We just put out another glorious issue! Every single magazine continues to amaze me with the wondrous content that our contributors send in. More than 20 years in, very few subjects have been repeated, even though we do try to include lots of information on how to do the things we discuss each issue. Once again, we've been graced with new and fascinating content.
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Gail Faith Edwards
The bowl of Roses is the centerpiece in Gail’s illustration of her own apothecary.
Find, Plants Named for Bugs and Animals
Nicknames for plants often include other creatures.
Notes from the Editor, Tina Sams
This spring and summer bring us a taste of the life we’ve all been missing.
Gardens, Jackie Johnson. ND
Many people are taking a good look at their ability to grow food and/or medicine. What do you need? How much? Seed saving and preserving are also discussed.
Fruits with Herbs - Plum Delicious! Alicia Allen
11 scrumptious summer recipes, including (hear me out, now) Cherry Bacon Basil Pizza! Also Peach Crisp and several main dishes and beverages.
Beauties! The Forgotten Spring Edible! Jennifer Sutherland Cline
Fairy Spuds? Learn all about them in this informative article.
Love, Gail Faith Edwards
How to fall in love with Roses.
Powder with Shikaki, Jessicka Nebesni
A new spin on hair care. Not a dry shampoo, and not the bubbly stuff, this something completely different!
Covers, Kathy Musser
Learn why and how we choose different ground covers, and 10 unusual plants to try.
Balm - There’s Never Enough! Marcy Lautanen Raleigh
In the bath and in the kitchen, Lemon Balm is happily at home wherever it goes.
Salt and Water: It’s Elemental, Marci Tsohonis
From the first moments of capturing the wild yeast, to the crisp crusts and hearty loaves, everything you need to know to make your own sourdough.
for Nourishment, Healing and Dye, Kristine Brown, RH(AHG)
All the parts of Nettles are useful to us. Read all about the many ways Nettles offers to help us.
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In case you aren't familiar with The Essential Herbal, we switched from a print magazine to a digital magazine after 20 years a couple years ago when the pandemic hit. We decided at that time to send a little something "Extra!" - which is what we named the smaller supplemental issue - so that subscribers get something from us on the 20th of every month!