I’m ready to do something fun… something different from the normal. You see, I get bored easily, and I like to challenge myself to new things a lot. Plus, I wanna interact with you a bit more. Wouldn’t it be nice to do something a bit different than simply reading a blog post and then going on your way? I think so.
Enter… a monthly herb challenge.
I’ve recently been thinking about this blog and my business in general, trying to see what direction I want to go in, and this is something that I thought would be fun to try out. An experiment of sorts.
I’ve always said that this place, GrowingUpHerbal.com, isn’t just about me. It’s about you… it’s about natural mamas and their desire to raise their children in a healthier manner… it’s about building a community. In a community, everyone works together to grow the community and help it succeed. This Herbal Challenge is a way to do that.
Let me tell you about it.
About The Herb Challenge
During the month of June, I’ll be focusing on one single herb that can be used with adults and children alike in order to keep things simple. Each Wednesday, I’ll be posting a weekly challenge about that herb that will help you grow and further your herbal knowledge a bit.
This challenge will hopefully stimulate different types of learners. For you verbal learners, I’ll be covering a good bit of written information. For you visual learners, I’ll be using lots of photos. For you physical learners, there will be hands-on, DIY projects each week. If you’re a social learner and you like to work with other people, grab your kids or a friend and work through the challenges with them.
How It Will Work
When I was thinking about how I wanted this challenge to go, I knew I wanted it to be interactive, but I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about doing that. So here’s what I’ve come up with.
Each week you’ll need to read over the post information and take part in the weekly project. Once your project is completed, take a photo of your project and share it on your Facebook or Twitter accounts. Be sure to tag @GrowingUpHerbal and use hashtag #GUHjuneherbchallenge so I can see them. It would also be nice for you to share something about the challenge in your update or in the comments. You know, what you learned, what your photo is of, what you’re thinking of the challenge so far… just anything. Your friends and family will be interested in what you’ve just made!
At the end of each week, I’ll search for the tags and look over all the photos and updates, making note of who participated. At then end of the challenge, I’ll choose one challenge winner to win the nice herbal giveaway below. The winner will be announced right here on the blog, so if you’re participating, be sure you pay attention to see if you win!
What am I looking for in a winner? Well for one, that you participated in all the projects. Two, creativity counts… pretty pictures go a long way. Three, your updates and conversations surrounding the challenges… with me and on Facebook or Twitter. Be sure to use the tags above!! Basically, I’m looking for participation and engagement from you. Remember how I said this was an interactive challenge?
What You Can Win By Participating
The winner of the June herb challenge will win an Herbal Facial Kit from Mountain Rose Herbs valued at $29. It includes the following: Herbal Steam – Open pores with skin nourishing plant oils. Cleansing Grains – Gently exfoliate dead skin and clear pores. Green Clay Mask – Absorb toxins, stimulate circulation, and deep clean pores. Wild Rose Facial Oil – Moisturize, protect, and balance your skin. Rosewater Toner – Invigorating astringent to tighten pores and seal in moisture. I wanted to pick a little something nice for you mama… you do so much to care for your sweet little ones, and you deserve something that will help you refresh and rest from those long hard days of mothering!
THIS CHALLENGE IS OVER AND A WINNER HAS ALREADY BEEN CHOSEN! HOWEVER, YOU CAN STILL GO THROUGH THE CHALLENGE IF YOU’D LIKE!
What You’ll Need
Okay, so if you wanna participate in June’s herb challenge, listen up.
We’ll be focusing on the herb Calendula because it’s a great herb to have on hand and it can be used in so many ways for children and adults. Below is a list of all the things you’ll need for the next four weeks projects. Rest assured, these are basic, minimal projects. Calendula can be used for so many things as you’ll see once we get into the challenge, but I’m keeping your projects simple. You can always go above and beyond and move further with this herb. I’ll be including additional resources and recipes each week if this is something you’re up for.
The first thing you need to do is to make sure you’re signed up to receive my weekly Letters To Natural Mama emails in order to stay up-to-date on info about the challenge.
Next, you’ll need supplies. Below are what you’ll need for this herb challenge. Be sure to order them as soon as you can so you’re ready when June rolls around. Below are the minimal amounts needed for the projects. You can always order larger quantities if you prefer.
- dried organic calendula flowers (get it here)
- organic sweet almond oil (get it here)
- organic calendula hydrosol (get it here)
- small bottle of liquor (vodka – 80 proof – cheap/brandy – tastes better)
- glass jars: preparation – small mason jars, storage – colored glass jars are ideal (4 oz. screw cap and 4 oz. dropper)
You will only need small amounts of each of the above supplies, but depending upon where you order from, amounts will vary. Don’t worry, you’ll always be able to use any extras! You can also find your supplies on Amazon and possibly at your local natural health stores if the above places are out of stock.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or email me at meagan (at) growingupherbal (dot) com. Just put “June Herb Challenge” in the subject line.
See you in two weeks!
Are you participating in this herb challenge? If so, what is one thing you’re hoping to learn?
Access June Herb Challenge Posts Here
- Intro – you are here now
- Week 1 – Calendula Infused Oil
- Week 2 – Calendula Tincture
- Week 3 – Calendula Poultice & Infusion
- Week 4 – Calendula Hydrosol
- Bonus – Growing Calendula