California Poppy

California Poppy

This ‘cup of gold’, is a restful and calming addition to your herbal apothecary. It grows in my yard in Montana, and reseeds itself every year. I planted it 9 years ago, after our 9th wedding anniversary. I think it is fun look up the flower for each year, since …

Arnica Montana

Arnica Montana

Meet Arnica, another yellow flower, this one for bruises, pain and swelling. If you haven’t met her maybe you don’t live in a mountainous part of the northern U.S., Canada or Europe. She blankets the ground with heart shaped green leaves and fuzzy backed yellow flowers. Arnica stands a foot …

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Arrowleaf Balsamroot = Spring

It is May in the west of North America, and the Arrowleaf Balsamroot are warming the hillsides. This medicinal treasure is found …

Dandy Lover

It’s Dandy Time!

I’m a gigantic fan of dandelions. Our bees need them, they are resilient, full of vitamins and nutrients and so freaking happy. …

Balloon and Mullein

Mullein Around

There she is in all her glory – Mullein. This plant can be found during every season in Montana. I often catch …

Fox in the Henhouse

…two bits. I woke up to relieve my ‘aging runner mama’ bladder last night. Our bedroom window is like a gigantic picture …

Poplar Coming Up Rainbows

Cottonwood

The aroma of the cottonwood bud and resin is intoxicating. This is the time of year I notice it the most, although …

Dried Mint Leaves

Mint Magic

Mint comes in many forms, but I personally think Mentha piperita harbors the most magic. This variety is probably most well known. …

Chamomile Dried

Chamomile Calm

Chamomile or Camomile (interchangeable) means ‘earth apple’ in Greek. You might be familiar with pineapple weed? I bet you tasted it, growing …