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Giveaway Monday – Stress Balance Tea from Morgan Botanicals

Posted in Uncategorized on August 12th, 2014 by kristine — 9 Comments

***CONGRATULATIONS TO TINA! SHE IS THIS WEEK’S WINNER!***morgan-botanicals-stress-balance-tea-blend

This week, I am delighted to have Morgan Botanicals’ Stress Balance tea in the limelight! Look at this gorgeous blend of herbs Jessica puts into her tea blend!

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Everyone needs a tea for balancing those stressful moments! Enjoy this relaxing and calming tea when you just want to chill out, or during times of high anxiety and stress.

Enjoy several times a day. Contains enough herbs for approx. 20-30 cups of tea. Loose Leaf

All-Natural and Local Grown ingredients:

  • Lemon Balm Leaves (Melissa officinalis)
  • Oats Straw and Oat Tops (Avena sativa)
  • Chamomile Flowers (Matricaria recutita
  • Linden Leaves and Flowers (Tilia europaea)
  • Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
  • Lavender Blossom (Lavandula spp)

2 oz (56.7g)

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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.

Love Morgan Botanicals? You can show your support by ‘liking’ them on Facebook. Tell them Herbal Roots zine sent you!

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Want a chance to win this lovely tea blend from Morgan Botanicals? Leave a comment! For more chances to win, leave a separate  comment every time you do one of the following:

-if you’re a kid, tell me how old you are and what your favorite Herbal Roots zine activities are

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

-Blog about it (leave reference link)

-Follow Morgan Botanicals on Pinterest and pin this giveaway with hashtags #morganbotanicals #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your pinterest name in comments so we can find you)

-Become a follower of Morgan Botanicals on Twitter and tweet this giveaway with hashtags #morganbotanicals #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your twitter ID in comments so we can find you)

-Facebook/Myspace/Tweet about it (leave reference link)

-Sign up for the Herbal Roots zine monthly newsletter (and receive an issue for free!)

-Post some pictures of your August activities using Herbal Roots and Passionflower on the Flickr Group Page (Be sure to tell us about it!)

-Become a follower of Herbal Roots on Twitter and tweet this giveaway with hashtags #morganbotanicals #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your pinterest name in comments so we can find you)

-Follow Herbal Roots zine on Pinterest and pin this giveaway with hashtags #morganbotanicals #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your twitter ID in comments so we can find you)

Sign ups end on and I’ll draw the winner on Monday, August 18, 2014. Thanks for entering and good luck!

Rules of this giveaway:

-You must follow entry rules for each comment for your comment to qualify. For example, if we ask for you to pin the giveaway and you have, please leave your pinterest name in comments so we can find your pin with the correct hash tags listed.

-If you’ve won a giveaway within the last 3 months, please refrain from signing up for the current giveaway so that everyone can have a chance to win! Winners from the last 3 months giveaways will be automatically removed if they leave comments.

-Contest is open internationally unless otherwise mentioned.

-”Liking” Morgan Botanicals and/or Herbal Roots zine on Facebook does not qualify as an entry (due to Facebook’s rules and regulations). We are thrilled if you like us but please don’t mention that in the comments as part of the requirements for signing up for the giveaway.

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 18 – Herbal fun during the summer

Posted in Uncategorized on August 6th, 2014 by kristine — Be the first to comment!
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It’s August now and summer is starting to wind down. But, there’s still plenty of time to have some herbal fun! Are the kids bored? Do you find that they are now spending more time playing video games than enjoying the beautiful outdoors? Try out a few of these ideas to get them outside and having fun learning about herbs!

HOST A HERBAL TEA PARTY. Check out my post from a few years back on having a Rosie Tea Party. While this particular tea party was all about Rose, you could easily tie in other edible herbs to personalize it to your own backyard. Kids love tea parties, and they love planning them even more! Make sure they participate in the planning, harvesting, and creating as well as the partying!

