Category Archives: herbs

herbs tutorial yule

winter potpourri- diy

I love having a pretty wooden bowl filled to the brim with a little woodland collection, tossed with some citrus, and spices.

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My winter potpourri includes: dried oranges, pinecones, rosehips, milkweed pods, acorns, a fir branch, a locus pod, powdered cinnamon, whole cloves, with a few drops of pine essential oil.

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“That’s all,”
Lisa

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tummy ache herbal pops

 When my little ladies have a belly ache, drinking warm tea is not the answer, they prefer tummy ache pops.

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To make the pops, I make a strong infusion of peppermint, spearmint, ginger, rosehips, and a touch of cinnamon.

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I put the herbs in a large mason jar with 4 cups of boiling water, then cover and let the herbs steep for about 2 hours.

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 Now to filter out the herbs, the girls love rosehips so I add those to the pops.

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Pour the tea into popsicle molds and freeze. Obviously, this is a little time consuming so having some pops premade in the freezer is a good idea to have whenever the tummy aches hit.

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“That’s all,”
Lisa

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Rosemary wellness simmer- DIY for upper respiratory

Mmmmmmm, the scent of rosemary and citrus put me in an uplifting can do anything mood!

rosemary wellness simmer

Not only is rosemary a lovely way to scent your home but it is antibacterial, which helps clear phlegm from the head and chest. It’s great to simmer on the stove when there are upper-respiratory ailments or headaches going through your house. Rosemary citrus simmer is also a wonderful uplifting nerve tonic and can help clear the mind. I always had a rosemary plant in my classroom for children to go rub their hands through when anxiety was about, it always seemed to help them.

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In a shallow pan of water, I put a few sprigs of rosemary (or 10-15 drops rosemary essential oil), a handful of citrus peel (lemon and orange), sometimes a drop of lavender or eucalyptus depending on my mood, and let it simmer all day. When members of my little family are under the weather or in an anxious state, this simmer always make them feel better.

“That’s all,”
Lisa

 

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Doings

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We’ve been busy around here-
designing new plush,
harvesting herbs,
and
sterilizing jars for the herbs.

“That’s all,”
Lisa

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Summer Solstice wreath

While harvesting peppermint yesterday, I came across a stem that was at least 4ft. tall growing within my fairy rose. I pulled it out and wound it into a circle to form the beginnings of a wreath.

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I added more peppermint, then lavender, and wanted the bright yellow yarrow to get my sunny punch of yellow. I think it makes the perfect Summer Solstice wreath!

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“That’s all,”
Lisa

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lavender festival

 A long time dream of mine has been to own a little lavender farm.

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Spending time at the Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm’s lavender festival yesterday made my dream feel like more of a possibility! I have been successful with the same abundant varieties they grew- Hidcote, Grosso, Munstead, and English. They raised the earth up in rows and put dark landscaping cloth down the rows. I can do this, I have the space and the right soil…..perhaps start with a small row in the Fall or next Spring? Yes, I think I will! Think of all the wonderful lavender products the girls and I could make!

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A recent picture of the many women in the family! That’s me in the dark shirt with the camera strap and green canvas backpack. We really should have posed for a better shot.

“That’s all,”
Lisa