Author Archives: Kathy Stevens

My Favorite Herb Garden Tea

I often walk my herb garden with a colander.  It’s fun to gather sprigs of fresh herbs for my teapot.  Sometimes I harvest a bit of thyme and mint to give me energy for the day ahead.  Other times I reach for  chamomile, lemon balm, and  a bit of mint to bring calm.  My body […]

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Six more Ways to use Lavender Essential Oil

Recently I met a woman who carries a small bottle of lavender essential oil where ever she goes.  She says it is like having your own personal first aid kit on hand. Knowing all the wonderful attributes of this healing oil, I am thinking I should do the same thing.  Though I have used lavender […]

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A Lavender Bath with Epsom Salt

Did you know that lavender is derived from the Latin word, lavare, which means to wash? I enjoyed learning this because I often put several drops of lavender essential oil in the bath water. Relaxing in a lavender bath washes away the “residue” of a busy day. It calms my overstimulated mind and eases me […]

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Lavender Essential Oil One of Nature’s Gifts

Lavender was the first herb I planted in my garden. It was love at first smell. When I discovered there were over 40 species and as many as 400 varieties, I began visiting public gardens and nurseries to see and smell the aroma of different species. I planted several of them in the school garden. […]

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Rosemary Gingerbread Cookies

Rosemary is a healing herb that is also an amazing culinary herb. It is often used to flavor meat, poultry, and vegetables.  I like to pick a few sprigs of rosemary from my backyard shrub and lay the individual needles on pork chops or chicken thighs before putting them on the grill.  Freshly minced rosemary […]

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A Cup of Rosemary Tea

Years ago I lived on a 20 acre citrus farm in central California.  An acre of this land was devoted to growing herbs. I planted parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme along with lavender, lemon balm, aloe, and so many others. Though our citrus was sold to grocery stores up and down the west coast, we […]

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Rosemary for your Bath

Years ago my daughter Lindsay and I took a weekend trip to Cambria, California, a small seaside tourist community. We were both finishing a week of school. She was in third grade and I was a fourth grade teacher.  Friday evening we checked into our motel located across the road from Moonstone Beach. The next […]

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Meet Rosemary

During the holiday season many folks buy a rosemary Christmas tree from a local nursery or even the grocery store. I have been one of those people. After the holidays I planted the tree in my school herb garden and now it is a thriving shrub. Year round my students and I harvest the stems […]

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What is a Tea Bowl?

A Tea Bowl is a tasty potpourri of spices and herbs. Last November I made my first bowl. It’s a blend of dried bay leaves, chunks of cinnamon, cloves, and dried orange slices. Sometimes I add small cuttings of rosemary fresh from the garden.  The amazing fragrance warms my kitchen and ushers in the spirit […]

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What is a Sniffy?

A Sniffy is an aromatic bundle of herbs. Hold a sniffy in your hand and squeeze this herbal treasure to release a wonderful aroma. Sniffies come in many scents. They can be created from a single herb such as lavender or a combination of herbs. Years ago my 4th grade class and I made sniffies […]

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