Essential Herbal January/February 2024

Essential Herbal January/February 2024

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Crossword, A New Year at The Essential Herbal  
Just for fun, we think you’ll know most of these – or you might pick up a new bit of info!

Field Notes from the Editor, Tina Sams  
Big changes for us, but the magazine will stay just as it is.  Life never stays the same, right?

You Can’t Beat Beets, Alicia Allen
These jewels of the earth seem to have lovers and haters, with few in between.  Alicia gives us several ways to give them another try.

Elderberry Shrub and Mocktail Recipe for Immune Sup­port, Jessicka Nebesni 
Staying healthy with herbal recipes can be delicious and feel luxurious at the same time!

Alcohol Substitutes for Dry January, Marcy Lautanen Raleigh  
Creative ways to create mocktails that are such delicious beverages January might not be enough.

The Garden Year, Jackie Johnson, ND
Gardening is really a yearlong endeavor, even though we usually only think about the growing season and the harvest.  A month to month guide to the activities that make up the rest of the year.

Spices, Kathy Musser  
6 of our most useful spices briefly described with ideas for use.

Jerusalem Artichokes, Rebekah Bailey  
If you haven’t tried eating or growing Jerusalem Artichokes, you’ll want to after reading all about them.  Excellent perennial food source, even with limited space!

Sunchoke Chips, Tina Sams  
My favorite recipe(s) for these useful tubers.

Sunchoke Soup, Susanna Reppert-Brill
Delightful soup utilizing Jerusalem Artichokes and potatoes that you’ll love!  

Herb of the Year™: Yarrow, Kristine Brown RH(AHG)
All about Yarrow, including tincture instructions, a wound powder, and fever reducing tea!  Learn how Yarrow got her tattered leaves, too.

Yarrow for the Teeth, Sylett Strickland
Interesting and successful experiment for the teeth and gums.

Book Excerpt: Foraging (as a way of life )
We love this book!  We chose the section on Norway Maple to share because it is such a beautiful, giving tree.  Readers also get a 20% discount until it comes out in April ’24.

Meet our Contributors   The wonderful group who shares their knowledge and stories.

Wordfind Puzzle  and Crossword Solution New wordfind for the season!  And just in case you didn’t know all the answers to the crossword, here’s the key.