Wild Garlic Mustard Dressing

While taking a stroll in the forest, I stumbled upon some Garlic Mustard along the edge of the trail. For more information on how to identify this wonderful plant, click here. The rich garlic & onion taste is a perfect addition to all kinds of food. Add the leaves to salad, make a pesto, sauté…

Gathering Pine Resin

Pine resin has one primary purpose and that is to maintain and heal the tree. This sticky protective barrier seals wounds and wards off bacteria, fungus, and the invasion of insects. For this reason, it is super important to harvest only excess resin. In other words, resin that has dripped down the tree beyond the…

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…

Exploring Pine

Residing alongside a White Pine & Eastern Hemlock forest, I’m continuously inspired and amazed by the abundance that surrounds me. These giants offer so much throughout the year and withstand some of the harshest conditions. Here are a few of the many ways we explored these majestic trees. Here’s more information on identifying Pine (Pinus…

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…

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…

Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

Ground Ivy, also commonly known as Creeping Charlie, is a fast growing ground cover with ‘hoof’ shaped leaves. Other names it goes by include Gill-over-the-ground, Alehoof, Gill-go-by-the-Hedge, and Run-away-robin. This plant is not related to Ivy but is, instead, to the Mint family. Identifying You’ll find a square stem and opposite growing, kidney-shaped leaves, similar…

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…

Red Clover Lemonade

Looking for a refreshing beverage this summer? This super tasty drink is it! Made with red clover, lemon, and raw honey, it’s the perfect combination to cool you off during the warmer months. Curious about the taste? Think Arnold Palmer. Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) is a nutritive herb containing many phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. The…

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…