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April 9, 2014 Calendar Entry

Posted in april, Chicory on April 9th, 2014 by Test Account — Be the first to comment!

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Did you know that Chicory is not only medicinal but nutritional too? Chicory contains Vitamin A (as well as C, E, and K), Folate, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Calcium, Choline, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, and Zinc! To think that most people think he is a common weed. Try some of his leaves for yourself! Turn to page 36 for our Creamed Chicory Greens Soup recipe. In about an hour or so, the soup will be ready. We’re sure you will be ready too for such a hearty taste! Bon appetit!

April 8, 2014 Calendar Entry

Posted in april, Chicory on April 8th, 2014 by Test Account — Be the first to comment!

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Good morning! It is so good to see you at Herbal Roots Zine! What do you think of the giveaway from yesterday? Can you believe that our friends at Attar Herbs and Spices are gifting us with 2 half pound packages of roasted Chicory root to give away to one of our lucky readers? There’s still time to sign up to win, if you haven’t done so already. Kristine will be drawing the winner on March 14, 2014.

For today, open your zine to page 28. At the bottom of the page, you will see a small, rectangular box. What’s inside? It’s “Ode to Chicory”! First, read the poem to yourself then out loud. Pay close to attention to the rhyme scheme. What’s the pattern of the rhyme? When you are ready, recite the poem to a loved one. Can you say it by heart? If you wish, add two more lines to the poem. You can post them below or as a comment on our facebook page. Enjoy!

Giveaway Monday – Chicory Package from Attar Herbs & Spices

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7th, 2014 by kristine — 8 Comments

***Congratulations to: Jakki Dodds and Tracy (& her son Eric) Stringer! They are the winners of last week’s giveaway!***

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This week I am delighted to give away a 2 half pound packages of roasted Chicory root from Attar Herbs & Spices! Roasted Chicory root makes an excellent beverage on its own or can be blended with coffee or other herbs for a delicious liver cleansing decoction any time of the day! We have plenty of recipes in this month’s issue of Herbal Roots zine to get you started with this treat!

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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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You can follow Attar Herbs & Spices on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/attarherbsandspices?ref=hl.

Want a chance to win this awesome package from Attar Herbs & Spices? 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 Attar Herbs & Spices’ website and tell me some of your favorite things

- Follow Attar Herbs & Spices on Pinterest and pin this giveaway with hashtags #attarherbs #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your pinterest ID in comments so we can find you)

-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 February activities using Herbal Roots and  Eucalyptus 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 #attarherbs #giveawaymonday #herbalrootszine (list your twitter name in comments so we can find you)

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

Sign ups end on and I’ll draw the winner on Monday, April 14, 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 6 months, please refrain from signing up for the current giveaway so that everyone can have a chance to win! Winners from the last 6 months giveaways will be automatically removed if they leave comments.

-Contest is open internationally unless otherwise mentioned.

-”Liking” Attar 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.

April 4, 2014 Calendar Entry

Posted in april, Chicory on April 4th, 2014 by Test Account — Be the first to comment!

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We hope that you have found some Chicory flowers! Today, we’re going to be making a Chicory crown! To begin, turn to page 42 for the supply list and directions. Once you get started, the crown will be ready in a few short moments. Where will you wear your crown? Will you be yourself or pretend that you are part of a fairy world? We can’t wait to see pictures of you wearing your crown!

April 3, 2014 Calendar Entry

Posted in april, Chicory on April 3rd, 2014 by Test Account — Be the first to comment!

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Let’s turn to pages 45 and 46. It’s journal time! What is the first sentence that you would write about Chicory? What do you think of his taste? We are looking forward to reading your comments below or on our facebook page!

April 2, 2014 Calendar Entry

Posted in april, Chicory on April 2nd, 2014 by Test Account — Be the first to comment!

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What is Chicory’s botanical name? Turn to the All About Chicory section on page 9 to find out! Then try to make as many words as you can out of the letters. How many words did you write down? Post the words in the comments section below or on our facebook page! Let’s see how many words we can make together!

April 1, 2014 Calendar Entry

Posted in april, Chicory on April 1st, 2014 by Test Account — Be the first to comment!

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Welcome to April! Our herb this month is Chicory. Have you seen him about? Look for plants with blue to purple flowers and leaves with a hairy underside. If you find him and can gather his roots, you will be well on your way to begin making your very own Chicory Extract! The extract is an excellent bitter and is used for digestive issues. People also use it to stimulate bile production and clear the liver.When you are ready, turn to page 29 for the the recipe. Remember to shake the extract daily. After 4 weeks, return to this page for the recommended dosages.

If you are having trouble finding some Chicory roots, head on over to Mountain Rose Herbs. The company has some available at https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/search/search.php?utf8=%E2%9C%93&refine=y&keywords=chicory+roots&commit=Go.

Monday Giveaway – Missouri Herbs Herbal Package

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31st, 2014 by kristine — 37 Comments

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO CRYSTAL A., SHE IS THE WINNER!***

This week’s giveaway is for a herbal care package from my dear friend Jamie Jackson of Missouri Herbs. One lucky winner will get a container of her luscious face cream and a tin of her healing salve. The winner gets to select the scent of face cream and the type of salve.

Face Cream:

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Health food for your face and body. Our creams are made in small batches with Missouri herbal ingredients grown organically on our farm. The beeswax is harvested from an organic Missouri farm on the adjoining property. There are no artificial preservatives, parabens or perfumes. Essential oils are used in scented creams. Shea butter provides a slight natural scent to the unscented batches. Ingredients are non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and were chosen for their skin repairing and moisturizing properties. Tangerine is also good for those prone to acne.

