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[Herbal Rootlets] No. 32 – Fun Herbal Games for Kids

Posted in Uncategorized on December 18th, 2014 by kristine — Be the first to comment!

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The physical exercise and emotional stretching that children enjoy in unorganized play is more varied and less time-bound than is found in organized sports. Playtime—especially unstructured, imaginative, exploratory play—is increasingly recognized as an essential component of wholesome child development.” 

― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

Blustery cold days, stuck in the house, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the holidays…sound like your household? Why not whip up a batch of spicy hot cocoa and break out the herbal games for the kids to play? It’s a great time to snuggle, enjoy everyone’s company and distract kids from the countdown.

There are some great herbal games to be found, here are our favorite fun herbal games for kids!

Herbal Games

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Herbal Bingo
This is a free template I made up a few years ago to share with all my herbal loving friends. You can download it directly from our website, print it off onto card stock, cut out the pieces and grab a handful of pennies.

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Wildcraft!
This game is a hit wherever we take it! Kids and adults alike love to play this cooperative board game. It has a delightful storyline, encourages self sufficiency and teaches about herbs. The game cards can be used separately as flash cards as well. And right now, you can grab it from Amazon for a great price with free shipping for Amazon Prime members.

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Shanleya’s Quest Card Game
I feel that botany is an important part of learning about herbs. Learning plant families can help kids learn to identify plants in the wild as well as learn to identify what unknown plants can be used for. There is also a great little book that goes along with the card set to teach plant families as well.

Garden Games
While not specifically herbal related, these great games teach kids about the importance of growing plants.

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Gathering A Garden Board Game
This game contains no plastic pieces, has beautiful colors and sweet illustrations. The characters move around the board and try to collect one item from each of the five categories for their garden. 

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The Garden Game
I could gaze at this beautiful game board all day. It’s very attractive to children too. The object of the game is to plant the largest garden and save the most seeds but during the game, players plant seeds, take care of the plants, have harvest festivals, nourish the earth and help one another during natural disasters. 

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Living Landscapes
This is a cooperative card game from Living Earth Games that teaches about permaculture gardening, teaching children how every part of the landscape is connected to its surroundings. I love the idea of teaching children permaculture techniques as it is a more natural way of gardening and teaches companion planting. This is a basic card deck as well that can be used for playing card games. 

Photo by Living Earth Games

Photo by Living Earth Games

Gaia’s Garden
Also from Living Earth Games, this is another cooperative game to teach how plants and insects work together to create a balance in the garden. 

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Photo by Living Earth Games

One Seed
The newest from Living Earth Games, this cooperative game teaches plant life cycles! All the players help to grow a healthy plant out of seed into a plant , through the 7 growing steps and again into new seed.

 

Physical Games
Got a great romper room area and more than a couple kids who want to work off some energy? Try one of our herbally adapted interactive games!

What games do your kids like to play? Have you adapted any regular games to help teach about herbs? Leave us a comment, we’d love to hear about it and would love to share it on our games page.

Giveaway Monday – Tea Blends from Morgan Botanicals

Posted in Uncategorized on December 15th, 2014 by kristine — 29 Comments

This week we are giving away 2 of Morgan Botanicals’ Herfusion! teas: Spiked Cacao and Turmeric Tea. One lucky winner will get both of these teas! The Spiked Cacao makes a deliciously warming hot cocoa, great for after a day of play in the snow. Turmeric tea is also mixed with milk and makes a soothing nighttime tea that is known as Golden Milk.

Jessica hand-blends her delicious fusions of Mother Earth’s herbal goodness into unique, wholesome, natural brews.

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Spiked Cacao

Rich, raw cacao fused with vitalizing herbs & spiked with spice brings delicious excitement to your cuppa.

DIRECTIONS:

Stir a tsp. into a mug of gently warmed milk of choice. Enjoy a splash of honey or sweetener for extra yumminess! This product has not been evaluated by the FDA. If you are pregnant, nursing or on medication check with your health advisor prior to use.

ALL-NATURAL INGREDIENTS:

Handmade with Raw Cacao, Marshmallow Root, Astragalus Root, Eleuthro, Hawthorn Berry, Vanilla Bean, Cardamom, Cinnamon & Cayenne.

