Herbal Tinctures

What is a tincture? Tinctures are concentrated extracts of herbs, typically made with alcohol as the primary solvent. The herbs may be used fresh or dried and high grain alcohol, high proof vodka, or brandy can be used. The maceration (soaking) period can take at least 4-6 weeks, the herbs are then strained from the…

Infused Oils & Salve Making

Salves are a simple, useful, and effective way to use herbs in your every day life. The combination of herbs, oils, and beeswax creates a soothing and nourishing blend specific to your needs. Although the salves are semi-solid at room temperature, they will soften once applied to the skin, making them convenient for travel and…

Roasted Root Biscotti

Today we’re making gluten free Roasted Root Biscotti. When I think of biscotti I think of coffee and sunrise, so that will be the inspiration! So, what is roasted root? Roasted root is a combination of roots from the dandelion, burdock, and chicory plant, combined with cinnamon and cacao powder. When this combination of roots,…

Violet Infused Honey

Violet Honey time! Violet honey is a wonderful way to preserve these delightful springtime flowers. The flowers are edible, honey is edible, why not combine them? Violet flowers and leaves are both very moistening, making each ideal for dry and irritated tissues. Violet tea and violet infused honey can bring instant relieve to sore throats…

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Garlic mustard, also known as Jack-by-the-hedge, is an unassuming plant with a powerful punch of garlic and mustard. This plant was introduced to the United States in the mid-1800’s, for food & medicine, and has since been creeping through the continent ever since. Garlic mustard is now considered an invasive species, a single plant can…

Forsythia Twist Bread

Forsythia Flowers It’s mid-April and the Forsythia is blooming here in New Hampshire. These cheery, yellow flowers are one of the first plants to add a pop of color to the landscape. Forsythia bushes are deciduous shrubs that can grow 3-9 feet in height and, rarely, up to 20 feet. Their drooping branches grow yellow…

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Garlic (Allium sativum) Family: Amaryllidaceae Genus: Allium Energetics: warming, drying Taste: pungent Plant Properties: circulatory stimulant, diaphoretic, expectorant, antimicrobial, carminative, immune modulating, vermifuge (parasites) Plant Uses: Hypertension, fungal & bacterial infections, colds, influenza, bronchial congestion, small intestinal bacteria growth, digestion, asthma, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance Garlic has been approved by the Commission E as…

Bonfire Cider

Bonfire Cider (Fire Cider) Bonfire Cider stimulates the immune system and digestive system during the colder months. For generations, herbal medicinal recipes have been prepared and passed down for many years to fight against the common cold and other illnesses. Recipes varied from year to year depending on what was available and in season. Even…

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…