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Today’s the LAST day to sign-up for our online course, Spice Rack Medicine! We cover not only the medicinal uses of over 20 culinary herbs, but also other kitchen medicine topics including medicinal mushrooms and adaptogens, herbal soups and broths, seaweed, nutritive herbs, medicine-making, herbal ghee, bitters and cordials and so much more! Link in my profile 👆🏽👆🏽👆🏽 ALSO I thought today I’d feature one of my all-time kitchen herbs, Garden Sage💚💚💚 And I’ve included one of my favorite soup recipes that features Sage too!
Garden Sage (Salvia officinalis) is an herb that’s been worked with since antiquity. Here's a neat tip- when you see the word "officinalis" in a plant's latin name, it means it was "official" to the pharmacopeia aka the list of official medicines in a country. In this case the name officinalis speaks to Sage's long history of use in Europe (and beyond!) where it's a classic medicinal monastery garden herb.
Sage is revered as a longevity tonic, helps darken graying hair, and supports memory and cognitive function. It's no wonder that another meaning of Sage is a wise elder! We can attribute some of these effects to its extremely high antioxidant levels, constituents that are known to decrease inflammation, support cardiovascular function and even protect against cancer! In Crete many villages drink a daily cup of what they call "mountain tea," and one of the ingredients is Sage. Not surprisingly, Crete is known for its high numbers of centenarians!
Another benefit of Sage is its digestive effects and immune-boosting effects. If you've ever smelled fresh Sage (or even dried) you've surely smelled those rich essential oils that give it its enticing and unique aroma. These oils serve as antimicrobial agents for the plant as a part of its evolutionary strategy to resist pathogens and, amazingly, these essential oils have the same effect on us too! These same essential oils, combined with the somewhat bitter principals of Sage, invigorate digestion, support nutrient absorption, promote a healthy metabolism and elimination, and ease gas and bloating. This is part of why we traditionally cook with Sage!
Recipe in the comments 👇🏾👇🏾
It’s the coldest day of the year (literally -3 🌬) so naturally I’m in the kitchen making kimchi! Kimchi includes warming and pungent herbs/foods like radishes, onions, garlic, scallions, and chilis, making it an excellent compliment to heavy and sometimes bland winterfare. I absolutely love the bright flavor it adds to plates of roasted root veggies, casseroles, meats, and so on, and often have it as a condiment with many of my meals, of course many of us know how much ferments aid and enhance digestion of heavy foods too. It’s quite immune-enhancing as well 💥 I make it with what I have around and the current batch I’m making has cabbage, onions, purple daikon radish (pictured 😍), watermelon radish, and carrots from @brookfieldfarm, garlic from our garden, turmeric and ginger from @oldfriendsfarm plus burdock and scallions! Link to my recipe in my profile 😌☝🏾 Also, if you want to learn more about the medicinal action of the different flavors (like pungent for example) check-out my podcast interview all about the subject. Link for that in my profile too!
And lastly, a reminder that registration CLOSES for our Spice Rack Medicine Online Series tomorrow- Tuesday Jan 22nd! And-you guessed it- link for that in my profile as well!
#kimchi #purpledaikon #daikonradish #fermentedfoods #feedyourgut #healyourgut #lactofermentation #fermentationismagic #foodalchemy #eattherainbow #healingfoods #foodismedicine #kitchenwitch #spicerackmedicineonline #milkandhoneyherbs
We got a puppy!! We’ve had her for about a month now- she’s a solstice pup✨😌 Anyone who knows me knows I’ve been talking about this for years and the time finally felt right! She’s a sweet little lab-mix rescue and we’re all so in love, even though having a new puppy is totally kicking my ass lol. She’s worth it though ❤️🐺❤️ .
Thank you @gladheartherbals for snapping this sweet pic!
