More Than Peppermint ~ Child Friendly Activities For Learning About The Mint Family

More Than Peppermint ~ Child Friendly Activities For Learning About The Mint Family

Autumn is a wonderful time to learn about the amazing Mint Family (Lamiaceae).  There is a delightful abundance of these beautiful plants growing.  And the mint family plants make great allies for dealing with winter illness and even emotional stress from school.  

The mint family is such a child friendly plant family.  Many of the wonderful scents and yummy tastes of plants in this family are easily recognized by children.  The plants are so funny too with their square stems and opposite leaves, they make an easy impression on kids.  

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Elder: A Superb Winter Friend

Elder: A Superb Winter Friend

Elder is an incredibly useful plant with a long history of use.  Having a vast multitude of actions, elder is useful for a wide array of ailments.  Perhaps elder is best known for it’s ability to treat colds and flus.  Elder flowers and berries are the mostly widely known and indeed are the safest parts of the elder plant.

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Grandma's Old Fashion Zucchini Bread

Grandma's Old Fashion Zucchini Bread

After a long, long drive through the corn fields of Nebraska, we would be greeted at my grandparents’ house with a big hug and a homemade cookie.  Each and every time, and I always looked forward to those first few moments.  Sweet relief from the extreme boredom of the car, lots of love and something tasty prepared by loving hands.  Perhaps I got my love of baking from my grandma and my mom.  

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5 Herbal Baths In 5 Days ~ Self Care Challenge

5 Herbal Baths In 5 Days ~ Self Care Challenge

I can’t decide if it is my Cancer Moon or something else that drives me to this craziness…  It’s just that sometimes I feel like I could live in the bathtub.  All it takes is a good book and some warm, salty, herbaceous water to make me feel right at home.  It is so relaxing and restorative.

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Get Ready To Go Back To School With Rosemary

Get Ready To Go Back To School With Rosemary

Typical of most mint family members, rosemary is rich in antibacterial essential oils providing wonderful support for the immune system.  As a mom and preschool teacher I have seen plenty of kids come down with illness at the beginning of the school year.  So why not give little immune systems some gentle support as the school year starts?  Having a lovely action on the nervous system, rosemary simultaneously relaxes and refreshes an overwhelmed, tired mind as well as easing tension headaches.   When your kiddos come home tired and exhausted from school offering them a nice cup of rosemary tea, relaxing foot bath or full body bath with rosemary in the tub will help them let go of the stress of the day and clear away muddled tiredness from their heads.

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