Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Sage (Salvia officinalis) Family: Lamiaceae (mint) Genus: Salvia Common names include garden sage, common sage, culinary sage Comes from the Latin word salvere meaning “to feel well and healthy, health, heal” Energetics: warming, drying Taste: pungent, bitter Plant Properties: aromatic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, antiseptic, blood moving Plant Uses: Sore throat, excessive sweating, infections, stagnant digestion,…

Shortbread Herbal Cookies – Violets

Shortbread Herbal Cookies I have come to a point in my life that I can’t imagine making cookies without adding flowers or herbs. I was first inspired by Lori Stern, a private chef and caterer in California, who adds loads of eye-popping color to all her dishes with the use of flowers. It was around…

Herbal Pastilles (Pills)

Herbal Pastille Making What is a pastille? A pastille (or pill) is made by simply combining powdered herbs with a liquid or honey and rolling them into small pea-size balls. Some common uses are for sore throats, coughs, and, digestive complaints. Basic Pastille Recipe Place medicinal powdered herbs in a bowl and mix with honey…

Herbal Infused Sugars & Salts

Infused Sugars & Salts The colder nights are upon us here in New England and it’s time to squirrel away our summer and fall bounty. Fortunately there are a whole bunch of ways to preserve and enjoy herbs for months, even years to come! Here are a few ways I’ve preserved my herbs this year:…

Burdock (Arctium lappa, A. minor)

Burdock, also known as Gobo, is one of those plants that’s been calling to me for a while now. Sometimes when you need a plant, they find a way into your life and make their presence known. A year or two ago I began gathering Stinging Nettle from a local farm. They considered this plant…

Herbal Crackers

Herbal Crackers The weather has definitely turned here in New England and now we’re frantically looking for our slippers, sweatshirts, and thick blankets. The air is crisp! Most of the plants in my yard and garden are falling back to earth and returning to where it all began. One of the few plants still thriving,…

Homemade Minty Ice Cream

Homemade Minty Ice Cream Aside from watermelon, ice cream has most definitely become a kid staple in our home this summer. So when I rediscovered my old Donvier Manual Ice Cream Maker in the basement, I knew what had to be done. I scoured the internet looking for easy recipes because I have kids and…

Elderberry Tincture

Elderberry Tincture Tis’ the season for Elderberries here in New England. The lacy flowers have fallen, meaning the small green berries that form are starting to plump up and turn dark blue to black. The flowers are the reproductive organs and therefore will turn to fruit when pollinated. Elder, to me, marks the change of…

Alpine Berries

Alpine Berries Recently a group of strong, wonderful people set off for the White Mountains to do a little hiking. The hope was to complete the entire Presidential Traverse – 23 miles of mountains – in 2 days. Four of the eight mountains are the largest in New England. Needless to say, it’s an extremely…

Sage Honey – Sore Throat Remedy

Sage Salvia officinalis Common sage, what a remarkable plant. Its true healing properties have been captured in its name, Salvia. Salvia derives from the Latin salvere, meaning “to feel well and healthy, health, heal.” Sage herbal actions include: anti-bacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, sore throat, excessive sweating, infections, type 2 diabetes, toothache, sore muscles, hot…