Every year when the first issue comes out, I am once again amazed at the (now) decades that have passed since this little hobby that was just a means of sharing a love of herbs has managed to hang in there and stay relevant. I miss the print version, but the digital version allows us to continue.
This year is just as marvelous as the past 20! We’re still enjoying this ride and people with interesting things to share are sharing through The Essential Herbal. Without further ado…
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Crossword for a winter’s day
Field Notes from the Editor, Tina Sams
About the Cover
How we made the print
on the cover
Mocktails for Black Bottom Saints, Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh
Fascinated by a book, Marcy recreated beverages that were described.
Cotton – Excerpt from “The Vessel: Women, Plants and
Contraception,” Abrah Arneson
A Midwinter Cordial, Heidi Shayla
This version will support the digestive system with a
blend of bitter, spice, sweet, and warm!
Is Native Plant Gardening for You? Jackie Johnson ND
There are lots of good reasons to grow and encourage
Ask the Herb Farmer, Kathy Musser
Kathy shares the
answers to some of her most frequently asked questions.
Sweets to the Sweet, Marci Tsohonis
Peanut brittle that
tastes like Butterfingers™ and rum ball variations – yes please!
Love is Mint to Be, Alicia Allen
A delightful 8 course
menu using floriography (the language of plants) to convey love and affection.
A Musical Playlist for You (and Your Plants,) Susanna Reppert Brill
A look at how plants
used in language have been incorporated into popular music.
Yarrow, Rosehip & Wild Carrot Lip Balm, Amanda Gootgarts
Lip balm packed with
Weeds – A Tale of Two Tails, Barbara Steele
Comparison of some similar
weeds, and one that can hurt animals.
Lemon Verbena, Tina Sams
So pretty, so
fragrant, so many benefits!
And a little about our contributors!
With that, we’re already working on the Extra!