The Herb Blurb – November 2020

Yep, the world is a strange place right now. We’ll eventually get through this and looking back may see that this time of upheaval was a necessary evil. I’m leaving for my first real trip of the year, hitting the highway, so this is coming out a bit early. With all the chaos and vitriol […]

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The First Breath of Spring

Spring Self Renewal Mini-Retreat

Saturday, April 04, 2020 – 10:00 AM Running Time: 3 hours Ends At: 1:00 PM   Spring is a time of renewal and reawakening. Take some time off to discover herbal tonics, health – superfoods and natural skin products you can make yourself. Learn simple self-care practices to regain balance and vibrant health. Bring home […]

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Sage is a savory seasoning for poultry, pork, winter squash, pear and apple dishes, cheeses, stews, and chowders. Antiviral and astringent, sage has long been used as a healing herb. Sage leaf rubbed on unhealthy gums will help tighten and disinfect. Sage tea is a delicious remedy for sore throats, will help with menopausal hot […]

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Herb Cheese and Butter

8 ounces cream cheese or butter at room temperature, could also use goat or feta cheese 4-5 cloves of roasted garlic (optional) 2 scallions, minced ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 teaspoon chopped chives 2 teaspoons herb mix or fresh herbs of choice 2-3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan Mix together and serve, decorate with fresh […]

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Sage Tea

Delicious and wonderful for colds, flu, and sore throats. Put 4 tbs of dried sage in a teapot and pour 4 cups boiling water over the sage. Steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain and add honey and lemon. Refrigerate the leftovers and reheat in a pot on the stove as needed.   Delicious and wonderful for […]

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Herbal Home and Garden Workshop

Learn how to create a garden full of plants that can be used in the kitchen, medicine cabinet, spa, and cleaning cupboard. From an herbal ingredient buffet, make and take home an herbal seasoning blend, digestive tea blend, exfoliating body scrub, soothing lip balm, and cleansing face mask. Handout with growing instructions and recipes included.

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The Herb Blurb July 2019

Summer is (finally) here with fresh produce, festivals, and fun. Don’t let it slip away. Cross out some time now for free concerts, picnics, hiking, camping, swimming, hammock naps, and all the myriad opportunities this season offers. It’s up to you to make the most of it. Upcoming Classes I will be teaching several classes […]

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The Herbalist’s Happy Hour. Crafted Cocktails and Small Plates from the Garden

Garden to Glass, Summer Drink and Tapas Workshop

Learn how to make the most of your summertime libations. Participants learn to make refreshing aqua frescas, extraordinary elixirs, digestive bitters, and sensational syrups made from fruits and herbs from the garden and summer markets. Become your own mixologist and dazzle your family and guests with custom crafted cocktails and delicious thirst quenchers. Create delicious […]

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Herb of the Month – Basil – Ocimum sp.

The Cooks Herb Garden, Workshop and Dinner

Discover the numerous health and taste benefits of your own herb garden. We’ll cover growing, harvesting and culinary uses of 7 of the most popular culinary herbs including marjoram, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, basil and more.We’ll make an all purpose garden seasoning blend and have a delicious herbal meal. Take home an herb blend and an extensive […]

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Herbal Home and Garden Workshop/Luncheon

Learn how to create a garden full of plants that can be used in the kitchen, medicine cabinet, spa, and cleaning cupboard. Discover herbs for culinary teas and seasoning blends, spa body and bath care, first aid, and toxin free green cleaning. Enjoy a delicious herbal lunch featuring Roasted Tomato Gazpacho with Parmesan Crisps; Herbed […]

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Violets – Viola sp.

Violets, Viola sp.

Violets are some of the first flowers of spring and are both edible and medicinal along with being quite lovely with a delightful fragrance. There are many varieties, from pansies to perennial violets to the wild violets that like to infiltrate lawns and moist cool spaces. They will grow in sun to medium shade and […]

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Herb of the Month – Cayenne My first intimate encounter with cayenne came when, as a budding herbalist, I found an article that recommended sniffing a pinch of cayenne up the nose for congestion. I was having a dinner party and was quite congested so I gave it a snort. It did indeed clear up […]

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