Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wildcraft Sale for the Herbal "Kids" on your Christmas List


LearningHerbs.com is offering a HUGE sale on Wildcraft ~ An Herbal Adventure Game plus lots of bonuses including the new "Herbs for Children During Cold and Flu Season" video course and so much more!

We have enjoyed playing Wildcraft as well as the colorful artwork, herbal identification cards and remedy information that everyone who enjoys the outdoors should know. 
Teach your family about herbal remedies while reinforcing this knowledge with pictures, stories, interaction and the best teacher of all...FUN!

Wildcraft Board Game

  Click on the banner above to see what this game is all about and take advantage of these wonderful resources at a great price.

But don't wait too long because the sale ends @ midnight on Friday!


Much herbal love,
 

Wildcrafting Wednesday ~ 18th edition

We're well into the Christmas season and it's nice to be able to connect with like minded folks for ideas and recipes that we can use to make our lives healthier and more sustainable.  As always, I love reading what's going on in your herbal kitchen and homestead whether that's in the country or on the window sill of your apartment. It's that time again!  Please join us!

Together with
Kathy @ Mind, Body and Soul and
Laurie @ Common Sense Homesteading
we're hosting the 18th edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday ~ while traditional wildcrafting refers to gathering herbs and plants in the wild to use for food and medicine, this is a Blog Hop for gathering your favorite old time, traditional herbal posts and home remedies. It’s a place to gather information on ways to incorporate herbs and old fashioned wisdom in our day-to-day life. It is anything and everything herbal – from crafts to cleaning to tinctures to cooking – it is remedies and natural cures made at home from natural ingredients – it is self-sufficient living and back-to-basics tips to save food, money, and resources – if it involves herbs or traditional methods of homemaking and home healing then we want to read about it!

In other words, this is a “one stop shop” for the past weeks best tips on how to use herbs and simple steps you can take at home to be more healthy and become more self-reliant!
Please join us!

Guidelines for Participation:

1. Please link up your blog post using the Linky widget below. If you are posting a recipe, only real food recipes are permitted please. This means no processed food ingredients!

2. Please link the URL of your actual blog post and not your blogs home page. That allows future readers who find this week's link-up to go directly to the post they want to read.

3. Please place a link back to this post. That way your readers can benefit from all the other ideas too. This also helps out the other participants who are hoping to get more traffic to their blogs. If you’re new to blogging here’s what you do: Copy the URL of Wildcrafting Wednesday from your browser address bar. Then edit your post by adding something like, “This post was shared on Wildcrafting Wednesday at The Woodwife's Journal” at the end of your post. Then highlight “Wildcrafting Wednesday at The Woodwife's Journal”, click the “link” button on your blogging tool bar, and paste the URL into that line. That’s it!

4. Please only link posts that fit the carnival description. Old and archived posts are welcome as long as you post a link back as described above. Please don’t link to giveaways or promotions for affiliates or sponsors. That keeps our links valuable in the future since a link to a giveaway three months old isn’t going to be worth browsing in three months time, but a link to an herbal tip will be.

5. Please leave a comment.  When you link up, I don't get a notification so to help me out by leaving a comment below so I don't miss your post. Thank you!

6. Don’t have a blog? We still want to hear from you! Please leave your herbal tip, recipe, or home remedy in the comments.

7. And bloggers, please check out the other posts and leave a comment for them too. I know that we would all love to hear from each other.


Much herbal love,
 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wildcrafting Wednesday ~ 17th edition

Together with
Kathy @ Mind, Body and Soul and
Laurie @ Common Sense Homesteading
we're hosting the 17th edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday ~ while traditional wildcrafting refers to gathering herbs and plants in the wild to use for food and medicine, this is a Blog Hop for gathering your favorite old time, traditional herbal posts and home remedies. It’s a place to gather information on ways to incorporate herbs and old fashioned wisdom in our day-to-day life. It is anything and everything herbal – from crafts to cleaning to tinctures to cooking – it is remedies and natural cures made at home from natural ingredients – it is self-sufficient living and back-to-basics tips to save food, money, and resources – if it involves herbs or traditional methods of homemaking and home healing then we want to read about it!

