Welcome to the Weekly Weeder series. This week's weed is Red clover, Trifolium pratense. (Trifolium means “three leaves”.) Native to Europe, red clover was introduced to North America as a fodder crop. It has now naturalized throughout the Americas, Australia and many other parts of the world. Red clover is a legume, and adds nitrogen to the soil, enriching it for other crops. [Read more…]
Welcome to the Weekly Weeder series. Today's featured weed is the thistle, i.e. plants of the genus Cirsium. No true thistles are known to be toxic, and they are fairly easy to identify. There are many thistle species throughout North America (and the rest of the world), but the two common in my yard are Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) and bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare). The different species and all edible and have similar uses. [Read more…]
The best cold and flu remedies are the ones you add to your routine before you get sick. By including the right herbs, foods and probiotics in your regular routine, you're less likely to get sick and more likely to recover faster if you do. I've made a habit of adding these herbs and spices for cold and flu fighting into our meals and herbal teas. This post discusses the best cold remedies (and flu remedies) using herbs, spices and your kitchen sink.
Are you wondering when the next massive round of food-borne illness will occur?
It seems like every time you turn on the news there's another food recall. If you check the FDA food recall list, there are literally dozens of products listed at any given time. Big gatherings where food sits out for hours – for instance, potlucks – often end up with people ill from some degree of food poisoning. There are ways you can help protect yourself from salmonella and e coli naturally.
Note: This article contains advice on general food safety and boosting your immune system. It is for general information purposes only.If you are experiencing severe pain, vomiting, diarrhea or other complications, please consult your healthcare practitioner immediately! I am not a doctor, I am only sharing what works for me and my family.
In summer 2009 I posted about my first experiments with common plantain in Grandma Called it “Medicine Leaf” and Real Healing Potions. Plantain is a common lawn and garden weed. It has many medicinal properties, which are listed in the previous post, along with instructions for making an oil infusion. The leaves themselves can be applied directly to the skin, but for ease of use and long term storage, I infuse them in olive oil. In this post I'll show you how to make a salve with infused oils. Plantain salve is good for insect bites and stings, removing slivers, hemorrhoids and other ailments. [Read more…]