It’s hard to find another flower that has captured hearts and minds more than rose (Rosa spp.). It has inspired mystics and poets alike and has been revered for thousands of years for its fragrance and beauty. It is known as the Queen of Flowers and was believed beloved by Venus and Aphrodite and […]
Valentine’s Day is a great time to explore the sexy side of herbs. Herbal aphrodisiacs, or herbs known to heighten and increase sexual desire, have been around for thousands of years and every culture has their favorite. Aphrodisiacs not only increase libido but they also often nourish the nervous system and increase overall energy […]
When I think of chocolate, I picture rich and creamy dark chocolate bars from equatorial climates all over the world. Chocolate makes a great addition to savory dishes as well, such as the mole poblano sauce I enjoyed while living in Ecuador. As this precious fermented food becomes more globally available, I remember my grandfather, […]
Pines and other evergreen trees have long been symbols of eternal life. During the cold winter months, when all other plant life is still, pine shines green.
As such, it has long held a sacred place in cultures around the world. In North America, among the Rio Grande Pueblos, pine trees were taken from the […]
Winter can be a magical time for many. There’s the fresh fallen snow and the dazzling icicles, as well as the fun and merriment of holidays, vacations, and snow days. But for many moms, especially ones with very new babies, winter also represents a hazardous minefield of fevers, viral infections, and runny noses. The […]
Oxy-what? You are not alone if you’ve never heard of oxymels. Despite the funny sounding name, this traditional folk medicine is a simple and delicious way to get the health benefits of herbs. But you don’t have to stop there. Oxymels have found new life in some of today’s hottest cocktails. And they can […]