The past few days here on the mountain have been crisp and cool. We’re wearing sweaters and thick socks, there’s a fire in the wood stove, the essential oil diffuser is pumping out Spiced Cider (from Plant Therapy’s Winter Synergy Blend set), and we’re eating lots of soup. Speaking of soup — I have a recipe to share with you today for one of our favorite cold-weather soups — Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Noodle Soup. This soup will not only warm you up on chilly days, but it will support your immune system at the same time. My whole family enjoys...Read More
Author: Meagan Visser
I recently came across a question in an herbal forum where someone wanted to know how echinacea versus elderberry compared action-wise for their use during cold and flu season, including which herb should be used for prevention and how much of each herb should be used. I shared my thoughts with them, but I also wanted to come here and share with you — because, well, you’re my people, and I want you to have this information too. Okay, here’s my disclaimer. I’m not sure it’s needed, but here it is anyway. Like all health information on my site, please...Read More
Autumn is the season for colored leaves, warm clothes, and hearty comfort foods. And while those things may bring a sense of rest and relaxation, autumn can be a busy time of year. There are sporting events to attend, holiday preparations to make, shorter days to fit everything into, and for many gardeners, food preservation to keep up with in an effort to stock up before the cold winter months ahead. One way to preserve the herbal bounty of the summer herb garden before the first frost comes is to gather the remaining bits of fresh herbs and make...Read More
At this point in the year, we’re usually knee-deep into the first term of our homeschool schedule, but this year, I decided to take a different approach and switch up our schedule to follow seasonal rhythms and changes. One way we’re doing this during the winter months is by implementing holiday studies. For the past two weeks, the boys and I have been working our way through a Halloween holiday unit study. Today, I thought I’d pop in and share our plans with you in case you are a homeschool parent that would like to do one of these holiday...Read More
Fall is hands down my favorite season of the year. Not only do I enjoy the slowing of life that commonly occurs during this time of the year, but I enjoy the festivities the season brings as well. These festivities, whether they’re holidays, local festivals, or fun family traditions add to the coziness of the fall season. I’m not sure what fall is like in other parts of the world, but here in East Tennessee, fall symbolizes fellowship with friends and family as no other season does. This year, one of my goals has been to settle into my...Read More
It’s October, and that means it’s Growing Up Herbal’s anniversary. It’s 7th anniversary, in fact. I’ll be honest with you, I’ve recently been struggling a bit with this space. There have been so many changes in how people interact online that I often find myself wondering if blogging is dead, at least in the way I do it. I mean, should I just focus on connecting via my letters and social media channels, or do people like coming into my online home where they can read my thoughts and find helpful information that’s archived here? I don’t know. You tell...Read More
If you’ve received any of my past letters, you’ll know I’m big into seasonal living and finding balance in life. One of the reasons is that seasonal living is very doable yet forgiving at the same time. First off, you don’t have to focus on doing it all, all of the time. You really only have to focus on a few things that pertain to the season (whatever that may be in your neck of the woods). Whew! That’s a load off, right? Secondly, your focus is to live as balanced as you can in each season. Balance? Balance...Read More
Making fermented foods a regular part of your diet will support your health in a variety of ways. Not only does it encourage beneficial bacteria in your gut, but it keeps the immune system strong as well. One way I personally add ferments to my diet is through the use of fermented beverages like kombucha and water kefir. I’ve been a longtime kombucha drinker… starting with basic black tea kombucha and then later switching to jun kombucha. Most recently, though, I’ve been enjoying drinking lots of flavorful, fizzy water kefir. Water kefir is a fermented sugar water, and like...Read More
I’m Meagan, a registered nurse turned herbalist, and I want to live life naturally. Follow along as my husband and I and our four sons figure out what natural living looks like for our family. And of course, I’d love for you to join me on this journey, too! There’s nothing better than having a good hiking buddy with a compass!
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