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Turmeric Tea

Turmeric is magical when it’s woven with spices–rich, warm, comforting.

DIRECTIONS:

Stir a tsp. into a mug of gently warmed milk of choice. Enjoy a splash of honey or sweetener for extra yumminess! This product has not been evaluated by the FDA. If you are pregnant, nursing or on medication check with your health advisor prior to use.

ALL-NATURAL INGREDIENTS:

Handmade with Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove, Allspice, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Cayenne & Vanilla Bean.

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About Morgan Botanicals:

Morgan Botanicals is a small handmade company owned and operated by Jessica Morgan; Community Herbalist and Environmental Horticulture and Crop Science Graduate.

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About Jessica Morgan:

Jessica Morgan is an herbalist, horticulturist and crop science graduate; a certified CA master gardener and junior master gardener teacher, as well an obsessed plant photographer, avid forager and wild foodie. Jessica has been a practicing herbalist for over 20 years (self taught and mentored) and has completed a three year course of herbal study under Michael and Lesley Tierra at the East West School of Herbology. Her continuing education includes all aspects of the science and art of Herbalism including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Native American Medicine, Ayurveda, Vitalism and Botany, as well as, Nutrition and Aromatherapy.

Jessica’s lifelong passion for herbology, holistic nutrition, and gardening has led her to develop Morgan Botanicals where she shares her knowledge of plants and helps people reconnect with the healing powers of the plant kingdom. Jessica offers a year around Herbal CSA, medicine making workshops, herbal mentoring, children’s classes, plant walks, wellness consultations, custom blends and garden and crop advice.

Be sure to check out Jessica’s free resources for kids on her website.

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Want a chance to win this awesome tea set from Morgan Botanicals? Leave a comment and tell us when you would enjoy a cup of one of these delightful blends! For more chances to win, leave a separate  comment every time you do one of the following:

-Kids, you get 1 extra point for being a kid! Leave a comment telling me how old you are and what you like best about Herbal Roots zine.

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-Check out Morgan Botanical’s website and tell me some of your favorite things

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[Herbal Rootlets] No. 31 – A Wintertime Treat Kids Will Love!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11th, 2014 by kristine — Be the first to comment!

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If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.

-Rachel Carson

This time of year often casts a sense of wonder over children. The wonders of winter are upon many of us and often bring back our own memories of childhood.

Watching snowflakes fall from the sky, sticking their tongues out to catch a flake, laughing when a large flake lands on their eyelashes.

Icicles hanging along the edge of a roof can provide hours of entertainment, from breaking them off and watching them shatter on the sidewalk to eating them like popsicles.

Building snowmen and snow forts and snowballs. Sledding and snowball fights. Snow angels in the snow.

Sliding on a frozen pond. Chopping a hole in the pond to see how deep the ice is.

So much fun and joy! Even we adults still enjoy these activities (once we get past the grumbling of how cold it is and bundle up before trudging outside).

Such wild and joyous activities often warm our hearts but chill our bones so when it’s time to head back inside, have a warming cup of Spicy Hot Cocoa waiting. Marshmallows are optional!

It’s so delicious, you’ll want to make this recipe a winter time tradition.

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Spicy Hot Cocoa

1 quart water
3 – 3” cinnamon sticks broken up
3 slices fresh ginger root
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup honey
1 pinch cayenne
Freshly whipped cream
Powdered cinnamon

Place the cinnamon sticks and ginger root in a pot with the water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 4-5 minutes then turn off.

Add the honey, cayenne and cocoa and stir until mixed together. Pour into mugs and add a dollop of whipped cream to each mug. Sprinkle with powdered cinnamon.

Best served next to a warm fire.

This warming cocoa will warm the extremities, boost the immune system and delight the taste buds of all ages.

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What wintertime activities do your children have a sense of wonder about? What activities do they draw you in to a sense of wonder of? Are you able to see these activities through your inner child’s eyes? What traditions do you have for both wintertime play and warming up activities? We’d love to hear about them, share with us on our website or Facebook page!

