Would you like to be on The Herbal Path?

The Herbal Path


When I was taking applications for my apprenticeship program, I noticed a few things: 1- People WANT to learn about herbalism and a more natural holistic way of life. 2-Time and distance prohibited a lot of folks who were interested from applying. 3-I got a lot of great applicants and I am going to have a really hard time choosing only 2 people!

All of these things led me to realize that if I could somehow create an online interactive program, I could reach and serve all those people who really want and need herbalism in their lives. 

Out of that came The Herbal Path. A comprehensive beginner’s herbalism course set in an a private Facebook group. Sort of like a classroom. I wanted it to be in a group format so students could help and learn from each other-and maybe make some friends! Other online learning programs seem so isolating with limited human interaction.  

This is a 5 month program that will give you an introduction to the basics of working with herbs: methods of medicine preparation, history of herbalism, folklore, wildcrafting, beauty and skin care products, replacing chemicals in your home with natural homemade methods, how to eat a whole foods diet (both traditional foods and veganism), and more. 

The group is hosted by myself and my good friend Carolyn Schreiner of The Natural Choice Apothecary. Each week a new file will be uploaded to the group. That week we will work on that particular topic. Assignments will be uploaded to the group for group discussion.  Each student will receive a small sampling of herbs to work with-with the option to purchase more if desired. 

Now, for the part that I am sure you are all wondering about: cost. That is always the big inhibitor, isn’t it? There are TONS of things that I have found that I would love to join and take part in, but they always cost way too much for me to be able to afford. So-with that in mind, I want to make this program available for EVERYONE who wants to participate. It is only $25 a month.  That’s right! Can you believe it?  This is such an amazing deal. $25 is about the cost of 1 class, typically. AND, you don’t have to leave your house. You don’t even have to put clothes on! So, you get 4 classes for the price of one, don’t have to get dressed, don’t have to spend gas money, and get a great learning experience. How can you NOT sign up?  Our first series starts November 1st, so be sure to sign up soon!

{Day 3} Be heard – speak less.


This is one of my favorite things to attempt. To be heard without words. Allow your actions to speak for you. This, of course, requires your actions to having meaning. Slow your roll-and make sure that everything you do is on purpose.

{Day 3} Try to wake up before the rest of your family. After you make your morning lemon water/tea (you’re still doing that, right?) Step outside. Take a seat. Close your eyes. Feel the warmth of your cup in your hands. Smell the fresh morning air. Are the birds up, yet? I imagine my cat will be winding around between my legs. Or-chasing one of those birds. Soak in the welcoming of the day. State your intention for the day. Is it to be productive? Is it to be understanding? Whatever it is. Focus on what you hope to accomplish and what it will take to to realize that intention. Listen to the silence. Learn from the stillness.

Remember, share your picture if you’d like! Tag it with #30daymindfulnessproject or #30daysofmindfulness or whatever else you would like. Or don’t! The choice is totally yours.

Your daily mantra: Speak only if it improves upon the silence. Gandhi

{Day 2} Strive for progress, not perfection.  

I hope everyone has gotten off to a good start. And, if not-there is always the next day. Always start where you are. If you enjoyed starting your day off with a warm cup of lemon tea, continue this morning ritual. If not, think about what you learned from it and move on.

{Day 2} Today we will focus on movement. Intentional movement. Too often we mindlessly move throughout the day from task to task. Carve out at least 30 minutes of your day. Practice yoga, go for a run or walk, swim, hike, or whatever sings to your heart. Focus on your breath. Purposefully breathe in…..and out….if you are labored in your breathing, attempt to slow your pace. Tune everything else out but the breath. Feel it energize your body as it travels in, down your chest into your stomach, extending to your fingertips and toes. Exhale everything that you want to remove from your life. Insecurity, fear, anger. Breathe in love, acceptance, joy.

Remember, share your picture if you’d like! Tag it with #30daymindfulnessproject or #30daysofmindfulness or whatever else you would like. Or don’t! The choice is totally yours.

Your daily mantra: Now is where love breathes. Rumi

{Day 1} The most difficult step of any journey is the first.

Welcome to the 30 Day Mindfulness Project! I am so glad that you have chosen to join me on this path. I am excited about what we can learn about ourselves throughout this process. We will be starting first thing in the morning, so I wanted you to be able to read about the day’s idea tonight. As I said in the introduction email, we will use this project as a tool to help us slow down and focus on our lives in each moment. Also, we will be integrating some clean living and natural wellness as well. Some of the ‘assignments’ will be habits that you may want to continue to do every day. Those things I will list in subsequent emails as reminders. I want you to remember: this is about the process and intention-not about following the rules exactly. If the day’s task or project isn’t interesting, replace it with something that is! Be creative and HAVE FUN. Let’s begin!

