CHRISTMAS DECORATING PART II

This Christmas, there’s a revival of ancient traditions in decorating.  Foremost is the use of natural elements.  Lovingly blending natural materials into your home décor achieves a unique feel and sense of timelessness.  Last week we looked at Christmastime...

CHRISTMAS DECORATING PART I: NATURALLY FABULOUS  

  Christmas 2020 marks a return –in a big way – to ancient traditions. Foremost is a trend to natural elements in decorating. A trend fueled in part by a revival of Mid Century Modern stylings and more significantly by awareness of the increasingly perilous state...

HISTORICAL HERBS AND SPICES OF CHRISTMAS

HISTORICAL HERBS AND SPICES OF CHRISTMAS By: Donna Easto, C.H., H.C., M.H, H.Ed. Frankincense and Myrrh:  Our modern understanding of the gifts of the Wise Men focuses mostly on their monetary value.  However, there’s an even more important reason that the Magi chose...

SCENTS OF CHRISTMAS

Perhaps I became a herbalist because I grew up in a household where herbs, spices, and home-made perfumes and flower waters played a major role in Christmas celebrations.  My Great-Grandmother, Grandmother and Great Aunts were all English ladies of the Victorian era. ...

SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS DRINKS

ROSE HIPS AND BERRIES (a vitamin C boost in the morning) 1 tbsp dried rose hips (crushed) 1 tbsp dried berries (strawberries, blueberries, bilberries) 8 oz. fresh boiling water. Steep covered for 5 minutes minimum, remove the herbs and berries and enjoy.  Sweeten with...