Organic Emily

Black Drawing Salve


This salve is wonderful for drawing out an kind of infection or poison from insect bites especially. It is safe to use on animals as well. Recipe The first step is to make an oil infusion. This can be done either outside in the sun or over the stove top. Solar or stove top infuse […]

Ear Ache Oil

Black Drawing Salve

This ear oil is fabulous and very simple, especially if you grow all the herbs listed yourself! It works really well when alternated with freshly squeezed onion juice. Recipe Place equal amounts of fresh mullein flower, fresh or dried calendula flower, fresh St. John’s Wort flower and fresh chopped garlic in a small jar. Cover […]

Medicinal Herb – Bee Balm

Bee balm

Medicinal Herb Post #30 written July 18, 2018 Bee Balm – Monarda menthaefolia (purple), M. fistulosa (red) Other names for this mint family perennial are wild oregano, horsemint and bergamot, not to be confused with the essential oil bergamot extracted from Australia. It’s simple to grow and can spread by seed or rhizomes. It is susceptible […]

Medicinal Herb – Wormwood

wormwood flowers

Medicinal Herb Post #29 written on July 18, 2018 Wormwood – Artemisia abysinthium This large perennial, also known as mugwort is part of the same family as sage brush and can grow everywhere if you let it go to seed. It is a cousin to white sagebrush (Artemisia ludoviciana) of which contains similar properties. It’s […]

Medicinal Herb – Parsley


  Medicinal Herb Post #28 written July 12, 2018 Parsley – Petroselinum crispum Parsley is a biennial that goes to seed the second year and dies. I planted parsley one time when we first moved into our home 8 years ago and haven’t had to worry about planting again. It produces a lot of seed […]

Medicinal Herb – Garlic and Onion

Garlic plant

Medicinal Herb Post #27 written July 12, 2018 Garlic – Allium Sativum Onion – Allium cepa Harvested my garlic and onions this week. Both of these Allium plants have much in common, are easy to grow and have versatile uses. Garlic should be planted in the fall, in full sun, with each clove about 6 […]

Medicinal Herb – Valerian

Valerian 2

Medicinal Herb Post #26 written July 3, 2018 Valerian – Valeriana officinalis Europeans brought this long time used perennial with them across the great waters. Valerian grows wild in our mountains and has the loveliest smelling flowers. It is considered one of the safest and most effective nervines to help with stress, insomnia, headaches, anxiety […]

Medicinal Herb – Angelica


Medicinal Herb Post #25 written July 3, 2018 Angelica – Angelica archangelica This biennial, also known as wild celery was an essential food source for centuries in places like Greenland, Finland ,Sweden and Norway. It is simple to grow and loves moist soil with afternoon shade. It’s happiest east facing. It produces big leaves the […]

Medicinal Herb – Cone Flowers

Echinacea plant

Medicinal Herb Post #24 written on June 28, 2018 Cone Flower – Echinacea purpurea, E. angustifolia also in this group is Black Eyed Susan – Rudbekia hirta This is one really cool plant and is very popular for good reason. It is considered one of the best immune enhancing herbs out there. It can have […]

Medicinal Herb – Dandelion


Medicinal Herb Post #23 written June 28, 2018 Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale Well it’s true some people love this little plant using it as medicine and many others rage war against it with every pesticide known to man. Maybe after today I’ll convince you to grow or rather leave a little alone on purpose ;) . Did […]