Category Archive: Herb

Hungry? Pull up some Wild Onions

Yesterday the weather turned fairly warm and my 2 granddaughters, Ellery and Emerson, took a walk with me in our woods. We found wild onions (or wild garlic whichever you call it) in abundance and so tender. See that patch of it right in front of the fieldstone step? Perfect sub for chives! (Now I …

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Rosemary Plants Growing Indoors: Good Girl or Bad Girl?

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Readers want to know: “My Rosemary has turned brown/gray and died in my house. What did I do wrong?” Ah, this happens to me also. Rosemary can sure be a “bad girl.” Especially when you’re wintering the plant in the house. One Rosemary is doing great; the other is brown and dry. Check these photos …

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Fire Cider Easy to Make: Boost Immune and Circulatory Systems

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A few years ago I interviewed Rosemary Gladstar, mentor and herb expert, during a break we had when we were both speakers at the Mother Earth Convention in Pennsylvania. She mentioned making fire cider. I was intrigued. Fire cider? What the heck was that? And does it taste good? Well, first of all, fire cider …

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Biblical Herbs, Foods and Spices for Colds and Flu

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Many of the herbs and foods commonly used from Bible days on, along with old fashioned home remedies your Mom or Grandma used, when used properly, can be your body’s best and least costly  defense against colds and the flu. These remedies also help to minimize the misery if you do get a cold or …

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Treasures: Lovingly Worn Herbal History Books

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I have a collection of books on herbs. One of my most treasured is one my Mom gave me years ago from the Herb Society of America – it’s from the 1940′s and she found it in a second hand shop called “The Heart Mart” here in Cincinnati. Mom volunteered there and found so many …

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Pull rooted sprigs of mint to grow indoors

When you’re putting your herbs to bed for the winter, remember that mint is an aggressive perennial. Pull a few rooted sprigs, pot them up, place in moist soil in a sunny window and voila: mint for winter!

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Growing and Using Basil

  Purple and Green Basil A Guide To Growing Basil Harvesting and Preserving Basil for its Many Uses Here’s an article I wrote for Countryside Magazine. It’s timely since right now my basil is flowering like crazy! I’m willing to bet that if you start an herb garden, growing basil (Ocimum Basilicum) will be high …

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Tex Mex Lasagna with Cilantro

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Tex Mex Lasagna with Cilantro I have a love/hate relationship with cilantro. I love the flavor but I don’t like the way cilantro behaves, like a mischevious little boy. He likes to bolt to seed if it gets too hot, and this can happen seemingly overnight. So I have to make successive plantings every couple …

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Spearmint or Peppermint for Mint Julep Recipe?

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Mint Julep Recipe Peppermint for Mint Juleps Spearmint or Peppermint – which is best for Mint Juleps? There’s always a debate about this. Spearmint is traditional, and sweeter than peppermint. Peppermint contains a lot of menthol, which makes it taste stronger. Peppermint is used in a lot of medicines, and also in toothpastes, peppermint candies …

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Healing Herbs That You Can Grow

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Healing Herbs That You Can Grow As we “grow along” together, I’ll share in depth some good information on my favorite individual herbs. But today I wanted to give you a quick list of my  top 10 healing herbs that you can grow yourself. I love the fact that herbs not only taste good, they’re …

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