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The Herbal Blog Contest – Week # 8

Bertha Reppert (1919-1999) was the founder of The Rosemary House and our mum. She was a Renaissance woman ahead of her time when she opened a herb and spice shop in a conservative East coast town in 1968. Convinced that once everyone learned about herbs they would love these plants as much as she did, she became an avid educator about the secrets of herbs. Lecturing, writing and always promoting herbs, Bertha Reppert became a mentor to many. This weeks prize is a copy of her last herbal and one of our very favorites.

Bertha Reppert’s TwelveMonth Herbal features 365 herbal essays one for each day of the year. Written like she is speaking to a friend this book is fun, informative and easy to read. Many folks have told us they reread the book every year and make their own daily notes in the margins. Be sure to leave a comment to this post and at the other participating herbal blogs (see the links below) for your chance to win this clever book (an $18.00 value) filled with herbal lore, recipes and crafts (priceless). Sisters Susanna, the herbalist, and Nancy, the culinary artist, continue to share their Mother’s love of all things herbal at The Rosemary House, the herb and spice gift shop, and at Sweet Remembrances tea room

The following blogs are also participating, so stop over, post a comment on these blogs for additional chances to win this weeks giveaway AND the chance to explore some cool blogs.

Nature’s Gift to be announced (next week)
Torchsong Studio to be announced (two weeks)
The Essential Herbal – magazine subscriptions
Garden Chick – fairy cookie kit
SunRose Aromatics – facial exfoliant and liquid soap
Herbs from the Labyrinth – tea sampler
Pattiā€™s Potions – lip balms
PrairieLand Herbs – healing wand
Aquarian Bath – lip balm and soap
The Rosemary House (where a list of winners will be posted on the 24th)

Check back we have a couple more weeks of give-aways!

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Summer Solstice ~ This & That

Solstice Moon Illusion ~
June 16 , 2008: Sometimes you just can’t believe your eyes. This week is one of those times.On Wednesday night, June 18th, step outside at sunset and look around. You’ll see a giant form rising in the east. At first glance it looks like the full Moon. It has craters and seas and the face of a man, but this “moon” is strangely inflated. It’s huge!

A shout out to one of our very own locals:
Dr. Mike Shapiro is a long time family friend, and someone that has helped me thru the years. A true healer in his own right, if you are in the area and need a chiropractor, he is the ‘go to’ guy.! To read more about Dr. Mike and what he does, please visit his website: Dr.MikeShapiro.com

On the Essential Herbal list that I am on, Sue over at Farm At Coventry, spoke about drying herbs .. with her permission here is the post where she describes the process:

It’s almost too simple …
– Harvest herbs right after dew dries on a sunny day
(with the knowledge that the next few days will be dry and sunny)
– Put small amounts of herbs in paper bags being careful not to load it up to full.
– They have to be able to breathe.
– Keep the doors and windows of the vehicle closed.
– You can either put the bag in the trunk or the back seat.
– Give the bag a shake a few times a day.
– By the third day they should be completely dry.

Note:
(I have dried lemon verbena completely in 6-8 hours in a hot car!)
Fleshier leaves will take longer.

We dry all of our calendula flowers, mints and oregano this way.
They dry very crisp and retain the color. Its amazing.

I will never hang bundles again in this humid old PA farmhouse! You’ll? just need to bring them in, strip off the leaves and IMMEDIATELY store them in a dark place in an airtight container.

My best advice for this process is to harvest small amounts at a time.

One time I harvested all my oregano at once and decided to put down the back seat of my SUV , lay down a cloth tablecloth, then all the oregano and cover it all with paper bags. My car smelled like a pizzeria for a week until it was dry! and it took forever to get it stripped off and put away.

Remember:: Only pick what you can comfortably process.

Sue said credit for this information should be given to Jim Long at Long Creek Herbs .

Well, Summer is officially here.! Don’t forget to stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids, and protect your skin. And remember that little children and the elderly on really hot days need extra attention.!

Summer veggies, farmers markets, bounty from your garden, fresh cut flowers, the ocean and just relaxing .. the lazy days of summer are here. Be safe and enjoy,!

~ until next time, Rosanne
SunRoseAromatics.com

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Winter Doldrums / Valentine’s Day Love


With Mercury Retro and the ‘Winter Blues’, many of my friends are feeling that midwinter ‘funk’ .. its been an amazing few days.

A dear friend Nancy Ogren a wonderful astrologer wrote:

‘Pluto in Capricorn reminds us that we always have a choice and that when we abdicate our responsibilities, we give away our power.’

Just what I needed to hear to make myself ‘snap out of it’ .. as she so wisely pointed out, its time to ‘ start stepping up and speaking up.!

Being proactive .. I would like to post a link to a free issue of an online magazine called the Essential Herbal.
This is the link: http://www.essentialherbal.com/March%20April%202007.pdf

Tina Sams is the creator of this magazine, which I think you will find informative and fun.

Valentine’s Day is approaching and there is nothing better then receiving a ‘special little something’ .. showing that person how special they are to you.

In case you didn’t notice, we are offering 5% Valentine’s Day discount off all orders over $75.00 for our retail customers, regardless of any other discounts. (this does not include shipping).

Visit: http://www.sunrosearomatics.com/
for ideas on that ‘little something special’.!

A wonderful massage blend, a little aroma jewelry,
some wonderful handmade aromatic soap.

Or.. Pamper yourself to a ‘little something’ to chase those ‘Winter Blues’ away.!
~ Until next time