CREATE A SCAVENGER HUNT. Make a list of herbs that grow in your back yard and turn it into a scavenger hunt….Can they find leaves growing from the ground with ribs (Plantain)? How about heart shaped leaves (Violet)? Leaves with jagged teeth (Dandelion, Wild Lettuce, Sow Thistle, Thistle)? Bonus points if they can name the common name and even more if they know the botanical name and/or some medicinal uses of the plants.

COLLECT SOME LEAVES AND DO LEAF RUBBINGS. Leaf rubbings make great pictures for cards. Why not get started on some holiday gifts by doing some leaf rubbing card sets to give away to friends and family?

TRY YOUR HAND AT FORAGING. This is a really great time of the year to harvest wild edibles. Blackberries, Chokecherries, Lamb’s Quarters leaves, Yellow Dock seeds, and so on. Make sure that they are all positively identified before eating them, if you are new to foraging, always stick to safe plants that have no poisonous lookalikes.
START A NATURE JOURNAL. Nature journals area a great way to keep track of plants and learn about them. Spend 20 – 30 minutes at least once a week (try to do more if you can) going outside with pens, markers, colored pencils, watercolors or even crayons to sketch the plants that grow in your backyard. Bring a few identification and herbal books with you so that you can look up information to write next to the drawings about the plants. Often just drawing and writing about a plant will spark interest to do more such as make salves, tinctures, teas or vinegars. Explore ways to use that plant.
These are just a few ways to add to your summertime fun. Can you think of more ideas? I’d love to hear about them!  Let me know how you’re getting started in teaching your kids about herbs on my Facebook page.
Herbal Blessings,
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Beautiful Herb Quilt Raffle

Posted in Uncategorized on August 6th, 2014 by kristine — Be the first to comment!

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Last winter, a friend of mine was looking for herb drawings to have a quilt made for a raffle to help raise money for the Trillium Center, a center for wilderness skills, self reliance and other folk arts. Leah, a community herbalist in Conneaut, Ohio, leads plant walks showing participants how to identify medicinal, edible, and poisonous plants; tell them stories, folklore, and traditional and current methods of preparing wild plants. The Trillium Center hosts a variety of educational programs, including a FREE children’s program to teach about wild edibles and medicinals.

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I submitted several drawings of herbs for her to select from and the artist sewing the quilt decided to use 8 of my drawings: Dandelion, Wild Bergamot, Trillium, Chicory, Crampbark, New England Aster, Chickweed, and Marshmallow. The center of the quilt hosts the Trillium Center’s logo.

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This beautiful quilt is being raffled off to raise money for the Trillium Center, which will go to worthwhile projects and programs such as the children’s program, which is open to all members of their community.

To keep updated on the raffle and the Trillium Center’s projects, like them on Facebook!

Giveaway Monday – Passionflower Package from Mountain Rose Herbs

Posted in Uncategorized on August 4th, 2014 by kristine — 17 Comments

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO HEATHER! SHE IS THE WINNER!***mrh-logo

This week, we are giving away a package all about Passionflower, next month’s herb! With this package, you’ll be able to grow some of your own Passionflower, as well as create some of your own herbal creations and get a jump start on trying out an extract of Passionflower before yours is ready!

This packages contains:

4 oz of dried Passionflower

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1 oz of organic Passionflower edulis extract

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1 package of Passionflower incarnata seed from Horizon Herbs

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Mountain Rose Herbs is a certified organic processor through Oregon Tilth which is fully accredited with the USDA National Organic Program. Since 1987 they have continuously worked for the advancement of sustainable organic agriculture and state they will continue this lifelong passion into the future. They wholeheartedly recommend discovering the joys to be found in organic food products and the best place to start is right here at Mountain Rose Herbs. From the herbs they offer, to the teas they process and the oils they have distilled.

M0untain Rose also has a great YouTube Channel which offers an amazing amount of tutorials and educational videos, many created by John Gallagher and Rosalee de la Foret of Learningherbs.com.

You can also follow them on their Blog for more information and great Giveaway offers!

