/wild-crafting. …

Virtually Sinless: Chocolate Chaga Brownies

Wellness disguised in indulgent clothing — these Chocolate Chaga Brownies are super rich, yet pack  plenty of fiber and the medicinal benefits chaga! Next up in my virtually sinless cookie series: Chocolate Chaga Brownies! But first, I feel like I…

Virtually Sinless Peanut Butter Burdock Cookies

Cookies without guilt or sin?  Behold Peanut Butter Burdock Cookies — an indulgence for the health minded herbalist with a sweet tooth. This burdock root recipe is so good that you’ll forget that they are good for you! Before I…

Magical Douglas Fir Shortbread Cookies

Magical, foraged & festive, these Douglas fir (ubiquitous tree of the Pacific Northwest) shortbread cookies with allspice and ginger are sure to delight! As luck or Mother Nature would have it, the unprecedented hot dry summer has spiraled into a…

With a Friend Like Hawthorn

A solid friend when you need it, hawthorn is an invaluable heart tonic. Savory hawthorn cranberry syrup gives you forager cred and amazing flavor. With the week’s forecast of heavy rains, high winds and extensive flooding, I am seeking the…

Much Ado About Elderflower

Divine, ethereal elderflowers delight every sense. An elderflower liqueur and elderflower and honey ice cream might send you into a blissful wonderland. Elderflowers really tickle my fancy. Our unseasonably warm and dry spring has brought on the elderflowers and the…

Lovely Strawberry Jam With Elderflowers

Perhaps those things in nature that appear simultaneously have an affinity for each other. With this strawberry jam with elder flowers, I think they must. Strawberry season is the unofficial start of summer in my part of the world.  In…

Cottonwood Buds: Balm of Gilead & Tincture

Wildcrafted cottonwood buds are fragrant and healing. Learn to identify, harvest and prepare your own Balm of Gilead and medicinal cottonwood bud tincture! I spend a lot of time on the homestead.  My daily routine consists of farm work, housework,…

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  • 🌱When your seed packets are a work of art:
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY 💰 
Right before a raging rain storm blew through, I picked up my @botanical_interests seeds.  Lots of traditional garden veggies to add to the tomatoes, peppers, and berries already here. But I couldn’t help myself - some zinnia, calendula, nasturtium, echinacea and tulsi seeds made it into my box.🌸
Tomorrow I am clearing an unsightly and basically bare border to plant with catmint, salvia and rosemary.  And maybe I will get the garden planted.  But judging by the sheer volume of rain we received this afternoon - I suppose we may need to dry out for a couple of days first.👩‍🌾
#garden #growyourown #gardening #gardener #homestead #homesteader #homesteading #reclaimingthehomestead #botanicalinterests
  • Hawthorn... honestly.  Ya got me like 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
The local hawthorn bloom has coincided with rainy weather.  Which is not favorable for harvesting these lovely blooms and young spring leaves.  Hoping to dry out for a day so that I can gather a small basket of flowers and leaves to dry for tea making and oil infusing.

But honestly?  We need the rain.  Western Oregon has been unseasonably dry for the last few weeks.  I am worried about the fire danger this summer and the bigger picture for the climatic dynamics in our area.  It’s dry.  And that’s weird.

Want to learn more about hawthorn? Check out my book, The Backyard Herbal Apothecary.  Available wherever books are sold (did you know it was picked up nationally with Costco?🥳), or from my website.  Tap link in bio then click on this picture to order an autographed copy.
#thebackyardherbalapothecary #hawthorn #crataegus #wildmedicine #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #herbalism #medicinal herbs

https://nittygrittylife.com/product/backyard-herbal-apothecary-product/
  • I can't even wait to make a batch of this strawberry elderflower sparkling mead this year!  Why? Because:
1.  Strawberries and elderflowers are some of my favorite things.
2. Fermenting is fun (and so much easier than you think).
3. THIS. IS. DELICIOUS.
So, get prepped and ready -- because the season is almost here (if it isn't already where you live)!
Tap link in bio and click on this picture to see the post.
#mead #sparklingmead #elderflowerchampagne #strawberrywine #strawberries #elderflower #honey #ferment #fermenting #fermentation 
https://nittygrittylife.com/strawberry-elderflower-sparkling-mead/
  • There are a few plants that as a gardener and an herbalist that I simply cannot do without.
Lavender is one of those plants.
Learn all about the health benefits of lavender and get instructions for a fabulous restorative bath soak in this excerpt from my new book, The Backyard Herbal Apothecary!
Tap link in bio and click on this picture to see the post.
#lavender #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #medicinalherbs #lavendulaangustifolia #bathsalts #herbalbath #herbalmonograph #thebackyardherbalapothecary 
https://nittygrittylife.com/the-medicinal-uses-health-benefits-of-lavender/
  • Mom really wants rose petal jelly and hot, butter-y scones for breakfast on Mother's Day.
Really, she does.
Trust me.
Tap link in bio and click on this image for recipe.
#rose #rosejelly #edibleflowers #wildfood #wildfoodlove #foraged #foraging #forager #eatwild
https://nittygrittylife.com/wild-rose-petal-jelly-scottish-scones/
  • Make the most of where you live.  From patio container gardens to sprawling acres, here are few tips shared from my friend Amy's book on micro-farming!
Tap link in bio then click on this picture for post.
#microfarm #microfarming #sustainability #organic #permaculture 
Photo credit @tenthacrefarm 
https://nittygrittylife.com/micro-farming-techniques-for-any-size-yard-or-garden/
  • Let's talk dirty...
No, not that kinda dirty.  Sheesh... 😝
Let's talk about using herbs to improve your soil.  If we can help the land heal itself, perhaps we have a shot of healing ourselves.
Did you know that yarrow is considered a compost activator and can be used as companion plant to increase the health, vigor and aromatics of neighboring plants?
Tap the link in my bio and tap this picture to learn more about nine medicinal herbs to increase the vitality of your soil.
#herbs #herbalism #herbalist #garden #gardening #permaculture #biodynamicfarming #organic

https://nittygrittylife.com/herbs-to-improve-your-soil/
  • Soft, pillow-y and delicately flavored with the rose, lavender and peppermint.  The world is a sweeter place with homemade marshmallows.  So don't come at me with complaints of sugar -- cuz, marshmallows guys... 🥰 🥰Marshmallows🥰

Tap link in bio for recipe.

#homemademarshmallows #marshmallows #edibleflowers #confectionery #confection #confections #rose

https://nittygrittylife.com/herbal-marshmallows/
  • Folks, I need some hops.
And I don't mean beer (although, I wouldn't minnnnnnd one).
I mean, I need the gentle, lightly sedating, nervine hops.  This hops pillow sachet (which can also be used as a almost euphoric tub tea) is just the thing to calm my frazzled nerves.
Tap link in bio then tap this photo hop monograph and instructions for making these sachets.
#hops #nervine #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #medicinalherbs #herbalism #selfcare 
https://nittygrittylife.com/hops/

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