With all the craziness going on in 2020, I must admit that I didn’t feel like coming up with a word for 2021 at all. I was seriously considering skipping it—unless something became clear. I did pray about it, but just wasn’t very motivated to listen. Oops! That reminds me... Read More
There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. Division, distrust, and despondency have been constantly knocking on the door of our hearts. And the sad truth is that things will very likely not improve much for the foreseeable future. So, what should we do? I will... Read More
Unless you’ve been on a deserted island or otherwise off-grid for years, you have probably heard about the wonders of turmeric, or its active ingredient curcumin. It is definitely an herb you’ll want to know about. Turmeric is root that looks somewhat similar to ginger, except the flesh is bright... Read More
Summer has arrived, and so has the heat! That means it’s time for some cool, refreshing beverages, and I don’t mean sugary sodas or blue sports drinks either. I like to throw fruit and herbs into some water and place it outside in the sun for a few hours to... Read More
Wait a minute! Cucumbers aren’t herbs are they? Actually the term “herb” is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as: 1.  a seed-producing annual, biennial, or perennial that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of a growing season 2.  a plant or plant part valued for... Read More
Dill is a dainty, fragile herb. It can’t take the heat, so the best time to grow it is in the spring and fall depending on where you live. That’s when you’ll see it more often in the grocery stores, too. Here in NC it’s time to start harvesting all... Read More
What does it mean to get to the core of something? What does it have to do with fitness? If you have ever taken an exercise class, you have most likely worked on your core. But what is the core? What does that word mean? I began thinking about how the... Read More
Let’s talk about about a fairly obscure herb today: motherwort (which means herb for the mother). It’s also known as Lion’s Tail or leonurus cardiaca. True to its name, motherwort has traditionally been used to stimulate uterine contractions and facilitate childbirth. It can also remedy late menstruation, but should be... Read More
We usually think of sage during the holidays when we make Thanksgiving turkey and dressing. However, sage is quite versatile, pairing well not only with poultry and stuffing but also with beef, pork, sausage, eggs, cheese, squash, apples, and citrus. Other recommended pairings with sage are asparagus, beans, Brussels sprouts,... Read More
Hearts and love. The two go hand in hand. We post heart emojis on social media to say, “I love you,” and send Valentines covered in hearts to our beloved. February is the month when we celebrate love, but it’s also National Heart Health Month. So, what better time to talk... Read More