Herbal Momma's School of Domestic Arts
Herbal Momma, aka, Kristine Farley loves everything herbal, but has an infinity for all domestic and home arts.
This blog is a journal of family and domestic art activities that will be published in her forthcoming book,
Herbal Momma's School of Domestic Arts.

May 28, 2015

Fairy Houses

At Grandma School we have been planning, collecting and dreaming about making Fairy Houses.
Here's what we have made.  It was a fun adventure.  Though the glue sticks are hot and only Grandma (me) gets to use the glue gun.
We decided that each needed a base, thus the plastic pot.
Our collection included, bark, moss, shells, glass stones, 
 broken pottery, dried flowers,  etc.
Collecting our materials was half of the adventure.


We wanted to make them with a little "Hobbit" flare.

Our next step is to create a landscape for each.
Even little man had ideas of what to put where and especially 
wanted the cool glass crystal attached.
I'm sure we will hear the story of what is is for soon.

April 27, 2015

Breakfast from the Farm

Today I gathered beautiful American Spinach from the garden 
and some fresh eggs 
from the chickens for a delicious breakfast.

Fresh, whole foods are one of the keys to good health.
 ~Physically from the wonderful nutrients 
and the physical work it takes to grow it.
~Emotionally from the high vibration  and satisfaction of the foods safety.
~Spiritually from the gratitude and opportunity to participate with God 
in the creation process of growing  some of our own food.
American Spinach is easy to grow in pots or in the garden. 
This is a very fast growing vegetable that can be grown most of the year.
It will reseed or you can save the seeds.
I purchase mine from Renaissance Seeds.

PS-We did not raise the pork for the bacon :(
Maybe next year.

April 24, 2015

Pink Snow



 This is our Flowering Cherry Tree one week ago.

We have enjoyed eating meals under it.
I have spent time reading and relaxing under a its umbrella of pink beauty.





 The last couple of days it has been "snowing" pink.
So beautiful to see the wind pick up the petals in a little flurry of pink.


As you can see the leaves are coming out and the blossoms are falling.
I guess this tree is alot like us.  
We bud, bloom and then develop leaves of wisdom as we grow.
We can and should bask in the beauty of each stage of our lives.
Each one is here to teach a lesson, even if the lesson is 
to only to find the place to bask and find peace in each moment.

April 16, 2015

Lovely Lemon Balm

 ***Updated***  Last Friday I gave a mini-class on Stress and Lemon Balm.  This is the perfect time of year to plant and enjoy this awesome herb!  Enjoy!

Lemon Balm ~ Melissa officinalis
A delightful member of the mint family. The fragrance of Lemon Balm is known for it's "mood lifting" properties.  Just pick some and see that you will have a sunnier disposition.

We have it growing by the front door and back porch.  I "dies" back in the winter and is one of the first herbs to "pop" out in the spring.  Every home should have this lemony  herb. 


Our 14 year old son is now making Lemon Balm Water to drink.  He keeps our glass pitcher full and picks fresh herbs for it every few days.  It keeps in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days.  Just add water to keep it going.
 
Cultivation: Seeds maybe sown in the garden in early spring and germinate quickly. The roots do no seem to put out runners as do mints, but they increase into a hard-to-divide clump. Grows well in full to partial sun.

Actions: sedative, anti-depressant, digestive
stimulant, promotes sweating, relaxing restorative for nervous system, antiviral(possibly due to polyphenols and tannins); antibacterial, carminative, antispasmodic

Language of Flowers: Social intercourse;pleasant company of friends; memories; a cure;
“Don’t misuse me.”

Medicinal Uses: Lemon balm’s main action is as a tranquilizer. It calms a nervous stomach, colic, or heart spasms. The leaves are reputed to also lower blood pressure. It is very gentle,although effective, so is often suggested for children and babies. The hot tea brings on a sweat that is good for relieving colds, flus and
fevers and an antiviral agent has been found that combats mumps, cold sores and other viruses.

Other Uses: Used in potpourris. In the 16th century, it was rubbed on beehives to encourage the bees to create honey. Because it contains citronella oil it is used in insect repellants.

Culinary Uses: Fresh lemon balm imparts a subtle lemon flavor and fresh lemon fragrance, making it especially nice for fruit dishes, custards, and tea. Early fresh leaves can be chopped and added to green or fruit salads; just cut down somewhat on the vinegar or lemon juice. Cut the leaves into slivers and sprinkle on fish or chicken dishes.

Resources:
Companion Plants,;www.companionplants.com
Crimson Sage; http://www.crimson-sage.com
The Rosemary House, www.therosemaryhouse.com
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”Wildcrafting

April 13, 2015

FREE ~ Super Simple Companion Planting Guide

I was recently asked by a begining gardener what to plant by what.  I searched through my garden books and the internet, but all of the charts and articles were too complicated for a beginner.

I created the following chart not just for beginner gardeners, but for myself too, as a quick reference.

I am printing it out, placing in a plastic protector sheet and keeping it with my seed bin that I take out to the garden.

May your garden be a Victory Garden!

PDF - Super Simple Companion Planting Guide