Love Mountain Rose Herbs? You can show your support by ‘liking’ them on Facebook. Tell them Herbal Roots zine sent you!

Want a chance to win this awesome package from Mountain Rose Herbs? Leave a comment! For more chances to win, leave a separate  comment every time you do one of the following:

-if you’re a kid, tell me how old you are and what your favorite Herbal Roots zine activities are

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

-Blog about it (leave reference link)

-Follow Mountain Rose Herbs on Pinterest and pin this giveaway with hashtags #mountainroseherbs #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your pinterest name in comments so we can find you)

-Become a follower of Mountain Rose Herbs on Twitter and tweet this giveaway with hashtags #mountainroseherbs #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your twitter ID in comments so we can find you)

-Facebook/Myspace/Tweet about it (leave reference link)

-Sign up for the Herbal Roots zine monthly newsletter (and receive an issue for free!)

-Post some pictures of your July activities using Herbal Roots and Borage on the Flickr Group Page (Be sure to tell us about it!)

-Become a follower of Herbal Roots on Twitter and tweet this giveaway with hashtags #mountainroseherbs #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your pinterest name in comments so we can find you)

-Follow Herbal Roots zine on Pinterest and pin this giveaway with hashtags #mountainroseherbs #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your twitter ID in comments so we can find you)

Sign ups end on and I’ll draw the winner on Monday, August 11, 2014. Thanks for entering and good luck!

Rules of this giveaway:

-You must follow entry rules for each comment for your comment to qualify. For example, if we ask for you to pin the giveaway and you have, please leave your pinterest name in comments so we can find your pin with the correct hash tags listed.

-If you’ve won a giveaway within the last 3 months, please refrain from signing up for the current giveaway so that everyone can have a chance to win! Winners from the last 3 months giveaways will be automatically removed if they leave comments.

-Contest is open internationally unless otherwise mentioned.

-”Liking” Mountain Rose Herbs and/or Herbal Roots zine on Facebook does not qualify as an entry (due to Facebook’s rules and regulations). We are thrilled if you like us but please don’t mention that in the comments as part of the requirements for signing up for the giveaway.

August 2014 – The Peaceful Power of Passionflower

Posted in Uncategorized on August 1st, 2014 by kristine — Be the first to comment!

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This month it’s time to gaze upon the beauty and power of Passionflower! More than just a crazy beautiful flower, this North American native gives us lots of useful medicine and food.

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This month we’ll explore Passionflower, through songs, stories, games, activities and more.

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The Peaceful Power of Passionflower Table of Contents:

Note to Parents
Supply List
Calendar
Herb Spirit
All About Passionflower
Herbal Glossary
Scramble, Search and More: Circle the Energetics, List the Vitamins & Minerals,Word Search,  Word Scramble, How Many Words?
Herbal Botany
Herbal Lore: How Passionflower Came to Be
Songs and Poems: Passionflower, Here I Come, Passionflower Blooms
Herbal Recipes: Passionflower Extract, Passionflower Tea, Passionflower Infused Oil, Dream Balm, Passion Punch
Coloring Page
Herbal Crafts: Leaf rubbing/drawing of Passionflower, Starting Passionflower from Cuttings, Crochet a Passionflower Headband
Maze: Find Your Way Through the Passionflower Leaf
Journal: Write your thoughts, medicine making notes and other information about your month with Passionflower
Crossword Puzzle
Resources

48 pages from Cover to Cover. This month only, $3.99. After August 31, 2014, the price will go up to $7.99.

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Giveaway Monday – The Famous Herbs Playing Cards Deck

Posted in Uncategorized on July 21st, 2014 by kristine — 46 Comments

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO KATIE RUTLAND, SHE IS THIS WEEK’S WINNER!***

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Awhile back I picked up a few packs of these lovely playing cards. This week I am giving away a pack of them to one lucky winner! These lovely little cards feature all sorts of herbs that grow in our gardens and will make a lovely addition to your herbal game collection. Use them as flash cards to test your knowledge about each herb, do a matching “plant family” game or make up your own game to play with them. This deck is a full card deck.