Giveaway Monday – Bulk Cayenne from Attar Herbs

Posted in Uncategorized on December 8th, 2014 by kristine — 17 Comments

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***

CONGRATULATIONS to REA! She is this week’s winner #1. I got a kick out of reading her comment:

“Since we started this months ezine on Cayenne, my kids want me to add it to EVERYTHING! Tonight for dinner, we had black beans…with Cayenne. Last night, Red Curry…with Cayenne. Tea with Cayenne, popcorn with Cayenne, cocoa with Cayenne. Now they want to sprinkle it in their socks to see if it really keeps their feet warm! So, I could use more Cayenne.”

CONGRATULATIONS to FAWN GREGG! She is this week’s winner #2. Sounds like she’s going to be enjoying the Cayenne as well:

“I love me some cayenne pepper! I add it to nearly everything I cook and make a powerful turmeric, garlic, and cayenne healing shot. Definitely want to whip up a big batch of spicy dark cocoa, too!”

***A BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO STOPPED BY OUR WEBSITE THIS WEEK! BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE LATEST GIVEAWAY, HERFUSION! TEAS FROM MORGAN BOTANICALS.***

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This week I am delighted to give away a 2 1/2 pound packages of dried, powdered Cayenne from Attar Herbs & Spices! There will be 2 winners with each one receiving 1/2 pound. This Cayenne has a scoville rating of 40,000. Whether you want to spice up your meals or try your hand at using Cayenne for medicinal reasons, you’ll have plenty of Cayenne to experiment with!

Don’t know what you’d do with all that lusciously spicy Cayenne? We have plenty of recipes in this month’s issue of Herbal Roots zine to get you started with using Cayenne.

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About Attar Herbs & Spices:

Since 1969 Attar Herbs & Spices has been a leading supplier of herbs, spices and essential oils throughout the country.   They have developed trusted relationships that ensure exceptional ingredients.  They grind from whole spices and hand blend in small batches to ensure the freshest quality.   Spice Up Life is more than just a groovy tagline, it is their Mission and life philosophy.  At Attar Herbs & Spices, they think that life should be as full of flavor as our food.  By utilizing the herbal gifts that Mother Nature has graciously shared with us, you too can Spice Up Life for you and those you love!

Attar Herbs & Spices is a family owned and a family run business. Founded by Dick Martin, Melissa, her husband Erik and their three children took over the business in 2010.

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Want a chance to win this awesome package from Attar Herbs & Spices? Leave a comment and tell us what you’d do with all this wonderful Cayenne! For more chances to win, leave a separate  comment every time you do one of the following:

-Kids, you get 1 extra point for being a kid! Leave a comment telling me how old you are and what you like best about Herbal Roots zine.

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-telling me what herbs or other products you’d like to get from their vast selection

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Sign ups end and I’ll announce the winner on Monday, December 15, 2014. Good luck!

 

[Herbal Rootlets] No. 30 – Holiday Gifts for the Budding Herbalist in Your Life

Posted in Uncategorized on December 3rd, 2014 by kristine — Be the first to comment!

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“If you wish your children to think deep thoughts, to know the holiest emotions, take them to the woods and hills, and give them the freedom of the meadows; the hills purify those who walk upon them.“

-Richard Jefferies

The holiday season is upon us and if you’re like me, you hope to choose meaningful gifts for your kids that will encourage their imagination and help to stimulate their love of nature (and herbs!). Or perhaps you have a special little someone in your life who loves to learn about herbs and you want to give them something to help nurture that. Today I am listing some of my favorite herbal gift ideas that I have given to my kids and my friends’ kids over the years that have been a hit.

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Games
Who doesn’t love a fun game? Games are a great way to learn about herbs. At Herbal Roots zine, you can print off a free Herbal Bingo game to use as a stocking stuffer.

Younger kids from 5 – 8 will enjoy Family Pastimes Walk in the Woods: A Co-operative Board Game. Gathering A Garden Board Game by Eeboo is perfect for the 5 and up crowd while The Garden Game by Ampersand is best suited for 8 and up. Though they are not herb specific games, they all bring awareness to the plants around us.

LearningHerbs.com is the maker of the popular kid’s game Wildcraft! and is a hit wherever we take it. This game is great for all ages. As a bonus, they are offering free holiday shipping right now.

