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 [...]

Herbal Series

I have bi-weekly posts well into fall that cover different plants and DIY posts over tinctures and other herbal remedies. I have actually already started the process, but I wanted to let you all know what was going on. I am covering plants that I myself have found, or can find, relatively easy in my [...]

Collecting Pine Pitch

I want to start off by saying that winter is not the best time to be collecting pine pitch, but it is the best time to learn knew things you can try when spring comes back around. During this time of physical rest I believe is the best time to mentally workout. FUN FACT: Amber [...]

All About That Pine Bark

Pine bark tea, along with pine needle tea, has been used as a vitamin C supplement to prevent scurvy. It is also high in antioxidants like the pine needles. I would say it is a great alternative to needle tea if your pine needles are out of reach. I personally only have a small section [...]

Pine Needle Oxymel-DIY

Oxymels are infusions of herbs in apple cider vinegar and honey. They are really good for cold and flu remedies, soothing sore throats, calming coughs, and giving the immune system a boost. FUN-FACT: Oxymel comes from the Greek word oxymeli, which translates to “acid and honey,” and has been documented from back to the time of [...]

Feet In The Dirt

In my last blog, I mentioned grounding, and that is what I am going to talk about today. I know most of you either don’t actually know what it is, or think it is akin to witchcraft. I mention the latter because I live in the Bible Belt where pretty much anything could be considered [...]