{Day 1} This morning (or whatever time you decide to begin) I would like to offer you the idea of starting your day by drinking a cup or two of warm lemon water before you do anything else. It wakes up your digestive system by hydrating it. That way, your body is ready for the day. While you are preparing it, really pay attention to the process. Setting your tea kettle on, slicing and squeezing the lemon. Pay attention to the sounds you hear. Are you children awake, yet? Are there birds chirping outside? Smell the citrus and warm your hands on your cup. Focus your all your energy on those few minutes you are enjoying your first beverage of the day.

Remember, share your picture if you’d like! Tag it with #30daymindfulnessproject or #30daysofmindfulness or whatever else you would like. Or don’t! The choice is totally yours.

Your daily mantra: Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful. Annette Funicello.

2016 Herbal Apprenticeship

  • Are you passionate about natural health and living?
  • Do you want to learn how to create herbal medicine, but you don’t know exactly where to begin?
  • Do you want to get your hands dirty?

If so, then maybe you would be interested in joining me next year as my apprentice! Apprenticeships start in March 2016. I will be selecting TWO individuals to apprentice with me next year for a 3, 6, or 9 month program.

In this program you will learn:

  • how to create herbal preparations such as poultices, tinctures, flower essences, salves, infused oils, decoctions, and more;
  • how to ID plants in your area and ethically wildcraft;
  • formulate your own herbal remedies;
  • about the different body systems, how they are connected, and which plant allies align with various organs;
  • create nourishing meals to support a healthy person;
  • gardening and cultivating medicinal and culinary herbs; and more!

This program is in no way comparable to larger scaled herbalism courses or apprenticeships. You will not be qualified as a clinical herbalist or certified as a master herbalist upon completion. But you will receive a good foundation in the art of plant medicine with real life hands on experience.

Program costs are based on desired length of apprenticeship (minimum of 3 months is required). Work-study options are available.

If you are interested in learning about herbalism in a casual, home-based environment, continue on to our online application. Please make sure to include your contact information. Interviews will begin in October 2015.

**Please note: this is NOT a correspondence course. All work will be done in Angelina’s home based herbal studio in Spartanburg, SC**



Fall 2015 Workshop Lineup




Hop on over to the Classes page to check out details and register for our fall workshops. We have something for everyone!

September 26th, We have our Medicine Making Workshop-you’ll be making salves, tinctures, teas, and oils.

October 10th is our Winter Wellness and Tincture 101 class.

November 7th we are doing a DIY Mom & Tot Pampered Spa Kit! Just in time for the holidays.

As always, I am available to do private classes in your business or home. Just send me an email at angie@herbandrenewal.net 

How to Make a Garlic and Herb Oxymel…for respiratory health

garlic and herb oxymel

It really is that time of year. The lush green of Summer melds into vibrant hues of red, yellow, and orange. There is a slight crisp to the morning air. And your kids wake up with the crud. You know the crud. Not quite sick enough to stop life, but left to its own devices, the crud can quickly turn into something worse.

Well, this morning, my youngest daughter, Liza Jane-4, woke up with the crud. She had a slight cough last night, but by morning it was hacking and phlegmy.  The first thing I did, was give her a healthy dose of my Elderberry Plus Syrup.  Then, I got to working on my Garlic and Herb Oxymel recipe. Before I get into the details of the recipe (there are two ways to make it), you are probably thinking “Oxy-what?” Oxymel comes from the Latin “oxymeli” meaning “acid and honey”. Put simply, it is a mixture of an acid-vinegar-with honey to make various herbal remedies. In our case, for respiratory support.

As I mentioned earlier, there are several ways to prepare your oxymel. The first is the preferred, but as is the case with most herbal preparations, it takes time to reach its full potency and is the way that you would make it BEFORE you need it. The second is a faster preparation for those of us who need something NOW.

The ingredients that you need for both methods are exactly the same:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar (preferably raw and organic)
  • Raw Local Honey (if possibly)
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Various Herbs (I chose mullein, thyme, sage, and oregano because these are great herbs for respiratory health)


  1. Get a clean canning jar. Put equal parts of chopped garlic and your herbs in the jar. Fill it 1/3-1/4 full.
  2. Add equal portions of vinegar and honey until jar is full.
  3. SHAKE IT! Give it a shake every day.
  4. Patience. Let it sit for 2 weeks.                                                                                           IMG_0585
  5. Strain, label, and refrigerate.


  1. Add herbs and apple cider vinegar to a glass pot/pan. Make sure that you use twice as much vinegar than you intend to have at the end. Also, make sure that you have a glass pot for this method. Vinegar leaches minerals and you do not want any metals leached into your oxymel. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Please be careful as vinegar is very strong when heated.                                                            IMG_0583
  2. After vinegar is reduced by half, strain, cool, and add equal parts of honey.
  3. SHAKE IT!                                                                                                                             IMG_0614
  4. Try to convince a very picky 4 year old that it doesn’t taste disgusting! I usually give a tablespoon or two every 3 hours. It should get rid of the crud fairly quickly. I’ve never had to give an oxymel for more than 24 hours!

