Calendar of Events

We are proud to announce that The Simple Heart of Life will be hosting hands-on herbal workshops beginning the second weekend of September this year (2015). Participants of our workshops will learn how to harness the power of herbs and how easy it is to create unique gifts and flavors with these special plants. In addition, … More Calendar of Events

Herbs and Soaps

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

Sunny Calendula

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

Bugs Be Gone…

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…