March 21, 2014 Calendar Entry

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Photo by Gail Faith Edwards of Blessed Maine Farm

Photo by Gail Faith Edwards of Blessed Maine Farm

For those of you who are suffering from chicken pox blisters, poison ivy and oak rashes, varicose veins, bruises, bumps, insect bites, hemorrhoids, and inflammation, help is not too far away. Today, we are sharing a recipe that you can use for instant relief. If you will turn to page 27, you will find an ingredient list and directions for a Witch Hazel Cooling Spray. The spray will be ready to use in minutes! Get ready for your “ahh” moment!

March 20, 2014 Calendar Entry

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Photo by Kristine Brown

Photo by Kristine Brown

Let’s turn to the resource section starting on page 41 for lists of books, games, and internet sites pertaining to Witch Hazel. Then, go listen to Flora Delaterre speak about her. You’ll find the link on page 42. What did you find out about Witch Hazel that you did not already know?



March 19, 2014 Calendar Entry

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Photo by Gail Faith Edwards of Blessed Maine Farm

Photo by Gail Faith Edwards of Blessed Maine Farm

We hope that you have been enjoying Herbal Roots Zine’s activities this month! We have made a Witch Hazel Extract and a Witch Hazel Distillate. We have crafted Witch Hazel Fairies. We have read about how Witch Hazel finally began to appreciate her gifts. In the Botany section, we studied her parts. Yesterday, we sang her song, “Witch Hazel”. We hope that you have had a chance to review with the crossword puzzle. In the next few days, we will be mixing up some Witch Hazel cooling spray and a decoction. If you are just finding out about this month’s zine or Herbal Roots, there is still time to join us.

We can’t wait to see your photos of your explorations at!

March 18, 2014 Calendar Entry

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Photo by Holly Torgerson of Yuba Botanicals

Photo by Holly Torgerson of Yuba Botanicals

Let’s sing “Witch Hazel,” a song written by Kristine especially for you! We hope that you enjoy singing it with your friends! Head on over to our website for a free mp3 of this song. Below, you will find the first two lines. If you would like to add any lines, please do so in the comments section on this blog or on our facebook page.

Witch Hazel, Witch Hazels soothes the sting from the sun and insects with wing.

Witch Hazel, Witch Hazel heals the rash from chicken pox and ivy fast.

Giveaway Monday – Witch Hazel Mug from Mulberry Mudd

Posted in Uncategorized on March 17th, 2014 by kristine — 72 Comments



This week I am delighted to give away a Witch Hazel mug from Mulberry Mudd. This one of a kind handmade ceramic mug features Witch Hazel in her blooming glory and is perfect for serving up your favorite cup of herbal tea or steaming cup of nourishing bone broth.


This beautiful mug is hand etched and glazed and has a comfortable handle for holding.


About Rebekah:


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 Witch Hazel mug, leave a comment below. For more chances to win, you can leave a separate comment each time you advertise this giveaway by:

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Sign ups end and I’ll announce the winner on Monday, March 24, 2014. Good luck!

March 14, 2014 Calendar Entry

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It’s time to review what you have learned about Witch Hazel.  Let’s turn to page 39 to begin the crossword puzzle. What words, if any, have you stumped? What is your favorite word?

March 13, 2014 Calendar Entry

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Open your journals. If you would like to use the journal space provided in this month’s issue, turn to page 37? What have you learned about Witch Hazel? What has been your favorite activity so far? Is there anything that you would like to know more about? Tell us!

March 12, 2014 Calendar Entry

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We hope that you liked reading Witch Hazel’s story. For today, let’s roll up our sleeves and make some Witch Hazel Distillate. So, what do we do with the distillate, once it is made you may ask? A distillate is used externally for many different purposes as a cleanser and/or a toner. If you have sore muscles, inflammations, varicose veins, bruises, bumps, psoriasis, or other skin issues such as chicken pox, then Witch Hazel Distillate is for you! For the recipe, turn to page 25. It will last for about 6 months. Enjoy crafting a bottle for yourself or a loved one!

March 11, 2014 Calendar Entry

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Have you ever compared yourself to someone else? Have you ever thought that someone’s gifts were better than your own? How did that make you feel inside? Turn to page 21 in your zine to begin reading about how, many years ago, Witch Hazel struggled to appreciate her beauty and abilities. Does she ever find happiness within herself? What about you? What are your special gifts?

Giveaway Monday: Blessed Maine Herbs Witch Hazel Set

Posted in Uncategorized on March 10th, 2014 by kristine — 29 Comments


This week’s giveaway is for a 4 oz. bottle of Soothing Astringent Rose Lotion and a  1 oz. bottle of Witch Hazel extract made by Gail Faith Edwards of Blessed Maine Herbs. Gail and her family make each batch of extract by hand from all organic ingredients.



The Soothing Astringent Rose lotion is made with  certified organic rose water, witch hazel and aloe vera.

Rose Water concentrates the healing essence of the rose petals and is delicately aromatic. Wonderfully hydrating to the skin, rose water helps replace moisture lost to sun and wind. Astringent, rose water is traditionally used as a skin toner after washing to help tighten pores.

The extract is lovingly made with dried Witch Hazel twigs and organic grape alcohol. From her website:

Our certified organic extracts, also known as tinctures, are concentrated herbal extractions made by traditional methods right here on our farm using only certified organic herbs in a base of certified organic neutral spirits.

Our herbal extracts are whole plant medicines of the highest quality and in most cases are made within minutes of harvesting. They are especially safe, fast acting, effective and good tasting.The alcohol we use as our menstruum meets USP (United States Pharmacopoeia) standards for pharmaceutical grade alcohol. It is guaranteed 100% free of genetic modification.Additionally many people who are gluten sensitive react negatively to tinctures made with grain alcohol. Our menstruum is made from distilled sugar cane (naturally gluten free) or grapes, so those who avoid grains/gluten may use our herbal extracts with complete assurance of their safety.

We feel confident that you will find our artisinal herbal extracts far superior and better tasting to any you have previously used.

Unless noted, all herbs and flowers used are freshly gathered, and without e

xception all are MOFGA/USDA Certified Organic. The great majority of the herbs used in our extracts have been grown here on our farm or wild gathered from our well managed wild stands and processed immediately in our Certified Organic Processing Facility, otherwise known as the Herb House.

Herbal Extracts are easy to use, travel with you anywhere, are both safe and effective and gentle enough for children in smaller doses. A typical dose for an adult is 5 – 30 drops in a little bit of water, tea or juice. Children generally get half of that. Dosages differ depending on what herb you are taking, and dosage instructions are on each label.

About Gail:
Gail Faith Edwards, is an internationally recognized Community Herbalist with more than thirty years experience. She currently has correspondence course students in many countries around the world. She is the author of three books on herbal medicine and has offered herbal education programs for the past 18 years. Some of the places Gail has taught include the Sambhavana Clinic, Bhopal, India; The Gardens of Monte San Giacomo, Italy; Giardino della Minerva, Salerno, Italy; private home in Gdansk, Poland; Yale School of Nursing; University of Maine and College of the Atlantic. She has taught herbal medicine classes at Common Ground Country Fair each year for the past twenty four years, and also teaches at local elementary and high schools, conferences, nursing homes, garden clubs and to privately arranged groups.Gail has personally trained hundreds of students and apprentices, many of whom have gone on to serve as community herbalists, health education teachers, herb gardeners, holistic healers, herb-wise mothers, and successful herbal business owners.
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Sign ups end and I’ll draw the winner on Monday, March 17, 2014. Thanks for entering and good luck!