Herbalism

How to Make a Healing Green Salve From Your Yard

by Daisy Herbalism

Nature knows that summer is going to bring with it a host of skin challenges: bug bites, heat rash, sunburn, mysterious itches, minor scrapes and more. To give us a weapon to deal with these complaints, springtime lays out an array of skin-healing plants. Now’s the time to act while these plants are present, fresh, […]

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Zowie! Smoothie

by Daisy Green Up

I wanted a smoothie this morning that would give me a kickstart, so I gathered up spicy, tingly, hot, and tangy ingredients, along with a banana and yogurt to balance it all out. I also topped it off with a passionfruit, because I’m crazy for passionfruit and they’re ripe in the yard this time of […]

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Eggshell Toothpaste and Face Scrub In One

by Daisy Body Care Products

Yes, you read that correctly, and yes, I may be crazy. My kids think so. “Are you putting toothpaste on your face?!” “Yes, I’m putting toothpaste on my face. Show me the rule that says you can’t put toothpaste on your face.” In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have fed them the “show me the rule” […]

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Reishi Mushrooms, Gut Bugs & Weight Control

by Daisy Garden

Yesterday this popped up in my BBC World Latest Headlines feed: Mushroom Used in Chinese Medicine “slows weight gain.” Yep. It was reishi. Reishi is about to get a lot more press than usual. Anything having to do with weight loss is a sure thing to get peoples’ attention. You’d think something that was used […]

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How to Harvest Milk Thistle Seeds

by Daisy Garden

Make sure all your affairs are in order. Call 911 and get them en route to your location. Don protective gear. Carefully approach the milk thistle. While it isn’t quite that dire, it is almost that dire. Milk thistle has the most aggressive thistles, and they’re everywhere–on the stem, under the base of the flower, […]

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Making Lemon Balm Tincture

by Daisy Herbalism

If I were stranded on a desert island one of the first plants I’d go looking for is lemon balm. It would help keep me calm, and considering I was stranded on a desert island I would be in need of a heaping helping of calm. It would also help me sleep which would be […]

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Herb Harvest

by Daisy Garden

I can’t get enough of certain herbs. One of my absolute favorites is thyme (right foreground). I love the flavor, and I love that it has such depth and pungency; it holds up to slow simmering while is also perfection in uncooked preparations like cold pasta salad and salad dressing. My only regret with thyme […]

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How-To: Passionflower Tincture

by Daisy Herbalism

Besides being appreciated for its fantastical blooms, passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is used medicinally to calm anxiety and improve sleep. It’s thought to increase levels of GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid). GABA regulates the excitability of neurons in the brain. GABA is also suspected to regulate the production of melatonin, which is related to healthy sleep. And, since […]

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DIY Soothing Plantain Salve Recipe

by Daisy Body Care Products

Plantain, that pesky lawn and garden weed, makes a soothing salve for itches, bites, burns, rashes, sore muscles and strains. Using the plantain-infused oil we made in this post, here’s a recipe for an easy-to-spread salve to keep in store for all the times someone in your family says “I’m itchy!” and “Ouch!” PLANTAIN SALVE […]

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DIY Plantain-Infused Oil

by Daisy Body Care Products

Most people have seen this herb growing in cracks in the sidewalk or marring the monoculture of an otherwise pristine lawn. Before you pluck it out and toss it away, consider that broadleaf plantain (Plantago major) is a nutritious edible plant and a potent medicinal herb. Plantain (especially the young, tender leaves) can be used […]

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Got To Be Starting Something

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

When I was growing up in the country we had pit bull dogs. They were good dogs and they loved to play tug o’ war. I would get a stout piece of rope with a knot on each end and the pup would take one knot and I’d take the other and he would nearly […]

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Tulsi (Sacred Basil)

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

My master gardener training this year included sessions at the Memphis Botanic Gardens led by garden employees/experts. At the end of a tour of the new herb garden, the leader shared her favorite if-she-could-only-have-one herb: tulsi, or sacred basil. Back home, with my copy of Horizon Herbs’ catalog, I wasn’t going to quibble with the […]

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Cicada Moult

by Daisy Bugs

Never having seen a cicada in mid-moult, I was fascinated to find this one in my yard this weekend. Their sounds are the background music for nearly every summer (“Can you say that again!? I can’t hear you over the cicadas!”) and I’ve often seen their exuvia (the cast-off exoskeletons), but never witnessed how they […]

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Milk Thistle

by Daisy Garden

The seed of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) contains silymarin, thought to be useful in treating diseases of the liver such as cirrhosis, jaundice, and hepatitis.  It has also shown promise in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes, and it may be helpful reducing the toxicity of poisonous mushrooms. I grow it because it looks very […]

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New Favorite Thing: Fresh Herbal Tea

by Daisy Herbalism

I love herbal tea. I have an embarrassment of fresh herbs in my garden. It is summertime. Why have I been using dried up, store-bought tea bags year-round? I think maybe I tried fresh herbs as tea a few times and it turned out sort of watery and bland and I crossed it off the […]

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Henbit

by Daisy Garden

Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule), also known as Greater Henbit or Henbit Deadnettle, is a member of the mint family.  Like many in that family, it does not taste mint-y. Henbit is still edible, fresh or cooked.  Nutritionally, it’s tough to find information on henbit.  Many sources simply quote, “iron, vitamins, and fiber,” which is pretty vague, […]

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Catchweed Bedstraw

by Daisy Garden

Catchweed Bedstraw (Galium aparine) is a member of the madder family. I grow Red Madder (Rubia tinctorum) so I was familiar with the velcro-like teeth covering the leaves of members of this clan.  You can see them somewhat in this photo: Those little fibers are tenacious grabbers.  No wonder the name catchweed.  It’s also called […]

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Interview with a Herbalist, Part 2

by Daisy Herbalism

This is the second half of my interview with English herbalist Paula Normandale. I try growing more medicinal herbs each year.  However, I don’t always know what to do with them, which is one reason I’m happy to bring Paula into our realm.  My main method now is tincturing, so I’m picking her brain for […]

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Interview with a Herbalist

by Daisy Herbalism

One of the best parts of blogging is the people you “meet” along the way, irrespective of geographical and other barriers.  One of those people is Paula Normandale.  She is an English herbalist and she has been helping me find my way through this relatively new interest of mine, herbal medicine. She’s kindly agreed to […]

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Making Rosemary Tincture

by Daisy Herbalism

Continuing my tincture-making spree, I made rosemary tincture. Rosemary is an herbal powerhouse.  It contains antioxidants, known to combat free radicals. I’d heard about free radicals and antioxidants forever, but never knew quite what they were so I looked it up.  Free radicals are molecules with unstable outer layers caused by unpaired electrons.  These unstable […]

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