Blog ~ Good Health Grows in Nature

Welcome to the Wintergreen Botanicals blog, where I celebrate the many ways that good health grows in nature. See my most recent blog posts below and also check out the category page links in the column to browse through topics of interest.

This is a NEW feature of my website, so check back regularly as more of my previous content moves into blog format and new content is posted here.

July 27, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

To be honest, oil is not a great solvent for extracting herbs (alcohol, water, and vinegar – in that order – tend to work better). It also has a greater potential to go bad via rancidity, mold, or bacteria, including botulism. Yet, we often use herb-infused oils for topical remedies because oil feels much nicer…

July 27, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

Once upon a time, I liked fewer than five vegetables, and corn on the cob was at the top of the list. Even though my taste buds have expanded to include a kaleidoscope of veggies, fresh-picked corn still holds a special place in my culinary repertoire. Though much maligned (and tinkered with), good corn is…

July 25, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

As an herbalist without a green thumb, I assure you, only weeds surpass herbs in ease of cultivation. Many thrive in spite of terrible soil, varying sun, and infrequent watering. Hungry critters lurking in your garden? Not to worry, most herbs rank low on the taste buds of bugs and other browsers, yet they’re utterly…

July 25, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

Gluten – the sticky, glue-like protein in wheat and its relatives as well as barley and rye (and hidden in many other foods) – is the “in” thing to avoid right now. The number of American households seeking gluten-free foods has increased dramatically over the past ten years, with 30 percent of U.S. adults currently…

July 25, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

I adore bread, potatoes, corn, and rice as much as every other American, but let’s face it: Most of us could use some inspiration to eat fewer carbs and more veggies. One way to significantly up your veg quota is to swap all or some of your standard starch for a veggie-based pseudo-carb. I’m not…

July 24, 2018 Maria Noel Groves

Forget about eating for yourself. Did you know that your body is home to trillions of beneficial bacteria, and the standard American diet is starving them out? These good bugs are part of your microbiome, a newly coined phrase that refers to your body’s ecosystem – both the human part of you and the microbial…