Posts Tagged "Herbs"

Family Meet-up: Holiday Gift Making at GPM

Posted by on Dec 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Family Meet-up: Holiday Gift Making at GPM

Our December Family Meet-up was a particularly delightful event—and this time, for children only! Rosemary and herbalist extraordinaire, Abby Rich, taught a group of children how to make holiday gifts for their parents using herbs. They made fragrant bath salts scented with rose, chamomile and lavender and an aroma therapy spray using essential oils: rose, sweet orange, tangerine, lemon, sandalwood, and/or lemon verbena. Abby is a true expert in her field and is able to foster a deep appreciation of the many benefits of herbs to all ages. Rosemary is passionate about herbal remedies and...

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Calendula

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Calendula

Calendula is reminiscent of the sun with deep golden-yellow or orange petals radiating out from a central yellow core. The flowers actually open and close with the sun. Each petal is slightly serrated, giving the blossom a feeling of delicacy. During the summer I could not find a source for dried calendula, as my trusty resource, Gathering Thyme,in San Anselmo, could not get a supply at that time.  I had previously noticed some lovely, lush, green sprouts appearing in an unplanted section of my garden, and sure enough, just when we were in need for the children, the plants started blooming...

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Elder Berry

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Elder Berry

I consider Elder Berry the queen of herbal medicine for children over the age of one. Each year in early fall, it seems, the children start coming in with runny noses, some with coughs, and I think of Elder. It has been used all over the world for thousands of years for many ailments and is still very effective now for treating colds and flu. It tames viruses, clears chest congestion, sooths sore throats (among many other things) and the syrup is unbelievably yummy. I was first introduced to Elderberry syrup through Cheryl Fromholzer at Gathering Thyme. Her syrup blend of Elder Berries,...

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Yarrow

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Yarrow

Beautiful Yarrow- the grey-green leaves are lacy and often described as feathery. Its species name is “millefolium”, meaning “thousand leaves”, referring to the thousands of tiny leaflets. The flowerets (little flowers) gather in a rounded bouquet of white extending up from the stem. Yarrow has been used since ancient times to treat wounds. The crushed leaves can stop bleeding but is also excellent for burns, bruises, toothaches and nosebleeds, just to name a few.  A poultice, which the children previously made with Plantain, can easily be made of the leaves. We hadn’t explored...

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Ginger

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ginger

Ginger turned out to be perhaps the most popular herb/spice of our summer Herbal Medicine fun- you can’t go wrong with children if you make cookies with them (or adults for that matter) AND have them stick their feet into a warm ginger ‘Tootsie Bath”! Ginger is known for it’s digestive assistance- it can ease an upset tummy, gas, cramps or heartburn with a simple ginger tea. The Kid’s Herb Book suggests simmering three slices or 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger in a cup of water for 10 minutes in a covered pot.  Turn off the heat and let it cool for 15 minutes then enjoy...

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