Have you ever wondered how our ancient ancestors kept track of time? I suppose the further back in time you go, people were more focused on survival than keeping track of the minutes. However, as people learned about the world around them and cultures began to form and progress, time became an important concept. My guess is that the concept of time originally began with an awareness that the world around them changed in cycles — seasonal changes, as we know them today. These changes impacted the foods they ate, when and where they lived, and when they woke and slept. I’m sure the following questions were some that early humans would have asked. When is this food available? When will snow come? How long have I been here? Why does that big bright light come and go, and where does it go? Over time, our human ancestors began to notice other patterns happening around them, other than the changing of the seasons, and they used these patterns to map out time as they knew it. One of the patterns that early humans would have used to keep track of time was taking note of the position of astronomical features (stars, planets, moon) through the seasons, which led to the identification of cyclical events that mark certain seasons. The Spring Equinox is one of those events. (You can read...Read More
Author: Meagan Visser
Spring is right around the corner, and I’m so looking forward to the changing of seasons. I love the longer, warmer days spring brings. I breathe deep trying to catch the scent of spring flowers in the air. I challenge myself to keep an eye out for familiar plants as they poke their heads out of the dirt. I enjoy seeing the birds, bees, bugs, butterflies as they become more active as the weeks pass. Perhaps its the sun and warmth calling me, but I can’t wait for the Spring Equinox to get here! Next week, I’ll be sharing...Read More
Today, I’m trying something a little out of the ordinary and giving you a glimpse at my day. I hope you enjoy! 7:00 am – The alarm on one of the boy’s tablets goes off. It’s quite. I barely hear it, but Dean gets up to turn it off, which is his usual weekday routine. He comes back to bed, and we both fall back asleep, fully expecting to sleep in this Saturday. 7:30 am – The bedroom door opens, and I hear a sleepy, “Mama?” as my three-year-old, Ezrah, makes his way to our bed. This is a...Read More
The weather can’t make up its mind here in upper East Tennessee. One week it’s sunny, we’re doing school lessons outside, and we’re driving around with the windows down, and then the next week it’s freezing, snow has covered the ground, and the wood stove is burning non-stop! While we’ve seen some glimpses of early spring here in the mountains, it’s still officially winter so I’m not getting my hope of sun and flowers up too high just yet. (Although, I was out pruning some plants the other day, and I noticed some buds forming on some plants so...Read More
Whether you’re in the car, folding laundry, or hiking in the woods, podcasts are a great way to learn from other experts on a variety of subjects, and herbalism is no exception. Herbal podcasts are an easily accessible source of information on individual herbs, interviews with herbalists of a specific topic, or learning about a subject of interest to an herbalist. I’m over at the Herbal Academy blog, where I’m sharing 8 herbal podcasts that I think many herbalists will want to listen to. These podcasts can help you learn even more about making the most of the plants...Read More
While I love having fresh flowers in my home, when they start to wither and die, I often wonder if the price of purchasing them was worth it. Seeing how Valentine’s Day is today, you may be gifted with a bouquet of roses that cost someone quite a bit of money. Instead of throwing those roses away once they’re wilted, why not put your leftover Valentine’s Day roses to good use? There are many ways leftover Valentine’s Day roses can be used once they begin to wilt. Today, I’m sharing six of these uses with you. By putting your...Read More
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and I’m getting really excited. Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! I love celebrating love with my love. (Too many “loves” in that sentence??) Not only am I thinking about what little something to buy for Dean, what to write in his card, or about the fun we’ll have on our traditional Valentine’s Day date to Cafe Lola in Johnson City, but I also find myself in a creative kind of mood—wanting to make all sorts of lovely herbal body care products. Is it just me, or do you do this...Read More
One of the first herbal books I owned was Back To Eden by Jethro Kloss. It was given to me by a friend who knew I was interested in herbalism and wanted to encourage me to pursue this path. At first, I didn’t realize what a treasure I had been given, but over the years, I’ve come to cherish this book for the wisdom it holds and the inspiration it was to me during those early years as an herbal student. Where herbs are concerned, Back To Eden contains some great examples of what herbalism looked like back in...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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