Recent posts in the School of Essential Living Arts.
Herb of the Month
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This lavender packs a punch! Sometimes called "male lavender" for its more aggressive qualities, spike lavender is a great choice to help with those little nicks, scrapes and splinters that come with spring projects. Just a whiff is a fast way to clear the sinuses.
The fleeting delight of the violet flower speaks its importance as an herb for the soul. This early spring bloom is an ancient natural to soothe both body and psyche. Violet also plays a unique aromatic trick on people.
February is the time to "get off the bench". If you are ramping up your exercise program and changing to a lighter diet to get ready for spring, think of rosemary. This classic herb will soothe sore muscles and help to cleanse your digestive system.
Treat your family and pets to a healthy winter with the help of pine oil.
Edible flowers dress up a salad or cupcake and turn the simplest fare into a fancy gourmet treat. The cheering energy of edible flowers is a natural antidepressant. We explore nasturtium, calendula, borage and violet.
Cookies and lemonade made with lavender blossoms?! Summer is a great time to try this beloved herb in some whole new ways.
What herbs whips cats into a frenzy, but has the exact opposite effect on human beings? Catnip is an underused herb that can be household staple for a variety of discomforts for kids and adults. It is also one of your best defenses against biting insects.
Here comes spring, complete with allergies, lots of gardening, and sometimes a little too much time in the sun. The sweet flowers of camomile will come to your rescue to help you and your gardens have a wonderful spring, pollen and all.
Black spruce taps the strength of the forest tp help you stay strong and on-task when you are beginning to feel tapped out.