Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011


My two year old has eczema, do you have any advice for us?- Shauna Torres

Eczema is a common skin condition, and children show signs of it during an early age. Sixty percent of children who have eczema will show signs of it during the first year of life. There is a link between eczema, allergies and asthma. Children who have a mother with allergies or asthma are more likely to have eczema. Also, children with eczema at a young age are prone to develop allergies/ asthma later on in life, so it is important to protect young children's skin at the first sign!

Eczema can be identified by red, flaky, itchy skin.

Topically, herbs that stop itching such as plantain and oats are great to relieve some of the irritation.

Internally, herbs that help to purify the blood such as oregon grape root can be used. Anti-inflammatory herbs and anti-histmines such as nettles and chamomile will help to boost the immune system's response especially if allergies are involved!

And always remember, that skin conditions are indicators of what is happening inside the body. Proper support of the digestive system is key to overcoming eczema! A healthy diet free of caffeine, alcohol and excess sugar and full of vegetables, fruit and other whole foods is a great way to start protecting beautiful skin!

Here is a link to the Eczema Cream and Sweet Glycerine Tincture I make!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Baking with the Moon

According to the Farmer's Almanac, Wednesday Sept. 7th will be a great day for baking based on the moon's phase. In honor of this day I would like to share with you a delicious recipe for Lavender Cinnamon Buns.

1/4 cup soft butter
2 Tbsp. sugar
3 cups flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 egg
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Blend butter & sugar in a medium bowl. Then add in flour and baking powder until mixture is fine and crumbly. Whisk egg, milk, lemon juice and vanilla in a small bowl. Make a well in the flour mixture & using a fork, briefly mix in milk mixture to form a stiff dough. Do not over knead.

Prepare a floured surface and roll out dough 1/2 inch thick in a rectangle shape.

1/4cup soft butter
2 Tbsp. dried Lavender OR 4 Tbsp. fresh Lavender flowers
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon powder

"Butter" rolled out dough, then sprinkle with Lavender, brown sugar & cinnamon.

Starting at widest edge, tightly roll up dough into a "sausage shape", sealing the far edge with a brush of milk. Pinch edges together. Cut evenly into 12 rounds.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden.

Lavender Frosting
Add 1/2 tsp dried Lavender to 2 Tbsp boiling water. Let it steep until cool and then strain.  Add the Lavender tea to 1 1/2 cups icing sugar and stir to form a smooth spreadable paste.

Ice the buns while still warm. Enjoy!

I found this recipe in my Cooking with Greenheart: A Celebration of Herbal Cooking cookbook. To order your copy email them at greenheartherbalsociety@yahoo.ca

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Planning Your Herbal Garden!

Besides owning a business I also work full time at the local nursery and greenhouse. Now is the time of the year when we stay busy hanging signs that say, "20 and 30% off!" "Clearance!" "End of Season Sale!" and my personal favorite, "All herbs 50% off!"
Summer is ending and we are getting ready to bring in a whole new variety of plants, so we have to clear out our inventory! So for any bargain shoppers (like myself), now is the perfect time to plan your herb garden for next spring!

My husband and I are so blessed to have just moved in a beautiful home with a huge sun room in the back. When I first saw this room I really had no idea what to do with it, but as fall is approaching I am suddenly falling in love with my new "greenhouse".  This is the perfect time to stock up on medicinal perennials. You can re-pot them now so they keep your house fresh all winter, and in the spring they will have strong roots and be ready to be outside! Of course you do not have to have a sun room, a windowsill will work perfectly!

A few herbs on the windowsill in my sun room.

Not only will plants help to keep the air fresh in your house, but anti-bacterial herbs will kill air borne pathogens! This makes having your herbs inside during the winter even better, since it is the time of the year that many people are trying to fight off the cold and flu! Thyme and Rosemary are just a couple examples of anti-bacterial herbs. I like to keep them growing in my kitchen window so they are handy for cooking as well! 

Lemon Thyme is one of my favorite Anti-bacterial Herbs! 

The most important thing to remember when keeping your plants inside, is that they can get messy! It is best to have holes in the bottom of your pots to insure proper drainage. A tray underneath your pots will catch the excess water, and keep your house clean all winter. Some pots even have built in trays! 

My Aloe Vera with a built in tray to keep things from getting messy. 

Well, I've been spending all this time typing and now I'm off to hit the bargain tables at the nursery. Happy indoor gardening everyone! 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Welcome to my Blog!

I am so excited about the response I have had for my blog that I am offering a discount to my followers! The next next eight followers will receive a 10% off coupon to my store!

Send me an email if you are already a follower, or are one of the next eight, at muir-botancials@hotmail.com and I will send you your coupon!

Thanks so much for reading guys!