Nicknamed the wonder herb by many herbalist, St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) has numerous healing benefits treating a wide range of ailments. It is used both internally and externally for health along with a rich history in magickal rituals.
A 15th Century Poem About St. John’s Wort
St. John’s wort doth charm all witches away,
If gathered at midnight on the saint’s holy day.
Any devils and witches have no power to harm,
Those that gather the plant for a charm.
Rub the lintels and post with that red juicy flower,
No thunder nor tempest will then have the power.
To hurt or hinder your houses: and bind,
Round your neck a charm of similar kind
Barkley is the newest member of the family. Barkely is a Cocker, and we all know how much we love Cocker Spaniels here at the farm. His former owner was moving, and sadly couldn’t take him.
We had been thinking about getting a friend for Lucy, and wanted a cocker! I happened across a post about him on a facebook group I belong to. When I saw him, I knew it was providence. Barkley and I grew up in the same city!
I messaged the owner back and forth. I was getting so excited about him. Come to find out, the former owner was a friend of my brother back in the early 70′s. Wow, we really do live in such a small world. [Continue reading]
Here I am with my sign waiting for the arrival of Barkley. We agreed to meet in Portsmouth, NH, as it is about the mid point of both of us. As you can see, I am very excited about meeting him. We haven't even met him, but I already know I will … [Continue reading]
Each year at the end of April into the beginning of May we enjoy this small pretty blossom that spreads from our lavender beds and into our thyme. It's a welcomed ground cover at a time when other plants are just starting to think about growing. It … [Continue reading]
Arnica is a valuable external treatment for bruises and sprains as it improves the local blood supply and speeds healing. It increases the rate of absorption of internal bleeding. We use it with great success along with other herbs in our bruise … [Continue reading]
Here are some interesting facts about the herb Hops that you might not know. Much like its relative, the hemp plant, when hops was first used to brew beer in England in the 16th century, it aroused great opposition and a petition to Parliament … [Continue reading]
Long used to heal wounds, the comfrey leaves and roots have been used to cure ailments ranging from stubborn leg ulcers to broken bones. This is why comfrey has the common names “boneset” and “knitbone”. During ancient times, comfrey baths … [Continue reading]
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Essential oils are the natural substance extracted from plants. It is the concentrated liquid containing the volatile aroma compounds of the plant. Many oils are steam distilled, while others are considered resins. Essential oils are used in … [Continue reading]
On his February 14th Valentine's Day show of the 50 most eligible doctors, Dr Oz and his guests talk of different ways to combat stress. His guest Dr. Douglass Schottenstein, a neurologist from New York, mentioned using Lemon Balm as a natural way to … [Continue reading]