Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Jan/Feb 2017 issue - The Essential Herbal

 You'll enjoy this issue.  It's pure Essential Herbal, cover to cover.  We have some fascinating articles AND a retrospective that includes a big, bold bite of every single one of the previous 15 Jan/Feb issues.  You'll be amazed how much can be packed into these pages!
We have a couple announcements to make for the new year.
1 - Unfortunately the cost of shipping to Canada is now $18/year.  We'll only be accepting PDF orders to Canada after 1/1/17.
2 - Because our printer has struggled all year to keep up with our schedule, we've moved everything up 2 weeks.  Our deadlines used to be the 15th of every other month, but are now the 1st of every other month.  This should get us back on track.

Herb of the Year 2017
Without further ado, here is the table of contents:
Field Notes, Tina Sams
15 years and still loving herbs and herbies! Find out what we’re up to next.
Arnica, Carol Ann Harlos
Just enough about this weed to make you want to know more!
Croutons with Zip, Rita Richardson
Make them as good as those delicious bits you pay dearly for.
Bringing Rye Whiskey Back to Lancaster, Molly Sams
Come along while Molly checks out some really big stills.
Cordials - Just for Fun! Jackie Johnson
There are a lot of reasons to make cordials, and the enjoyment and flavor should be two of the first considerations.
Kudos to Kelp, Kristine Brown
Learn about this delicious, nutritious weed of the ocean.
Retrospective, Various
Over the past 15 winters, we’ve had some wonderful articles, so we took a sampling from each Jan/Feb issue!
PMS Salt Soap, Marci Tsohonis
Only Marci could blend PMS and Valentine’s Day and make it work!
2017 Herb of the Year - Coriandrum sativum, Susanna Reppert-Brill
A primer on the HOTY with a couple great recipes, too!
Cilantro Salsa, Catherine Love
Something a little different…
February Second - Not Just for Groundhogs, Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh
Candlemas lore for the curious.
Growing with Kathy, Kathy Musser
Have you seen me write about our friendly neighborhood herb farmer? Well, meet Kathy! She’s agreed to do some articles on growing for the magazine.

Friday, December 16, 2016

A gift and a drink.

Simmering Potpourri and Lavender Latte - by Molly Sams

We suggest using the peel instead of the whole orange slice to avoid any sludge or slime.

Simmering Potpourri
You will need:
Orange peel
Star Anise
Juniper Berry
A nice simmering pot
At least a quart of water

You can use a just a few herbs or all that we suggest and more. We figure the more the merrier!

Begin boiling water and when it is at a steady boil reduce to a simmer. Then add herbs and peel. Allow to simmer and add water as needed. Enjoy!

Be sure to pack the extra simmering potpourri as gifts for your family and house guests! 

Lavender Latte

This is a wonderfully decadent but simple drink you can make for special occasions or for your morning cup of joe!

You will need:

Fresh coffee grounds (enough to make a strong pot)
A coffee maker (I use a French Press)
1 T Lavender buds (fresh or dried)
Milk of your choice (my favorite to use is cashew!)
A big mug to hold all the goodness in!


You can either infuse the lavender with coffee or milk. Whichever works best for you. If you infuse it with the coffee, simply put it in with the grounds and let steep or percolate as normal.
To infuse in the milk, warm the milk in a stove top pan and whisk lavender flowers in the milk until milk is hot and frothy. then strain into a Mason jar and close the lid tightly. Shake until you reached desired frothiness.
Combine milk and coffee and enjoy.  You can always add a lavender sprig or lavender buds as garnish!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

More ideas for gift-giving...

I was putting together some groupings for promotion, and thought I'd add them here.  If you're at a loss for someone special, please take a look around our website.

We have a nice selection of incense items.  Stick incense (and burners), resins, rope incense, smudge, liquid smudge, hand blended incense, incense matches, rope incense, palo santo, and more.

For the new herbie on your list we have great stuff.  A subscription OF COURSE, a few books, maybe a mortar and pestle, some muslin bags, a funnel... A great start.

Pamper someone with these luscious hand-made goodies.  Soaps, aromatherapy roll-ons, tub teas, spritzes, lotion bars, dry shampoo, tonics and relaxing potions - all for that overworked person on your list (or you).

Really pretty things.  In addition to the metal star, hand-blown glass ball, and fairy earrings, we have the cinnamon canisters, teapot ornaments, and lots of other interesting things.

Put together a selection of teas!
Please visit Essential Herbal to see if we have exactly what you need.