See what happens when I get a few days off? I completely forget that the new issue was supposed to go up on the blog and website on the 15th! Oops. Sorry about that.Like it or not, for the most part The Essential Herbal is me - much like the Wizard of Oz sometimes, so when I go out of town and don't have computer access, not much gets done. Luckily there's nothing critical about this business. The information will be there when I get back to the office.
A couple of points of interest that aren't covered in the table of content (below) are that we have 2 tickets to the Southeast Women's Herbal Conference that subscribers are encouraged to enter a drawing for by sending a postcard to our physical address during July/Aug. Great value, and great odds.
Additionally, there will be some overflow of magazine submissions that will make it onto the blog in the future. That means that we will put original, unpublished articles here from time to time. Not huge news... just wanted to let you know.
Table of Contents July/August 2011
Field Notes from the Editor
The excitement of wildcrafting in a new region.
Fairy Friends, Melissa Nicole “Honeybee” Sidelinger
Childhood memories of building a tiny village and the joy it brought.
SouthRidge Treasures, Rosemary, Mary Ellen Wilcox
Mmmm….. lore and growing information, as well as recipes for jelly, butter, and potatoes.
Labor & Delivery Room Kit, Betsy May
Betsy was prepared for everything except this….
Herbal Connections, Aromatics, Marita A Orr
Not all herbs have aromatic properties, but the ones that do start to heal us the second we inhale their fragrances.
Finding Fellow Herbies, Marnie Plunkett
One of the hardest things can be finding others to share the herbal passion with. Marnie shares some of the ways she’s found others.
Weeds in my Soup, Dianne Runge
Potherbs or Bouquet garni appear to be weeds to a young child, but add such a deliciousness to the soup or stew.
Summer Pampering for Pets, Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh
First beat the summer bugs on your pets, and then give them a treat because you love them! All the recipes you’ll need in this article.
Sour Cherry Scones, Marge Clark
Marge shared this recipe on the Yahoo! list and I immediately asked for permission to add it to this issue. We’d been talking about the anti-inflammatory aspects of sour cherries, and here’s just one more pleasant way to enjoy them.
Gems from Your Garden, Rita Richardson
Rita always has such great ideas for enjoying the offerings from the herb patch. Tomatoes, lemon balm, and blended culinary herbs star in this issue.
The Herbal Adventures of the Twisted Sisters, Part 3, Tina Sams & Maryanne Schwartz
Girls just want to have fun. So we did! Learning to make soap, how we learned about herbs, and some of our favorite culinary recipes. While we work on the next volume of our adventures, we're sharing the out of print first book in installments.
Pinch of Herbs & Sprinkle of Spice Quiz, Yvette Thomas
Test yourself with this fun quiz.
Summer Recipes from the Herb & Vegetable Garden, Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh
A bushel of recipes that you’ll just love!
The Soap Pot, Back to the Beginning, Alicia Grosso
Alicia presents her “if I knew then what I know now” soap recipe.
Natural Deodorant, Rachel Johnston
A natural, simple deodorant that doesn’t include anything you don’t want to put on your skin.
Herbs of the Zodiac: Virgo, Susanna Reppert Brill/Bertha Reppert
12 herbs important to Virgos, and a recipe just perfect for their time.
The Historic Herbal, Buttermilk Cheese, Kathleen Setzer
One page recipe and instructions to make your own cheese! Could it be simpler? I don’t think so!