Remember those lovely summer days spent gathering herbs and making all sorts of yummy products? Honeys, vinegars, tinctures, oils, drying leaves and flowers for tea - I could go on and on. Just a little reminder to enjoy those tasty and good-for-you herbal products on these cloudy winter days. I just opened some of my herb infused honeys today to check them out. Oh my. Hyssop, marshmallow flower, and elderflower are all competing with my perennial favorite (pun intended) anise hyssop infused honey as my top choice. The elderberry honey, made with fresh elderberries (yes, still in the honey as I use it), is a favorite mixed with homemade kefir as well as drizzled on pancakes. (By the way, if you would like to make your own kefir - I have lots of extra grains - just contact me).
I regularly add herb infused honey to tea or use it as a spread on toast, but today I tried out the hyssop infused honey as the honey portion for my "Tasty and Healthy Dip" (I should probably come up with a better name for that recipe). I used almond butter and ground cacao beans along with the hyssop honey, some powdered dandelion root, and some cinnamon and spread it on banana slices. As I'm eating them right now, I recall the lovely summer day that I gathered the hyssop, bees buzzing all around and chatting with my friend, Allia. Remembering summer and herb gathering is good medicine, too.
Did any of you take advantage of last week's webinar, "How to Choose the Best Herbal Preparation" by Rosalee de la Foret and Emily Han? They presented great information in a very organized fashion, which I always appreciate. However, I admit to being shocked at the price tag for the online medicine making class they offered during the webinar. Gulp. I don't want anyone to think that my suggesting you watch that webinar is my recommendation for taking the class. I renew my commitment to offering beginner level, how-to classes free of charge to anyone interested. Please take advantage of me! I love chatting herbs, as anyone who spends any time with me in a garden knows.
That said, I highly encourage you to check out "Herbal Dosages" with Matthew Wood, Phyllis D. Light, and Lise Wolff, a webinar presented last week through the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism. It was excellent. It's included in the "Herbs From A-Z - Materia Medica" package for $8/month. That package also gives access to a library with a lot of good information. If you have taken classes from me and would like to go deeper, you might want to check this out. If you do sign up, please mention my name. I get nothing from that, as I'm not an official business, but it's always nice for them to hear how you heard about it. And hey, it makes me look good - I'll take that any way I can get it!
I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. COVID-19 is hitting a bit close to us at this point, but so far we, and our family, are doing fine. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.