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List of cards:

Agrimony, Angelica, Aniseed, Basil, Bay, Bergamot, Betony, Borage, Calendula, Caraway, Chamomile, Chervil, Chives, Clove Pink, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Coriander, Costmary, Dandelion, Dill, Evening Primrose, Eyebright, Fennel, Feverfew, Garlic, Hawthorn, Hop, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Lily of the Valley, Lovage, Lungwort, Marjoram, Marshmallow, Monkshood, Nasturium, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Purple Sage, Raspberry, Rosemary, Rue, Saffron, Sorrel, Spearmint, Sweet Violet, Sweet Woodruff, Tansy, Tarragon, Thyme, and Valerian

For a chance to win this lovely deck of cards leave a comment below. And for each of the following you do, you can win an extra chance to win:

-if you’re a kid, tell me how old you are and what your favorite Herbal Roots zine activities are

-Blog about it (leave reference link)

-Facebook/Myspace/Tweet about it (leave reference link)

-Sign up for the Herbal Roots zine monthly newsletter (and receive an issue for free!)

-Post some pictures of your July activities using Herbal Roots and Borage on the Flickr Group Page (Be sure to tell us about it!)

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

-Follow Herbal Roots zine on Pinterest and pin this giveaway with hashtags #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your twitter ID in comments so we can find you)

Sign ups end on and I’ll draw the winner on Monday, July 28, 2014. Thanks for entering and good luck!

Rules of this giveaway:

-You must follow entry rules for each comment for your comment to qualify. For example, if we ask for you to pin the giveaway and you have, please leave your pinterest name in comments so we can find your pin with the correct hash tags listed.

-If you’ve won a giveaway within the last 3 months, please refrain from signing up for the current giveaway so that everyone can have a chance to win! Winners from the last 3 months giveaways will be automatically removed if they leave comments.

-Contest is open internationally unless otherwise mentioned.

-”Liking” Herbal Roots zine on Facebook does not qualify as an entry (due to Facebook’s rules and regulations). We are thrilled if you like us but please don’t mention that in the comments as part of the requirements for signing up for the giveaway.

Giveaway Monday – Kidzherbs Gift Set from Mountain Rose Herbs

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14th, 2014 by kristine — 26 Comments

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO MEREDITH, SHE IS THE WINNER OF THIS GIVEAWAY!***kidzerbs_gift_set-product_1x-1403632449

A Kid’s Guide to Growing Medicinal Plants includes:
Kidzherbs written and illustrated by Sena Cech. In this booklet, Sena and her mouse, Cheesie, give you a tour of her garden of medicinal herbs.Full of cartoon and botanical illustrations, stories and recipes.

Each kit also includes 12 packets of seeds from Sena’s garden (organically grown of course). Basil, Borage, Calendula, California Poppy, Catnip, Chamomile, Fennel, Feverfew, Flax, Johnny Jump-Up, Lemon Balm and Love-in-a-Mist.

Many of these herbs we have featured in past issues of Herbal Roots zine and some will be featured in the future.

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Mountain Rose Herbs is a certified organic processor through Oregon Tilth which is fully accredited with the USDA National Organic Program. Since 1987 they have continuously worked for the advancement of sustainable organic agriculture and state they will continue this lifelong passion into the future. They wholeheartedly recommend discovering the joys to be found in organic food products and the best place to start is right here at Mountain Rose Herbs. From the herbs they offer, to the teas they process and the oils they have distilled.

M0untain Rose also has a great YouTube Channel which offers an amazing amount of tutorials and educational videos, many created by John Gallagher and Rosalee de la Foret of Learningherbs.com.

You can also follow them on their Blog for more information and great Giveaway offers!

Love Mountain Rose Herbs? You can show your support by ‘liking’ them on Facebook. Tell them Herbal Roots zine sent you!

