herbs & herbalism

elderflower punch

elderflower punch

Since I had the great fortune of being intimately connected with not only my Danish family, but also with life in Denmark and Danish traditions, I remain especially vulnerable to memories associated with (or triggered by) Danish food: frikadeller (which I perfected during my time […]

fun ways to drink fire cider

fun ways to drink fire cider

By now you know I love fire cider. I love making it. I love cooking with it.  I also love drinking it! Here are three simple, creative ways to enjoy your fire cider by the glass… Cheers! fire cider smoothies WHOA. I saw you flinch […]

sweet, fragrant milk & honey: an aromatic bath for imbolc

sweet, fragrant milk & honey: an aromatic bath for imbolc

The pagan festival of Imbolc, also known as the feast of Brigid, marks the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Celebrating the return of the light, it falls at the time when livestock begin giving birth to their young and milk begins […]

still *more* things to do with fire cider

still *more* things to do with fire cider

(If you’re just joining this series, you’ll find a fire cider recipe here to get you started and other recipes using fire cider here… If you’re back for more, welcome back!) Yes, there are still more amazing ways to use fire cider. Here are a […]

*other* ways to use fire cider

*other* ways to use fire cider

If you’re like I was, you were very excited the first time you made fire cider. I visualized my highest possible health as I washed, peeled, and minced my ingredients. I imagined wellness itself steeping in that beautiful Mason jar. I was positively dizzy with […]

fire cider for fall

fire cider for fall

Let me begin by reminding you that I am not a health care professional (nor am I into pretending to be one). So I won’t suggest I know how to protect you from everything that might infect you this autumn. I’m no master of my […]

bright blessings from the heart of winter: thyme-infused honey

bright blessings from the heart of winter: thyme-infused honey

Happy New Year, friends! I’m just poking my head out of my hibernation cave to offer the first “hello!” of 2015. As is my nature, I am hunkered down in contemplative mode making plans for the new year, assessing strides against last year’s goals, and tending to […]

old-fashioned spiced elderberry syrup

old-fashioned spiced elderberry syrup

No elderberry syrup in your house? The best day to make it is yesterday: you want it on hand for sniffles, sneezes, and the almost inevitable immune fatigue that comes in colder weather. This little kitchen witch loves elder for its many offerings (wood, flowers, berries) […]

a few of my favorite things right now

a few of my favorite things right now

There’s LOTS to love in the world of aromatherapy and herbalism. While I always have “favorites”, I find myself turning to new essential oils at different times depending upon both my mood and my clients’ needs, new books turn up that capture my attention and “old” […]

mooning over sage

mooning over sage

Ah, Sage. The incomparable Salvia. What Thanksgiving table would be complete without the inimitable savory flavor of this sacred herb in stuffing? Of all of the perennials in our herb garden, Sage is by far the lowest maintenance. He returns each year, bountifully, and extends […]

mooning over melissa

mooning over melissa

Melissa, commonly called Lemon Balm, holds a special place in my heart–she has ever since the moment I discovered her name literally means “honeybee”. (Bees are powerful totems for me, my husband, and our farm.) Melissa’s roots go back to ancient civilizations whose ceremonial lives […]



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