Stories on herbal care & health

Sep. 23, 2018

The "Autumn Olive" berries are now ripe in NW Ohio. The bright red berries are speckled and from a distance look like gold speckles to me. I'm also drawn to the beautiful green and silver leaves, who have a personality of their own. Let me not forget to mention the early summer ivory blossoms.

The berries have up to 15 times more lycopene than tomatoes. It's also loaded with antioxidants and vit c.

Both, the meat and seed of the berries offer health benefits.
From the berries you can make fruit leather, jams, syrups, and freeze them for later use in smoothies. When ripe should be slightly sweet.

I've read that the blossoms makes a great tea with healthful benefits.

I've recently heard that the leaves give benefits as well.
I have used the beautiful leaves in my Christmas and Autumn potpourri. The silver green shimmer makes a nice addition to the mix.

I've use the smaller branches to weave small wreaths. Decorate them with herbs for a Christmas tree ornament or present topper.

I hope that I have shared new knowledge with you. It's an invasive plant with many benefits. Enjoy! Be well

May. 27, 2018

Crazy huh? Not really. I can only imagine that there are many wealthy sick folks who would trade a pot of gold β­ for abundant health again ~

Yellow or curly dock aka rumex crispus is in my picture at the end if the rainbow. She is the gold we drive by without noticing~

Just for fun I ask...would you trade a bucket of gold for an herb which could possibly help with the following?...
Clean the blood & detoxify so that your body can do it's job of healingπŸ’›
High in antioxidants πŸ’› help digestion πŸ’›
Supplies mineralsπŸ’›Helps to keep toxins from building up in the liver & gallbladderπŸ’›Is a prebioticπŸ’›could be beneficial for fungus, bacterial & parasitic issuesπŸ’› and more. Many diseases would not manifest if the above actions were to take place in your bodyπŸ’›

For foraging benefits it offers: πŸ€— young leaves are edible & the seeds can be gound to make crackers or a flat bread. The roots are what's mainly used for it's medicinal valuesπŸ’›
This definitely falls into my#findanherbstudyituseitloveitandshareit category. Free medicine for your better health awaits you~

Ps. I never prescribeβ˜†I only share my thoughts β˜†know what you are harvesting β˜†study it and enjoy her gifts!

πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸShe has made her presence known to me several times and I will pay attention because herbalists often say that if an herb shows up in your backyard or garden, you made need itπŸ’ŸπŸ’– be well, jonnie dee #tsht Happy Memorial Day. I thank God for my life and ask for blessings for all.

Apr. 20, 2018

Horsetail ....a forager's friend. I learn more and more about horsetail every year. I'm fascinated with it.

I usually make a tea from the field horsetail or equisetum arvense, using the bright ferny tops. I have never eaten the young sprouts like this, either raw or cooked.

I have read that you can, but not to overeat because it can mess with your thiamine levels. I will continue to learn more each year. Last year I made a mineral rich vinegar from the ferns. 

This herb falls into my, find an herb, study it, learn it, love it, use it, give thanks for it and share it category. In NW Ohio this will be a spring foraging plant for me. I will be usi g it in an upcoming herbal beauty class. 

Be well and touch someone's heart today, jonnie dee#tsht

Feb. 22, 2018

Ancient magic medicine. Be quiet the flutterring of my heart. For surely, the pounding shall be heard by those around me and lest they think I be ill or crazy. For no, I am not. My joyful heart's poundings match the excitement and glee upon my sighting of the first sun kissed spring dandelion. This old soul sees a health filled delight in walking barefoot on the dew filled grass amongst the dandelion.

The dew is a conductor for the electricity of the earth's magnetic energies. Our Father no fool, has given us a way to heal through the connections of nature. Oh, dear one, who am I to say this? Investigate on the net, "earthing" and it's health benefits. Yet, for now, I so continue to share the goodness of the dandelion.

Dr. Sebi called her the "silent doctor" and that she is an electric herb. Her roots will purify and expel the acid from the blood. Ahh, this brings to mind that a body with cancer or arthritis are bodies that are acidic bodies. 

In class, I often say that the dandelion is most forgiving, for she will remove many toxins and poisons and cleanse the liver. So often, removing some of the same chemicals that are used to eradicate her. That is true love. Her roots and leaves make a strong tonic and she offers the gift of the mineral iron. Here leaves edible for smoothies, soups and salads. The tea bitter, but oh so good for so much. Her blossoms make a oil to be used in a salve for pain and for the skin. Yet, don't forget the child's gleeful gait as they deliver a fresh picked bunch of dandelions to the one who holds their heart dear. 

Oh my, how I can go on forever. So for now, dear ones, I shout out a undying love for the unappreciated delightful simple herb flower, the dandelion. May the dandelions grace your yard with abundance, so you to may partake of the dandelion dance.

Be well, my friends, jonnie dee #tsht

Feb. 19, 2018

Beauty abounds, should I grace your flower bed. I am generous, granting you with an abundance of blossoms most delightful. I'm often called a dinner plate hardy hibiscus. My vibrant color, velvet texture and rich pollen filled stamen will hold you spellbound. 

I spoil the Goddess in you with a floating flower fantasy bath. Fill your tub with the Rose of Sharon or Hibiscus. Don't forget your favorite scented oil. Candlelight and music is a must.

I offer much more. Need a bread replacement? Use my soft petals as a wrap for sandwiches or rice. I share other benefits too, use me for salads, smoothies and tea.

You are most welcome, the lovely hardy hibiscus. 
jonnie dee #tsht