One of the easiest and most pleasant ways to start off your day is with a cup of herb tea. Drinking a cup each morning gives you a chance to take a few minutes for yourself–before the hustle of the day begins. Growing herbs for that perfect cup is a cinch, too. Herb leaves can … More One Leaf or Two?
As I was trying to decide what to blog about today, I realized the answer lies in the shower that helped to awaken my own senses on this Monday morning. (Not being a morning person, I am, however, married to a farmer who believes morning must start at 4:30 am. UGH!) Anyway, I am a … More Herbs and Soaps
Summer is the perfect time of the year for growing and harvesting one of my favorite herbs, Calendula. Also known as Pot Marigold, the petals of this herb are known for their calming, anti-inflammatory and skin-healing properties. Calendula is gentle enough to be used in lotions, creams, soaps and balms for all skin types–even in … More Sunny Calendula
Do you ever feel as if you are disconnected from yourself and are working for the wrong reasons? Are you looking for direction to find out what is truly important for your life? If so, I want to share with you a meditation book that I always keep on my coffee table. The book is called “Simple … More Make The Connection…
Do you ever wonder what the secret is to soft and fabulous hair? Have you tried multiple chemical-laden products that promised results only to be disappointed? If so, I have great news for you! Our grandmothers used to collect rainwater to use for making herbal hair rinses. These hair rinses were simple to make, inexpensive and produced noticeable … More Rainwater + Herbs = Fabulous Hair
Did you know that lavender is considered to be a natural relaxant and can assist you with getting a good night’s sleep? This fabulous herb can be grown right in your own garden too. Just plant several plants (obtained from your local nursery) in full sun with well-drained soil and harvest the flower buds (and stems) twice … More Luxurious Lavender
The Fourth of July celebrations are over for another year. I hope you celebrated our Nation’s birthday enjoying at least one summertime tradition. One of my personal favorite summer traditions is eating good old watermelon. (Fortunately, I live close to Beardstown, Illinois, which grows the sweetest watermelon you have ever tasted : ) I remember when I was growing up the whole family enjoying … More Good Ole’ Summertime!
As a long-time outdoors enthusiast and former resident of the Illinois River bottoms, I know that mosquitoes can sometimes prevent the enjoyment of outdoor activities. When I was growing up, we seldom planned activities outside after dusk as the mosquito numbers increased and were ‘big enough to carry you away.’ Today, I reside in the … More Bugs Be Gone…
Did you know that Monarch butterflies are endangered due to habitat loss and environmental stress? The numbers of these magnificent creatures have declined in part due to significant losses of native butterfly habitat across the United States. This is where you can help. No matter how small or how large your garden space is, you can plant … More The Flight of the Butterflies