Stories on herbal care & health

Apr. 17, 2021
The happy little purple flower...the grape Hyacinth.  Did you know...that these beauties are edible?
I usually dry them between a few pages of a book and use them to decorate cards, gifts cards and such. They dry wonderfully.
I decided to check on the "flower essence meaning" and found this meaning... The flower essence of the grape Hyacinth knits a fabric of equality within the soul force, inviting the individual to examine the interior of belonging. When he or she feels excluded or abandoned, be it through crisis or self-defeating behaviors, the grape hyacinth essence latches the soul onto a greater template or worth. (per Power flower essences).
Don't confuse this with the typical large garden Hyacinth, that one is poison. This hyacinth blossom can be pickled, candied, used in simple syrups, jelly, lemonade, cordials and eaten. It might be fun to make a flower essence too.
The grape hyacinth has a sour grape taste and sometimes can have a bitter aftertaste, so when eating raw a little can go a long way.  The genus is Muscari.
So, I say...enjoy the picture of the lovely grape hyacinth and as always, I am sharing personal information in which you should thoroughly check out, should you decide to take advantage of any of her many gifts. 
Be well, jonnie dee
Apr. 4, 2021
Yummy...Elderberry Lemonade
1 part elderberry syrup
1 part lemon juice
Good water
& sweeten to your liking..
And shake, shake shake...
I love homemade lemonade and it's even better with the healthy shot of elderberry syrup...
It's actually good over ice or warmed...
Be well, be healthy, love, jonnie dee
Dec. 9, 2020
I'm not totally sure but I think it is Hawthorne and if so I have never seen such long spikes...
I've taken 2 pictures which I think the first picture is beautiful in my eyes...
The second picture shows the lack of respect people have for nature and our surroundings...
I've been very busy but I just wanted to share with you the beauty and benefits of nature that so abundantly surrounds us...
Be well, jonnie dee
Nov. 11, 2020

Self care for the cold and flu season. I am making myself a powerful hot tea/elixir, kinda like a hot toddy.

I aim to keep the cold and flu at bay. I'm also making Elderberry syrup. I have a tincture of Bidens or Beggartick, in which I made last fall.
In the left corner of my picture is my vegan honey, or dandelion honey. I made it in the spring which doubles as a honey and sweetener. This potion can be made as simple or as complicated as you wish.

My ingredients are: fresh ginger, elderberry berries, elderberry flower blossoms, Echinacea or purple cone flowers, staghorn sumac (good antioxidant and loaded with vit c), cloves, and dehydrated orange slice (can use fresh & or just the rind) and good water.

Boil the water and steep for 10-20 minutes. Strain and do a quick reheat and will then I ad my dandelion mock honey and a dropper full of the Beggartick tincture (Most of us have had the seeds of Beggartick stick to our clothes when walking in a meadow, it is an amazing herb) and tablespoon of Elderberry concentrate/syrup.

It tastes yummy. Be well, and know that you can help yourself stay healthy with inexpensive or free herbs that have been around for generations and grow in the local fields and meadows. 

#findanherbstudyituseitloveitandshareit jonnie dee #tsht #touchsomeoneshearttoday

Nov. 7, 2020
Having a garden party, tummy troubles (this may help) or just want to use your fresh mints to flavor your sugar? I usually will grab a handful of each and strip the leaves.
Yum...they smell so good! Rinse them and put them in my blender. I may drop a few drops of water in the mixer. There is no wrong way to do this. Add sugar and blend. I throw it on a cookie sheet and let it air dry or put it in an oven that has been preheated to 250 degrees. Then I turn the oven off.
You can then eat it like rock candy or it can be powdered and put in a jar. Either way is good. It can be used to sweeten your tea or (when powdered) or sprinkle over a fruit salad or yogurt. Yum yum. I'm going to use my end of the season mint and I may offer a free package with anyone purchasing my elderberry syrup. I hope to get to it this weekend.

Make some today, be well, jonnie dee