Want a chance to win this awesome package from Mountain Rose Herbs? Leave a comment! For more chances to win, leave a separate  comment every time you do one of the following:

-if you’re a kid, tell me how old you are and what your favorite Herbal Roots zine activities are

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

-Blog about it (leave reference link)

-Follow Mountain Rose Herbs on Pinterest and pin this giveaway with hashtags #mountainroseherbs #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your pinterest name in comments so we can find you)

-Become a follower of Mountain Rose Herbs on Twitter and tweet this giveaway with hashtags #mountainroseherbs #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your twitter ID in comments so we can find you)

-Facebook/Myspace/Tweet about it (leave reference link)

-Sign up for the Herbal Roots zine monthly newsletter (and receive an issue for free!)

-Post some pictures of your July activities using Herbal Roots and Borage on the Flickr Group Page (Be sure to tell us about it!)

-Become a follower of Herbal Roots on Twitter and tweet this giveaway with hashtags #mountainroseherbs #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your pinterest name in comments so we can find you)

-Follow Herbal Roots zine on Pinterest and pin this giveaway with hashtags #mountainroseherbs #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your twitter ID in comments so we can find you)

Sign ups end on and I’ll draw the winner on Monday, July 21, 2014. Thanks for entering and good luck!

Rules of this giveaway:

-You must follow entry rules for each comment for your comment to qualify. For example, if we ask for you to pin the giveaway and you have, please leave your pinterest name in comments so we can find your pin with the correct hash tags listed.

-If you’ve won a giveaway within the last 3 months, please refrain from signing up for the current giveaway so that everyone can have a chance to win! Winners from the last 3 months giveaways will be automatically removed if they leave comments.

-Contest is open internationally unless otherwise mentioned.

-”Liking” Mountain Rose Herbs and/or Herbal Roots zine on Facebook does not qualify as an entry (due to Facebook’s rules and regulations). We are thrilled if you like us but please don’t mention that in the comments as part of the requirements for signing up for the giveaway.

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 16 – How to incorporate herbal learning in your daily routine

Posted in Uncategorized on July 10th, 2014 by kristine — Be the first to comment!

Summer is here and the plants are lush and plentiful. You want to learn more about herbs and you want to bring your kids along on that journey. But how? How can you incorporate herbal learning into your daily routine? Well, summertime is the perfect time for starting a habit that will stay with you throughout the year! Last week we talked about how to get started. Today’s email is a bit of a continuation on that theme. Remember, learning doesn’t have to take place in a classroom. We are constantly learning. Here, I like to call our learning style lifeschooling. Because really, life is school, there’s no way to turn our brains off from the learning process. So, with that in mind, how can we incorporate learning into our daily routine?

~Adding edible and nourishing herbs to your daily diet
We all have to eat, so why not make it a habit to add herbs to our daily meals? Nourishing herbal infusions and sun teas make wonderful summertime drinks to sip on. Try Nettles, Linden, Milky Oats, Lemon Balm, Peppermint and Tulsi for delightful summertime infusions. To make an infusion, steep 2 large handfuls of dried herb in 1/2 gallon of boiling water for 4 – 8 hours. Strain and refrigerate. This will draw out the vitamins and minerals of these herbs. As you make the infusion, talk with your children about the vitamins and minerals that these herbs have and how they nourish our bodies.

Add fresh herbs to your daily salads. Sage, Thyme, Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemon Balm, Dandelion leaves and flowers, Violet leaves and flowers, Chickweed, Plantain (tender leaves), Chicory and Borage flowers, Ox Eye Daisy flowers and leaves, Motherwort leaves, etc. Don’t be afraid to add those bitters in there, they are great for digestion. Top them off with herbal infused vinegars and oils. Kids love to not only make those infused vinegars and oils but salads too! Salad making is a great time to review the many uses of each herb as you add them to the salad.

