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Thursday, April 30, 2009
The Essential Herbal Spring Swap (Spoiler :-)
Partial of Group 2
More of Group 2
Saturday, April 25, 2009
The calm of the woods
Friday, April 24, 2009
Week 9 - Blog Contest
At Nature's Gift we have been pleased and excited about hosting this week's contest. The hard part has been trying to decide what to offer as the prize!
We chose Deluxe Personal Inhalers from our new shipment, filled with the winner's choice of several healing synergies.
We'll ship one of these pretty purse-sized inhalers filled with your choice of our SineEase Synergy, for easing sinus pain and congestion, Happy Morning Synergy, recommended for easing the nausea of morning sickness, but also helpful for motion sickness, etc., or our research based depression fighter "Citrus Smile."
To be entered in the contest, respond to this post, here, and at all the blogs listed below.And to make the contest even more exciting, ONE lucky entrant, drawn from one of the listed blogs, will receive a signed copy of Marge's Book "Essential Oils and Aromatics". You may check these links for some of the reviews. From the Journal of the Northeast Herbal Association, or from The Massage Therapy Journal.
Remember all of the blogs below are participating, so visit all of them and post to increase your chances of winning.
Nature's Gift - This week!
Torchsong Studio ??? (next week)
The Rosemary House - The Twelve Month Herbal by Bertha Reppert
Aquarian Bath - lip balm and soaps
Herbs from the Labyrinth - tea samplers
Patti's Potions - lipbalms
PrairieLand Herbs - healing wands
SunRose Aromatics - facial exfoliant and serums
Garden Chick - fairy cookie kits
The Essential Herbal - magazine subscriptions
We're getting down to the wire with some wonderful prizes! Be sure to keep playing to the end.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Fun at the Herb Festival
I took the camera along because I wanted to add to my collection of people looking at the magazine that I keep at: www.facebook.dj/essentialherbal Looking over the photos, it occurs to me that A) I have some pretty darned cute people in my life, and B) herb people are fun.
I just loved this one: The huntress becomes the hunted. Behind the guy with the yellow shirt, Sarah of Herbs from the Labyrinth is set up.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Herb Blog Contest - Week 8
Bertha Reppert's TwelveMonth Herbal features 365 herbal essays one for each day of the year. Written like she is speaking to a friend this book is fun, informative and easy to read. Many folks have told us they reread the book every year and make their own daily notes in the margins. Be sure to leave a comment to this post and at the other participating herbal blogs (see the links below) for your chance to win this clever book (an $18.00 value) filled with herbal lore, recipes and crafts (priceless). Sisters Susanna, the herbalist, and Nancy, the culinary artist, continue to share their Mother's love of all things herbal at The Rosemary House, the herb and spice gift shop, and at Sweet Remembrances tea room.
The following blogs are also participating, so stop over, post a comment on these blogs for additional chances to win this weeks giveaway AND the chance to explore some cool blogs.
Nature's Gift to be announced (next week)
Torchsong Studio to be announced (two weeks)
The Essential Herbal - magazine subscriptions
Garden Chick - fairy cookie kit
SunRose Aromatics - facial exfoliant and liquid soap
Herbs from the Labyrinth - tea sampler
Patti’s Potions - lip balms
PrairieLand Herbs - healing wand
Aquarian Bath - lip balm and soap
The Rosemary House (where a list of winners will be posted on the 24th)
Check back we have a couple more weeks of give-aways!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The Essential Herbal - May/June 2009
Field Notes from the Editor
Flower Essences Part 3, Kristena Haslam
Stinging Nettles, Susan Evans
Seborrhea on Dogs, Kathi Garrison
Louisiana Lagniappe - Butterfly Cake, Sarah Liberta
Our Workspaces - a compilation
Down on the Farm - Companion Planting, Michele Brown and Pat Stewart
The Global Herbal, Asia Part 1, Marita A. Orr
The Herbal Laboratory, Cory Trusty
Ginseng - An Herb for the Ages, Joe Smulevitz CH, MH
Herbal Fast Food, Maggie Howe
SouthRidge Treasures - Herbal Butters, Mary Ellen Wilcox
Start Mindfully Marketing your Herbal Business, Jenn Givler
Suburban Herbie - The Garden of Relativity, Geri Burgert
The Soap Pot - Slow Cooker Hot Process, Alicia Grosso
Herbalism Abroad - an Interview with a Mayan Herbalist, Betsy May
Lignans, Cindy Jones
Magick of Mint, Gale La Scala
Caraway 10 Ways - Sue-Ryn Burns
See what I mean? Even skipping the usual word puzzle, we still had to add 4 pages (again). The Essential Herbal is also available to herb shops and businesses wholesale, as are our books. The advertising rates are the best in the business. Come check us out! All of the back issue tables of contents and covers are on our website.
