Backyard Foraging: How to Identify Perilla Leaves (Plus Recipe!)

I have a weakness for perilla leaves. From the moment I first tasted them, pickled in a delicious Korean-style sauce, I was hooked! And I’m sure you will be too. Perilla is part of the mint family (Lamiaceae), yet the taste of the leaves is like no other. It reminds me of a cross between … Continue Reading

Making Homemade Tinctures: Beginners Guide

Making homemade tinctures when you’ve never done it before can seem understandably overwhelming. “You mean I do what and then what!? With like, alcohol? And what KIND of herbs EXACTLY? But…but…what if I screw up the measurements? What if it doesn’t turn out that great? What if by mixing the wrong kind of ingredients I … Continue Reading

DIY Chocolate Vegan Cough Syrup

When the sickness overtakes your household and your kids are coughing like mad, it’s hard to find your happy place. I’ve come to the conclusion that a house full of ill children has a direct affect on time and it’s ability to slow down to an abnormal measure. Schoolwork takes longer and chores feel like … Continue Reading

5 Herbs to Help You Through the Holidays

The holidays are here ALREADY, which means presents and parties and Ho-Ho-HORRIBLE colds!! I don’t mean to put a damper on things, but that’s the sad truth. One minute you’re taking your kid to the mall to see Santa, and the next, well, you’ve taken your relationship with the toilet to the next level. Because … Continue Reading