Category Archives: Health

What is Kefir?

What is Kefir? Kefir, pronounced as keh’-feer, alternately known as “Grains of the Prophet Mohammed”, “Drink of the Prophet”, “Tibetan Mushroom”, “Balm of Gilead”, “California Bees”, “Snow Lotus”, kombucha, tibcos, Yogurt Plant”, “Yogurt Mushroom”, is a cultured beverage that originally hails from Russia. It is a fermented, enzyme-rich food resembling yogurt filled with friendly bacteria, […]

Unrefined Coconut Oil

Cocos nucifera

Unrefined Coconut Oil (from Cocos nucifera) I’ve been including coconut oil in my salve recipe because I find it really makes my skin glow. Since I’ve been using it for the past several years I’ve not had itchy or scaly skin, instead my skin always has a smooth and silky feel. I find the coconut […]


Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Dandelion is a mainstay of my health arsenal; I personally use dandelion year-round as a tincture, tea, coffee and as a green in salads and stir-fries on an almost daily basis. Spring has so much to pick in the field and through wildcrafting. Fiddleheads, ramps, and dandelions really contribute to a health […]


Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is among my favorite healing herbs that I grow at the farm for my salves.  Calendula epitomizes the enormous medicinal value of the homegrown plants in my gardens and fields. Its bright-orange blossoms remind me of the sun and uplift my mood. I hope to always have them in my […]