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Books
Whether it’s stories about herbal adventures such as the popular Herb Fairies set, a kid sized herbal such as Lesley Tierra’s A Kid’s Herb Book for Children of All Ages or a subscription of Herbal Roots zine, books are a wonderful holiday gift idea for kids of all ages. With an annual subscription to Herbal Roots zine, they’ll get a gift that you keep on giving all year long! We’ve also got lots of book ideas on our website, simply go to it and click on the link that says ‘Book List’ for many more ideas.

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Movies
If your kids are anything like mine, they like movies! So why not share some great herbal based movies with them? Juliette of the Herbs is a movie about the grandmother of herbal medicine, Juliette de Bairacli Levy and is a lovely view. Numen: The Nature of Plants combines herbalist interviews with a bit of scientific information.

Younger kids will enjoy David the Gnome cartoons and The Enchanted World of Brambly Hedge (which I cannot find for purchase but can be streamed from online, maybe a coupon gift pack for movie time could be created).

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Herbal Supplies
Kids love to create! Create mini herbal remedy making kits that include herbs, a copy of a coordinating issue of Herbal Roots zine, oils, beeswax, glycerin, containers, etc. Mountain Rose Herbs not only offers dried herbs but also lip balm containers, salve containers, bottles and more!

Not sure what to put in a kit? LearningHerbs.com makes kits that offers a variety of herbal remedies to make such as Elderberry syrup and Calendula salve. This kit is on sale until Thursday at midnight.

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Seeds
Is your child into gardening? Does he like to help you plant and weed and harvest every year? Why not give him a gift pack of seeds to start his own herb garden? Kidzherbs by Sena Cech, daughter of Richo Cech of Horizon Herbs is a delightful kid’s guide to growing medicinal plants which includes a booklet and 12 seed packages.

When purchasing herb seeds, I look for sources that provide heirloom varieties such as Horizon Herbs, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and the Thyme Garden. Seeds make great stocking stuffers or put together a collection along with a garden journal for that budding herbal gardener in your family.

Trips
How about a trip to the local nature preserve or botanical garden? Stuff a brochure from your local natural place into your kids’ stocking with a date written on it. Or, include a few brochures and maps from several local places stuffed into a blank nature journal.

What are your favorite herbal gifts for kids? Do you have any holiday gifts for the budding herbalist in your life? Share them with us!

December 2014 – Keen on Cayenne

Posted in Uncategorized on December 2nd, 2014 by kristine — 1 Comment so far

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This month, we’re turning up the heat! While the weather outside is frightful, the herbs inside are delightful-ly warming to our bodies! Cayenne is a favorite herb of mine during wintertime though many find his actions useful year round.

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This month we’ll explore the explosively hot side of Cayenne, a herb that can warm you up AND help you keep your cool. This Coyote trickster herb is one you won’t want to leave out of your medicine chest. Why? Cayenne stimulates….circulation, the nervous system and more. If you tend to have cold feet and hands, you’ll want to keep a bottle of Cayenne by your side to sprinkle on your feet. If you have heart problems, Cayenne may be beneficial for you. If you suffer from cluster headaches, neuralgia, arthritis, back pain or fibromyalgia, Cayenne may be the herb you need for relief. Learn about how he helps with these and much more in this month’s issue of Herbal Roots zine. Come learn about the medicinal uses of Cayenne…

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Keen on Cayenne Table of Contents:

Note to Parents
Supply List
Calendar
Herb Spirit
All About Cayenne
Herbal Glossary
Scramble, Search and More: Circle the Energetics, List the Vitamins & Minerals,Word Search,  Word Scramble, Multiple Choice, Harvest the Cayenne
Herbal Botany
Herbal Lore
Songs and Poems: The Cayenne Herb, C-A-P-S-I-C-U-M, Cayenne Haiku, Feel the Burn
Herbal Recipes: Cayenne Extract, Cayenne Tea,  Cayenne Vinegar, Cayenne Liniment, Cayenne Salve
Coloring Page
Herbal Crafts: Leaf pressing/rubbing/drawing of Cayenne, Styrofoam Chile Stamp, Clay Chiles
Maze: Find Your Way Through the Cayenne Chile
Journal: Write your thoughts, medicine making notes and other information about your month with Cayenne
Crossword Puzzle
Resources

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50 pages from Cover to Cover. This month only, $3.99. After December 31, 2014, the price will go up to $7.99. To purchase your instant eBook download in PDF format, click here:

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Giveaway Monday – Hot Chile Seed Set from Baker Creek

Posted in Uncategorized on December 1st, 2014 by kristine — 157 Comments

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***

CONGRATULATIONS to Anita, Random Generator selected her comment: “1 year being chemical free and we are starting our first garden with the coming up spring of 2015. I want to teach my grand daughters 1 year old and 4 years old how to eat right so they grow up with the instincts to stay away from GMO’s and processed foods. I’ve been told Heirloom is the safest seeds to get.” as the winning comment!

