November in colorado

The Herb Blurb – November 2021

As we move into winter and the holiday season make a promise to yourself to stay above the fray. It is so easy to get caught up in the marketing frenzy. Skip the stress of charging up the credit cards and over-committing to people and activities that drain you.

The thought of hitting the malls or providing Jeff Bezos with more rocket fuel while so many people are lacking basic necessities seems so ridiculous.

Think back on your presents from the past. Yes, they are fun to anticipate and open, but how long does that pleasure last? Break out of the pack. There are many ways you can give. Check out Volunteers of America, Food Bank of the Rockies, or Adopt a Family to give a gift that really matters. Covid has hit so many, so hard. It feels great to give to someone where it will make a difference as opposed to providing a momentary jump in serotonin levels.

That said there are a lot of fun activities ahead. Reserve early for light shows as reservations will sell out. Check out the Nutcracker or a holiday show. Have a meal with friends, extend an invitation to someone who will be alone.

The shorter days and longer nights encourage us to pull inward. Have a fire, put on some music, sip cocoa while you read a good book. Take time for the moments that matter and release all the shoulds that clutter our days.

Upcoming Classes
Sold out for this month. The December newsletter will have some upcoming 2022 classes. Enroll early if it’s something you really want to take.

Fun Things to Do!


Denver Arts Week – November 5 – 13.  Get your culture on.

Denver Art Museum – American Painters in France exhibit. From November 14th to March 13th. Over 100 paintings by some of our favorite artists.

Christkindl Market, Civic Center Park – November 19 thru December 23. Outdoor European Christmas market.

Blossoms of Light, November 19 - January 2, and Trail of Lights, November 26 - January 2, Denver Botanic Gardens downtown and at Chatfield. Gorgeous outdoor light displays. I always do both. Reserve early, they will sell out.

Estes Park Christmas Parade and Celebration – November 26. A holiday kick-off in the mountains.

Frisco Wassail Days -  November 27 – December 5. Tree lighting, wassail drinking, sleigh rides, and more.

Check out for more possibilities.

The Herbalist’s Happy Hour – Crafted Cocktails and Tapas from the Garden 

A great reference for cooking up easy, fresh, delicious drinks and appetizers for entertaining. Makes a great gift for anyone on your Christmas list interested in herbs, cooking, and artisanal beverages. Get it here.

Herb of the Month - CHAMOMILE

ChamomileChamomile is an often-overlooked little herb that has been used for centuries for a variety of maladies. There are two common varieties; German Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita) and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). The dried flowers are the part used. Usually, we think of chamomile as a tea for digestion and it works quite well for this but there are many other uses for this little herb.

Chamomile flowers contain terpenoids and flavonoids contributing to their healing properties. It is anti-inflammatory and can be used as a wash or poultice for skin issues and wounds. It has a soothing effect on the nervous system and helps with anxiety and insomnia. It is also thought to help balance blood sugar. For colds and flu, it can be used as a steam and tea for stomach upsets and discomfort.

I like to brew my chamomile tea from whole flowers, about a teaspoon or two of flowers to a cup of boiling water. Let steep for 7-10 minutes and strain. You can find chamomile tea bags everywhere. Enjoy a cup of this tasty, healing tea tonight.

Caution – people with allergies to ragweed and pollen may want to skip this tea. Try a bit and see what happens. I do have pollen sensitivities but I’m fine with it.

Fruit of the Month – POMEGRANATES

pomegranatesPomegranates are one of my favorite seasonal fruits. High in antioxidants and flavonoids, it is also anti-inflammatory. The juice stains, so if you have a spill, address with cold water immediately.

The jewel box fruit is so sweet and delicious, making it worth the effort of extracting it from its shell. For an instructive video on this checkout

Recipes of the Month

As cold weather (eventually) sets in, it’s time to switch to experiment with winter squashes, hearty salads, pear and apple desserts, and warming main dishes.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!


"Thanks are the highest form of thought, and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder"
G.K. Chesterton

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