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…

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…

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…

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…

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 β€œto 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…

Elderberry Breakfast Syrup & Crepes

Elderberry Breakfast Syrup & Crepes Crepes were the first dish I made as a child. Years ago, my Latvian grandmother taught me to make them the plain ol’ simple way – flour, eggs, milk. Through the years I have made them for my family, Fathers Day for my dad, and now for my children. Crepes…