10 healthy reasons to grow lemon balm

i have always loved lemon balm. the smell is true to its name with a lovely, strong lemon smell. there are so many helpful uses for this herb. in some climates, it reseeds and can take over so keep that in mind when planting. #lemonbalm#herbs#herbalremedies#healthyLemon-Balm-i681712034_3000x2372-600x319

10 healthy reasons to grow lemon balm

19 Reasons Why You Should Go & Pick Nettles Right Now

Let’s face it – nettles aren’t pretty, they pack a mean sting and they spread like wildfire. It’s no wonder that these weeds are the bane of most gardeners’ lives and are given wide berth when encountered on nature walks.

But there is much more to the nettle than meets the eye – they are one of the many backyard weeds that have extraordinary health benefits…click the link  below for all the info.


19 things to do and make with nettles



  • Ingredients ( Edit )

    • 1 cup cornmeal
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 tablespooon finely chopped fresh rosemary
    • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
    • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray…
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk…
    3. In a large bowl, whisk eggs,…

for the full recipe, click here: http://alidaskitchen.com/2014/05/25/rosemary-cornbread-sundaysupper-choosedreams/



so you have a crummy, shady area where the lawn isn’t doing it for you but just don’t know what to do with it?  MAKE A SHADE GARDEN!!! there is a popular belief that you cannot garden without full sunlight.  wrong!  read the article at the link and learn.  i’m doing this, myself.



A RECIPE FOR TURMERIC JUICE: a powerful healing beverage



Turmeric is known to be one of the most powerful healing herbs. It is great for bones and joints as it has anti-inflammatory properties. It prevents metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer. 
Turmeric’s also a natural liver detoxifier and a kidney cleanser, and it speeds metabolism and aids in weight management. Plus it heals and alleviates conditions of depression, psoriasis, damaged skin, arthritis and more. 
For these reasons, turmeric is ubiquitous both in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.
for the entire article please click link:  




Cleaning out the sewing room recently, I came across a good stash of homegrown calendula petals from last year that were dried and ready to go. Ah, yes, calendula soap. I had wanted to have a crack at this for quite some time and my memory had been jogged after chatting soap and calendula with a vegie groupie just last week. Calendula is well known for it’s skin soothing properties and as an added bonus, the petals actually keep their colour during the saponification process, when the lye and oils mix together to form ‘soap’. I just had to give it a go..

(**This is not a detailed tutorial for making soap. Certain safety precautions need to be observed when making soap at home which I haven’t covered here. See Rhonda’s cold pressed soap recipe if starting out with handmade soaps for the first time.**)

for the full article, please click the link:  



also, check out the other article entitled:HOW TO MAKE COLD PRESSED SOAP

22 Natural Sore Throat Remedies to Help Soothe the Pain


sore throatA sore throat can be a royal pain in the uh…throat. Like blinking, we never notice how much we swallow until we start paying attention to it, and when it hurts like nobody’s business, it’s kind of difficult not to pay attention. But before you go getting down about how long you’re going to have to suffer with it, consider taking some action-relief may be close than you think. Below are 22 simple at home sore throat remedies that will help you get started on naturally soothing the ache.

Note: Do not give honey on its own or otherwise to children under the age of 1 year.



Best part of this is…you control the ingredients!

First-Aid Antiseptic Ointment 


-1 1/2 ounces beeswax, grated
-1 cup olive, almond, or coconut oil
-1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
-1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil
-20 drops lavender essential oil
-10 drops lemon essential oil