Mar 21

Spring Stirrings

By Diana Byron | Uncategorized

Happy Spring! So much going on behind the scenes as we plan the 2017 season. Here are some things we’ve been working on: Diana’s Garden Herb Farm and Sanctuary — a labor of love that has been years in the making. This is as a place of conservation for endangered plant and pollinator species, as well as […]

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Dec 02

Holiday Craft: Nature Ornaments

By Diana Byron | craft

Looking for an easy homemade gift to give during this holiday season? My 6-year-old daughter and I made these nifty glass ornaments, using items we found in nature. It was as much fun gathering the items as it was actually putting the ornaments together. Here is how to make them: Go on a nature walk. Find a place […]

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Nov 18

Harvesting Roots

By Diana Byron | Harvesting

I recently harvested some roots from my garden and made extracts with them so I thought I’d share my experience for anyone who is new to working with roots.  Roots are some of the most nourishing and medicinal parts of plants. They store beneficial minerals and medicinal compounds which can be extracted and used by humans and animals.   […]

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Nov 01

Make Your Own Natural Vapor Rub

By Diana Byron | Recipe

Ever noticed the ingredients in vapor rubs that are on the market? What goes on your skin ends up in your bloodstream, so Turpentine oil and petroleum products like Petrolatum are not things that I want to rub into my daughter’s chest when she’s congested… or ever, really. Yet these are some of the concerning ingredients found in the leading […]

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Sep 10

Make your own Elderberry Syrup

By Diana Byron | Recipe

Now is the perfect time to make some homemade remedies to have on hand for when you need them this fall and winter. Thankfully, around this time in the Northeast U.S., the Elderberries are fully ripened and ready to harvest. Elderberries are full of anti-oxidants and support healthy immune system functioning. They have anti-viral properties which can […]

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Jul 29

Summer happenings

By Diana Byron | Events

It’s been a busy summer and I’m finally taking a pause to post an update! Had a wonderful time at the Ninefold Festival, where I presented “Herbal Allies for Women”, followed by some great visits with friends and family. The garden has been doing well and I’ve been busy making tinctures, infused oils and flower essences –more […]

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May 16

Upcoming Workshops

By Diana Byron | Events

Here are a couple of workshops I am offering this summer, which can also be found on my Events page:  July 8 – 10, 2016 ~ Herbal Allies for Women Location: The Ninefold Festival in Orange, CT. http://www.ninefoldfestival.com/presenters/presenters-2016/ We will discuss the materia medica, folklore and energetics of a few herbs which are particularly healing and […]

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Apr 23

Earth Day in the Garden

By Diana Byron | Uncategorized

In honor of Earth Day, I thought I’d share some photos from my garden. It’s always a delight to see my herbs popping back up after their winter nap, and to greet them like old friends. Surprised at how nicely the Catnip was already flourishing! I’ve also got more than half a raised bed full of Yarrow! Hello, […]

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Apr 20

Dandelion Recipes

By Diana Byron | Culinary Recipes

It’s Dandelion time in my neck of the woods, and that means fresh Dandelion leaves! Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is an Alterative, meaning that it is a “blood purifier”. Its roots and bitter leaves nourish and tone the liver and kidneys. It is also very rich in vitamins and minerals and has many culinary uses, often added […]

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