Don’t forget that many make great pot herbs too: Nettles, Yellow Dock, Dandelion, Lamb’s Quarters and many more can be boiled and sautéed and served similarly to Spinach, Kale and Collard greens.
Try drying Dandelion leaves to sprinkle onto your foods before eating. You’ll gain the benefits of his vitamins and minerals without his bitterness. But, don’t try to remove all bitterness from your diet, bitters are an important part to our daily digestion.
Eat something wild every day. Go outside and pick a leaf (make sure you properly identify it so you don’t eat something poisonous) and eat it. Dandelion flowers, Plantain, Red Clover leaves and flowers, Rose petals, Blackberries, Mulberries…try to guess what they are used for based on their tastes.
~Choose a Herbal Ally
Make a commitment to learn about 1 herb this summer. Have fun experiments with that 1 herb, if it’s one that can be eaten, incorporate into weekly meals; make all kinds of medicine with that plant: oil, salve, vinegar, extract, poultices, compresses, infusion/decoction, tea, syrup, elixir…every kind of medicine you can think of, even if it’s not usually used in that manner. Then, try out the medicine you make and keep notes on what’s effective and what’s not. Talk about what you think your plant would be good for based on his characteristics: smells, tastes, plant family, etc. For instance, Lemon Balm is a member of the Mint family. Mints are generally good for the digestive system so based on that, Lemon Balm is good for the digestive system. He smells delightful, making you want to eat him!
~Start simple
Got a cut, bee sting or a bug bite? Find some Plantain, chew it up and put it directly on the bite. Rub some Yarrow or Catnip on your bare arms to discourage mosquitos.
~Use your Herbal Roots zine resources
On hot summer days when it’s just too unbearable to get outside, break out the Herbal Roots zine activities. Look for our ‘freebies‘ tab on my website, it’s my gift to all of you, with lots of fun game adaptation ideas, a printable Herbal Bingo kit, a Herbal Profile Template that can be used with any herb you are learning about and many other fun things.
Of course, Herbal Roots zine issues are always chock full of games, puzzles, stories, and other activities to make incorporating herbal learning into your everyday learning.
Next week I’ll talk a bit about ways to encourage kids to learn about herbs.
Try out a few of these ideas (or all if you’re feeling ambitious) and let me know how you’re getting started in teaching your kids about herbs on my Facebook page.
Herbal Blessings,
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Giveaway Monday – Summer Breezes Tea Blend from Ninja Chickens

Posted in Uncategorized on July 7th, 2014 by kristine — 18 Comments

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO TAMELA HILL! SHE IS THE WINNER OF THIS GIVEAWAY!***

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This week I am giving away a package of Ninja Chicken’s Summer Breezes Tea Blend. I recently had this lovely tea blend and it is a wonderfully relaxing tea time blend, perfect for relaxing on a hot, summer afternoon or in the evening before bedtime.

Summer Breezes is part of Maria’s Tea of the Month club and comes with its own muslin tea bag.

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About the Tea of the Month club:

A cup of tea is full of so many emotions. Is there any wonder that the ceremony of having tea goes back over 1300 years? There is something very special about the simple act of sipping herbs infused in hot water.

For those who join in on Maria’s Tea of the Month club, at the start of each month receive 2 ounces of her newest blend of herbal teas. Often the blends are coordinated with the seasons. Sometimes she will have the urge to concoct something new and delicious. Either way, you will be enveloped in luscious aromas and flavors when you sip your monthly blend.

The first month’s tea will ship when you place your order and includes information on making herbal teas, infusions, and decoctions. **The three month club will include a large, reusable muslin tea bag to use when steeping your herbs. ** The six month club includes the muslin tea bag and a ceramic spoon/tea bag rest. **The 12 month club also includes a stainless steel decorative infuser with suns, moons, and stars etched along the rim along with the muslin bag and ceramic spoon rest. Each month you will also get to learn a bit about the culinary, medicinal, and traditional uses of some of the herbs that are in your blend.

For more information on joining her Tea of the Month club, head to her etsy shop.

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Maria Muscarella is a Nurse-Herbalist and homeschooling mama who has pursued her passion studying and teaching herbal medicine for over 15 years.  She and her family run a small homestead just outside of Asheville.  Their crafty and herbal creations, as well as her Tea of the Month Club, can be found at www.etsy.com/shop/ninjachickens.

