March 13, 2020

Here is a simple recipe to make your own hand sanitizer.

Who am I?  I am Helen Ward, an herbalist from Three Springs Farm of Vermont, Waitsfield, VT and the Educational Director of Rosemary Gladstar’s The Science & Art of Herbalism Online and Herbal Home Study Course.

DIY Hand Sanitizer – DIY hand sanitizers must contain at least 90% alcohol (recommended by the CDC).

The recipe I follow:

  • 2/3 cup Everclear (using Everclear at 190 proof will keep the alcohol content at 90% for the CDC recommendations)

  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel or glycerin

  • 10- 20 drops essential oil (Eucalyptus, Tea tree, Thyme, Lemon and Rosemary are some great options for adults and have antiviral properties

Combine all ingredients, place in small bottle – shake and use as needed!

February 16, 2020

Who am I?  I am Helen Ward, a local herbalist from Three Springs Farm of Vermont, Waitsfield, VT and the Educational Director of Rosemary Gladstar’s The Science & Art of Herbalism Online and Herbal Home Study Course for over 10 years.

A Caregivers Guide for Short Term Illness

Having recently survived a few weeks caring for my loved ones when the flu hit our home, I realize that there is so much information about how we, as caregivers, care for others. What do we do for ourselves in these times of acute intense illness to support our own immune systems, nourish our emotional, physical and spiritual selves?  

I think of the airlines and the concept of the oxygen mask theory.  If you do not care for yourself, you will not be able to care for others.  As healers, herbalists, naturopaths, doctors and more ~ we care for others and often will be less than great at self-care!  This is an important time to step in for YOU!

Here are a few things that I found to be incredibly helpful.


January 29, 2020

There is so much going on about Elderberry!  I wanted to share some thoughts below and also reiterate, we are still learning.  We are understanding each new day a little bit more.  This is a perfect example of doing our research and being educated and then sitting with our own belief system!  In these times when there is so much unknown, it is so important!  As Rosemary Gladstar always teaches us when doing our Materia Medica research and working with the plants, we would find three or more sources which we consider to be excellent for our Materia Medica work, do the same for this Elderberry discussion.  I would also encourage you to review and read the articles and thoughts which are not in favor.  Understand and know all sides.

I spent weeks listening and following and then I, personally, went to my plants.  I sat with them and myself.  I was afraid!  Was I recommending something which would be NOT helpful?   I tuned in to the sweet Elderberry and my...

August 11, 2017

I love medicine making days!  I just finished a beautiful batch of Elderberry Syrup which is now freshly stocked at Kenyon's, The Village Grocery, and The Mad River Taste Place.

The last few days I have felt the need for a little boost.  This elderberry syrup is just what I needed. 

I also am humbled to share these words from Rosemary.  Today I bottled some special ones for Rosemary and her mother, Jasmine, whom I will be seeing this evening.  

I hope you enjoy the elderberry as much as I do.  

….I’m a huge fan of everything herbal that Helen Ward makes.  She just puts such care, attention and love into her herbal products. But I must say, her Elderberry Syrup tops them all. It is sweet, but not overly sweet which I find many syrups to be. And each small batch is really hand made, in really small lots; made with lots of love and attention.  

You can taste the freshness and quality ~and  almost taste the touch of love that’s generously stirred into each batch.   Helen has been...

July 17, 2017

We are excited for the opportunity to sell our best selling tinctures in the Taste Place! Their store just opened and they sell 100% Vermont products! You can stop by and pick up a bottle of Elderberry, Nettles, or Echinacea tincture in Waitsfield, Vermont.

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