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Plant Profile: St. John's Wort

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Today for the Foraging Journal , we are going to explore the plant profile of St. John's Wort. St. John's Wort or Hypericum perforatum is a yellow 5-petaled flower with powerful antioxidants and healing properties. I've bolded the sections which are in my Foraging Journal and I'm going to guide you through how I would fill out those pages. I would suggest writing what is pertinent to you, don't write word for word. This helps your brain remember the information better. Read other sources - A Forager's Library has a list of great foraging resource books.  Before we begin, this post is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. Please do your own research thoroughly and take into consideration your own health. Don't eat or use something if you don't know what it is. Forage responsibly. Latin name : Hypericum perforatum. Hypericum means "above the altar" and this plant was often hung above altars. Perforatum means "perforated" or punctured wh

Foraging Journal now available!

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Hello fellow foragers! I'm so excited to announce my Foraging Journal is now available to order! Have you found yourself researching plants only to forget it later on? Or perhaps out exploring only to forget a name or harvest technique? I created this Foraging Journal for you! It is created for you to document and retain information about plants.  I will be creating a video on how I use my Foraging Journal and ways to fill out so please stay tuned and sign up for emails if you are i nterested in that. For now, you can order your Foraging Journal here. This is NOT an identification guide but a journal.  About the journal: This is an easy-to-use, simple journal to keep track of what you are foraging in a warm and welcoming format. Since it's proven that we retain more information when we write it down, there are places to record plant information, foraging trips, and delicious recipes so you can always remember what you already learned. There are also places to draw out maps,

Rosy London Fog Latte with wild rose petals

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This morning Sally Clarkson asked in my devotional: "God loves providing for you! How can you provide beauty or love or comfort to your family in the next twenty-four hours?" My mind blanked on what the answer was until later when my children and I all stood around the Breville milk frother with almond milk mustaches, licking the milk froth off the spoon. It may seem silly but it is our own kind of luxury, however small, to be sitting around together and sipping our tea with a pillowy cloud on top. A bit of beauty and a bit of comfort. And together? There's the love. What a blessing in these times.  As Thorin once said in The Hobbit, "If more of valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."  And so I bring you this recipe: Rosy London Fog with wild rose petals.  Plus, it's dairy-free. Impossible, you might say. If you have been around the block with dairy-free milks, you know all of them are not created equal. It's  imp

Figgy Pudding Bars

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If you like figs, you’re in for a treat. These paleo figgy pudding bars are sweetened only by figs and delightfully filling and wholesome.   How do you use a Costco-sized bag of leftover dried figs? And what do you do when the figs start to crystalize? Anyone else have this problem? Figgy pudding bars are the solution! This recipe was born out of necessity to use up a giant bag of dried figs from Costco. Truly, a good problem to have. Now it's a request by my family to make again and again!  These figgy bars are gluten-free, paleo, and dairy-free. As far as desserts or treats are concerned, these are fairly high in protein.   You can dress these bars up or down! Using the leftover fig juice as a caramel sauce with a little whipped cream so they turn into a decadent dessert or you can treat them like a snack bar.  For an even more grown-up version, add 1/4 cup of brandy to the boiling water for the figs to soak in! Because nothing says fancy like booze in your dessert. Traditiona

Lemonade for Allergies?

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Have allergies? Consider making this herbal drink: Nettle Lemonade or Nettle-ade. To combat seasonal allergy symptoms, nettle leaf, lemon and honey all combine together in this delicious, amber lemonade. Nettle leaf acts as an anti-inflammatory and contains quercetin. Quercetin is an antihistamine, making it a great resource for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. How does nettle leaf help allergies? Nettle or stinging nettle is another one of those “weeds” that has much to offer. Due to its high contents of iron, silicon, Vitamin K and potassium, nettle leaf tea (or infusion) is very nourishing. Nettle leaf also contains quercetin which helps alleviate allergy symptoms. Quercetin is an antioxidant that helps slow the body’s release of histamines. Histamines cause allergy symptoms in our body and our body usually releases them when in contact with an allergen (like that lovely pollen floating in the air). The quercetin in nettle leaf slows the release of histamines while fig

Elderberry Truffles

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  Since dark chocolate is always the classy option for Valentine's Day, I made a truffle recipe using immune boosting elderberry syrup. Fudgy chocolate truffles with an herbal twist? Count me in! I used Sweet's Syrups Elderberry Syrup . Sweet's Syrups uses the highest quality organic elderberries, local honey, and a delicious mix of spices. If you'd like to try their syrup, use my coupon code MARY10 for 10% off at checkout. You can also checkout their DIY kits if you like to make your own.  Elderberry Truffle Recipe: 1 heaping cup chocolate chips of your choice, I like Kirkland brand and Enjoy Life  (both dairy-free) 1/3 cup coconut cream or organic half and half 1/3 cup raw cacao powder  + a little extra for rolling 4 TB Sweet's Syrups or Elderberry Syrup 1. Melt all ingredients on low heat, stirring frequently so it doesn't burn. 2. Pour into a greased bowl and set in fridge for 2 hours. 3. Scrape rounded teaspoonfuls out of the bowl and roll in raw cacao.  4

Around the World Tea Party

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 This is the tea ornament page for Around the World Tea Party. Click on it and save to print.