Hibiscus sabdariffa – My Latest Obsession

I have lately been obsessed with Hibiscus sabdariffa.  I ordered some dried herb for a bitter that I was making and one day I made iced tea with it. I added some honey to sweeten and it was the perfect cool down on a hot Summer’s day. I was intrigued by this plant and set…

The Treasure Tree

WHAT IS SUMAC? Growing prolifically here at the cOsMic Owl is a little tree (large shrub technically) loaded with treasure. It’s the sumac. There are different varieties – smooth, staghorn, winged. We have winged sumac (Rhus copallina). It has a piece of foliage growing along the stem of the compound leaves, in between the leaflets….

Goldenrod: Friend or Foe?

Many have contributed their Fall sniffles to Goldenrod. However, it may actually be Ragweed that is causing the itchy, watery eyes and runny noses. Goldenrod may be the treatment you need. As nature includes poisonous, irritating plants, she also provides the remedy and it’s usually nearby. Goldenrod Also called Blue Mountain Tea Scientific name: Solidago…

Goodbye Rain, Hello Mosquitoes!

After several days of storms and flooding rains, we finally get a little break today. The sun greeted me brightly this morning. As I went out to feed the chickens every step I took sounded like I was walking on a sponge. The rain has been a blessing though many areas in Oklahoma are dealing…

Lambsquarter – Nutrient Dense Food, Medicine and More

Cultivation Lambsquarter grows wild and we have an abundant supply here. I recently harvested a bag full of young leaves from our garden. It is comparable to Spinach in many ways. Compared to Spinach, Lambsquarter is higher in calcium, protein, and fiber.  This link compares raw Lambsquarter with raw Spinach in detail. The young tender…

Most Wonderful Time of the Year & Dandelions

There is a different energy accompanying Spring and we naturally are in sync with it, we just may not realize it. Even during nice days throughout the Winter when I could have gone out and worked, you know, got a little ahead, I just didn’t feel like it. I worried that maybe come Spring, I…

Hibernation Update and The Great Comfrey Plant

Well…what a slacker I have been! Not exactly…I did take some time off of blogging. However, I am ready and committed to more regular posts, so stay tuned. It has been a very mild winter so far. In fact, it has not felt too much like winter at all. We are enjoying another week of…

Wildcrafting

Wildcrafting has been an interest of mine for awhile. I try to identify edible and medicinal plants that grow wild here. So far I have harvested Yellow Dock and Yarrow. There is so much growing here that I know is edible and has medicinal value but I have yet to identify them all. I was…

Work and Rest

I am a little behind on my blog and that is because it has been very busy around here! A quick update: We lost our Golden Campine hen, Cutie Pie. While I never confirmed why she died, she exhibited symptoms consistent with one or two known viruses that kill hens. My other hens are fine….

Winter Health

*The following is my unprofessional information and opinion based on my own practices and research. It is important to know the contraindications of herbs and that some people could experience allergic reactions. So please look into that, or shoot me a message and I will be happy to look it up for you.* The flu…

A Time to Reflect and Plan

The reds and yellows are giving way to brown and bare. The bright blue Autumn sky is dotted with fluffy islands of clouds sailing by. Lingering green grass covered with leaves creates a beautiful landscape, inviting one to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the sound of leaves crunching under foot. It is the time…

Elderberry Syrup

Remember that quote from Monty Python The Holy Grail? …. “And your father smelt of elderberries.” Well, I know exactly what that means now. In fact, all of the occupants of this house now smell like elderberries! ‘Tis good stuff though. Read on. Elderberries contain oligomeric procyanidins that act to enhance circulation and reduce allergies…