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Plantain Medicinal Uses & Herbal Drawing Salve

Plantain is an herb with many uses. Make this plantain weed drawing salve to relieve all your bug bites, bee stings, slivers, and rashes. Plantain Weed  (Plantago major, P. lanceolata) Energetics: cool, somewhat moist Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-obtrusive, astringent, demulcent,…

Herbs for Skin, Hair & Nails: Calendula & All-Purpose Healing Salve

Calendula a renowned healing herb. Create an exceptional all-purpose healing salve with calendula & honey for all your cuts, scrapes and assorted boo-boos. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Energetics: Neutral (after reviewing a variety of sources with differing opinions of calendula energetics,…

Lymphatic Herbs: Ceanothus, Red Root for Healthy Lymph Function

Warming, slightly spicy red root, Ceanothus americanus, is an outstanding lymphatic herb for those with chronic lymph complaints. Red Root (Ceanothus americanus) Energetics: neutral-warm/dry Therapeutic Actions: alterative, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, astringent, expectorant, lymphatic, nervine, tonic My first experience with the…

Urinary Herbs: Gravel Root for Kidney Health & Stone Relief

Gravel root is an herb with a profound affinity for the abdominal organs and is specifically indicated for to address kidney stone complaints. Gravel Root (Eupatorium purpureum) Energetics: cool/dry Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, anti-lithic, anti-rheumatic, diuretic Have you ever had a…

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…

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  • Pearly everlasting is one of my favorite medicinal wildflowers to forage for during summer.  It ticks so many therapeutic actions boxes and is just an all around useful botanical.
It grows abundantly in the coastal mountain range a few miles from my home so it gives me great excuse to abandon my home and work responsibilities and get outside, far away from modern distractions.
All new post on the blog extolling the many virtues of this wonderful plant!
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#pearlyeverlasting #anaphalis #anaphalismargaritacea #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #herbalism #medicinalherbs #wildflower
https://nittygrittylife.com/pearly-everlasting-anaphalis-margaritacea/
  • This summer has been an absolute flurry of activity.  A veritable whirlwind.  A non stop GO. 
My intended lazy, restful summer has been anything but. 
I’ve been so busy that I kinda forgot about my second book.  After the final edits were made, the photos taken - I just bid it farewell, and settled into “life after book.”
Well, life after bookS because I wrote this book immediately after finishing The Backyard Herbal Apothecary. 
When the UPS truck started down our long gravel road I paused for moment wondering what I had ordered.  And then it occurred to me — The Herbalist’s Healing Kitchen is HERE!
Now, she doesn’t officially publish until October 29th and I am still a few weeks out from promotion, but I can’t help myself - it’s just so exciting to have this book in print.
This book turns a thoughtful eye towards the food we eat and rethinks our daily meals and special treats so that we are maximizing the benefits of those foods!  I will show you how to use flavor to inform better eating decisions to cook your way to better health!
Food is MEDICINE!
#herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #herbalism #author #cookbook #everydayfoods #foodismedicine #foodenergetics #eatingforhealth
  • Last weekend, I spent a really wonderful day hiking and foraging with my husband and the youngest of our kids.  One of the many highlights was the red huckleberries that were in full splendor in the coastal mountains.
Naturally, we foraged.
So, naturally, I wrote you all a new post.
Learn to identify red huckleberries and make a fabulous syrup with your harvest!
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#redhuckleberry #pnw #pacificnorthwest #huckleberry #vacciniumparvifolium #wildfood #wildfoodlove #foragedfood #foraging #forager #foraged #wildfood
https://nittygrittylife.com/red-huckleberry-syrup/
  • Today marks the first day of August - a month of warmth and sunshine throughout much of the northern hemisphere.  August 1st also mark the ancient feast day and celebration of Lammas.
In reverence to old world tradition, I have create a humble loaf of sourdough bread, braided and studded with calendula petals and sunflower seeds.
It is a delicious and enchanting way to celebrate the abundance of the season and the grain harvest.
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#lammas #bread #sourdough #baking #traditionalfoods #baker #baking #homemade #herbs 
https://nittygrittylife.com/sourdough-braided-bread/
  • My property is full of plums -- beautiful old trees and young feral saplings.  I cannot wait to get a few batches of this yummy plum butter going this summer.
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#plums #plumbutter #recipe #foodpreservation #canningseason #homestead #homesteader #homesteading 
https://nittygrittylife.com/plum-butter/
  • I confessed my love of Lady's Mantle the other day and shared a monograph extolling the virtues of this very virtuous plant.
Perhaps one of my favorite uses for lady's mantle is in the landscape.  She is a simple stunner.  Elegant in every way!
Tap link in bio for link to post on how to grow lady's mantle with this new post!
#ladysmantle #alchemilla #alchemillamollis #herbgarden garden #gardening #gardener #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #medicinegarden
https://nittygrittylife.com/how-to-grow-ladys-mantle/
  • We went for a hike in the coastal range yesterday.  Some much needed change of scenery and a chance to stretch our muscles and relax our minds.  Our seven year old chattered incessantly and adorably about the fairy world that was hiding under every fern and fallen log, while big brother ran ahead reminding me that I am a little out of condition, ahem... 😑
There were many highlights of this journey through the cool and damp woods, but this specimen stopped me in my tracks. An Indian Ghost Pipe (Monotropa uniflora), maybe a bit past her prime (I can relate), but still such a remarkable example of nature.  A parasitic plant, ghost pipe grows in only certain conditions and is fairly rare.  Due to her rarity, we just observed the plant and talked about it’s uses and habitat - I had no intention of harvest.  Instead, this is a plant that teaches me restraint and  appreciation.  Look but no touch.  I hope it taught my kids a lesson, to observe mama being so excited about something but making no move to call it my own. 
Sometimes the best plant medicine isn’t ever consumed, just absorbed.
#indianghostpipe #ghostpipe #monotropa #monotropauniflora #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #medicinalherbs #pnw #pacificnorthwest #oregon
  • Confession:
I have a plant crush.  On Lady's Mantle.
Alchemilla mollis.
She even sounds lovely...
Folks, she is simple beauty, and moreover she is one of the most incredibly useful herbs in the home apothecary.
Tap link in bio for link to my new herbal monograph.
#ladysmantle #alchemilla #alchemillamollis #alchemillavulgaris #herbs #herbalist #herbalmedicine #medicinalherbs 
https://nittygrittylife.com/ladys-mantle-alchemilla-mollis/
  • 🍑 Is it peach season in your neck of the woods? 🍑
We are just coming up on it in the Pacific NW and I am DEFINITELY making a batch (or two or three) of this delicious peach butter with vanilla!
Give it a try!
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#peach #peaches #peachbutter #fruitbutter #jam #foodpreservation #foodpreserving #homestead #homesteader #homesteading 
https://nittygrittylife.com/slow-cooker-peach-butter/

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