This blog is for all of you who think I'm a wuss when it comes to the creepy crawlies. Well, not on this front. For about two months I've seen my rose garden get chewed into twigs. I've come to realize it is a gigantic grasshopper faced red bodied, noisy leaf eater! Their faces are so gross and their mouths are most of it. Well, as I've been listening to their non stop wing rubbing - day and night I thought I had to do something..but how? I don't use pesticides and there are way more of them than me. They are the size of my index finger and I must have counted about 125 of them just on the back wall yesterday.
I know they stare at me when I come and go and I know they don't fear me. They thought wrong this morning. As I looked out the window, I saw 14 of them chomping on the few leaves the climbing roses had left. They are relentless, I said!! That's it!!
With a broom in one hand and a tall stick in another - I started stabbing them, crushing them, stomping them...one by one. I didn't know who was louder as they went down - them or me as I squealed and screamed as I killed them. As more and more leaf eaters were notched on my belt I grew more confident in my victory...and I especially relished squashing two mating leaf eaters at the same time! Ahhh!! Relief!!!
In honor of the blooming herbs here in the Hill Country garden I dedicate this post to the topical uses of Borage, Yarrow, Vitex, Calendula...
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I am a Texas native, an artist, a foodie, and an herbalist. I studied under Nicole Telkes Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine in Austin. I mostly focus on developing and producing body care products using plants I grow or purchase organically.
I’m a nutritionist to dear friends and family, I understand food sensitivities and intolerances and how foods can affect cognitive and physical health. I once suffered from GI illness and through studying alternative means of healing and applying discipline to my wellness plan have overcome chronic inflammation and pain. I was fortunate to heal myself outside of the typical medical model of prescriptions and think many of us can, too. I believe we have the power to heal our bodies. We are all introduced to a myriad of pollutants each day. We are eating, applying them, or inhaling them with little thought. I aim too reduce this minefield by producing toxin free products that are beneficial, nutritive, and easily absorbed through the skin. We all need a little help navigating through today’s exposures. My mission is to help reduce pollution in people, one product at a time. Thank you for joining me in my herbal adventures!
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we all grow up
Verbena (Vervain) Loving Spring
Cactus in Bloom
Spring in the Hill Country 2010
Flowers for Mum
reaching towards the sun
Briar and Basil in the Greenhouse
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