Chamomile uses, benefit, and growing

Chamomile: Uses and Benefits (plus 10 recipes and why your garden needs it!)

Something awesome is happening in my yard right now! There is chamomile growing, and I didn’t even plant it this year!  This is year two of “back-to-Eden” gardening for me, or as I like to call it “busy-woman-gardening”. If you have never heard of back to Eden gardening, I highly suggest you look into it. Basically, there is no tilling, little to no weeding, much, much less watering and many of your annuals will re-seed themselves leaving you to just sit back and admire nature at work (or if you are like me, do a million other things instead!) Currently, I have my beloved chamomile, as well as calendula, cilantro, parsley, arugula, and mustard greens popping up in my garden in addition to my perennial herbs. All of this with NO work from me this season.  Continue reading “Chamomile: Uses and Benefits (plus 10 recipes and why your garden needs it!)”

Holy Basil (aka Tulsi): Lowers stress hormones and boosts energy! #naturalremedies #herbs #wellness #reclaimingvitality

Lower Stress Hormones and Boost Energy with Holy Basil (aka Tulsi)



Holy Basil tea has been a part of my evening ritual again for the past few weeks. I discovered it last summer and drank a lot of it, but then I couldn’t find it in loose leaf form for about 6 months and so I got out of the habit of drinking it. Finally, I found it again, but I decided that I needed to start growing it so that I would always have a secure supply on hand. It is THAT good. Luckily it is very easy to grow. (You can find seeds here if you decide to grow it.) The pictures are from my Holy Basil plants that are just starting to flower. If you’re still reading, you are probably wondering just what is so awesome about this Holy Basil plant, right? Well, I am just thrilled to answer you! Read on, my friend. Continue reading “Lower Stress Hormones and Boost Energy with Holy Basil (aka Tulsi)”

Lemon Balm: Calms anxiety, encourages restful sleep, fights viruses and more! #herbs #herbalremedies #naturalremedies #reclaimingvitality.com

Lemon Balm: Calms Anxiety, Encourages Restful Sleep, Fights Viruses and More!



Meet the lovely lemon balm! This relative to mint is so easy to grow; you can basically put it in the ground and forget about it. If you don’t have garden space, you can easily grow it in a container.

Lemon balm is a miracle worker for us humans and a favorite of the bees. It is completely safe for adults and children. In fact, it used to be a combined with chamomile and dill as common colic remedy for fussy babies. Made as a tea, it is so tasty! If you are interested in learning more about herbal remedies, Rosemary Gladstar has an excellent introductory book called Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide. I highly recommend it!  Read on to find out what you can use lemon balm for. Continue reading “Lemon Balm: Calms Anxiety, Encourages Restful Sleep, Fights Viruses and More!”

Dandelion: The superfood growing in your yard

Dandelion: A Super Food?



Oh, the lowly dandelion! This “weed” is actually anything but lowly, and now that it is spring, it is the perfect time to bring to mind their benefits before you start your war with them (if you do). Please allow me break down the benefits of consuming the different parts of dandelions for you. Continue reading “Dandelion: A Super Food?”

Gardening: The Health Benefits The many health benefits of gardening #microbiome #guthealth #health #reclaimingvitality

Gardening: The Health Benefits

The calendar professes that it is spring. Although it hasn’t felt much like spring here in the Seattle area, I am excited to start gardening. Right now I have some seeds started indoors and we are doing a major renovation of the garden. We are taking out the old raised beds and converting it to a square foot garden. I am going to do a whole section of medicinal herbs this year! Continue reading “Gardening: The Health Benefits”