Goldenrod for End of Summer Healing

It glows like the autumn sun as it towers above field and hedgerows. Summer is passing away and the goldenrod has come to make that passing lovely. In September we fill the house with goldenrod. It glows on the altar and bends over pitchers of water on the table. It scatters blossoms on the floor…

Cake and Herbs: Recipe and Retrospect

It’s the weekend, and oh my goodness am I ready for this week to end! You know how some weeks are just a big challenge? This was one of those weeks. It started Sunday with family exhaustion after Yarrow’s Saturday evening dance recital and just continued on through the week with a bout of sickness,…

Tea for Coughs 

Mr. Tenderness caught a rough cough this week. Tuesday and Wednesday saw him sad and sick – trying to run around the house like his usual, crazy self – but ending up nestled on thd big bed, looking at “The Happy Man and His Dump Truck ” and “Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear” while sipping homemade…

Winter Balm and Gingerbread

Today we woke up feeling all wintery and fresh. Frost coated the windows and the dome, the walk to the outhouse was bracing, and the goats, who had woken up with the sun, were calling out their dissatisfaction. I fed them, let out the birds, and ran back inside to make coffee and muffins. But…

Keeping Healthy as the Weather Turns Cool

The breeze is turning chilly, cool weather is late this year – last October we were already burning most of the day! This year, we still have nights that don’t require a fire in the stove. But late or soon, the seasons are shifting, and we already have our first cold in the house. Poor…

Herbal Oxymels

All summer the gardens are growing high with herbs and flowers. We have balms and ‘docks and roses and berries growing wild along the forest’s edge. And in this rich season, we prepare for the less abundant winter to come. Restocking the apothecary is an essential part of winter preparation. We don’t use many conventional…