rose water

Make Your Own Rosewater

Roses are here! If you are like me, you’re thinking now is the time to make your own rose water. If you’ve never done it before, don’t worry. It’s easy. And I will tell you how, but first let’s talk about why you want to. Benefits of Rose Water reduces skin irritation of eczema or […]

pollinator garden

Why Your Pollinator Garden Doesn’t Have Many Butterflies and Bees

Did you plant a pollinator garden only to find out that the butterflies and bees didn’t come? Nobody wants to go to the trouble of creating a buffet only to find that no one eats. So here’s some tips to figure out why your pollinator garden doesn’t have many butterflies and bees. Let’s make this […]

elderberry syrup

How to Make Elderberry Syrup

A couple years ago, few people knew what elderberry (Sambucus Nigra or Sambucus canadensis) syrup was. After a nasty flu season, I started to see it everywhere on mainstream grocery store shelves. Elderberry gummies, juice, teas, wine, capsules, jam, and lozenges are all the rage. Good news can’t be suppressed, so it’s no wonder the […]

wild violet

Wild Violet is Here!

I love this time of year. Old friends come back to revisit the earth for a while, and the newest one is wild violet! Some say that this is a horrid, invasive weed that is hard to get rid of. I say it’s a useful part of Nature. Let’s take a look. Using Violets Medicinally […]

medicinal herb

Planting Your Medicinal Herb Garden

Nothing creates connection to Nature quicker than growing your own food and medicines. It’s spring! If you’re considering planting your medicinal herb garden as a way to develop that connection, read on! You will find that it also cultivates sovereignty because you will become more self sufficient, too. As an added bonus, getting your hands […]

heritage seeds

Why You Should Consider Planting Heritage Seeds

There are three different types of seeds: heritage seeds, hybrids, and GMO. Heirloom or heritage seeds (the terms are used interchangeably) are open pollinated. This means that they will either self pollinate or will be pollinated by birds, animals, wind or other natural means. The offspring will produce plants that are like the parents. In […]

rowan

Rowan Full Moon Ritual

The rowan tree’s strongest energies are: protection against enchantment or manipulation, discrimination, astral travel, connection to ecstasy, universal unconditional love, higher consciousness, connection to the mystery, and gateways between this and that. As we are nearing the Winter Solstice, a liminal space between peak darkness back into light, the rowan will be our guide back […]

cut your chicken feed bill

Cut Your Chicken Feed Bill to $0 With Composting

It’s fall. There isn’t much for free ranging chickens to eat now. Egg production is down too, so if you are paying for chicken feed, you’re putting money out without getting much back. So, you might be feeling the pinch. If you want to cut your chicken feed bill to $0 with composting, read on! […]

grow mushrooms

It’s Fall! Time to Grow Mushrooms!

It’s fall! Flowers and trees are dying back, but this doesn’t mean it’s time to stop gardening. No! It’s time to grow mushrooms! If you have a 10 x 10 shady spot, you can grow mushrooms. Why Grow Mushrooms It’s Fun There is something very satisfying about watching life unfold. First there was nothing. Then […]

tinctures and extracts

How to Make Tinctures and Extracts

Tinctures and extracts are great ways to prepare natural medicines and store them for later use. They are easy and usually inexpensive to make. Making your own medicines is also a great way to learn about the natural world around us. This can help deepen your animist practice. What’s a Tincture or Extract? Before we […]