Basic Bath Salts

1 Cup  of Dead Sea Salts 1 Cup Epsom Salts 1 Cup Coarse Sea Salts 1/2 Cup Baking Soda 1/2 Cup Dried Herbs to match Essential Oils 10 Drops of your favorite sessential oil Supplies: Mixing bowl, measuring cups, 26 oz to 32 oz. storage jar, small cloth bag and whisk. Preparation: Sterilize your storage […]

2018 Meetings

Meetings for 2018 have been scheduled and the room has been reserved at the Botanical Center.

Cold and Flu Recipes

Sharon Masterson Cold and Flu Tea ¼ c. dried echinacea leaves ¼ c. dried peppermint leaves ¼ c. dried lemon balm leaves 3 Tbsp. dried elder berries or ¼ c. dried elder flowers, do not eat fresh To use mix 2 tsp. flu blend with 1 cup hot water, add honey if desired. Steep […]

Eat Weeds!

This presentation was given by John Raleigh on October 18th, 2016 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.  

Linda Whiting

Linda Whiting:  Elderberry Syrup and other notes Recommended link:  Wellness Mama Elderberry has been used to treat cold and flu ailments.  Reduces mucus in the nasal cavities and therefore is helps with cold symptoms.  It boosts the immune system, and is useful in treating Autoimmune disorders.   Note: Ingesting significant quantities of raw elderberry can […]

Gardening Tips from Barb

After hardening off move hardy perennials outdoors. Be aware that there is going to be a frost this coming weekend. Divide hardy perennials especially those that didn’t do well last year. Remember: “more roots than shoots.” Tarragon, Thyme, Lemon Balm, Mints, Comferry can all be divided. Start indoors: Basil, Colendula, Parsley. For parsley, pour boiling […]

Herb Garden Planning Day

Herb Garden Planning Day and Unofficial Workday Are you as ready for spring as I am? Since the weather will be spring like this week, I’ll be at the Herb Garden to start cleaning up dead stuff on Friday at 1pm unless the current forecast changes. Anyone who’d like to help out on this first […]

Herb Gardening Tips for Janurary

Plan your herb garden if you are changing anything in it this year or growing one for the first time. Order seeds for January or early spring planting. Some companies will offer a discount on seeds ordered before January first or at least will not increase the prices until then. Most nurseries will not ship […]


Harvest chives and mint since they will be dying back soon. Chives are best preserved by freezing. Pot up some chives and bring indoors or place in cold frame for winter harvesting. Harvest fennel or dill seeds. Rosemary, oregano and thyme can be harvested throughout much of the winter. If snow or ice is predicted, […]

Lavender Massage Oil

2 oz. grapeseed oil 8 drops lavender essential oil 1/4 tsp. vitamin E oil Simply mix ingredients together and place in a container.  No cooking required with this method.