Using Herbs

Using Herbs: Wildcrafting And Preserving Herbs

January 21, 2015

Wildcrafting & Preserving Herbs | | Learn how to forage and preserve your own herbs from the wild.

Wildcrafting is the process in which one forages for plants or food.

When I first started learning about herbs, I knew nothing of harvesting my own plants… except for plantain that is. I mostly ordered herbs online or bought them from my local health food store.

It wasn’t until I met a couple people that lived in my area who took me on some plant walks that I began to love wildcrafting. I had no idea that so many medicinal plants grew in my area and that I could actually learn to go out, see them, correctly harvest them, and then put their medicine into action.

Honestly I think my experiences wildcrafting really helped to awaken the herbalist in me. Since then I’ve began to wildcraft herbs on a regular basis. I’m still learning… still growing… still harvesting… and having tons of fun as I go.

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Using Herbs

Herbal Education At The Academy: The Beginning

January 16, 2015

Herbal Education At The Academy: The Beginning | Growing Up Herbal | Come follow along and get a glimpse of what an herbal education is like with HANE!

Today I’m over on the Bulk Herb Store blog (one of my many “day jobs”) sharing about my decision to further my herbal education at the Herbal Academy of New England (HANE).

Many people ask me about herbal school. Maybe they want to know why I chose to mingle my self-taught herbalism with some more formal education, maybe they want to learn more about using herbs but don’t know where to start, or maybe they didn’t know there was such a thing as herbal schools which makes them curious to know what they’re about.

There are a lot of different herbal schools out there… great herbal schools BTW… but I wanted to share more about my time with HANE and what I’m learning there.

Each month on the Bulk Herb Store blog I’ll be sharing some info that I’ve learned that month as well as a recipe and a time of answering your questions about what I’m learning or the school in general. I want you to get my perspective on what this school is like so you know if it’s the perfect fit for you or not.

Come on over and check my post out. I’m sharing the many reasons why I chose to go to school at HANE!

Using Herbs

Using Herbs: How To Grow Your Own Herbs

January 14, 2015

How To Grow Your Own Herbs | Growing Up Herbal | Learn to grow herbs in your own herb garden!

Learning to grow your own herbs is so much fun, but it can also be a challenge! Not only does it allow you to have access to fresh herbs whenever you need them, but you can control the growing environment, harvesting, and storage of your herbs in order to have the highest quality herbs possible. Unfortunately, growing herbs isn’t for everyone.

Now I’m not an expert when it comes to growing herbs. In fact, I’ve just started growing my own, but I will say, I’m learning a lot! The reason I’ve started to grow my own herbs is because I want to be a bit more self-sufficient. I’m not an end-of-the-world, dooms day, apocalyptic prepper kind of person. I simply want to have access to herbs if I can’t get them online or in a local store as easily.

Today I want to give you some basics of growing herbs at home. Things you need to know, some how tos, and where to find great seeds!

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Using Herbs: How To Source Quality Herbs

January 7, 2015

How To Source Quality Herbs | |Learn how to chose the best herbs for what you need.

So you’ve decided that you want to use herbs on your family, but you have no idea where to find good quality herbs? Should they be organic or does that matter? Should they be fresh or dried? What else do you need to look for when buying them?

Below I’ll be attempting to answer the above questions so that you can walk away with a good idea of how to source quality herbs to use in your homemade herbal preparations. Keep in mind that I’m referring to purchasing herbs online or in a store only. I’ll be talking about growing your own herbs and wild-crafting herbs in upcoming posts.

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January Book Club Selection: Real Food Nutrition For Kids

January 2, 2015

January Book Club Selection: Real Food Nutrition For Kids | | Do you struggle with getting your kids on board when it comes to healthy eating? If so, then this book may be the answer to your problem!
So to start 2015 off in style, I’m announcing a new feature here on Growing Up Herbal this year… a monthly book club, and it’s starting right NOW!

Now I know what you might be thinking. “I’m so busy! I can’t possible read a book on top of everything else I have going on!”

Mama, I totally hear you, but the thing is… if you wanna learn how to live the healthy life and raise those babies naturally, you’re gonna have to read and learn the info before you can put it into practice. Reading books, although I will admit isn’t as often as I’d like around here, is one of the best ways to gather focused information about a certain topic and really delve deep into learning it.

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