Wild Violet Simple Syrup

Violets are wonderful spring edibles! They can grow abundantly, especially in areas where they are not native. They contain many medicinal and nutritional properties and the ways to enjoy this gift are endless. Unfortunately, these beauties only thrive in the cooler months of spring and will retreat during the hot summer days. Finding ways to…

Forsythia Flower Syrup

Forsythia flowers are absolutely stunning early spring! The flowers are indeed edible, often bitter, but edible. Sprinkled on fresh garden salad or tossed in a pasta dish, they are sure to brighten your meal. However, their beauty doesn’t last. After a few short weeks of shining bright, they blend in with the green foliage. A…

Stinging Nettle Soup

Stinging Nettle Soup This is a perfect summer soup made with fresh nettles and roasted vegetables. Today was cool and rainy, the best kind of day to make summer soup. The day before, when it was warm and sunny, I had gathered some fresh nettle tips. The tender young leaves at the top are delicious…

Valentine’s Day Roses

What to do with Valentine’s Day roses? Their beauty may be fading but these flowers can certainly bring more joy into your life! Most commercially purchased roses are sprayed with chemicals, so it’s advised not to consume them. Rose petal honey, ice cream, and cookies are absolutely delicious but best organic or wild (given you…

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…

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 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:…

Bath Fizzies!

Bath Fizzies! Bath bombs, bath fizzies, whatever you want to call them are so fun and easy to make! You can make them as potent or as pleasurable as you’d like and they can aid in soothing your body in all sorts of ways, from achy muscles to chilling out. I personally enjoy making them…

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,…