We’re having a blizzard* in London today. * in London, this means about 2 inches of snow.   I know all of you New Englanders are laughing right now. So I’m taking advantage of this snow day to post one of my favorite discoveries from the past few months.  Since the craziness of late-December, almost

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Last weekend I found bushes filled with these gorgeous, red rosehips.  These weren’t your normal small oval-shaped rosehips – these were huge, round, bright red – almost like cherry tomatoes!   The rosehips out right now are the Japanese rosehip (Rosa rugsoa) which are a native Asian plant, but now are widespread across Europe and North

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It’s early Spring, and while walking the other day, I found one of my favorite early-spring greens … Clivers! This plant has lots of names – clivers, cleavers, goosegrass, sticky weed, sticky willy … as the name suggests, it’s sticky.  It’s so sticky, that I’m told kids in the UK like to throw it at

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Last summer, as I was walking to the local park, I noticed a huge rosemary bush growing through a crack in the sidewalk, leaning up against a building wall. Oooh rosemary! I ran my fingers through the branches and inhaled.  Ahhh. Gorgeous.  All this rosemary just sitting here in a public place!  While the little

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I had an awful night of insomnia last week.  The worst ever.  Probably due to my giving up caffeine for several weeks, and then succumbing to delicious espresso in Italy last week.  Ok, not just one espresso… four of them.  (But they tasted so good!)  I was up all night staring at the ceiling, willing myself

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Have you heard about Onion cough syrup? Two ingredients. Zero cooking. Layer sliced onions and sugar, wait a few hours, and you’ve got the classic all natural cough syrup for kids and adults. Want to make some yourself? Read on. You might be curious about home remedies, but aren’t sure how to get started. Will

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  Ooooh a tincture.  Stay with me here – don’t freak out and click away. Yes, I know tincture sounds like a scary word.  It seems to come from the same medical era as bloodletting and leeches.  But trust me on this one.  Echinacea tincture just might change your life this winter. So since you’re

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This is the first post in a series on simple kitchen remedies.  No need to run to the pharmacy for every ache and pain.  In fact, you can treat most common ailments at home with ingredients you probably have in your cupboards already! Now let’s just be clear.  Kitchen remedies don’t replace professional medical advice!   But

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This is one of my favorite herbalist quick-tips.  Learn this one plant and you’ll use it all the time.  Well, whenever you’re outside and there are bugs around. This plant is called Plantain or Ribwort, depending where you live (official name Plantago lanceolata). It grows EVERYWHERE.  (Really. It’s classified as an invasive weed in North

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I recently went to a friend’s house in the country for a day of foraging.  Ok, the foraging was more of an excuse to spend time in the sunshine, catch up and have a picnic.  But I came home with two big bags full of plants for projects. One bag was full of St. John’s

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