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Fooling the Chickens – The Shoestring Herbalist

My chickens are pretty smart. They figure out how to hide their eggs. They can jump the fence despite my...

Cleavers + Grape Seed Oil = Goodness from the Garden

My garden in spring overflows with Cleavers, aka Galium aparine. Most years, I spend hours in early spring picking cleavers...

Calla Lily: The Beauty of Balance

AKA: Arum Lily Cala Lily symbolizes purity and innocence, according to popular mythology. This flower is used at transitional times...

Teff: Gluten-free Powerhouse Grain for Your Table

Traditional Ethiopian peoples knew all about Teff, Eragrostis tef. Somewhere between 3000 and 6000 years ago, the Abyssinia people, ancestors...

Roseroot – Herb of the North by Anna Rósa

The path of the village herbalist hasn’t always been an easy one. In Iceland, herbalism was illegal to practice until...

Calendula: Symbolizing Warmth, Better Communication, and Success

Calendula has been a symbol of sunshine and fire for many centuries. In India, calendula flowers were traditionally included in...

Roses: Symbolism and Flower Essence

We have cultivated and appreciated the rose as both a symbol of love and a gentle yet powerful medicine of...

Herbs for Cold and Flu Season: Class Notes

According to the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), flu and cold season typically covers October through May with its...

Tomato Cage Ad Lib – The Shoestring Herbalist

As far as my tomatoes go, my eyes are much bigger than my stomach. I see tomato plants, even straggly...