Welcome to the Garden
The pharmacy is located in a small city at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. My challenges are high altitude, lack of rainfall, spring snowfall, a short growing season, and urban pesticide use. Our small lot has mature fruit trees, berry bushes, and a vegetable garden. Over 40 different healing herb species take up the majority of the garden beds. In June I offer a tour to the community and use the garden to teach classes to all ages during the summer months. It is a great place for relaxation and restoration for those facing health challenges. I gift small batch herbal remedies to my community and provide energy healings. Due to recent events in 2020 I now run an on-line parent/child study group to support the passing on of knowledge related to traditional and plant healing. I am passionate about making sure that all people, especially future generations, have access to affordable health options in the form of backyard pharmacies. I am a real world herbalist with scars, gray hair and other “markings” from experiencing a long life. No fantasies here.
The content on this blog is for educational purposes only. Please consult a botanist or field guide for accurate identification of any plant. Ask your doctor or health care provider if herbal medicine is the right match for you. This is especially important if you are pregnant, nursing, elderly, caring for a child, taking prescription medication, or have certain health conditions. This educational information is not meant to be diagnosis, treatment, or advice for medical issues. All photographs and written content on the Blackbird’s Backyard Pharmacy blog is copyrighted (2020). You are welcome to share a link but please do not copy/use any of the content without my written permission.
I come across dried fig jam being sold in many places where I live. It is a popular item on a cheese board. Orange is a common”flavor”in many recipes. When I was harvesting hyssop in October I was inspired to create this variation. Anise hyssop adds both floral and subtle anise notes. This jam isContinue reading “Fig Jam With Anise Hyssop Flowers”
I have made cough syrup with horehound in years past. This is the first year I attempted cough drops. This is a pretty standard recipe for making the traditional horehound candies that have been sold in American candy stores for decades. Horehound grows all around me as an invasive weed on land that has beenContinue reading “Herbal Cough Drops (horehound)”
It is mid November. Shortly before Halloween autumn arrived suddenly and left. Winter is officially here, bringing snow, ice, and cold temperatures. My perennial chrysanthemums never managed to fully bloom. Many herbs did hang on through our brief fall. I still had small harvests of motherwort, oregano, mint, comfrey and plantain. The herbal year lengthenedContinue reading “Whipped Body Butter (calendula)”