Thursday, September 21, 2017

Winter is fast approaching... so I have been sooooo busy here.

Harvesing the garden and not to mention all the herbs. Tinctures to make, soaps to set to cure...  I do love my life here on this little plot of land.  Love the fact that if you give to nature it gives back 10 fold... I love the fact that a little effort produces great things.    Here are some pictures of what I've been up to....
How do you celebrate the patch of land you live on? 
soaps to start off with... this one is Goatsmilk honey and oats,
Then I made some Calendual shae butter soap that is wonderful to smell, touch and feel.
I grow a LOT of lavender, I make tinctures, salves and now I tried my hand at making lavender soap... its luscious and yummy. Such a relaxing smell and feel.   

but I was on a roll ya know.. so I made up some seasonal soaps too.... like
pumkin spice latte's?  My lovely daughter in law recommended I try to make something like that yummy seasonal drink ... and I did... drum roll please........

 I loved that one so much I made a video to send to my daughter in law because the whole idea was hers.. so I must give credit where credit is due.  

well....
I hope this works... its late, I'm tired and will correct my mistakes here tomorrow.  

nighty night.





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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Prepping for cold and flu season?

This will keep the cruds away. Take a jar any size and fill it 1/2 to 3/4 fullbof peeled raw garlic cloves. Then cover the garlic with honey. Non processed .. only raw honey works for this.   Then cap but leave it a tad loose because it needs to breath. Shake it every day for a month. It will change color and consistency. Gett a little runny.   I tighten my cap up before shaking it.    After a month it's usable but the longer it sits the better it will be . Fermented    Honey and garlic ... it will keep the cruds away!  Eat a clove with some of the honey everyday.   Oh leave about 1/4 of the jar empty so. You don't want to overfill.  

All in a day's work

Today I woke up not feeling to well, just kinda off.. tired and not as energetic as I usually am and with a hint of a UTI starting.   I thought oh heck, I'm sure I've got something here that can help me. Oregano oil in capsules just in case it is a UTI and a Oregon Grape Root infusion  as well as a stinging nettle infusion .. and since I was on a roll .. I made a wonderful oat straw infusion.   All three can be stored in the fridge and used over a couple of days.    Since I've signed up for a few events this fall I figured since it was so very hot outside that I would begin my herbal tinctures and some calendula ointment.   Itbwas to hotbto worknin the garden, so my perfect option was herbal products.  So in a day's work, I've made several tinctures, the infusions, mullein and garlic ear oil, body butter bars and calendula ointment.  I loved the smells that permeates my home and the sight of all the filled jars and the molds filled with all the goodness in them. I will be posting the items on a new page soon.  But here's a peek in the meantime.  








Monday, August 28, 2017

Let me loose in a forest.....

Let me loose in a forest, and I will create plant medicines...  mullein leaf and yarrow . 

Mullein is good for lung issues from copd, asthma, . It is a demulcent,expectorant, and lung tonic. Can me made into tinctures, teas, oils. 

Yarrow is  good for its anti-inflammatory oil, antiviral, diaphoretic, February, Hemastatic, vulnerably properties. .  Tinctures, teas. Infusions. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Herbal Tea blends are now available here.

Well, Ive jumped in with both feet and hope I can swim.  I love teas, love herbs, and decided that it was time to post my favorite teas here for sale.  I hope you take a look and enjoy what I have to offer you.   My prices are competitive as I do not have a huge overhead store to pay for.  Just my apothecary room.. 
 Scroll through the list of teas and see which ones would suit you best.  I will be offering more soon. And.. for the herbalist friends... I will be listing my Herbs on a separate page as well.  

Enjoy... Let me know what you think.    Here are some photos of our successful booth event in Boise . Everyone told me I should sell online.. so I listened. 



Friday, August 18, 2017

Herbals and my passion for them,

I have always gardened. I mean as long as I can remember even as a little girl... I've always had plants that I have nurtured.  Watching them grow and bloom or produce food has always fascinated me. There were times when I lived in apartments or small townhomes... even in those times I have had planter gardens.   When my children came along I always included them in whatever growing we could do at the time.  Flowers, Vegetables were my thing form many years.  Now that I have acres in Idaho...a huge greenhouse  and a huge garden to experiment with I have  enjoyed growinga variety of things over the past 5 years.  Lufa, Gourds,  sunflowers galore in every color imaginable. Vegetables galore.  Something was always missing in my gardens... and that something was Herbs.  Sure I'd throw in cilantro or chives once in a while... but I have always wanted to learn more about herbs.  Culinary and Medicinal herbs.  Gotta eat, may as well grow what I can of my own culinary Herbs.. but.. dare I step into the realm of Medicinal Herbs?  Dare I?.... well. I have.  This year for the very first time I dedicated  two entire large large garden beds to Herbs... and I am giddy with the results.  I have so many herbs that I don't even know all that I can make with these herbs.... So, I took a herbal course from Herbal Healer Acadamy.  Its a very intensive herbal education that had me reading 4 books and doing homework that included making tinctures, balms, salves, liniments, polstices, and more.   I'm so excited to know now .. that this is going to be the source of financial supplement for ken and I. I have decided that I'm getting into the Herbal business and sell my products here online .  So , look out for updates on my herbal offerings as well as medicinal teas and tea accessories.   The Name of my little herbal business is Essentially Mary ... Essential because natural medicines are a essential element in health.. and mary .. well, what else would I call it... essentially its the heart of Mary... because if you know me.. anything I do .. I put all of me into it.   I have had a facebook page for 4 years already called Essentially Mary I had indulged myself in making body butters, sugar scrubs, lip balms, Bubble baths and essential oil bath salts...  thinking I would focus on bath pampering products.  I am delighted to also offer Good herbal products homemade by me as well as Tea Blends and accessories.  And of course I will always have My essential oil classes and oils available.  Love my Oils. 


Winter is fast approaching... so I have been sooooo busy here.

Harvesing the garden and not to mention all the herbs. Tinctures to make, soaps to set to cure...  I do love my life here on this little plo...