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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),…

Baking Therapy: Anise Seed & Orange Digestive Biscuits

These anise seed and orange digestive biscuits are a perfect after meal treat to settle the stomach, ease heartburn, and fend off a sweet tooth! Perhaps I have mentioned that the late winter, Pacific Northwest rains are fairly prolific.  Plentiful. …

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,…

Cardiovascular Herbs: Cacao & Damiana Rose Chocolate Hearts

Cacao is good for mood and cardiovascular health, and these damiana and rose infused dark chocolates are made with lovin’ in mind. Cacao (Theobroma cacao) Energetics: slightly warming, dry (cacao nibs/powder), moist (cocoa butter) Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cardiovascular, hypotensive,…

Respiratory Herbs: Bee Balm & Herbal Steam

Bee balm is a showy and fragrant wild herb with pronounced diffusive action. Excellent for complaints of congestion and stagnant tissue states. Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa, other spp. such as didyma, media and punctata) Energetics: diffusive herb, net cooling effect,…

Respiratory Herbs: Usnea, Lungs of the Forest

Usnea has a great affinity for the respiratory system, as well as being a profound infection fighter for the whole body. Usnea (Usnea sp.) Energetic:  cool, dry Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparastic, analgesic, astringent, styptic, tonic, vulnerary Sometimes when…

Respiratory Herbs: Wild Cherry Bark Syrup

Wild cherry bark’s antitussive qualities make it an exceptional herb to use in respiratory formulations with appropriate safety & herbal considerations. This fruity wild cherry bark syrup delivers sweet medicinal benefits and will help to soothe a hacking, spasmodic, barking…

Respiratory Herbs: Mullein & Lung Support Tea

Mullein is a common and easy to identify wild herb possessing an abundance of medicinal benefits with a particular affinity for the respiratory system. Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) Energetics: leaf – cool/neutral, slightly moist, root – neutral, slightly drying, flower –…

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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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