Black Nettle Syrup

I make this dark healing syrup for myself, for two reasons.  First, I suffer from anemia.  My iron levels, Vitamins B12 and D are often low.  Second, I have allergies.  Nettles (Stinging Nettles) help both of my problems in one delicious syrup.  And with the added Black Strap Molasses and honey, I receive even greater … Continue reading Black Nettle Syrup

12 Common Herbs and Spices

New to cooking with herb and spices?  This post will help you create delicious dishes using herbs and spices that you probably have in your cupboard. Not only are herbs and spices tasty, but are rich in vitamins and minerals that you and your family need everyday.  Therefore, to reserve the healthy benefits, add most … Continue reading 12 Common Herbs and Spices

Rose Petals Face Care Recipes

Lovely rose essences do far more than just add their light scent to your products. This fragrant flower helps rejuvenate and replenish skin. Discover how this lush blossom can make your skin feel as velvety soft as a bed of roses. Roses provide these benefits for your skin: Antibacterial - help treat acne and other … Continue reading Rose Petals Face Care Recipes

Salt Glow Body Scrub Recipe

Rejuvenate your body and remove dead skin with this easy to make body scrub.  Glowing skin is always in.   Ingredients 3 cups finely ground kosher salt, Dead Sea salts, or salt of your choice 1 cup of a dried herb (see below), finely chopped or crumbled (opt.) 1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil or … Continue reading Salt Glow Body Scrub Recipe

Lemon Balm

Botanical Name Family Labiatae Melissa officinalis Common Names Common balm, Sweet Balm, Balm, Sweet Mary, Honey Plant, Cure-all, Dropsy Plant, Melissa Cautions Because of its sedating effect, it should not be taken before operating machinery or by anyone who must remain alert. The herb may also affect the actions of tranquilizers and sedatives. Because of … Continue reading Lemon Balm

Cilantro or Coriander

Cilantro is an herb that is never available in dried form, since its pungent flavor and aroma seem to dissipate almost entirely when dried. Sometimes referred to as Spanish or Chinese parsley.  Fresh cilantro is becoming more widely available in produce markets. Cilantro has a unique flavor and aroma that some savor and others dislike. … Continue reading Cilantro or Coriander

Chamomile Flowers

Scientific Name: Matricaria recutita Common Names: German chamomile, Roman chamomile, wild chamomile Family: Asteraceae-Daisy Family Part Used: flower heads Properties:  analgesic , anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, diuretic, sedative Uses:  indigestion, gas, bloating, heartburn, peptic ulcers, to calm nervousness, insomnia, spasms in stomach and muscles, diluted for children (colic, insomnia, upset stomach), hair rinse … Continue reading Chamomile Flowers

Bay Leaves

Common Names:  Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay, True Laurel Botanical Name:  Laurus nobilis Family:  Lauraceae Bay Leaves, there are two popular types — Mediterranean and Californian. The Mediterranean is milder in flavor. Bay leaves are usually used dry  to reduce some of their bitterness, but can be used fresh too. Commonly used in classic chicken soup, … Continue reading Bay Leaves

Basic Lip Balm

This is my favorite lip balm recipe. You can make it basic or make any changes your wish. Basic Recipe: • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil or other oil (like here) • 2 teaspoons grated beeswax (you can use a pure beeswax candle for this) • 1 Vitamin E capsule (400 IU) or 1/4 teaspoon oil … Continue reading Basic Lip Balm