Rhododendron syn. Ledum palustre is a Eurasian relative of famous labrador tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum). Leaves of the plants that grow in Estonian marshes are tiny comparasing to the one growing in Greenland and North America.
As the plant has so many names it must´ve been used frequently by all the natives in those regions where the climate and soils are challeging for all living beings. In Estonia it´s called “sookail” or “päävalurohi”(head ache medicine). … More Päävalurohu smudge sticks
Almost all the berries and fruit we consume are suitable for making body care products. When I choose organic-vegan cosmetics at the store I tend to prefer the ones with delicious appetizing aroma.
I tried that famous Russian ivan chai first time couple of years ago and thought I had found another one to call my favorite tea. I used to(still do) love Greek shepherd’s tea(Sideritis) but it isn´t always that easy to find it in fresh quality. I don´t mind classical fermented eastern teas but as I´m sensitive to caffeine I can´t enjoy them in the evening unless I want to stay up until morning. Fermenting is a naturally occuring process which involves enzymes and microorganisms living everywhere in the nature. They do most of the work for you and hence short fermenting is not a difficult process. Rasberry chai has distinctive full and sweet taste which doesn´t go away if stored in a dark airtight jar. … More Rasberry-leaf chai
Lemongrass(Cymbopogon flexuosus) grows naturally in tropics and subtropics but it is possible to grow it in temperate climate too. Long fiberous leaves have a fresh citrusy smell and taste. Aromatic leaves of the herb are widely used in asian dishes, aromatherapy and tea infusions. Also the essencial oil pressed from lemongrass is an effective natural insect … More Growing and using lemongrass
March is the month of spring and time for sowing seeds, at least indoors or in a greenhouse here in northern hemisphere. I don´t have one yet and therefore I decided to create a mini version out of old cd-cases. … More DIY mini greenhouse
Winter has been too long and cold this year but I think that most of outdoor & indoor plants survived it. I´m glad that the hellebores have been blossoming since december and don´t seem to want to stop. Now, the hortensia bush is slowly opening its leaves and some wild flower seedling I sew 2 weeks ago are emerging on the balcony. I also finished reorganizing and oiling vertical pallet flowerbed and repot some indoor plants. … More The End of Winter
In spring I had an opportunity to build a hugel bed on a small island in the Baltic Sea. I was super enthusiastic when I started to prepare and gather the materials for a hugel bed. … More A hugelbed attempt