Now, there is a pretty popular oxymel that is making its way around the internet-any guesses as to what it is called? The first person to comment below the correct answer wins an 8oz. bottle of my Garlic and Herb Oxymel-not available for purchase!

All About Herbal Tinctures

all about tinctures

Herbal tinctures are one of my favorite ways to take herbal medicine. They are fast-acting, potent, and portable! While teas are great, and I LOVE my teas, tinctures are usually my go-to for the ease and quickness. A dropper full of tincture is easy to just squirt into your mouth-whereas you have to go through the process of boiling water, steeping herbs, straining, sweetening, etc. Which, don’t get me wrong-I love the ritual of brewing teas! But, when you have a sinus headache, you want something to hit it fast and hard.

Oh, you don’t know what a tincture is? Let me explain! A tincture is simply an extract of constituents of the plant material into a menstruum (solvent-alcohol, vinegar, or vegetable glycerin, typically). My preferred menstruum is alcohol. I personally use 190 proof organic alcohol that I then dilute down to appx. 100 proof. But, you can just buy a cheap bottle of vodka, rum, brandy, etc. as long as it is around 100 proof (50%). Anything less and you run the risk of not getting the full extraction.

I use tinctures for all kinds of things. Headaches, stress, allergies, sleeplessness, anxiety, liver support, digestion, respiratory support, immune boosting. All the things! As I said, alcohol is the preferred solvent, as it and the water content are sure to extract the alkaloids and water soluble components of the plant. Now, the exception is if I want to extract the nourishing components of a plant (vitamins and minerals). In that case, I like to use apple cider vinegar.

If you are concerned about using alcohol preparations, fear not! I give them to my children. If you think about it-the amount of alcohol in a dosage is about 15-20 drops. That comes to MAYBE a mL of alcohol. One serving of alcohol is 30 mL (one ounce). You would have to drink an entire 1 ounce bottle of tincture to get a mixed drink’s serving of alcohol. And, a child’s dosage is even less-depending on weight it is between 3-10 drops. There is more alcohol in the vanilla extract you are cooking with! The only concern, in my opinion, with using alcohol based tinctures with children is convincing them to use it. Because, the taste leaves much to be desired.  You can hide it in tea, smoothies, apple sauce, etc.  There is the option of glycerin based tinctures, but they aren’t as effective.

Interested in making your own tinctures? Keep reading for a simple tutorial!


Step 1: Get some herbs. Ideally, you want to work with freshly harvested herbs. Unfortunately, we don’t all have access to a bountiful herb garden or know how to properly wild craft. So, the option is to use dried. You can purchase them in bulk from various stores online, Mountain Rose Herbs, Bulk Herb Store, Monterrey Bay Herb Co., Starwest Botanicals are a few that I love. OR, you can contact me for smaller 1 ounce amounts. Sometimes it is intimidating receiving a pound of herbs when you are just starting out! For this tincture, I am using dried skullcap. Skullcap is fabulous for stress, anxiety, and pain relief. I LOVE it. It’s one of my most popular tinctures. There are two methods to use here. 1-the folk method. Put some herbs in a jar. Just an eyeballed amount. Perfect for folks who are just making it for themselves and don’t worry if one batch is more potent than the next. and 2-the weight to volume method (w:v). Each herb has a specific w:v ratio, but the most common is 1:5. Which means, that for 1 part of plant material, you use 5 parts solvent. So, for example, you have 2 ounces of skullcap by weight. You will need 10 ounces of alcohol. If you are making them for yourself, friends, and family, this method is unnecessary.


Step 2: Combine with menstruum in jar. Put your herbs in a clean mason jar. Cover with your solvent. Make sure all the plant material is covered. You can even have a few inches extra in the jar. Cap it. Give it a shake.

Step 3: LABEL!! You do not want a jar of mystery tincture in your house. Trust me. The label should have the name of the herb (common and botanical), the menstruum used, and the date you prepared it.

Step 4: Wait. Patiently. It takes at least 6 weeks for a tincture to fully macerate.  Keep it on your counter. Give it a shake everyday/every other day.


Step 5. Strain. Use a fine wire mesh strainer, or some cheesecloth/muslin. I invert the jar over the strainer and let it sit for a few hours. Then, I press all the herbs to make sure I get all the liquid out. Compost the remnants (marc).

