Friday, May 19, 2017

Confused about Herbs and Essential Oils?


Ever feel that herbal knowledge is difficult to come by (at least from sources you can trust) or are you a tad bit confused by essential oils with all the hype you find online?  

I've been both of these at one time or another in my herbal journey.  
I fell in love with herbs in my early twenties, which was before the days of Google (I'll be 50 on my next birthday, just in case you are curious!) and herbal knowledge was not so easy to come by.  I hunted for herb shops within a days drive and had many adventures searching out my newfound passion. I read every book I could find, which wasn't very many, and continue to add to my collection of herb books when I find a new title of interest.
While I wouldn't trade those days for anything, I am so very thankful for the internet and easy access to information, herbal education, books, and ordering herbs online. 

My beginning with essential oils was interesting.  Again, before Google, I found an ad in the phone book for a business that sold 'herbs and essential oils'.  To the kind lady's credit, she did have a few bottles of essential oil on a shelf in her 'office', but from what I saw, she was clearly in another business. When I asked which essential oils she recommended, her reply was spot on, whether she was just trying to get rid of me or not! "Use what you like." Sounds crazy, and I was a little annoyed, mostly for wasting my time and gas getting there; but I've discovered that the essential oils I 'like' are quite helpful to me, so maybe she really was offering her best advice.  For everyday use, I like (LOVE) geranium, lemon, peppermint, lavender, and tea tree essential oils. 

 Essential oils are very powerful, concentrated, and do require common sense and caution when using.  It is best to have a good essential oils guidebook on hand and follow safe practices.  
My protocol is know your oil, and then dilute, dilute, dilute! 


If you are in need of some help getting started or continuing your journey with herbs and essential oils, I can't recommend the Herbs + Essential Oils Super Bundle to you highly enough.  It is an incredible value- 
  • Total value of the bundle: $769.68
  • 16 eBooks & printables and 10 eCourses
  • 3 physical bonuses + 1 digital bonus valued at $106.84
All of this for only $29.97!  

It is available only until May 22nd, so if you are interested, click HERE to learn more.


I love herbs and essential oils and am so excited to add these great ebooks to my library!

Herbal Blessings,

Catherine Ann

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Introducing The Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle!



I am so excited about this offer!  I ordered my Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle because it is full of incredible resources at an unbelievable price. I am sharing it here at Still Room Herbs because I believe it will be of benefit to you.

This year’s edition of the Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle includes 16 ebooks and printables and 10 full eCourses, including the fabulous Free Herbal Materia Medica Course by Herbal Academy which they offered for a short time earlier this year.  My youngest daughter and I enjoyed this course and learned so much by studying together!

These top-quality resources cover everything you need to give you the skills and confidence to start using natural remedies in your home.
You’ll get a complete library to help you:
  • Rebuild your medicine cabinet with natural remedies
  • Create beauty and skincare products without harmful ingredients
  • Treat your digestive complaints, pain, colds, and flus with everything in your medicine cabinet
  • Preserve, harvest, and cook with healing herbs
  • Discover the cancer-sugar connection and take back control of your health




  • Boost your mood, heat up the romance, and increase mental clarity with essential oil blends
  • Liven up your meals and get major health benefits by using the right herbs
  • and so much more!


    Plus, it comes with over $100 worth of bonus offers from companies you’ll love (even essential oil products!).

    Besides being so incredibly helpful, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering it for a short time only, the team at Ultimate Bundles is able to give you access to over $770 worth of amazing products for a whopping 93% off!

    Here’s how it works:
    1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the “Get my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
    2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.
    3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and start using natural remedies!
    The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just six days! After Monday night, May 22nd, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

    Click HERE  to learn more or buy the bundle.
    It’s even backed by a 100% happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.
    The bundle goes away at 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, May 22nd, so don’t wait!

    Herbal Blessings,

    Catherine Ann

    *affiliate links included in post.  Please know I only link to products that I personally use and love! 

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    In My Teacup Today


    A little peek into my springtime cup of tea- lemon balm and tulsi picked from the garden and brewed fresh!
    I love to wander through the garden and collect bits of this and that to create an herb tea blend for the day.  I choose whichever herbs look freshest or seem to be calling me that day.  Often it starts with tulsi, and then I add my choice of herbs like:

    • lemon balm
    • lemon verbena
    • pineapple sage
    • spearmint
    • apple mint
    • peppermint
    • catnip
    • beebalm
    • rose petals
    • dandelion blossoms
    • violas
    What's in your tea cup today?

    Herbal Blessings,

    Catherine

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    A Gift from the Herb Garden ~ Garlic

    A gift from a friend yesterday- 

    a whole bag of freshly dug garlic!
    This brought joy to my herb-loving heart.
    I haven't planted garlic in my herb garden yet.
    And I had 'organic garlic' on my shopping list because I want to make garlic honey.
    Have you heard of it?
    I found the recipe in my current favorite herb book-
    Alchemy of Herbs by Rosalee de la Foret.

     
    It's a fairly straightforward 'recipe'- mince garlic and cover with honey. Said to be good for coughs and sore throats and such. I want to add more garlic to my diet and this will be a tasty way to do so. 
    I think this will be good to use when making my own salad dressing.

    Do you grow your own garlic?  If so, please tell me your best tips and tricks for a good harvest!

    What is your favorite way to use garlic?  I use it daily in recipes, and I'll let you know how the garlic honey works out.

    What's growing in your world?  Spring is finally here and I've finished the main planting of herbs.  Seeds are slowly sprouting.

    Herbal Blessings,

    Catherine Ann  


    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Dandelion Dreams in the Still Room

    Spring is here!  At least in my part of the world.  Dandelions are popping up all over the place and I am gathering them when I have opportunity.

