Organic Emily

Medicinal Herb – Thyme

Thyme plant

Medicinal Herb Post #37 written on July 31, 2018 Thyme – Thymus vulgaris Thyme is one of my favorite sun loving perennial herbs for cooking, but did you know it’s a powerful medicinal too? It loves our alkaline soil here in Utah and there are lots of varieties to choose from. If you want the […]

Medicinal Herb Post – Sage

Sage plant

Medicinal herb post #36 Sage – Salvia officinalis written July 30, 2018 Believe it or not this sun loving perennial is actually apart of the mint family. There are more than 750 varieties. The officinalis variety is hardy in zones 4-8 so it grows well here in our Utah climates, as do many other kinds. […]

Medicinal Herb Post – Rosemary

Rosemary plant

Medicinal Herb Post #35 written July 30,2018 Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis Native to the Mediterranean, Rosemary means “dew of the sea” as it grows wild along the sunny hillsides next to the sea. It is a perennial in zones 7-10, in warmer climates like St. George. There is a variety named Arp that is supposed […]

Medicinal Herb Post – Oregano

Oregano plant

Medicinal Herb Post #34 written July 26, 2018 Oregano – Origanum vulgare and other spp. Oregano is a sun loving perennial that reseeds easily in rich soil if allowed to flower and go to seed. Keep it cut back regularly and it will keep producing spring, summer and fall. I like to dry it and […]

Medicinal Herb Post – Basil


Medicinal Herb post #33 written July 26, 2018 Basil – Ocimum basilicum and Ocimum sanctum (Holy Basil) This sun loving annual is part of the mint family, with a square stem and alternating and opposing leaves. It has over 150 different varieties of its kind like lemon, cinnamon and holy basil to name a few. […]

Shingles-Herpes-Cold Sore Salve

Salve 1

This salve works! The key ingredient is Lemon Balm or Melissa officinalis. It kills any strains of the herpes virus from shingles and chicken pox to genital herpes and cold sores.  It will definitely shorten the duration of any outbreak.  The plants are simple to grow and use. Here’s how to make it yourself. Recipe […]

Medicinal Herb – Gumweed

Gumweed 1

Medicinal Herb Post #32 written July 23, 2018 Gumweed – Grindelia spp. This little happy weed is a perennial that grows in poor dry soil. Although some have said their experience with it has been shown to be an annual or biennial. I’ve also grown it in fertile soil in my own back yard too. […]

Medicinal Herb – Cayenne


Medicinal Herb Post #31 written July 23, 2018 Cayenne – Capsicum annuum and all other hot peppers included. This annual is easy to grow in fertile soil and full sun. I like to start seeds indoors the first part of March, keeping them 1 inch below T8 lights on a shelf in my kitchen. Just […]

Emily’s Skin Salve


This stuff is my go to for everything! I’ve been making it for years and sharing with friends and family. There are so many stories people have shared with me about the salve that continue to surprise me. It is the best thing for sun burns, alleviating the pain, but also shortening the redness and […]

Natural Hand Sanitizer


This recipe is super easy and alcohol free or if you want a little rubbing alcohol  in it you can use half witch hazel and half rubbing alcohol. I feel like the orange, lemon and tea tree essential oils do a good job disinfecting.  This recipe is also safe for small children who shouldn’t absorb […]