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I finally have a small area in my front yard that has enough sun to grow calendulas! This cheery flower has SO many medicinal qualities. It is well-known as having anti-inflammatory properties and helps heal damaged and inflamed skin. Some of the other benefits include having anti-septic capabilities, assists in shrinking varicose and spider veins, assists in healing oral lesions & sore throats and helps heal ulcers. The petals are edible and can dress up any salad.
Shine on calendula, shine on!
I belong to a group called the Milwaukee River Advocates. We work to protect and restore the natural habitat of the Milwaukee River. The green corridor along the Milwaukee River in the city of Milwaukee is an important gem in a heavily urbanized setting. The corridor provides a home to many different species of animals, birds, reptiles, fish and plants. Recently our group lead a plant hike for the community. One important topic that we discussed was the ethical treatment of plants.
Now that the DIY movement is so popular, many people are making their own herbal goodies that range from teas to tinctures. The method of gathering wild plant material is called wildcrafting. People often go into a "wild" setting (i.e. the forest, fields, etc.) and collect plant material for consumption. And for certain herbs, this may be the only technique to obtain the plants. However it is always good to remember a few things:
1. Be Respectful.
Plants are sensitive, some more than others. Always…
Making your own body care products is an empowering activity. It allows you to be an artist, creating and blending ingredients to make a finished product that is tailored to your own body’s unique needs. I have a lovely recipe that I use to make my own floral waters and have been using it for years. I came across it in one of Rosemary Gladstar’s books. She is one of those people I like to refer to as an “herbal revivalist”. A truly gifted and intellectual herbalist, Rosemary helped bring plant wisdom and herbal awareness to the Western world through education and availability of high quality herbs and related products. Some examples of her contributions are Mountain Rose Herbs, Traditional Medicinals and The California School of Herbal Studies (one of my alma maters).
I will use roses as an example in this recipe, but you can use other plant material such as rose geranium leaves, calendula petals or lavender. My rose bush is in bloom right now. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I d…
In September I took a European tour; visiting Portugal, Spain and Morocco. Among other things, I was extremely interested in visiting essential oil distilleries and perfumeries or things related. Fortunately for me I had some opportunities in Spain and Morocco.
In Barcelona I visited the Museu Del Perfume, a tiny museum dedicated to perfume. Located in the Perfumeria Regia shop on Passeig de Gracia (it was very difficult to find. I got lost several times!) is a small room that showcases perfume bottles from ancient Greek times to present. Most descriptions were in French, which I don't speak, however it was interesting to view the bottles.
In Morocco my friends and I received our own private herbal session from Abdul at the Herboristerie Bab Agnou, an apothecary in Marrakech.
Abdul presented several herbal combinations for skin conditions used in the Berber culture, some of which have been used for centuries.
As we were trekking through the Atlas Mountains, we came across a woman…