Herbal Chicken Soup


After a cold day, you need a filling soup to warm you up.  This is a super easy soup and it takes less than an hour to make.  It can simmer while you’re busy doing other things.  Chicken soup is just the thing when you feel a cold coming on.



  • 4 chicken thighs, or other parts
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry noodles, any kind
  • 1/4 cup barley
  • 1 large carrot, shredded or chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon fresh chopped, or 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme, rosemary, or basil (I like basil)
  • 2 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley, or 1/2 dried
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • water if needed



Brown chicken, garlic, and onion in 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil.  When brown, add vegetable broth and water if you need more liquid.

Bring to boil, add Bay leaves, salt, and pepper.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until tender.  Remove chicken to cool.  When cool enough to handle, shred the chicken.  Meanwhile, add to the broth, dry noodles, barley, carrot, and herbs.  Cook until tender.  Add shredded chicken, stir, and it’s ready.

Add more water, if needed at any time.

Serve with crackers or bread, sandwich or salad.  We love it by itself.

Serves approx. 4


Herb Consultation

canstockphoto39686238Herb consultations for health and wellness are available by herbalist Lisa Ray. If you are looking for ways to empower yourself in your healing journey and overall wellness, an herb consultation may be just the thing to help you on your way. The consultation is designed to offer you a variety of tools and a deeper understanding of what options may be available to you.

Discovering nourishing foods, exercises, herbs, essential oils, and spiritual awareness are just some the tools you can choose to utilize in this process.  Helping you as you become fully informed as you make the best decisions for your individual situation are all part of of the healing process.

I am a life-long herbal student.  When I walk in the forest, mountains, and even down the street, I am looking for herbs.  My mind is busy thinking how and what an herb will do to help someone get well. Of course, I am a self-taught Herbalist, but I’ve also taken several courses is Herbalism.  I’ve given many consultations, and herbal classes in which has helped my clients and students achieve their goals.

I am an herbalist. Therefore, I do not practice medicine and do not diagnose or treat diseases or medical conditions. My services are not meant to substitute or replace those of a licensed physician.  Clients are advised to be under the care of a licensed physician wherever they reside.

My charge is $50 for a one-time online consultation.  After you have ordered your Herb Consultation below, I will email you a Personal Health Form for you to fill out and return.  The form is not your typical medical form, but you will find a few questions such as the medicines you take are the same.

I will then access your health concerns and conditions, and suggest an herb or herbal blend that may help you.  Your results will be emailed to you within a few days.

Have questions?  Please contact me using the form below.

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After you have ordered your Herb Consultation, I will email you a Personal Health Form for you to fill out and return. I will then access your health concerns and conditions, and suggest an herb or herbal blend that may help you. Your results will be emailed to you within a few days. Good health, Lisa



Shepherd’s Purse

367986056_b4d910c25b_bCommon Names – Shepherd’s Purse , Pickpurse, Casewort, Lady’s Purse
Botanical Name – Capsella bursa-pastoris

What a curious name for a plant.  It was probably called this because of the resemblance of the flat seed pouches of the plant to an old fashioned leather purse. Read More

Healthy Potato Soup


When the temps starts to cool, soup and stew recipes come out.  A good healthy soup hits the spot after getting chilled or when you’re feeling under the weather.

I plan on sharing my recipes over the winter.  So please subscribe and you’ll receive my great recipes that’s been passed down in my family, and the ones I’ve created.

For this simple recipe, you only need about 30 minutes and a few ingredients.  It stores and freezes well, so make a big pot, and keep some for later.  It’s okay with me to tweet the recipe.

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Sweet Basil, Bye Bye Mosquitoes


Fall is finally here, but sadly, that means summer is over. All my herbs are going to seed and clean up has begun.

I decided to harvest the rest of my basil this morning.  They are now tied in cute bundles hanging on my porch.  I’m lucky to have a large porch that stays shady and dry, so my bundles dry nicely there.

Sweet basil is my most favorite basil.  I love cooking with basil. and there’s many “flavors” to choose from.  Check out my blog on Sweet Basil.

I’m writing this blog because I’ve discovered another great use for my basil.

We’ve gotten so much rain this summer, that mosquitoes have been in abundance.  With all the news reports and articles on illnesses spread by mosquito bites, one can’t help but be concerned.

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37 Herbal Remedies For Colds and Coughs

37 cold photoIt’s a fact of life, everyone gets a cold sometimes.  Along with colds comes cough, chest congestion, sinus infection, headache, body aches, stomach aches, and other complaints.

You could reach for over the counter drugs, or better yet, try some of the herbal remedies listed in this post.  If you can make a tea, than you can use herbs to heal yourself or a loved one.

This morning I woke with a terrible sore throat. One of my favorite hot drinks for sore throat is Marsh Mallow Root decoction.  It not only soothes my throat, but it calms my esophagus, stomach, and urinary tract.  It takes a little longer to make, but so worth the trouble.

Learn to make a decoction here.

Making a great cup of tea is super easy, and I bet you already know how.  Place your loose tea or tea bag in herbal-tea1your favorite cup.  Pour very hot, not boiling, water over the herbs.  Cover with saucer, steep for 5-10 minutes, remove herbs, and enjoy your healing experience.

You can add lemon, honey, and/or Stevia (no sugar please) for a even better cup of tea if that’s possible.

There are other ways to enjoy your herb remedies. Children often don’t like a tea, but a syrup is easier for them to take.

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Violet Leaf Oil and Balm for Fibrocystic Breasts

Violet Leaf BalmMy fibrocystic breasts have become a big problem for me since I’ve reached pre-menopause.  Especially certain times of the month.

According to the Mayo Clinic and many other sources, these signs and symptoms of fibrocystic breasts may include:

  • Breast lumps or areas of thickening that tend to blend into the surrounding breast tissue
  • Generalized breast pain or tenderness
  • Breast lumps that fluctuate in size with the menstrual cycle
  • Green or dark brown non-bloody nipple discharge that tends to leak without pressure or squeezing
  • Breast changes that are similar in both breasts
  • Monthly increase in breast pain or lumpiness from mid-cycle (ovulation) to just before your period

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