In other words, this is a “one stop shop” for the past weeks best tips on how to use herbs and simple steps you can take at home to be more healthy and become more self-reliant!
Please join us!

Guidelines for Participation:

1. Please link up your blog post using the Linky widget below. If you are posting a recipe, only real food recipes are permitted please. This means no processed food ingredients!

2. Please link the URL of your actual blog post and not your blogs home page. That allows future readers who find this week's link-up to go directly to the post they want to read.

3. Please place a link back to this post. That way your readers can benefit from all the ideas too. This also helps out the other participants who are hoping to get more traffic to their blogs. If you’re new to blogging here’s what you do: Copy the URL of Wildcrafting Wednesday from your browser address bar. Then edit your post by adding something like, “This post was shared on Wildcrafting Wednesday at The Woodwife's Journal” at the end of your post. Then highlight “Wildcrafting Wednesday at The Woodwife's Journal”, click the “link” button on your blogging tool bar, and paste the URL into that line. That’s it!

4. Please only link posts that fit the carnival description. Old and archived posts are welcome as long as you post a link back as described above. Please don’t link to giveaways or promotions for affiliates or sponsors. That keeps our links valuable in the future since a link to a giveaway three months old isn’t going to be worth browsing in three months time, but a link to an herbal tip will be.

5. Please leave a comment.  When you link up, I don't get a notification so to help me out so I don't miss your post, leave a comment below.

6. Don’t have a blog? We still want to hear from you! Please leave your herbal tip, recipe, or home remedy in the comments.

7. And bloggers, please check out the other posts and leave a comment for them too. I know that we would all love to hear from each other.

Much herbal love,


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wildcrafting Wednesday

Together with
Kathy @ Mind, Body and Soul and
Laurie @ Common Sense Homesteading
we're hosting the 16th edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday ~ while traditional wildcrafting refers to gathering herbs and plants in the wild to use for food and medicine, this is a Blog Hop for gathering your favorite old time, traditional herbal posts and home remedies. It’s a place to gather information on ways to incorporate herbs and old fashioned wisdom in our day-to-day life. It is anything and everything herbal – from crafts to cleaning to tinctures to cooking – it is remedies and natural cures made at home from natural ingredients – it is self-sufficient living and back-to-basics tips to save food, money, and resources – if it involves herbs or traditional methods of homemaking and home healing then we want to read about it!

In other words, this is a “one stop shop” for the past weeks best tips on how to use herbs and simple steps you can take at home to be more healthy and become more self-reliant!
Please join us!

Guidelines for Participation:

1. Please link up your blog post using the Linky widget below. If you are posting a recipe, only real food recipes are permitted please. This means no processed food ingredients!

2. Please link the URL of your actual blog post and not your blogs home page. That allows future readers who find this week's link-up to go directly to the post they want to read.

3. Please place a link back to this post. That way your readers can benefit from all the ideas too. This also helps out the other participants who are hoping to get more traffic to their blogs. If you’re new to blogging here’s what you do: Copy the URL of Wildcrafting Wednesday from your browser address bar. Then edit your post by adding something like, “This post was shared on Wildcrafting Wednesday at The Woodwife's Journal” at the end of your post. Then highlight “Wildcrafting Wednesday at The Woodwife's Journal”, click the “link” button on your blogging tool bar, and paste the URL into that line. That’s it!

4. Please only link posts that fit the carnival description. Old and archived posts are welcome as long as you post a link back as described above. Please don’t link to giveaways or promotions for affiliates or sponsors. That keeps our links valuable in the future since a link to a giveaway three months old isn’t going to be worth browsing in three months time, but a link to an herbal tip will be.

5. Please leave a comment.  When you link up, I don't get a notification so to help me out so I don't miss your post, leave a comment below.

6. Don’t have a blog? We still want to hear from you! Please leave your herbal tip, recipe, or home remedy in the comments.

7. And bloggers, please check out the other posts and leave a comment for them too. I know that we would all love to hear from each other.

Much herbal love,
 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Herbal Medicine Chest ~ Herbal Cough Syrup

We've had a few hard frosts here but my horehound is still beautiful!  In prep for winter colds, I've made a cough syrup with horehound, sage and a bit of mint.

