A favorite Olive Oil Cake with Vanilla Honey Butter Frosting. A lemony treat for springtime celebration.
Aww, springtime! One of the herbalist's favorite times of the year. It’s a time to dig fresh spring roots, marvel at the first courageous spring flowers and most of all increase the flavor of bitterness in your diet to flush out the stagnation of winter.
What keeps us Vermonters sane through the dark days of winter, freezing temperatures and piles of snow? Dreaming about planting our gardens in the spring.
These late winter months often tease us with spring like sunshine but mostly consist of snowstorms, freezing temps, and gray skies. Our moods tend to be a little all over the place, too, leaving our bodies in confusing states. As we await the arrival of spring,
Many of us are very lucky: we feel safe in our homes, have access to a reliable food supply (in some cases even delicious, locally-produced fare), and can count on friends and family to provide support and companionship.
Like many of us, the visionaries at the heart of Ancestral Apothecary School have had a turbulent year. It is no small feat for herbalists, trained through deep, physical connection with the natural world, to move into the virtual domain of online classes:
to continue their work, the teachers had to retool their curriculum, build a new teaching platform, and spend long hours in front of glowing screens...
Enjoy these two soothing digestive recipes made with Urban Moonshine Bitters this season. Your guests will leave your home well nourished, and comfortable after the holiday feast!
Have you ever had a craving for something and stopped to think about why you might be craving it? In holistic medicine, our cravings are viewed as signals for a deeper need that our body has; nourishment, energy, grounding, etc.
We have arrived in November, a true in-between time. The colorful leaves have fallen, the garden has been put to rest, and we are awaiting the first snowfall to make the landscape beautiful once again. We've gotten through an election, and we are still living through the stressful times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sometimes I think the Magic that comes with this particular time of year, late October, is the coziness of the nights spent by the fireplace, warm meals, and loved ones to snuggle up with. Moments like these call for celebration and gratitude, good wine, herbal tea, and the sweets that we let ourselves indulge in--guilt-free.
You may have heard about the gut-brain connection and that the health of our bellies has an impact on our moods, but what about the gut's role in the health of our immune system?
August is all about slowing down to be present and savor the fleeting summer. Produce is at its peak, and the garden has become a bit wilder as we tend to weed less to try and keep up with the never-ending supply of vegetables. We’ve been busy preserving food, processing herbs, and indulging in outdoor meals.