Step 6. Bottle. You can just rinse out your jar and pour your tincture right back in it. I would suggest getting a few dropper bottles (always glass!!!) for easy of dosage and convenience. Store the majority away in the jar, and keep your little bottle in your purse, bathroom, etc, wherever you keep your medicine. Again, make sure that you label your bottles!!

Do you make your own tinctures? I’d love to see pictures! Share them on my Facebook page at Wild Earth Herbals or tag me on instagram @wildearthherbals. 

Simple Bone Broth Tutorial


Bone broth, while a simple creation, can be somewhat daunting to undertake. You hear horror stories of friends who have completely ruined a batch, or maybe that horror story was you? I have a friend-who shall remain nameless-who left the bag of giblets in her chicken! Love ya, J!! Here, you will learn about why you should be making bone broth (or stock, as my chef friends will correct me!) and how you can make it virtually fool proof. Let’s get started.

Why the heck do I want to make bone broth when I can just open a box from the store?

Well, thank you for asking! The main reason is that you should always be in control of what you are consuming. Conventional boxed broths have around 850 mg of sodium in them! Even the ‘all natural and organic’ brands have over 500. That’s almost 1/4 of your daily sodium intake in one serving. Insanity. I won’t even go into the MSG and preservatives. Let’s just say NO to all the things. Your homemade broth with have chicken, water, herbs, and veggies. And that is IT.
There are tons of benefits to consuming bone broth. It is super nutritious, rich with vitamins and minerals; it improves joint health and digestion, and is great for immune support. There is always a nugget of truth to old wives’ tales-and this is one of them. If you are feeling under the weather, a nourishing soup made with your broth (or just sip on it from a coffee mug!) will have you back on your feet in no time! Stick around and learn just how easy it is to make.

Step 1: Get a chicken. A whole chicken (DON’T forget to remove the bag of giblets!). For a great flavor profile, roast it as you would normally roast chicken. WHAT? You don’t roast chicken?? That is OKAY. Just pick one up from the deli section of your favorite grocery store.  Roasting a chicken can be intimidating, but it too is super easy. But, that’s for another day. Remove all the meat from the roasted chicken (once it’s cooled-don’t burn your fingers!). Throw the remains in a slow cooker. Cover with water. Add about 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. ACV is amazing at pulling minerals from things that are soaking in it. Anytime you want to maximize your mineral content of your food, add ACV. Let it sit for about 30-45 minutes.


Step 2: Add your herbs and veggies. Don’t make this part complicated. Just use whatever you have on hand. This batch is simply going to have garlic and carrots as the veggies (I REALLY need to go shopping). For the herbs, I can be a little more creative as I have an entire room devoted to them. Because we are heading into the time of the year where the funk is everywhere, I’m adding some extra immunity to it with astragalus, shiitake mushrooms, burdock root, and stinging nettles.

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Step 3: Turn slow cooker on low and let cook for 24-48 hours. If you want to go longer than 24 hours, make sure you check the water levels after the first day-you may want to add more water. If it has cooked as long as you want, move onto the next step….


Step 4. Strain and pour into clean jars. Yes. Seriously-you are done. Now, at this point, you can add some extra grass-fed gelatin if you’d like, but it’s not necessary. To store it, you can either refrigerate it if you plan on using it in the next few days, or freeze it for later. If you are freezing, make sure you leave a few inches of head room to allow for expansion. I use my broth for all kinds of things-soups, rice, gravies and sauces, or just to drink if I am feeling gnarly.

And, that’s it! Are you amazed at how easy it is? Do you make bone broths? What do you differently?

30 Day Mindfulness Project

30 day mindfulness project



In today’s world of multi-tasking, over-committing, and being constantly on the go from one thing to another, we need to slow our pace. In my self-realization that I needed to stop and focus on each moment as it comes, I started making a list of all the this that I want to do in a day. I started thinking about all the ways I wished to improve my day to day life, but for some reason, couldn’t fit any of it in. With this I realized that I waste a lot of time. Whether on social media or just being stuck trying to figure out what to do next-I was  A-not spending my time wisely and B-allowing the day to slip by without paying attention to anything that I experienced.  Out of this frustration came this project.

I invite you to join me in my journey. It’s not hard, I promise! Starting July 1st, I will send out an email every day with 1 mindful activity. Each activity will be in one of four categories: body, mind, soul, and home. It could be as easy as “drink a cup of tea.” Simple, right? But remember-make it mindful and intentional. Or, it can be a little more challenging for some like “spend the entire day without electronics.”

The second part of this project will be to document your activity with a picture and post it on your social media. I really want this idea to spread and get more people to think about how they live day to day and start living their lives on purpose-with purpose. We will use the tags #30daysofmindfulness or #30daysofmindfulnessproject and whatever other tags you would like to add! Have fun and be creative with it!

To join, please click the link below. We’ll be getting started in a few days!

Sign up here