Kitchen Sink Chili

My largest complaint, that my local friends just don’t understand, has always been that it is hard to find a wide variety of fresh foods in Korea. There are many meat options, many options for grains, surprisingly many options for beans, many mystery greens that I still have to explore, but finding a wide variety…

Two Weeks In: Finding the Food

I think you can all agree with me that with the world ending, getting out to find good quality food is a battle in its own. After realizing I had food problems all over again and starting to track what I have been eating to see my patterns, being creative and finding my new food…

The First Steps: Food Journaling

The first step on any health journey is to know clearly where you are in the present moment. You cannot know where you are going with out knowing where you have come from. For me this means journaling. Years ago when I wrote my book on wellness for beginners I never thought I would be…

These Hard Times

I knew before it started but I didn’t know what was coming. I left and fled to safety. That is how I persevere: I remove myself from the problem. While this is not a healthy option it is one of survival. I left the States in the Sumer of 2019. I had every intention of…

Displaying Dry Plants

Once you have pressed your plants and flowers it is a simple job to get them mounted for display. Some of the items you will need to do this are: Water based glue such Elmer’s Acid free paper or cardstock Frames or lamination machine After about a week of pressing your plants they should be…

Preserving Plants for Display

I always see such lovely plants and I want to keep them so I can always see their beauty. One way I can keep some of their beauty around is to reserve them and create lovely art with the plants after I have pressed them.  Pressing plants at home is not too difficult. I grew…

Take a Walking Meditation

So often these days when I go for a walk my focus is on exercise. I have my music to pump me up and keep my step rate high and I get going! But a walk does not always need to be for exercise. While it is a great stress relief tool to exercise, taking…

Preserving and Storing Your Harvest

Once you have your herbs harvested what do you do to keep them fresh and usable year round? Drying Herbs Drying your herbs is the first key step to preserving them to use later. You can choose to make a fresh plant tincture but this does need to be done right after harvesting to prevent…

Your First Harvest

Excellent! You have grown an herb or found one that you have properly identified in the wild. Now it is time to harvest it. There are many things to consider before harvesting an herb. Do you need the herb? If you do not have a use for the herb its simple! DO NOT HARVEST IT!…

When is it Time to Work with a Professional Herbalist?

How long should you be exploring herbs on your own or at the suggestion of friends before you should be heading to work with a professional herbalist? This is a question that a lot of people never even ask themselves because they are unaware that professional herbalists even exist.  For the sake of this article,…

Herbal Product Shelf Life

I always get worried when I am seeing people post about making a tea, decoction, or other herbal infusions and then them using them a week later. AH! If there is just water in there and no preservatives that is bad, bad, bad! Lets talk about the shelf life of different herbal products today and…

Herbal Ghee

A delicious and healthy herbal treat that can be made at home, herbal ghee has its tradition stemming from Ayruveda in India. The benefits to using ghee are numerous. For myself, I find that I do not have the heavy bloating feeling associated with dairy when I have ghee. This plus the delicious taste makes…