Ingredients: Safflower Oil infused with our organically grown rose hips and Queen Anne’s lace seed, distilled water, shea butter, aloe vera juice, juniper needle hydrosol (not in unscented), hazelnut oil, Missouri organic beeswax, lecithin, lactobacillus ferment, Vitamin E, essential oil (less than 1% in scented creams), and lanolin (less than 1/4%).

Choose from: Tangerine, Lavender, Jasmine or Unscented.

Herbal Salves:

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We infuse herbs organically grown on our farm in safflower oil (except for the Poke Root salve) for 6 weeks and combine with organic, local beeswax.

Pick one of the following salves:

Dry itchy skin salve – helps eczema psoriasis or any dry itchy skin.

1st aid/ plantain salve – the “green band-aid” good for bites (especially chigger), cuts, scrapes, torn cuticles and semi-dry skin. Great for those who work with or wash their hands all day. Nice for dry nostrils too.

Juniper salve – Relieves dry itchy skin cancer patches, perfect for routine breast massage, and nice on chest colds. Juniper naturally contains anti-cancer, anti-tumor properties and is very aromatic.

Poke root/ castor salve – shredded poke root steeped in castor oil for 6 weeks. Helps soften and shrink hard cysts or impacted lymph glands. Not to be used more than 6 weeks at a time.

International entries are welcome but must cover the difference in shipping internationally via paypal.

 About Missouri Herbs:

Medicinal herbs grow in prolific abundance on our farm where we create outdoor spaces based on permaculture growing systems. I began studying health and herbs in 1986 and began studying folk herbalism and making plant medicine full time in 2008. My family and I create plant extracts, infused oils, herbal vinegars, dried teas, and spices from our organically grown herbs. With those plant extracts we make rubs/ salves, face creams and a variety of other things based on the season.

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About Jamie:

As a teenager I experienced a severe health crisis. My mother and grandmother were very interested in using herbs and natural healing methods and that is how I started to learn about using plants as medicine. 

In 1986, I got a job in a local health food store and read everything I could get my hands on.   Since I read most of the books in the store, they asked me to be the store’s book buyer.   Most of the books were geared towards using capsules though. 

In 2000 after another health crisis, I turned to food, herbs, breathing exercises and movement; I am now the healthiest I’ve ever been. I started studying folk herbalism and learning how to make plant medicine full time in 2008.  My husband has been learning about natural building and permaculture even longer.  We hope to teach others what we’ve learned.

 

Want a chance to win this awesome package from Missouri Herbs? Leave a comment with your choices! 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 Missouri Herbs website and tell me some of your favorite things

-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 March activities using Herbal Roots and  Witch Hazel 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 #missouriherbs #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 #missouriherbs #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, April 7, 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 6 months, please refrain from signing up for the current giveaway so that everyone can have a chance to win! Winners from the last 6 months giveaways will be automatically removed if they leave comments.

-Contest is open internationally unless otherwise mentioned.

-”Liking” Missouri 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.

March 28, 2014 Calendar Entry

Posted in march, witch hazel on March 28th, 2014 by Test Account — Be the first to comment!
Photo by Gail Faith Edwards of Blessed Maine Farm http://blessedmaineherbs.com/

Photo by Gail Faith Edwards of Blessed Maine Farm http://blessedmaineherbs.com/

At the beginning of March, we recorded our thoughts about Witch Hazel in the Herb Spirits section. If you will turn to page 8, you will find a second part. Fill out the page, and then look back on page 7.  How have your thoughts changed? How would you describe Witch Hazel’s personality, now. What is her color?

April 2014 – Checking Out Chicory

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27th, 2014 by kristine — Be the first to comment!

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Open in the morning, close at noon, it’s time for lunch, get home soon! Indeed, you can set your watch by Chicory as his flowers fade as soon as the sun is high above in the sky. Also known as blue daisy, blue dandelion, blue sailors, coffeeweed, cornflower and wild endive, this weedy cousin of Dandelion is the subject of this month’s issue of Herbal Roots zine.

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You’ll have fun learning all about Chicory with full 9 pages of recipes, 9 pages of games, lots of fun crafts, and a song to sing and a story to tell.

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What’s new with this issue? We are changing the Calendar page format, allowing the calendar to be useable for any time of the year, breaking down this issue into 4 week blocks. Our biggest issue ever, this issue is over 50 pages long! We love our Chicory around here!

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Checking Out Chicory Table of Contents:

Note to Parents
Supply List
Calendar
Herb Spirit
All About Chicory
Herbal Glossary
Scramble, Search and More: Word Search, Circle the Energetics, Word Scramble, Vitamin & Mineral Soup, How Many Words?
Herbal Botany
Herbal Lore: Chicory Keeps Time
Songs and Poems: Cichorium, Ode to Chicory
Herbal Recipes: Chicory Extract, Chicory Root Syrup, Roasting Chicory Roots, Chicoffee, Chicory Chai, Chicory Poultice, Wilds Foods, Chicory Crowns, Sauteed Chicory Crowns, Chicory Greens, Creamed Chicory Greens Soup, Chicory Flowers, Wild Salad
Coloring Page
Herbal Crafts: Leaf rubbing/drawing of Chicory, Tissue Paper Chicory Flowers, Chicory Flower Crown, Chicory Flower Bouquet
Maze: Find Your Way Through The Chicory Flower
Journal: Write your thoughts, medicine making notes and other information about your month with Chicory
Crossword Puzzle
Resources

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54 pages from Cover to Cover. This month only, $3.99. After April 30, 2014, the price will go up to $7.99.

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