The “Dog Days” of summer are upon us in the South. The dogs and cats are lazy, the snakes are more prone to bite, the gnats, flies, and mosquitoes are more bothersome than normal, and the poison ivy is thriving. Thankfully, it isn’t all bad. These slow, hot days bring more time for family gatherings, playing in the creek, sitting on the porch swing watching the sun go down behind the mountains, and an abundance of summer herbs to forage. Today, I’m over at the Herbal Academy, sharing 9 of my favorite summer herbs to forage with you. These...Read More
Author: Meagan Visser
What do you do when you end up with a bad case of poison oak in the middle of winter, especially when your go-to poison ivy plant, jewelweed, is no where to be found? I’ve been there, and trust me, it’s no fun. Sure there are other plants and natural products you can use to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation, but in my experience, nothing beats good ole’ jewelweed when it comes to poison oak or ivy. If you don’t want to find yourself in the above situation, then I have just the thing for you. Today, I’m...Read More
Hi, friends! July has come and gone, although a little too quickly for my taste. I’ve been kicked back this summer, trying to take it easier than I normally do. I’ve been sleeping in, doing a lot of reading, and spending lots of time outside in the sun. If you get my Letters To Natural Mamas emails, you’ll already know all that though. Today, I’m back with another “Things I Love” post where I share 5 of my favorite things from this past month with you. Seeing how I missed this post last month (on account of my laziness),...Read More
When I left my job as a registered nurse to stay home with my first baby, I would never have dreamed I’d end up where I am now. In fact, I thought I’d be perfectly content to not have a career and instead to devote myself to caring for my family, but that wasn’t the case. I’m the kind of person that likes being busy. I like challenges. I like having something of my own that pushes me. Now, don’t get me wrong. Being a stay-at-home-mom… keeping my house in order, caring for my family, homeschooling my children, and...Read More
One of the major selling points when we initially considered buying this land and moving up here on the mountain was the driveway… for me at least. I know that a long, gravel driveway up a mountain would be a big turn off to some, but to me, it was perfect. I’ve always loved the driveway a couple from our church has. It too is up a mountain, and it’s so peaceful and beautiful as you slowly travel up it. Not only do you notice the plants growing around you, but you can feel the air get cooler the higher...Read More
Honeysuckle. Nothing signifies summer to me like seeing thousands of honeysuckle blossoms along the creek bank here in the South. Honeysuckle not only smells and tastes great, but it can be used to create herbal remedies that are good for your body, too. Honeysuckle flowers are the most commonly used part of the plant. They are most often used to adorn food or added to beverages, but they can also be used in a variety of herbal preparations. Today, I’d like to talk to you about one honeysuckle preparation in particular—homemade honeysuckle syrup! Not only am I going to...Read More
I’ve never really been what you’d call a “bookworm.” Sure, growing up, I read and enjoyed books, but I really only read most of them because I had to. My first introduction to reading really good books came in high school in my AP English class (these are high school classes you can take that give you college credits) when we had to read books like Madam Bovary, Beowolf, The Canterbury Tales, The Great Gatsby, etc.. I enjoyed reading all of these books, and although I didn’t make reading a daily habit, I definitely wanted to read more books...Read More
There’s no doubt that Dean’s mom, who is lovingly known as “Mum-mum” in our family, loves her grandkids… all 18 (almost 19) of them. Every now and again, she plans big family outings where she takes all the kids (and sometimes us parents) along for some fun. This past week, she took everyone to Bright’s Zoo in Limestone, TN. Bright’s Zoo is a small, private owned zoo here in East Tennessee. It used to be a race horse farm, but over the years, it’s slowly turned into a zoo. The owner’s wife met us at the gate to go...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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