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Elderflower and Culinary Uses

By Emma Grace Fairchild: Its lacy fragrant blooms and summertime decadence make elderflower a special plant. Easily found in yards and forests for wild harvesting, its light floral nature makes it beautifully suitable for teas, jams, syrups and cordials. Because of its versatility and availability, elderflower is a taste that can …

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The Benefits of Calendula

By Kim Robson: Recently we’ve been getting these lovely hand soaps from Earth Dance Botanical Body Care, and one of the many delightful scents to choose from is Lemon Calendula. I’d heard of calendula before but didn’t really know much about it. As it turns out, calendula is a powerful …

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DIY Herb-Infused Vinegar from Discarded Stems

By Kim Robson: Spring will be here soon, and I’m already thinking about which herbs I’ll want to grow in my planter box. My favorites are basil, thyme, rosemary, mint and oregano. With soft herbs like basil and chives, it’s possible to utilize all of the cuttings, including the stems, …

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Zero Waste–DIY Infused Water

By Fredrica Syren: My family always has a bottle of water with each meal. It’s plain and simple regular filtered water from our kitchen. But, to give it that little extra something, I like to make infused water. It not only looks good, but it also tastes great — and …

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Uses for Fresh Herbs

By Kim Robson: At our home, we love to grow our own veggies whenever possible. Fresh herbs top the list for culinary and medicinal uses. Every spring, I start a container garden for the season. Invariably, I pick up a variety of herbs to grow. I usually get mint, basil, …

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Uses for Elderflowers

By Kim Robson: It’s summertime, and our elderberry bushes are flowering. We’ve covered uses for elderberries, specifically the healing properties of elderberry syrup for coughs and sore throats, but what about the fragrant blossoms? Elderflower syrup is rich in vitamin C, making it suitable for treating runny noses caused by …

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Healing Golden Milk

By Fredrica Syren: You might have heard of the new trend — golden milk. Suddenly, everyone is drinking it and raving about its benefits … including me! So, what exactly is it? Golden milk refers to a warm beverage made with turmeric (a spice) and some sort of milk and/or …

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The Benefits of Using Mint

By Larraine Roulston: Mint contains source vitamins A, B-6, C, E and K; and minerals, including copper, calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium, which makes it amazing for eating and/or drinking, skin application and therapy. Its history goes back to ancient times. Dried peppermint leaves have been discovered in several Egyptian pyramids. Greek and …

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The Benefits of Aloe Vera

By Kim Robson: Aloe Vera is the common name for dozens of plant species in the genus Aloe. It’s been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years in Greek, Egyptian and Roman cultures, and is cultivated around the world. It’s used in Ayurvedic medicine, and there are records of …

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DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden

By Kim Robson: Come springtime, I always have a glut of empty mason jars that have been emptied gradually over the fall and winter. They clutter up our gardening shed, clinking around and getting in the way of things. It’s too early in the year to start canning — so …

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