#rescuedog #puppylove #newfamilymember #milkandhoneyherbs
Tea blend for a client🌿 It might not look like much but these are mostly culinary herbs! From left clockwise to right: Basil, Fennel, Peppermint, and Catnip (ok I guess not officially a culinary herb but it’s in the Mint Family!) 💚 I’m all about introducing the idea to folks that there’s a reason we cook with culinary herbs, behind just the flavor. Those same tasty essential oils that give culinary herbs their delicious flavor and delectable aroma do double-time as anti-virals, anti-fungal, anti-microbials and digestive aids (known as carminatives in herbalism). Now think about the fact that modern refrigeration as we know it is less than a century old and think about how helpful it would be to have these herbs in your foods to help prevent and fight food-borne illness and you’re starting to get an idea of the medicinal power of the culinary herbs! In addition to supporting the immune system and aiding digestion, many culinary herbs calm the nervous system because of our gut-brain connection, especially members of the Mint Family (Lamiaceae) which includes 3 herbs in this pic- Mint, Basil, and Catnip. The culinary herbs in my upcoming online course are arranged by botanical families, both as a way to organize them but also to start to get a sense for some of the shared medicinal action of plants in certain families. Fittingly, this formula is for a client whose anxiety and stress goes to their gut. Another thing I love about the culinary herbs is their accessibility- you can find them in most kitchens and grocery stores, even folks new to herbs and apprehensive to take them tend to be more open to trying them as medicjne bc they’re familiar with them, plus they tend to taste good! We’ll be talking about the medicinal action of over 20 different culinary herbs in my upcoming online course, Spice Rack Medicine. Registration is open until this coming Tuesday 1/22 at midnight! More info and link to register in my profile 😘
#spicerackmedicineonline #culinaryherbs #kitchenherbs #spices #herbs #herbalism #herbalist #herbaltea #mintfamily #lamiaceae #carminative #peppermint #fennel #catnip #basil #plantmedicine #milkandhoneyherbs
✨✨✨Giveaway!!✨✨✨ I’m giving away a spot in my upcoming ONLINE course, Spice Rack Medicine! Covering all things Kitchen Medicine, this course is for you if you want to elevate your spice shelf to a medicine cabinet, your crock pot into a cauldron, and your refrigerator into your home apothecary! Full details in my stories and stories highlights😌
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Giveaway ends tomorrow (Wed) at midnight. I’ll be announcing the winner on my Stories Thursday morning! Good luck! 💕
And pictures here are some healing Chili spices🔥Top left and going clockwise- Oregano, Cinnamon, Cumin, and Paprika. Add some tomatoes, peppers and onions, beans and/or meat and you’ve got yourself a slammin’ and highly medicinal chili!
#giveaway #spicerackmedicineonline #kitchenmedicine #foodasmedicine #onlinecourse #onlineclass #plantmedicine #foodismedicine #spices #herbalism #herbalist #milkandhoneyherbs
Thieves Vinegar (New England style) that we made together yesterday in class 💚💚 Recipe below! It was the first day of our in-person Spice Rack Medicine class....but enrollment in our online track is open until next Tuesday 1/22 (and a HUGE thank you to everyone who’s signed-up so far🙏🏼) Thieves Vinegar is my bioregional take on the famous “4 Thieves Oil” that herbal legend tells kept grave robbers from falling ill during The Plague in medieval Europe! I make it with highly antimicrobial herbs that we can grow here (aka the culinary herbs😘) and organic raw apple cider vinegar from @dwightmillerorchards in southern Vermont ❤️ While we aren’t likely to be encountering anything quite as bad as the plague, cold and flu season is full on and this potent preparation is both an excellent preventative and treatment. A tbsp is a dose- take 1 tbsp/day as a preventative and 3-5 tbsp/day if you’re acutely sick. You can also of course add it to food, make it into a salad dressing or marinade, use when you’re making bone broth as your vinegar, add to a glass of hot or cold water or even seltzer. And if the taste of vinegar is too sharp for you on it’s own, add some raw honey to this to make it into a Thieves Oxymel! This also makes a *fanstastic* natural antimicrobial cleaner. Recipe below and link to more info on the online class in my profile!
New England Thieves Vinegar
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Chop-up a combination of the herbs listed above. No need to have equal parts of each, simply use what you have and it’s ok if you don’t have every herb- this is kitchen medicine🌶 Cover the herbs with raw apple cider vinegar, put a layer of wax or parchment paper between the jar and lid, and let steep for at least 2 weeks (but up to a year is fine, it won’t mold!). Strain and enjoy!
