Heritage Home~Place

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spring Cleaning

The weather is finally making the change to warmer days here in N.W. Missouri.
We have been getting some much needed rain this week after a very dry winter.
It is awesome to see the many emerging plants in my garden and in the wild!
It is wonderful to finally get out into the gardens and till, plant, weed and 
just plain 'dig in the dirt'!
So many wonderful wild and cultivated herbs are re-emerging that are great for
'spring cleaning' the body system.
We are all familiar with the term 'spring cleaning'.  We generally are thinking about deep cleaning the house when we say that term.  It is nice to open windows and let in the fresh air as we do the task of deep cleaning the house as well as clearing out the extra 'clutter' that we no longer want or need. 
Detoxifying our body systems is also a very 'refreshing' and 'healthy' thing to do.  And early spring time is a great time to start that process.  There are so many early 'greens' growing and popping up that are great for the task of detoxification.  A detox usually involves eating lighter meals by choosing foods, herbs and fluids that are known for great nutrition and cleansing properties.  
Here is a great article by Maria Noel Groves about "Spring Detox".

Here are a few early herbs in my yard!

  My all time favorite herb!
Just one cup of super infused tea gives about 500 mg of highly bio-available calcium!  Also high in magnesium, potassium and silica.  It helps to alkalize the body as well.  Nettles are a great source of chlorophyll.  A super nutritious 'weed'!
Click HERE to learn how to cook with Nettles!
Nutritious! Leaf, root and flower are all used.  High in iron, calcium, vitamins and minerals!
A great diuretic.  Most diuretics generally eliminate potassium but dandelion is super rich in potassium.  A great digestion aid.  Dandelion is a great detoxifying herb for the liver and kidneys.
Click HERE for Roasted Dandelion Root Tea Recipe! 
    Can be eaten with your salad!  Mostly used for external remedies for cuts, scrapes, wounds.  Especially those itchy, irritated rashes that comes with eczema or psoriasis.
Click HERE for Chickweed Pesto Recipe!
Click HERE for Chickweed Salve Recipe!
Yes, I'm talking about the plant with the 'burrs'!  An all round great herb!
Burdock root is a good detox support for the Liver.  It is nutritious.  It really helps with skin conditions as well as digestive issues.
Click HERE for a full article about Burdock!

Not only pretty but potent as a remedy for cough, especially for bronchitis and upper respiratory catarrh.  It too helps with skin conditions such as eczema.
Click HERE for more wonderful information about Violets!

The use of Yellow Dock Root as a liver detox that promotes the flow of bile.
It too is a great remedy for skin conditions such as psoriasis.
I grow a lot of this lovely flower...known to most people as Coneflower.
All parts of this plant can be harvested.
It is especially useful for infections of the upper respiratory track, tonsillitis, the common cold and other catarrhal conditions of the nose and sinus.
Click HERE for a full article about the benefits of Echinacea!
ALL of these (and more) early spring 'greens' are great to use for 
toning, nourishing and 'spring cleaning' of the body!

Herbs With Rosalee has some great information about common herbs. 
Follow us on FACEBOOK to learn how to use these and more herbs in your everyday health and wellness journey!  We also offer hands-on educational workshops and classes about all things herbs!
Visit our Workshops/Classes page for times and dates. 


Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Herbal Life: Herbal Basics 2

The Herbal Life
Herbal Basics 2 Class/Workshop
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 6pm
Fee:  $15

We invite you to join us for the second Herbal Basics class/workshop!
This class/workshop will cover several educational topics as well as some hands-on herbal preparations.  The educational hand-outs will be invaluable educational information that you will read and and use in your everyday health and wellness journey.

Topics that we will be discussing include:
How to Harvest and Dry Herbs
Herbal First Aide for Skin Conditions
Hayfever and Allergies
Medical Action of Herbs
Herbal Therapeutics for the Liver
Herbal Preparations:  Herbal Oils, Salves, Ointments

Whew!  That's a list!

We will have Door Gifts for each person attending.
We also do a couple of drawings for some of the herbal preparations that we make during this meeting. 

We always begin the evening with refreshments.
We invite you to bring a refreshment to share.
Food has always been a topic of discussion/learning at all of our past
 My hubby always prepares some super delicious and very healthy food.
Be prepared for yum!

As a part of the evening's learning experience, we always try to do a bit of 'weed-walking' in the yard and gardens.  I grow several culinary and medicinal herbs.  And of course the natural grown 'weeds' are everywhere.  We will harvest what is available in order to learn about the herb through all of our senses.   We can learn a lot about an herb by the various sensory experiences we have with a plant.

Go HERE to sign up.  Or just show up!



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Herbal Basics 1: Review

  Nervine Herbs

Herbal Basics 1:  Nervine Herbs
Ready for our first class/workshop on March 14, 2017.
Early Spring:  Nervine Herbs growing in the garden! 

Here are a few of the ladies who came to the Herbal Basics 1 Class.
We were tasting several herbal nervines that were made into medicinal teas.
As a review, we learned many awesome facts about how to take care of our Nervous System.  We also learned wonderful information about specific herbs that are toning and nourishing to our nervous systemI am always inspired by how 'fearfully and wonderfully' we are made.  Our bodies are amazing!  The world of plants and weeds is also very incredible!
Most of us are not familiar with the world of herbs and how beneficial they are to our body systems. As we continue with our monthly 'Herbal Basics' workshops/classes it will become more clear that the world of weeds/herbs need not be intimidating.  Working with plants and introducing them in beneficial ways to the human body needs to be re-addressed and re-introduced to others.  We have lost this beautiful 'art and science' of herbs in our everyday living.  I want to share my 'love' of herbs with others.  I invite you to join us each month for a hands-on learning experience that will change the way you think about weed/herbs!
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