Herbs for Depression and Anxiety

No one is immune to depression, but that fact doesn’t help if you don’t know how to deal with it or move forward. Because depression (and anxiety) is like playing the freeze game, except in this version, you’re on both ends standing still. And defrosting into “normal” isn’t always easy. Trust me, I’ve had more … Continue Reading

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