Here we go - Spring '09
We are in the throes of getting ourselves together for the PA Herb Festival tomorrow, and Maryanne took John for a paracentesis today while I did some things here that needed to be done. But... somewhere in mid-afternoon I had to go see what was happening. This tulip is right outside the shop. Is it stunning, or what???
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I LOVE WEEDS
Yesterday I was burning a little bit outside and wanted to stay nearby to make sure the fire was safe. That caused me to roll around in the weeds a little bit, so I went for the camera. That lying on the ground thing makes for a great angle! Chickweed is for some people, very difficult to identify. The flowers above are perhaps 4X larger than in real life. Those little buds are about the size of seed beads, and the leaves are maybe 1/2" long. It grows like a mat on the ground. Once it is identified, they never have that problem again. They say, "Ooooooohhh!"
Monday, April 13, 2009
Friends, News, and the Woods
I'd also like to share this video from a friend's band - Hippie Cream: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nElYG5PLqIU They have a very unique sound. Based in the LA area, they are starting to be pretty well known on the club scene. I love Hippie Cream! Have a listen, and visit hippiecream.com for more MP3's.
Molly and I once again headed out for our Sunday jaunt. I am seriously overjoyed watching her as she looks closely at plants, asks questions, and even bent down to taste a ramp leaf. When she was small, she was always with me in the garden - usually chewing on onion grass or covered with mulberry juice. Her very favorite way to spend the day was picking violets for syrup. She loved the idea that nobody asked her to keep the stems longer - she could just pop the flowers off. That's MUCH more fun. As time went on, she wasn't terribly interested anymore. Boys. Nuff said. But now it is returning as an interest, and I am happy about that. It is something that gives me so much pleasure that I want her to find that too - it's free, it's always there, it is easy to find. We all need to have something we enjoy so readily available.
So even though I am in the woods nearly every day right now, she goes along at least once a week.
I do not know what the arrow shaped leaf is. It has popped into my consciousness before, but just as quickly passed out, while the Spring Beauty leaves and spotted Trout Lily leaves carpet the ground around them. Soon the flowers for the latter two will bloom and I will forget all about those leaves. Anyone know what they are?This little guy cracked me up. It has been YEARS since I've seen a salamander. Normally there is not a lot of picking up rocks or pieces of wood. We leave things alone as much as possible. This guy happens to live exactly where I *thought* I put in some trillium, so moving the piece of log was meant to enable the plant to come up. The wood went right back over him. When we were kids, our grandfather used to take us "sally" hunting in the woods around the house. Looking back, there wasn't any real purpose. It was probably even a pretty bad thing to encourage kids to do - but it instilled a real curiousity about the woods for me, and I am thankful. Maybe this spring I'll look under some rocks in the creekbed and find a newt just for old time's sake.
This little cottage in the woods is really my nephew's old camp cabin from when he was a kid. It was built across the creek - and by that I mean that the building is over the water. There is a drawbridge to enter. A hammock still hangs across the far corner. What a great (if somewhat mosquito infested) place for a kid to spend his days!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Pictures from a distillation
For this distillation, we used hyssop. The hydrosol will be used in a syrup for respiratory problems. It was amazingly fragrant. A bit of a surprise, actually. Pleasantly so. Above, I am adjusting the clamp that will hold the condenser during the process.
We catch a drop to taste.
Below, a single drop falls into the collection flask.
In the bowl, a pump runs icy water through the condenser and returns it to the bowl warmed from the steam in the center of the tube. I've learned to fill the bowl mostly with ice. Usually the distillation is nearly done by the time the ice melts. I'm answering questions and explaining the process while it occurs.