1 oz. fresh horehound
1/2 oz. dried sage  (use 1 oz if fresh)
1/2 oz. fresh mint
add 4 cups water and simmer gently until reduced by half.

Strain and cool a bit. 
Next add equal parts raw local honey to each part of warm infusion.  You can reduce the amount of honey if you feel it is too sweet.  The thicker syrup also adds more soothing and coating benefits.  Can be added to tea if you prefer

If you'd like to flavor the syrup you can add a bit of fruit concentrate, or brandy to help preserve it.
Bottle and store in a cool dark place.

Adult dosage:  1/2 tsp every two hours as needed.
Children: Based on body weight, use half adult dose for older children and 1/4 adult dose for small children.
              ** Remember that this syrup contains raw honey and should NOT be given to infants!

Learn more about :
Herbal Syrups, Honeys, Vinegars and Wines
         
Herbal Teas, Infusions and Decoctions

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Much herbal love,
 

Wildcrafting Wednesday...on Friday.

My youngest daughter will be spending the next week with a wonderful family on their farm.  She'll be helping and learning about all kinds of things as she blends with the hosts and the long term interns already on site.  With all the prep for her trip, I didn't get a chance to post on Wednesday so here I am, a little late, with Wildcrafting Wednesday.

Together with
Kathy @ Mind, Body and Soul and
Laurie @ Common Sense Homesteading
we're hosting the 15th edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday ~ while traditional wildcrafting refers to gathering herbs and plants in the wild to use for food and medicine, this is a Blog Hop for gathering your favorite old time, traditional herbal posts and home remedies. It’s a place to gather information on ways to incorporate herbs and old fashioned wisdom in our day-to-day life. It is anything and everything herbal – from crafts to cleaning to tinctures to cooking – it is remedies and natural cures made at home from natural ingredients – it is self-sufficient living and back-to-basics tips to save food, money, and resources – if it involves herbs or traditional methods of homemaking and home healing then we want to read about it!

In other words, this is a “one stop shop” for the past weeks best tips on how to use herbs and simple steps you can take at home to be more healthy and become more self-reliant!
Please join us!

Today I'm linking up to the Herbal Cough Syrup I made yesterday.

Guidelines for Participation:

1. Please link up your blog post using the Linky widget below. If you are posting a recipe, only real food recipes are permitted please. This means no processed food ingredients!

2. Please link the URL of your actual blog post and not your blogs home page. That allows future readers who find this post and go to your link to be able to find what they’re looking for.

3. Please place a link back to this post. That way your readers can benefit from all the ideas too. This also helps out the other participants who are hoping to get more traffic to their blogs. If you’re new to blogging here’s what you do: Copy the URL of Wildcrafting Wednesday from your browser address bar. Then edit your post by adding something like, “This post was shared on Wildcrafting Wednesday at The Woodwife's Journal” at the end of your post. Then highlight “Wildcrafting Wednesday at The Woodwife's Journal”, click the “link” button on your blogging tool bar, and paste the URL into that line. That’s it!

4. Please only link posts that fit the carnival description. Old and archived posts are welcome as long as you post a link back as described above. Please don’t link to giveaways or promotions for affiliates or sponsors. That keeps our links valuable in the future since a link to a giveaway three months old isn’t going to be worth browsing in three months time, but a link to an herbal tip will be.

5. Please leave a comment.  When you link up, I don't get a notification so to help me out so I don't miss your post, comment below.

6. Don’t have a blog? We still want to hear from you! Please leave your herbal tip, recipe, or home remedy in the comments.

7. And bloggers, please check out the other posts and leave a comment for them too. I know that we would all love to hear from each other.

Much herbal love,
 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Gingerbread Tour 2011

If you'll be in our neck of the woods this weekend, don't miss the annual Gingerbread Tour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The route runs from Brookville to Cooksburg featuring over a dozen shops.  Visit local artisans, antiques shops and craftsmen as they showcase their wares on this tour through the Magic Forest!  Kick off your holiday shopping in style this weekend.  Visit one or visit them all!  But don't miss my favorite stop @ Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living for herb plants, teas, soaps, oils, salves, class opportunities and more!  Serving a healthy luncheon this Saturday.

Much herbal love,
 
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