#culinaryherbs #mediterraneanherbs #medicinalherbs #plantmedicine #vinegar #rawapplecidervinegar #rosemary #thyme #sage #oregano #basil #garlic #spicerackmedicine #spicerackmedicineonline #milkandhoneyherbs
I’m so happy to share that I’ve been interviewed on the Herbs & Oils Podcast by @herbalaromatherapist! Link to listen in my profile ☺️ Of course I talked about kitchen medicine and my episode is all about understanding and applying the 5 flavors (both in foods and herbs) in terms of their energetics and how they effect the body. Understanding herbal energetics is literally THE KEY 🗝 to elevating your practice of herbalism from scattershot to nuanced, and separates experienced herbalists from novices. Having a firm grasp of the medicinal action of the different flavors is also so crucial in understanding how food can become medicine. Link to listen in my profile or you can listen on iTunes as well! Gorgeous 📷 by @jessdee from my article on food as medicine in @loammagazine 💕 And if the 5 flavors are a total mystery and you still want to learn more just a reminder that my upcoming online course on all things kitchen herbalism (including of course herbal energetics) is open for registration until January 22nd (link for that in my bio too)! Extra points if you can match flavors with the foods and herbs in this pic!
#herbalismpodcast #herbsandoilspodcast #interview #herbalenergetics #constitutionalherbalism #foodismedicine #spiceoflife #herbalism #herbalist #eatyourmedicine #kitchenmedicine #spicerackmedicineonline #milkandhoneyherbs
Adaptogen Chai 💥💥 💥Winter is a time for nourishment and replenishment and the holidays, fun though the revelry can be, can also sometimes leave us feeling tired and depleted during a season when rest should be paramount. Enter adaptogens! A special class of herbs perfect for this time of year, adaptogens are known to work on what’s often referred to as the HPA Axis, or Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis, which is a complex and integral communication system between our endocrine (hormonal) and nervous systems. Herbs in this category restore frazzled nervous systems, improve energy, encourage proper hormonal rhythms, improve quality of sleep, and increase our body's resilience to stress. In short, they're veritable life-savers for folks trying to balance the stresses of everyday modern life. Most adaptogens are tonic herbs safe for daily use, and they have a cumulative effect in the body- the longer you take them the more strongly you’ll feel their effects. They lend themselves incredibly well to food as medicine practices, and one of my favorite ways to imbibe is in an adaptogen-filled chai. This one features Ashwagandha, Tulsi and Reishi Mushroom. Find my recipe in my latest blog post- link in my profile!
#chai #adaptogen #adaptogens #ashwagandha #tulsi #turkeytail #reishi #cinnamon #cardamom #ginger #nourish #replenish #herbaltea #spicerackmedicineonline #milkandhoneyherbs
Today’s the day!! I’m so incredibly thrilled to announce that my online winter series, Spice Rack Medicine, is OPEN for registration! This course dives deep into a subject close to my heart 🔥Kitchen Medicine🔥 Registration will be open TODAY 1/8 through Tuesday 1/22 and class begins February 1st. What will we cover? Why all things kitchen witchy of course- soups and broths, ferments, medicinal mushrooms, seaweed medicine, herbal and food energetics, the medicinal use of the culinary herbs, cooking with adaptogens, medicine making and so.much.more ☺️ There are 6 modules total, each one featuring an audio lecture and a video portion demo-ing recipes and medicine-making. We’ll have 3 live webinars for Q and A and beautiful PDF’s are of course included too! DM me any questions you have about the course! And remember to register by January 22nd ⏰ Pictured here are two of my favorite kitchen herbs I harvested over the summer for winter soups, broths and stews- Rosemary and Sage!
#spicerackmedicineonline #herbalism #herbalist #herbschool #onlinecourse #onlinecourses #onlineclass #onlinelearning
#kitchenherbs #culinaryherbs #herbs #kitchenherbs #spices #sage #rosemary #foodasmedicine #kitchenwitch #eatyourmedicine #milkandhoneyherbs
La Befana :: The Italian Christmas Witch ⚡️🧙🏼♀️⚡️ She rides tonight (the eve of epiphany) delivering candy and gifts to children all throughout Italy. A vestige of the Roman Goddess Strenae/Strenia/Strenua who was associated with the New Year, purification and well-being, she presides over the dark solstice times and is a crone goddess. Fittingly, La Befana tends to be depicted as an old woman/wise woman/witch. Tonight we’ll be baking a Italian sweet ricotta cake and will be following the eve of epiphany Italian tradition of baking a coin into it- whoever gets the coin will be blessed with good luck the following year! Also @gathervictoria has a great recipe for a traditional befani on their blog. And we’ll be leaving out some for La Befana too of course. Folklore tells that is you leave her gifts she’ll sweep your house with her broom on the way out, sweeping away the troubles of the past year ❤️❤️❤️ And it’s also traditional to burn aromatic herbs on epiphany (Jan 6th) to cleanse and purify the home for the new year.....We’ll be burning a combination of thyme, rosemary, juniper and olive leaf. Check-out @karyn.crisis for more on traditional Italian burning herbs and folk practices. Art by @rosewitchery
#labefana #italianchristmaswitch #crone #strenia #strenua #strenae #fumaggio #ancestralhealing #🇮🇹 #oldways #folklore #italianfolklore #milkandhoneyherbs
Having breakfast for lunch 🍳 This is one of my all-time favorite recipes from @thymeherbal’s awesome cookbook Recipes From the Herbalists Kitchen. Breakfast For Champions, with our own organic eggs, homemade bone broth and sauerkraut, gomasio, and adzuki bean miso from @southrivermiso ❤️❤️❤️ So incredibly nourishing and kitchen medicine at its finest!
