"A weed is a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation, "a plant in the wrong place". - Wikipedia
So often, we walk by ignorant to the beauty and power in our midst. Take for example this Narrow Leaf Plantain(plantago lanceolata). This little patch of green might seem like nothing to the untrained eye, but this plant has a long history of being able to soothe insect bites and wounds when applied topically; it can relieve colds and even urinary tract infections and gut inflammation when taken internally as a tea.
Please be thoughtful and kind to Mother Earth, and put the lawn and weed pesticides aside. Learn about the “weeds” and why she put them there in the first place.
Looking for a sweet little burst of energy that won't leave you tired and deflated? Here is one of my go-to recipes from one of my favorite sites Primally Inspired. The recipe is simple and delicious. So, go ahead and whip up some of these little balls of energy.
“There was a time when a bar of soap was a most luxurious oddity. Soap might be sent cross-continent as a gift of goodwill from one influential party to another-just as jewels were sent earlier this century.” -Ann Bramson
As far as I can remember, I have always had an obsession with soap and scents. In fact, my bridesmaids, back in 1986, each received a basket filled with Crabtree & Evelyn soaps and potpourris. Fast forward to one year ago while walking through Ontario, Canada; I wandered into a local artists studio and was immediately drawn to the back of the room as the smell was amazing. It was there that I found a stand of beautifully rustic, handcrafted, cold processed soaps made by a local artisan who started making soaps for her child with skin allergies. I went home that day with several soaps and proceeded to try them out in the shower, and then another shower, and then found myself finding excuses to run into the bathroom and wash my hands just one more time, as the experience was amazing! I knew then that I really wanted to learn to make my own soaps. As soon as I got home I dove into infusing oils with herbs and flowers and experimenting with the whole process. What I’ve discovered along the way is that it’s the process of learning that I love the most. I relish the actual making of the soap and find myself getting lost in the creativity. There is something simple and old world about making cold processed soap that completely appeals to me: a simple list of ingredients that takes you back to a simpler way of life.