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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  Ok campers, thanks for your patience, it’s finally time to turn that daisy-infused oil into something useful! Today we’re going to make a daisy salve for bumps & bruises.  Why daisies?  First of all, they’re everywhere this time of year!  And they’re an vintage kitchen remedy for bruises and sprains.   According to my

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This is part 1 of a 2 part project.  Find Step #2 here. If you’re like me, you’re probably into the local food movement.  Eating produce that is in season, finding producers who are nearby rather than having your food shipped halfway around the world.  I’m not perfect, but I try to notice where my

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I have never been colder in my life than I am now, living in London. It’s funny, considering I grew up in New Hampshire, where the winters are long and brutal.  (For you non-Americans out there, New Hampshire is in the northeast USA, much farther north than New York, even more north than Boston!)  But

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I just love when England is so … English!  Cream teas. Crumpets. Pickle. Hedgerows. Elderberries.  Trifles. Since I’m living in the UK at the moment, I try to rediscover traditional English remedies as often as possible.  Most recipes start with picking copious amounts of fresh ingredients from a field, tree or hedgerow.  This is a

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Apple Cider Vinegar is one of those vintage ingredients (like cod liver oil, yum.) that crops up again and again in my reading.  I’ve never used it much myself though, mainly because it smells so… vinegary!  I do love white vinegar for household use, and syrupy dark balsamic vinegar for eating, but cider vinegar I

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Smooshed in a middle seat in the deepest, darkest corner of Economy on a plane is a far cry from the golden age of travel.   I love to travel.  I hate flying.  It’s a problem. (Especially living an ocean away from my family!).  Part of my hatred is because I still can’t believe that

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I’m on a foraging kick!  And I haven’t ventured out of my backyard.  First it was nettle tea and nettle pesto, and now I’m onto the dandelions. We’re all familiar with the common dandelion.  In fact, if you’re a suburban dweller on a quest for a perfect grassy yard, the dandelion might be your worst

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It’s spring, so it’s detox season.  Drugstores are filled with pills and potions you can buy to ‘detox’ your body to get ready for warmer weather.  But today I’m suggesting you go foraging for a completely free, nutritious “spring tonic”… nettles. Ok, “foraging” sounds scary. Or cheap. Or too crunchy-earth-mother. I know.  But don’t leave

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