#recipesfromtheherbalistskitchen #thymeherbal #miso #bonebroth #freerangeeggs #gomasio #sauerkraut #kitchenwitch #foodismedicine #easylunch #kitchenwitchery #milkandhoneyherbs
Happy New Years all 💖🙏🏼🕊 #2019 #prayersforpeace #milkandhoneyherbs
Painful but required reading....the witch wound is real 🖤⚡️🖤 #burningwomenzine #europeanwitchhunts #brokenlineage #ancestors #milkandhoneyherbs
Just a reminder for you all that the early bird deadline for the From the 2019 Roots Up Apprenticeship ends Dec 31st! It’s a hands-on exploration into all things bioregional herbalism😌 and it’s already half full! More info in my profile 🌲✨🌲 And for those of you who can’t commit to a full year apprenticeship, I offer seasonal class sessions too!
#fromtherootsupapprenticeship #herbschool #bioregionalherbalism #hedgewitch #evergreen #whitepine #milkandhoneyherbs
Birch Polypore Mushroom (Fomitopsis betulina) eaten by some animal friend 🦌 It’s so important to remember as wildcrafting herbalists and wild food foragers that there’s a whole food web out there! Always always always when you’re harvesting remember to think about the larger ecosystem and always leave some for the animals!
#wildcrafting #foraging #wildfood #wildfoodlove #wildtending #herbalism #birchpolypore #mushroomhunting #milkandhoneyherbs
Happy Solstice! Here’s to welcoming back the light!🌞🌞🌞 In honor and celebration of this ancient and sacred holiday, I’ve got a Winter Wassail Recipe for you all below✨⭐️✨ Wassail is a mulled cider traditionally drank around Yule and solstice times. There’s also the practice of “wassailing”- going around orchards and singing to the apple trees (and sometimes even batting them with sticks!) to wake the spirits of the trees and pray for an ample harvest for the coming year. With the wheel of the year turning back towards the light, it makes sense to honor these tree spirits this time of year, and to make a traditional beverage with some of their bounty- apple cider!- with them too! My recipe calls for Hawthorn Berry (pictured❤️) a heart-healthy berry that can still be found clinging to Hawthorn Trees even in winter, making them a potent reminder that spring will come again and an appropriate addition to this height-of-winter darkness brew. If you can’t wildcraft your own- the reality for most folks- you can find these at local herb shops and co-op in their bulk herb sections. I add some lovely and delicious traditional mulling spices too!
A Winter Wassail✨🍎✨
1 gallon apple cider
2 cups Hawthorn Berry
1/2 cup Star Anise
1/2 cup Cinnamon Sticks or Chips
1/4 cup Ginger
1/4 cup Cardamom
Combine your herbs and apple cider in a pot on the stove (or wood stove to get extra cozy) and gently warm. Bring to boil then turn down to a low simmer for at least a half an hour, and after that as long as you like!
#wassail #yule #wintersolstice #wheeloftheyear #hawthornberries #oldways #plantwitch #herblore #milkandhoneyherbs
Gift from the forest today 💓💓💓 #pineresin #whitepine #naturalincense #antimicrobial #forestmedicine #milkandhoneyherbs
Winter Plant ID :: Lessons from the Hedge 🍂🍂 How many medicinal plant skeletons can you ID??? #winterbotanizing #hedgewitch #milkandhoneyherbs