Thank you for coming by our home today, and may you enjoy your stay!
We want our friend Lady Farmer to know how thankful we are for her gift of this beautiful apron, modelled by AnnaMarie. It will become a family treasure, for sure!
We have been enjoying a few new herbals lately, and especially love this beginner's handbook by Julie Bruton-Seal and her husband Matthew.
Although it was originally published in England, it has been revised in this edition for an American audience. I especially liked the little quotes from Dr. Christopher on some of the margins ! :0) I really would recommend it for anyone who is just learning about herbal remedies. It's full of beautiful pictures and creative ideas for using locally-available plants, which I think is something we all should focus on. I believe that the plants which grow around were put their by the One who knows what needs we have in our particular area, and that every area of the world has its own set of plants which will heal that which ails us.
Another fun discovery are these "Herbal Roots" magazines,
which are put out monthly by Kristine Brown of Luna Herb Farm. They were created especially for children, and are full of learning activities, poems, and songs about the featured herb. We have only looked through the yarrow and calendula issues, but the girls have really had a lot of fun with them. We are looking forward to collecting all the issues, as time and finances allow. For $6 you get a pdf printout, which you can print for each child, so it really is very economical if you have more than one child using it. This month's herb is calendula, and we are starting seeds right now in pots, since we don't have any growing in the garden this year.
We hope that you will take some time to wonder at the beauty and glory of God's creations, and how He planned for us to have everything we need from the earth, the sun, water, and the air we breathe~how could anyone believe that it all happened by accident?
Love and peace to you and your loved ones today,
"Harvesting wild plants for food or medicine is a great pleasure, and healing in its own right. We all need the company of plants and wild places in our lives, whether this is an old wood, a mountainside or the seashore, just down the street, or in our own backyard. Gathering herbs for free is the beginning of a valuable and therapeutic relationship with the wild." ~Matthew and Julie Seal