Monday, March 5, 2018

Joy in a Garden Cart

This brings me joy- a cart loaded with herbs, perennials, and other assorted green and growing treasures! Simple, herbal things bring me much delight.
And when you are a family of plant lovers, everyone has to get at least something at the plant nursery.  So there are herbs, tomatoes, and poppies for me, a natal plum for my husband, succulents for the middle love child, a 'glittery' ice plant for the littlest love (who at almost 16 is hardly little anymore), and a gift plant for a friend. All of these came from one of my favorite plant nurseries- Barton Springs Nursery. If you are ever in the Austin, TX area, you won't want to miss it! They have a great variety of herbs and plants of all kinds, pottery, seeds, gift items ... all the things an herb lover enjoys. 
 What is your favorite herb and plant nursery? Please share because I visit as many as I can wherever I go!
What are you buying for the garden these days?

Spring will be here soon!

Herbal Blessings,


Monday, February 26, 2018

Spring Sowing in the Stillroom

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
 It's time for seed sowing around here. I love, love, love springtime and one of my very favorite things in the whole world is planting herb seeds in tiny pots during late winter in anticipation of spring.

Seeds are a great way to begin or add to your herb collection. They are inexpensive, easily obtainable, and many herbs are simple to grow from seed.

12 herbs that I grow from seed:
  1. Basil
  2. Borage
  3. Calendula 
  4. Catnip
  5. Chives
  6. Cilantro
  7. Dill
  8. Echinacea
  9. Hyssop 
  10. Lemon Balm
  11. Nettle
  12. Parsley
There are lots of places to purchase seeds. I suggest your local herb shop, nursery, or natural grocery store for starters- it's convenient, and you will be supporting local small businesses. 
If you need to order by catalog or online, here are a few websites I've ordered from:
Do you have a favorite place to buy seeds? Please share it in the comments!  
Today I planted seeds for poppies (love, love, love poppies), bachelor's button, sage, and nasturtium, along with some flowers- aster, hollyhock, morning glory. Dill and Cilantro were sown last week and more will be planted as it gets closer to our last projected frost date, which is March 31st.
I am already seeing a few signs of spring- mints are unfurling new green leaves, hyacinths are in bloom, and the oregano has new growth just beginning to show. Oh, and the dandelions are popping up new green leaves all over. Just about time for a spring tonic! 
What signs of spring are showing in your part of the world? 
Are you planting seeds indoors or out, and what new thing are you growing this year?
My want-to-plant list is always much longer than my growing space can hold- this is the year of the flower for me. I'm planting lots of flowering herbs, edible flowers and the like this year. 
Happy seed sowing! 
Herbal Blessings,

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

On Sale Today Only ~ Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle

Hello herb loving friends!
Winter is in full swing here, and I'm spending my time mostly indoors.
How about you?
I am perusing the seed catalogs and planning for next season's garden, making tea, and diffusing sweet orange, peppermint, and other favorite essential oils.
Aromatherapy is a long time interest of mine.
If you are interested in learning more about herbs or essential oils, there's an excellent resource available at an unbelievably low price available today only:

The Herbs & Essential Oils Ultimate Bundle is packed with ebooks on so many aspects of herbalism and incorporating essential oils into your daily life. At $29.97 for today only, it's a great value. I purchased this one in a previous sale and it is well worth the low price.

I hope you will check it out and see if this might not be a good way to spend cold winter evenings- learning more about herbs and essential oils!

Stay Warm and I'll check back in soon.

Herbal Blessings,


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Spicy Autumn Sweetness for the Home

To bring a touch of autumn sweetness into your home, slice up a lemon and an orange.  Toss them in a pot with a couple of cinnamon sticks, a few star anise, and some cloves.  Add water and simmer on the stove top. Your home will smell delightfully fresh in no time.

For more herbal goodness- add a sprig or two of rosemary and/or lemon thyme to the mix.

What is your favorite autumn scent?  I love all the spicy, apple, pumpkin, autumny smells. It's hard to choose a favorite!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Cool Off with Refreshing Herbal Drinks

Photo by Neha Deshmukh on Unsplash

Summer is here.  It's hot. Completely normal, but still ... it's HOT out there.  And that means the herbs need watering frequently, and so does the herb gardener.  The herb garden is happy with water from the hose (I drank from the water hose as a kid, but yuck! no more hose water for me!)

My norm is my favorite stainless steel water bottle from Mary Janes Farm filled with water and a squirt of lemon juice or a drop of lemon essential oil.  But some days I like to dress it up a little.  I will pick whatever herbs sound good at the moment and add them to a jar and fill with water.   I almost always choose from the lemony herbs- verbena, lemon balm, lemon thyme, and add mint or tulsi. Sliced fruit is great, too. Letting it sit on the windowsill or the garden table for a few hours infuses the water with a refreshing herbal flavor.

I love anything lemon, and this strawberry lemonade sounds delicious.  Of course, I would add a sprig of lemon balm or lemon verbena to boost the lemon flavor.

And this Herbal Lemonade Station sounds like a lot of fun for a summer gathering.

What is your favorite herbal summertime drink?  
Please share a recipe or a link if you have one! 

Herbal Blessings,


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,


    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?
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