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This week, giveaway Monday is *HOT*!!! We are giving away 10 packages of hot peppers from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds this week! One lucky winner will receive 1 package of each of these 10 seeds: Chinese Five Color, Thai Yellow Chilli, Lemon Drop, Caribbean Red Habanero, Serrano Tampequino, Craig’s Grande Jalapeno, Pimiento de Padron, Fish, Santa Fe Grande, and Leutschauer Paprika! With this many seeds, you’ll have the hottest garden around, with plenty of fiery chiles to share with your friends and family!

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I have been a fan of Baker Creek for many years, always turning to them for hard to find, heirloom seeds for vegetables, flowers and herbs. I’ve always been pleased with the germination ratio of the seeds and the virility of the plants that are grown from them. They also have a great variety of merchandise available, perfect for the gardener in your life. And for those who are just starting out in gardening and can get overwhelmed, I find they have a great selection of seed collections to get you started.

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About Baker Creek

Jere Gettle always had a passion for growing things, and at age 3 he planted his first garden. Ever since that day, he wanted to be involved in the seed industry. So at the age of 17, he printed the first small Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog in 1998. The company has grown to offer 1750 varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs—the largest selection of rare, heirloom varieties in the U.S.A.

Baker Creek carries one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century, including many Asian and European varieties. The company has become a tool to promote and preserve our agricultural and culinary heritage. The company and seeds have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, O, The Oprah Magazine, NPR, Martha Stewart, and many others. Gardeners can request a free 212-page color catalog or buy their 356-page Whole Seed Catalog. They now distribute to 500,000 catalogs to gardeners nationally.

Baker Creek started hosting festivals in 2000 as an idea to bring gardeners, homesteaders and natural food enthusiasts together to exchange thoughts, seeds, listen to speakers and enjoy vendors, old-time music and much more. These festivals gave birth to the idea for our pioneer village, Bakersville. Other projects include our trial gardens, seed collecting expeditions, our popular online forums at idigmygarden.com and educational produce exhibits.

Over the last several years, Jere Gettle and his wife Emilee have branched out into other related projects as well, including the nationally distributed, Heirloom Gardener magazine, which is now in its eleventh year of publication. They have also expanded to a location in Sonoma County, California, in the beautiful town of Petaluma. Their most recent project is the restoration and preservation of the Wethersfield, Connecticut landmark, Comstock, Ferre & Company, the oldest continuously operating seed company in New England. They have written two books with Hyperion, a division of ABC/Disney. These works feature heirloom vegetables and their work with seeds and food.

They also work extensively to supply free seeds to many of the world’s poorest countries, as well as here at home in school gardens and other educational projects. It is their goal to educate everyone about a better, safer food supply and fight gene-altered, Frankenfood and the companies that support it.

All of their seed is non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented.

They do not buy seed from Monsanto-owned Seminis. They boycott all gene-altering companies. They are not members of the pro-GMO American Seed Trade Organization! They work with a network of about 150 small farmers, gardeners and seed growers to bring you the best selection of seeds available! Many of the varieties they sell were collected by them on their travels abroad.

They offer over 1800 fine varieties! Unique seeds from over 75 countries!

Is it any wonder why I love this company so much?!

You can become a fan of Baker Creek on Facebook if you would like to do so.

If you’d like a chance to win this one Hot Chile Seed Set from Baker Creek Seeds, leave a comment below. For more chances to win, you can leave a separate comment each time you advertise this giveaway by:

-Kids, you get 1 extra point for being a kid! Leave a comment telling me how old you are and what you like best about Herbal Roots zine.

