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Catnip

Catnip

January 06, 2021

Catnip is a must on this farm, and not just to keep our four farm cats happy. Their names are Skeletor, Battlecat, Covergirl and Megababy,  and they’d for sure  revolt if  we were to ever stop growing  this  tasty  mint.  I  love  using  this  herb  for  colds,  flus and  especially  in  children’s  formulas.  I  like  to  add  it  to formulas  for  anxiety,  sleep  issues,  tension  headaches.  PMS and  menstrual  cramps  for  its  medicinal  properties  and  for  its mild  mint  taste.  It  can  also  be  helpful  for  stress  related digestive  issues.  Catnip  is  easy  to  grow  from  seed  and transplants.  I  harvest  the  leaves  and  flowers  throughout  the growing season to dry for teas and  tinctures.

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California Poppy

California Poppy

January 06, 2021

California  poppy  is  a  plant  that  I  swoon  over.  Every  year  I  try to  grow  the  California poppy patch on  the farm  to get  bigger and bigger. I harvest the  entire plant  throughout the  growing season as it flowers and tincture the entire plant fresh. This is a  wonderful herb that I like to use for pain relief, sleep issues and anxiety.

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Burdock

January 06, 2021

Burdock  is  a  weed  that  everyone  should  know  and  love.  I mostly  use  the  roots  and  will  harvest  them  in  the  spring and  fall  to  eat  fresh,  tincture  and  dry  for  tea,  soup  stocks  and syrups.  I  love  using  this  herb  for  clearing  toxins  from  the  gut and  supporting  elimination  and  purifying  the  blood.  I  like  to use  it  for  inflamed  skin  conditions  that  are  hot  and  red,  such  as acne,  rosacea,  rashes,  etc.  Burdock  is  a  pre/probiotic  and  helps support healthy flora in the digestive tract.

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Blue Vervain

Blue Vervain

January 06, 2021

Blue vervain is a great herb  to add to any garden. When we moved  to  the  farm,  I  found  a  couple  of  plants  growing  wild along  the  stream.  I  loved  that  so  much.  I  like  to  use  blue vervain  for  nervous  system  issues  such  as  anxiety,  especially associated  with  PMS  and  menopause  and  it  can  also  be used  for  spasms  and  tics.  As  a  diaphoretic,  it’s  been  used for  relieving  fevers  and  other  flu  symptoms,  such  as  aching muscles.

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Astragalus

Astragalus

January 06, 2021

Astragalus,  part  of  the  pea  family,  is  a  perennial  that  we  grow here  on  the  farm.  We  harvest  the  roots  in  its  third  year  to make  into  tincture  or  dry  for  teas,  soup  stocks,  syrups  and elixirs.  Astragalus  is  a  great  herb  to  use  when  building  back strength  and  vitality.  I  like  to  use  it  as  immune  support to help  prevent  colds  and  flu  and  help  with  allergies.   Astragalus  is  a  rejuvenative  herb  for  when  you  are  depleted and  weak,  helping  restore  vitality  and  energy.  Helps  improve digestion,  nutrient  absorption  and  cardiovascular  function. This  is  a  great  front-line  herb  for  immune  support  and preventive care.

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha

January 06, 2021

Ashwagandha, native to India, grows on our farm in Maine as an annual. I harvest the roots every fall to make into tinctures and dry for teas, soup stocks and powder. Ashwagandha is a wonderful adaptogen that can be used as a daily tonic. It is part of the nightshade family, so if you have allergies you may want to avoid this herb. Otherwise, it’s a wonderfully rejuvenating and nourishing herb that I like to use as a brain tonic and to clear up brain fog and poor memory. It helps induce sleep, relieves anxiety and stress and is great for supporting the reproductive system. Ashwagandha is a great herb for rebuilding vitality and overall strength in the body.

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Calendula

Calendula

January 04, 2021

Calendula  is  such  a  beautiful  little  ray  of  sunshine.  We grow  rows  and  rows  of  this  wonderful  herb  and  harvest  its blossoms  well  into  the  fall.  We  make  it  into  a  fresh  tincture and  dry  it  for  teas,  soup  stock  and  oil.  Externally,  I  like  to use  calendula  on  hot,  irritated  skin  conditions  and  it’s  my  top go-to  herb  for  rashes,  cuts,  abrasions  and  rashes.  I  love adding  this  to  soup  stocks  in  the  wintertime  and  other immune  teas  or  baths.  I  add  it  to  teas  for  soothing  the intestinal  tract  and  gut  and  to  support  digestion  and absorption.  I  regularly  use  this  herb  for  any  congestion related  to  the  lymphatic  system,  such  as  swollen  glands, and  it makes a great mouthwash for gum  inflammation.

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White Pine

White Pine

January 21, 2020

 

It’s no secret. I’m so in love with this tree. My relationship with White Pines started when I was very little and here I am, so many years later, still hiding and climbing its branches. Still running and seeking solace at their base, still burying my face into their bark and needles. This tree has brought me strength and peace throughout my entire life.

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Elder

Elder

November 14, 2019

One of the most highly regarded medicinal plants in Europe and by traditional herbalists, Elder is prized for it’s immune supporting benefits and folkloric magic.

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