    Dandelion Pesto is one of the recipes in Alchemy of Herbs, which I just received yesterday.  I'm loving this book so far!  So much herbal information along with lots of recipes makes it a keeper for the still room library.


    I'm also planning to infuse dandelion flowers in oil and make Dandelion Salve.

    And of course I'll dry leaves for tea, and who knows, maybe I'll collect enough blossoms to make Dandelion Jelly. 

    I saw some really cute necklaces on Pinterest made with dandelion seeds.  Little wishes captured beautifully! So many things you can do with a simple dandelion!

    How about you?  Do you gather dandelions?  What's your favorite way to use them?

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Springtime in the Still Room

    I love springtime!  Wildflowers are beginning to bloom here and my favorite wild herbs are in abundance right now- dandelion, chickweed, plantain, shepherd's purse, cleavers are all growing literally right outside my front door.  That is a blessing in my book.

    The roses are beginning to blossom as well.  They are delightful for gathering and adding to morning tea or a bath potion.

    I'm finishing up the Materia Medica course at the Herbal Academy this month. It's not available currently, but you can sign up to be notified when they offer it again.   My youngest daughter and I are working on ours together which has been fun.  She's becoming quite the budding herbalist and we are making some plans for future projects that I'm beyond excited about.


    The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course is the newest offering from the Herbal Academy, and it is on my 'things to learn' list.  I've brewed kombucha in days past, and would love to expand my knowledge by making other herbal fermented drinks.  Mead is one I think would be particularly fun.

    The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course by Herbal Academy

    That's a quick snapshot of what's going on around here.  Oh, and I have a new raised bed herb garden that I'm anticipating filling with herbs and flowers in the very near future!

    How about you?
    What's new in your garden or still room?
    What are you growing or making or doing this month?

    Happy Spring!


    Monday, February 27, 2017

    Anticipating Spring in the Herb Garden


    'Not Quite Spring' is a tough time for me.  Texas weather is unpredictable and one day it will be 70 degrees, with a dip down close to freezing, then right back up to 70's (or 80's!) again.  It is oh so tempting to get ahead of the season and plant tender herbs and things too soon which will mean scrambling to cover plants and praying they survive the last 'winter storm' that sometimes comes as late as April (we had snow on Easter one year).  

    This year is even tougher because I have a brand new raised bed garden that sat mostly empty all winter long!  It was a gift to me from a very loving, generous friend who shares my love of gardening.  But, with busy schedules and rainy weather, it took longer to get built and ready for planting than we both expected, so no fall planting this year.  She did transplant some of the herbs from the old garden into the new beds- marjoram, lemon balm, thyme, rosemary, oregano.


    New to me sage labelled Israeli Sage at the garden center.

    Violas are my favorite cold weather flower- they bloom until it gets really warm here.

    Oregano that is in need of some trimming up.

    I planted the first cool weather greens a few weeks ago and am anxiously awaiting their sprouting.
    I also tucked in some hardy herbs that can withstand the fluctuating temps.- 
    sage, oregano, rosemary, thyme, lavender, bee balm ... and I have a whole list of herbs to transplant and purchase to fill the remaining spots as soon as it is safe to do so.  

    I check this list for a monthly to-do guideline for my area.  
    This Growing Guide:Herbs from Old Farmer's Almanac is a good source for finding when to plant according to your frost dates. 
     If you aren't sure about those, you can find that info. here.
    The first day of Spring is only 3 weeks away!  Time to get planning and planting if you aren't already doing those things!

    What's happening in your herb garden these days? 
    Any new to you herbs? I have a list, which I'll share soon!
    What is blooming where you are?  Wildflowers are just beginning their annual appearance here.  I've also seen a few narcissus and of course dandelions are in abundance right now.

    Saturday, January 21, 2017

    Natural Remedies Made Simple ~ Free Class


    Interested in Natural Remedies?
    Have questions about safety, usage, etc?
    Love simple and natural things for health and home?

    Sign up today for this free class!



    Friday, January 13, 2017

    Free Herb Class ~ Create Your Own Herbal Materia Medica


    Working in the still room today- putting my newest order from Mountain Rose Herbs in glass jars.  In the photo I've tucked the label from the bag the herbs were shipped in into the jar until I got them all in their new homes. Now they have a proper label on the lid with the name of the herb and the date they were packed.  

    Some of the herbs were for restocking the still room pantry.  And some are for the Free class I am enrolled in at the Herbal Academy-
    Free Herbal Materia Medica Course by Herbal Academy

    The Herbal Materia Medica Course is registering for Free during January! Stop by the Herbal Academy

    The course is free through the month of January, so don't delay if you are interested in creating your own Materia Medica.  There is a companion journal which is not free but is optional for the course.  

    I am just getting started myself, but I will be posting photos and such as I go through the course.  
    I'd love to have some fellow companions along the way, please let me know if you sign up so we can compare notes!  

    Blessings and Bliss to you,

    Catherine Ann

    Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    Winter Favorite ~ Heart's Ease Herb


    These are my favorite winter flowers.  Violas, viola tricolor, also known in the herbal world as Heart's Ease or sometimes by another common name- I've seen them called Heartsease, Johnny Jump Up, and Wild Pansy to name a few, are delightful.

    They grow and bloom all winter in my area, often reseeding in the herb garden and out in the yard.
    The flowers make lovely decorations for baked goods, a bright addition to the salad bowl, and when pressed and dried are beautiful added to a handmade card or bookmark or some other creation.

    They have quite a reputation as a herbal healer as well.  If you'd like to read more about their medicinal uses, here's a link to a wealth of information at Botanical.com.  Just the cheerful look of their flowers is enough to earn them the name Heart's Ease in my book!

    Do you have a favorite herb that thrives in your area in the winter?





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