Have you ever prepared to make an herbal tincture and found you were out of your favorite variety of 80-proof or 100-proof tincture-making alcohol? Did you drive to the nearest liquor store to purchase your tincture-making alcohol of choice so you could make your tincture as planned? If so, let me save you a trip if you ever find yourself in this situation again. Before you head out the door, you might want to check and see if you have a bottle of high-proof alcohol (the kind you use when making fresh plant tinctures) on hand. If you do,...Read More
Author: Meagan Visser
In my never-ending struggle to live life naturally (and, oh, the struggle is real, y’all), one of the things I’ve given up has been perfumes. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. In fact, it was harder on my husband than it was me. You see, he likes it when I smell good. I mean, come on—what guy doesn’t like nice smelling women? Thankfully, good hygiene and some natural perfumes are enough to keep him happy (meaning… I don’t stink even though I don’t wear perfume). And, as we’re both learning more about the negative effects...Read More
What do deep-cleaning the house, seasonal clothing switches, and flea-bitten pets have in common? They all cause sinus issues for me. It never fails that anytime I decide to deep-clean my house, as in flipping mattresses, washing sheets and curtains, sweeping and dusting from ceiling to floor, etc. that I end up with a runny nose and trouble breathing at night. Same goes when I switch out our clothes twice a year—pulling the coming season’s clothes out of the attic, sorting through to decide what to keep and what to get rid of, and making the switch. The next...Read More
One of my favorite things about living up in the mountains of East Tennessee has to be my wood burning stove. It not only keeps my family warm during the long, cold days of winter, but it brings a sense of peace to my often restless spirit. I’m not sure what it is, but as soon as I smell the scent of burning wood and feel the warmth radiating from the black walls of our stove, I instantly feel calm and secure. This stress reliever would not be possible without my husband. I owe this little pleasure in life...Read More
If you’re new to herbalism or healthy living, chances are you’re looking for some good books to teach you the ins and outs of this lifestyle—books that can teach you how to use herbs during times of health and sickness or books that can teach you how to make your daily life a bit more natural and less toxic. When I first started learning about herbs and healthy living, the internet was my main source of information, but as I continued to learn and grow, I began to find myself purchasing written books from various natural living and herbal experts....Read More
I think it’s safe to assume that everyone, at some point, feels the weight of stress in his or her life. Whether it’s kids, school, work, or some other demand, stress is an expected part of life. Stress is rarely something that can be avoided, and thankfully, it isn’t always a bad thing. Stress can motivate and stretch us. It can push us to achieve more and go further. These changes can be good when they are properly balanced with other things in life. On the other hand, though, the stress that weighs us down and remains long-term can...Read More
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata L.) has a rich history of use here in the West. Not only has it been used by Native American tribes, early European settlers, and African American slaves, but its uses have varied over time, especially as the Eclectic physicians of the 19th and 20th centuries began to use it more and then again as modern scientific research has given additional insight into this plant. Passionflower is a well-known nervine effective for calming and soothing the nervous system, and it has antispasmodic, hypnotic, anodyne, anxiolytic, and sedative actions as well. This gives passionflower a wide variety...Read More
This past spring, I was excited to see a couple yarrow plants growing next to my driveway. I watched them as they grew, budded, and unfurled their creamy white flowers, and as soon as they were full grown, I put them to good use. Back in August, I decided to take some time to quickly tincture the yarrow tops before it was too late and the flowers dried up. Today, I thought that I’d share the steps with you in case you still have some fresh yarrow growing nearby that you’d like to preserve and use in the future....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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