Herbal allies

Tonight I sit sipping on a herbal tea blend of Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), Oat straw (Avena sativa), Nettles (Urtica dioica) and Raspberry leaf (Rubus ideaeus). I look over to see the jars of dried herbs I have managed to harvest before the heavy humidity of summer sets in. The calendula I dry hanging upside […]

Biodynamic Strawberries

My son Soren and I recently went on our annual strawberry picking.  We returned to Whitted Bowers Farm, a biodynamic farm located just north of Durham, NC.  To learn more about this farm please visit: http://www.whittedbowersfarm.com/Site/About_the_Farm.html According to http://www.biodynamics.com/biodynamics.html, “Essentially, biodynamic farming and gardening looks upon the soil and the farm as living organisms. It […]

May…. An Aromatic Feast

The following is for the Blogfest created by Roxana Villa for May Flowers. http://journal.illuminatedperfume.com/2010/04/may-flowers.html I walk outside this evening after a day of heavy much needed rain. The relief the plants and the earth feel is apparent. All that is green seems more at peace, a collective ahhhh! Rain. As I walk all my senses […]

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Ravintsara vs Ravensara: What’s the difference?

I have been asked several times over the past couple of months about the difference between Ravintsara and Ravensara. This is my attempt at understanding the differences, the misinformation and the controversy of these two essential oils. Ravintsara and Ravensara are both obtained from trees belonging in the Lauraceae family. The Lauraceae species are mostly […]

Advent: Blog-a-roma

http://journal.illuminatedperfume.com/2009/11/adventure-ahead.html “Plants mean nothing in isolation; they are a life-form rooted in and identified by their community, by their relationships to and interactions with all other life on Earth”. (Buhner) I have just returned from the Holiday Faire at Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, NC. A grand gathering of artisans, children, parents and teachers […]

‘Tis the season for Golden rod. It is scattered…

Tis the season for Golden rod. It is scattered throughout North Carolina. I was also amazed at its prolific presence in Massachusetts as well. In the heat of the last full month of summer, golden rod (often confused with ragweed) reflects the suns rays and warmth. Golden rods Latin name is: Solidago virgaurea Another species […]

What’s growing in your garden?

By garden I mean anything from the actual garden that you planted on your land to the plants growing up through the cracks in the city (e.g. St. John’s Wort in the sidewalks of Seattle). Your garden includes the natural landscape which you can drive to, walk to, or happen to be in. This spring […]

Taking care of self

I have had a sinus infection for the past month or two. Chronic nasal congestion, post nasal drip, and at times some great yellow/green mucus. Blowing my nose throughout the day, a dry cough, and general annoyance with my breathing. Last week it finally dawned on me that I have not done anything to really […]