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Pickled Magnolia

Pickled Magnolia

Pickled Magnolia Here in the Pacific Northwest, Magnolias are a beautiful flowery reminder that Spring is near.  Few know that magnolias are edible and absolutely wonderful when pickled.  Pickled magnolias have a unique floral/ginger taste and can be added to salads and sandwiches and even used as a ginger substitue with sushi.  Collect the young petals, just a few from each flower.  The younger petals are less bitter.   Recipe1 pound of fresh Magnolia petals1 1/2 cups rice wine vinegar1 cup sugar2 tbsp salt Prepare a large bowl of iced water.  Separate the petals from the flower if not already.  Careful,...

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Herbal Bone Broth

Winter

Herbal Bone Broth

HERBAL BONE BROTH It's officially Winter and stocking up on some flavorful herbal bone broth is essential for getting through healthy and strong.  It warms the body and soul to sip on something so nourishing.  Bone broth is a mineral rich liquid made from simmering bones to extract the nourishment from them.  Benefits include improved gut health, boosted immunity, glowing skin, strengthening of hair and nails and reduced inflammation.  Although there is a little work involved it will be well worth the effort to have this on hand for sipping, adding to soups, chilis, rice ect.  We will be roasting...

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Herbal Holiday Garland

Herbal Holiday Garland

Herbal Holiday Garland

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Wildcrafted Rose Hips + Recipes

Fall

Wildcrafted Rose Hips + Recipes

Wildcrafted Rose Hips     The sweet, medicinal fruit of the Rose.  Harvesting rose hips is such a treat!  The bright colored red fruits are easily harvested and can be used in a variety of recipes.  Harvest rose hips when they are deep red, ripe and soft to the touch.  This is when they are said to be the sweetest.  Rose hips are high in vitamin C.  Rose hip tea has mucilaginous properties that coat and soothe the mucus membranes.  The tea is beneficial as a demulcent for treating a sore throat.  The mucilage coats the digestive tract and soothes the...

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Rosemary Witch Broom

Fall

Rosemary Witch Broom

DIY Rosemary Witch Broom In the spirit of Halloween, I thought it would be fun to make a Rosemary Witch Broom.  This simple and adorable DIY project takes very little time.  You will need: A thick, straight-ish fallen branch   Fresh cut Rosemary Jute twine This is pretty self explanatory, but lay the branch about halfway down on the Rosemary.  Start wrapping with twine tightly around, making sure the rosemary is distributed around the branch evenly.   Get creative with your Witch Broom!  Use driftwood or some lavender instead.  If you hang your broom you can use the herbs for cooking too. ...

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