Stories on herbal care & health

Dec. 26, 2018

Gently infused in organic coconut oil, fresh ginger root, powdered cayenne pepper, dried goldenrod and mint....all coming together for a soothing salve for aches and pain. 
She's not an immediate relief, but builds a slow dance with your body and aids in bringing a warming and healing relief for many aches. 

Who's angel will you be by sharing your infused herbal salves with those you love. 

It's often said that time is a precious gift. I consider this a much better gift than some of the brightly colored baubles we purchase. 

The love and energy of collecting the local sunkissed herbs and my joyful spirit of making the salve, makes this a perfect gift for my mother. 

I hope to get brave enough to share a few videos in 2019.
Be well, my friends, jonnie dee #tsht #touchsomeoneshearttoday

Dec. 26, 2018

Don't forget your furry friends. Easy to make heatable rice pad, using rice, herbs and a few drops of lavender essential oil. 

Good for separation anxiety, storms, and warming for arthritic pains. 

You can even use a good cotton sock and string. Make sure that you check on the internet about the herbs that you are using. You want to make sure they are good for your furry friends. 

I've used dried rosemary and chamomile, although you can just use lavender. 

Heat the pad/bag/sock in the microwave or oven for 30-60 second increments. Don't overheat. 

Put it under their blanket or on their bed. You might like it too. 

You can make these and use them (under a towel & in a basket) to keep your rolls or bread warm.

Homespun and handmade gifts are fun to make. 

Enjoy! Let me know if you have any thoughts or ideas.
Be well, jonnie dee #tsht

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