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Therapeutic Actions & Health Benefits of Cleavers Herb

Cleavers well known medicinal herb (and sticky garden weed) that offers great benefit for the urinary and lymphatic system. Make a cleavers tincture to address boggy and cystic conditions such as retained water, cystic acne and fibrous breast tissue. Cleavers (Galium…

Urinary Herbs: Uva-Ursi for Good Bladder Health & Relief

Uva-ursi, sometimes called bearberry, is an outstanding tonifying and antiseptic herb with benefits for urinary and renal health. Uva-ursi: Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Herbal Energetics: cool/dry. Bitter Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic Folks, it is time we get familiar with our kidneys and…

Digestive Herbs: Flaxseed & Fiber Rich “Truffles”

Flaxseed is full of valuable fiber & medicinal benefits for a healthy body. Flaxseed & date “truffles” offer a delicious way to grab fiber “on the go”! Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum) Energetics: cool; moist Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, laxative, mucilage, phytoestrogen   Here comes…

Digestive Herbs: Protective Milk Thistle & Liver-Loving Chai

Milk thistle is a gently protective, liver loving herb. Added to a warming blend of chai spices & burdock root, it creates a delicious medicinal beverage. Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) Energetics: neutral Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cholagogue, demulcent, galactagogue, heptatoprotective,…

Digestive Herbs: Warming Ginger & Crystallized Candies

Ginger is a spicy, pungent herb that warms and soothes, ideal for motion sickness & nausea. These crystallized ginger candies make sweet medicine. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Energetics: hot; dry (dried herb), neutral (fresh herb) Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiemetic, carminative,…

Digestive Herbs: Soothing Meadowsweet & Heartburn Relief Tea

Meadowsweet, Queen of the Meadow, is a fabled herb that offers extraordinary digestive support, as well as pain and fever reducing benefits. Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria; formerly known as Spiraea alba or ulmaria) Energetics: cool, dry; bitter (leaf), sweet (flower) Therapeutic…

Digestive Herbs: Myrrh for Oral Health & Herbal Mouthwash

Myrrh offers anti-microbial & anti-inflammatory properties making it excellent for supporting oral health, in turn supporting digestive & total health. Myrrh (Commiphora molmol) Energetic: warm, dry; stimulating, bitter Therapeutic Actions: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, expectorant, emmenagogue,…

Cardiovascular Herbs: Yarrow for Bleeding & Flow Control

Yarrow is an incredible medicinal herb, possessing great benefit to the cardiovascular system by way of addressing bleeding & other blood-related concerns. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Energetics: dry, cool; stimulating, bitter Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, astringent, antispasmodic, antimicrobial (bacteriostatic – Wood), diaphoretic,…

Cardiovascular Herbs: Lovely Linden & Under Pressure Tea

When the pressures of day to day life have you bent out of shape, linden has your back. Sweet, fragrant linden offers anti-hypertensive & sedative action. Linden (Tilia spp.) Energetics: slightly warm, flowers – moist, leaves-dry Therapeutic Actions: astringent, antispasmodic, demulcent (flowers),…

Cardiovascular Herbs: Garlic & Honey Fermented Cloves

Garlic has outstanding cardiovascular and immune stimulating benefits. If the raw cloves are too much for you, consider honey fermented garlic. Garlic (Allium sativum) Energetics: Hot, dry.  Stimulating Therapeutic Actions: alterative, anticholesterol, antihypoglycemic, antilipidemic, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, expectorant,…

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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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