-tell us which herb you’re most excited to be learning about this year with Herbal Roots zine

-telling me what seeds you’d like to plant in your garden next spring from their vast selection

-follow Baker Creek and Herbal Roots zine on Instagram and pin this giveaway with hashtags #bakercreekseeds #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your Instagram name in comments so we can find you)

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Sign ups end and I’ll announce the winner on Monday, December 8, 2014. Good luck!

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 29 – 3 Herbs of Thanksgiving

Posted in Uncategorized on November 26th, 2014 by kristine — Be the first to comment!

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We return thanks to our mother, the earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun,
that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in Whom is embodied all goodness,
and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.

~ Iroquois prayer

This week, across our country, we join in with millions giving gratitude. Thanksgiving means different things for different people and for me, as we prepare a meal using many of our own resources, it’s a time to give thanks for the plants and animals that live on our farm and provide so much for us.

Traditionally, many Americans celebrate with turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and corn. Interestingly enough, our meals are often prepared with herbs that are not native to this land, just as many of us are not native to this land but rather those who immigrated through our ancestors and became naturalized to this land, as many plants have. While the typical herbs of Thanksgiving are native to the Mediterranean, many could not imagine a meal without them.

Kitchen herbs were originally selected as kitchen garden herbs because of their digestive actions. Most kitchen herbs stimulate digestion, helping the body to process foods that may not be so readily accepted, especially in the not so distant past when refrigeration wasn’t an option for food storage.

These herbs also offer other medicinal uses, making them great to have on hand, not only for cooking but also for assisting in healing common complaints. Because of this, they have found their way into the kitchen garden for hundreds of years.

Today, I honor and give thanks to these plants, for the food and medicine they provide.

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I give thanks for Sage almost every day! Sage has many uses: culinary, medicinal and beauty related. When combined with sea salt and baking soda, Sage makes a great tooth whitener. Add a bit of Sage essential oil to your favorite homemade deodorant mix and you can help to reduce the amount of perspiration naturally. A gargle with Sage tea helps a sore throat. And as a cooking herb, Sage is one of my favorites that I use almost daily in meals and desserts: try some Sage in the next Peach cobbler you make!

Sage is full of vitamins and minerals: calcium, chromium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin (B3), phosphorus, potassium, protein, riboflavin (B2), selenium, silicon, thiamine (B1), tin, vitamins A and C and zinc.

Sage is anhydrotic, antibacterial, anticatarrhal, antigalactagogue, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, circulatory stimulant, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hormonal stimulant, memory enhancer and a vasodilator. Sage also reduces blood sugar levels, promotes bile flow and relaxes peripheral blood vessels.

Need a recipe to get started? Check out our recipe for making deodorant.

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Want to learn more about the medicinal uses of Sage? Purchase a copy here.

 

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I give thanks to Rosemary often, especially when I need to focus for work or stay alert on a long drive. Medicinally, Rosemary stimulates: the mind (Rosemary for Remembrance), circulatory system and the nervous system. I never leave home without Rosemary essential oil as breathing in the scent helps to keep me alert when I’m on a long drive.

Nutritionally, Rosemary contains many vitamins and minerals: calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin (B3), phosphorus, potassium, pyridoxine (B6), riboflavin (B2), sodium, thiamin (B1), vitamins A and C, and zinc.

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Do you have Rosemary growing in your garden? Learn more about Rosemary’s medicinal side with our issue right here.

 

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Thyme
I give thanks to Thyme, for soothing sore throats, especially combined with honey. (Check out our recipe for Thyme Infused Honey). Thyme also calms a cough and was one of the main herbs I used to support our bodies when we had Pertussis a few years ago.

Thyme is very high in Chromium, iron, silicon and contains lots of calcium, cobalt, magnesium, manganese, riboflavin, selenium, sodium, thiamine. He also has average amounts of niacin, tin and vitamin A and low amounts of phosphorus, potassium, protein and vitamin C.

Thyme’s main active ingredient is Thymol. This ingredient is responsible for his healing properties: anthelmintic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antispasmodic, aromatic, astringent, carminative and expectorant. He is also astringent due to his tannins.

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Want to learn more about how you can incorporate Thyme into your herbal medicine cabinet? You can purchase this issue right here.

 

And a bonus herb…I cannot leave out this common thanksgiving accent!