I have known Maria for about 13 years, first through the online community and then getting the good fortune to spend a weekend with her at her home in North Carolina and at the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference back in 2008. I am honored to be able to share some of her fine products this week and in the upcoming months on my weekly giveaways! Maria puts her heart and soul into her herbal remedies.

You can also follow Ninja Chickens on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ninjachickens.

Want a chance to win this awesome package from Ninja Chickens? Leave a comment! For more chances to win, leave a separate  comment every time you do one of the following:

-if you’re a kid, tell me how old you are and what your favorite Herbal Roots zine activities are

-Check out Ninja Chicken’s website and tell me some of your favorite things

-Blog about it (leave reference link)

-Facebook/Tweet about it (leave reference link)

-Sign up for the Herbal Roots zine monthly newsletter (and receive an issue for free!)

-Post some pictures of your July activities using Herbal Roots and  Borage on the Flickr Group Page (Be sure to tell us about it!)

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

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

Sign ups end and I’ll announce the winner on Monday, July 14, 2014. Good luck!

Rules of this giveaway:

-You must follow entry rules for each comment for your comment to qualify. For example, if we ask for you to pin the giveaway and you have, please leave your pinterest name in comments so we can find your pin with the correct hash tags listed.

-If you’ve won a giveaway within the last 3 months, please refrain from signing up for the current giveaway so that everyone can have a chance to win! Winners from the last 3 months giveaways will be automatically removed if they leave comments.

-Contest is open internationally unless otherwise mentioned.

-”Liking” Ninja Chickens and/or Herbal Roots zine on Facebook does not qualify as an entry (due to Facebook’s rules and regulations). We are thrilled if you like us but please don’t mention that in the comments as part of the requirements for signing up for the giveaway.

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 15 – Getting started on the herbal journey with kids

Posted in Uncategorized on July 5th, 2014 by kristine — Be the first to comment!
This week I wanted to answer a question I get all the time: How can I get started in teaching my kids about herbs?
-Learning through doing
If you use herbs in your daily life, chances are your kids are already learning right along side you. Younger children especially will naturally imitate what you do and be very accepting to the use of herbs in their everyday care and health
-Start a notebook of plants you have in your yard
Head outside with a notebook and make a list of each plant you have, starting with the common name and adding the latin name if you know it or later when you can look it up. Have your child(ren) look around and tell you what they see first. Don’t forget the trees! Even if you don’t think a plant has medicinal uses, write it down anyway. You’ll be surprised at the number of plants that are ‘just weeds’ really are medicinal. Remember, all plants have value, some are just yet undiscovered. Be sure to check back weekly to see if anything new has emerged.
- Assemble a home medicine kit to replace your standard first aid kit
Begin by making a list of all the over the counter medications you currently use. Then study your list of plants growing in your back yard and cross reference…ask your child(ren): which medications can be substituted with herbs? As they learn about the herbs that are growing in your yard, they can begin making medicines to replace them with.

You might start with a few simple items such as making a salve to replace the Neosporin and perhaps a tincture of Meadowsweet or Willow Bark to replace the aspirin. As your child(ren)’s knowledge grows, they may wish to make a salve for general wounds, a salve for skin afflictions, a drawing salve and a muscle salve. Likewise, they may add tinctures for various types of headaches: skullcap, wood betony, dandelion, feverfew and so on. The key is to start simply and have them build on that knowledge

-Start an herb garden in your back yard or in containers
Begin with a manageable amount, 10 – 12 is a good start. If you can start them from seed but if that’s not possible, head to your local nursery and let your kids help you pick out some plants. Alternatively, if you are a subscriber to HRz or plan to subscribe, check out what plants we’ll be covering over the next year and grow those to have on hand.
Next week I’ll talk a bit about how to incorporate learning into your daily routine.
Try out a few of these ideas (or all if you’re feeling ambitious) and let me know how you’re getting started in teaching your kids about herbs on my Facebook page.
Herbal Blessings,
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