Herbal Tinctures

Tinctures are highly concentrated extracts, and are one of, if not the, best way to preserve your herbs, in my opinion. They can last for years without diminishing in strength when made in alcohol. There are ways to make tinctures with vegetable glycerin or apple cider vinegar if you are avoiding alcohol or giving to [...]

Blackberry

Blackberry, Rubus fruticosus, is a sprawling, thorny bush that grows to around 12 ft. and belongs to the Rosaceae (Rose) family. It has palm-shaped leaves with 3-5 lobes, white to pale pink flowers, and clusters of black berries, per the name. Related to dewberry, R. caesius, that has fruit with fewer, larger segments and a [...]

Not That Plantain

Most people think of those Mexican banana things when they hear the word plantain, but that is not what I am here to talk about today. I am talking about a wild weed called Plantain, found in abundance around footpaths, roadsides, waste ground, meadows, and lawns. Main variety is Plantago major, or Common Plantain. There [...]

Stellaria media

Chickweed, aka chick wittles, clucken wort, and chickeny weed, is available for harvest almost year round, except in midsummer when it becomes fibrous and tough, and in midwinter when it disappears. The name Stellaria comes from the fact that the flowers are like little stars. Although beloved by chickens, chickweed is an excellent salad plant [...]

Teeth of the Lion

I was going to do a whole spill of how history repeats itself, which may have been slightly chastising, but I decided that being helpful was more important. So today I am going to talk about Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale), the name meaning 'teeth of the lion' (dent de lion). They should be in full-swing bloom [...]