[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 120 – Making Herbal Decoctions with Kids

Teas…infusions….decoctions…what’s the difference between these water based herbal remedies? When should you make one over the other? Does it even matter? In past articles, I’ve written about making herbal teas and making herbal infusions. Today I’m going to tell you all about herbal decoctions. What are decoctions? Herbal decoctions are an herbal preparation that is […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 119 – Making Herbal Glycerites with Kids

Just what is an herbal glycerite and why would you want to use it? Have you ever heard of a glycerite? Have you ever used one? In today’s article, I am going to talk all about glycerites, the pros and cons, and how to make them. What are glycerites? Glycerites are similar to tinctures but […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 118 – Making Herbal Tinctures with Kids

Do you use store purchased tinctures for your family on a regular basis? Or are you curious about using tinctures but the cost of a small one ounce tincture bottle has you balking at purchasing something you are not sure will work for you or your family? Or have you been purchasing them but want […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 117 – Creating a Curriculum with Herbal Roots zine

Many people have loved using Herbal Roots zine for teaching their children about herbs over the years but did you know that you can develop an entire school curriculum around the zine? Today I’m going to show you how! Grab yourself a cup of tea, a notebook and a pen, and get comfortable as this […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 116 – Making Herbal Honeys with Kids

If you have a picky eater who balks at any herbal remedy you attempt to offer them, try making an herbal honey to make the herbs more tempting. As Mary Poppins sang, “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”! Why use honey? Honey is a great medium for herbs! It’s familiar, tastes […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 115 – Making Herbal Cleaners with Kids

As a mom who cares about the health of your child, you probably spend a lot of time making sure your home environment is as healthy as possible. You choose foods with the best ingredients you can find, skincare products that don’t contain any harsh chemicals, and laundry products that don’t add harsh chemicals to […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 114 – Making Herbal Popsicles with Kids

Looking for a cooling treat that’s easy to make and easy on the sugar content? Make some herbal popsicles, it’s easy as 1-2-3. My son loves popsicles and when I showed him how easy it is to make them, he took over the job to make sure he’s always got popsicles on hand. Why make […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 113 – Making Herbal Sodas with Kids

Whew! It’s getting hot out there. Summer is definitely HERE! That means it’s time for some refreshing drinks. And if your kids are like mine, they like SODA! Great news – you can make a healthier version of soda using herbal syrups and seltzer water! It’s really that easy. You’ll still want to offer these […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 112 – Making Herbal Syrups with Kids

Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down….so the popular Mary Poppins’ tune declares. Sweetening herbs is an easy way to make them more palatable for young taste buds. And because we are making the remedy ourself, we can control the type and amount of sweetener we use! Herbal syrups are a great […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 111 – Making Herbal Infusions with Kids

Last week I talked about making and blending herbal teas with kids. This week I’d like to teach you about another water infusion with herbs known simply as herbal infusions. While teas involve a few teaspoons to tablespoons of herbs steeped in water for under 30 minutes, an infusion uses a larger amount of herbs […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 110 – Making Herbal Teas with Kids

One of the cornerstones of herbal medicine is herbal tea. It’s probably something that is familiar to you, perhaps you’ve had a cup of chamomile tea to soothe a stomach ache, or a cup of peppermint tea for nausea, or even a warming, spicy cup of ginger tea for fighting off a cold. Today I’m […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 109 – Candied Mint Leaves

Got mint?! Besides harvesting and drying them for tea, chopping and adding them to salads, and freezing them in ice cubes, candied mint leaves are a great way to use them up! This is a delightful treat to make with your abundance of mint leaves! You can use any kind of mint – Peppermint, Spearmint, […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 108 – Continuing Herbal Studies with Kids through the Summer

Parents are sighing a collective sigh of relief as school concludes for the year. No more sticking to a schedule, dealing with online meetings and Google classroom. No more worrying about getting your kids to finish their assignments and trying to figure out if all the assignments were accounted for. At the same time, you […]