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I give thanks to Cranberry, for all his tartness. And, as the bonus herb, this plant IS a native to North America. In fact, this is one native North American plant the settlers were grateful for. Early settlers learned from the Native Americans to use the berry for treating many problems including scurvy, digestive problems, loss of appetite and blood disorders. They even applied the raw, crushed berries directly on wounds to aid healing, keeping infection away.

Cranberry is high in antioxidants, calcium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins A and C. Cranberry also contains average amounts of iron, magnesium, manganese, protein, riboflavin, silicon, sodium and thiamine and low amounts of chromium, cobalt, selenium and zinc.

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This year, why not try Cranberry in a more natural form? Instead of opening a can, try our simple recipe for making fresh Cranberry sauce, your taste buds will thank you!

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Want to learn more about the medicinal side of Cranberry? You can purchase our issue right here.

For those who are celebrating this week of gratitude, how many of these herbs will be finding their way into your meal preparations? Which is your favorite? Do you use them as medicine?

Giveaway Monday – Hawthorn Tea Cup from Mulberry Mudd

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24th, 2014 by kristine — 32 Comments

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO BLUMA IN THE GARDEN, SHE IS THE WINNER OF THIS GIVEAWAY!***

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This week I am delighted to give away this beautiful Hawthorn teacup from Mulberry Mudd. This one of a kind handmade ceramic teacup features Hawthorn and is perfect for serving up your favorite cup of herbal tea or steaming cup of nourishing bone broth.

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This beautiful teacup is handless and rests comfortably in your hands. One side of the tea cup features Hawthorn in her flowering glory while the other side features Hawthorn’s berries.

This teacup holds approximately 16 oz.

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About Rebekah:

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Artist and herbalist Rebekah Dawn has been walking with the plants for as long as she can remember. A life long love has translated into passionate study of herbal lore that has deepened and grown through the years. She currently lives with her family at Labyrinth Gardens, a United Plant Saver Botanical Sanctuary, where she gives monthly plant walks and medicine making workshops. When she is not in the garden or wild-crafting she is most likely in her ceramic studio. Rebekah is the Teen Camp Coordinator for the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference.

Be sure to stop by to check out her other items in her store. She makes beautiful Herbal Faeries, pendants, birdhouses, mugs and more! She also does custom orders so if you have a special ally or idea, convo her with questions! There may be a few other one-of-a-kind pendants featuring past Herbal Roots herbs as well! Rebekah uses naturally found elements in nature combined with clay to create these amazing pieces. Her sculptures are amazing, incredibly original and just plain wonderful. I fall in love with each one she creates.

Each piece in Rebekah’s store is original in every way, she uses no molds or reproductions ever. A percentage of her profits go to Tree Sisters and Radical Joy for Hard Times each month, and the rest builds her own Botanical Sanctuary at Labyrinth Gardens.

You can become a fan of Mulberry Mudd on Facebook if you would like to do so.

If you’d like a chance to win this one of a kind Hawthorn tea cup, leave a comment below. For more chances to win, you can leave a separate comment each time you advertise this giveaway by:

-Kids, you get 1 extra point for being a kid! Leave a comment telling me how old you are and what you like best about Herbal Roots zine.

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-tell us which herb you’re most excited to be learning about this year with Herbal Roots zine

-telling me your favorite item in her store

-follow Mulberry Mudd on Pinterest and pin this giveaway with hashtags #mulberrymudd #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your pinterest name in comments so we can find you)

-share this giveaway on your Facebook page

-follow Herbal Roots on Twitter and tweet this giveaway with hashtags #mulberrymudd #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your pinterest name in comments so we can find you)

-follow Herbal Roots on Pinterest and pin this giveaway with hashtags #mulberrymudd #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your pinterest name in comments so we can find you)

Sign ups end and I’ll announce the winner on Monday, December 1, 2014. Good luck!

 

Hawthorn Syrup Label

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21st, 2014 by kristine — Be the first to comment!

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I’ve had lots of requests for the Hawthorn syrup label I printed for my bottle so I’m giving it to you!

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Right click on the picture to save to your computer then copy into Pages or Microsoft Word, resize to the size you need it then print off and glue or tape to your bottle.