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Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Little Herb Shop on Elm Street!

American Basketflower
Plectocephalus americanus
Good morning, All!  Well, this is my final week of preparations before "The Little Herb Shop on Elm Street" opens.  So, this weeks' post is going to be short and sweet!  Cousin Sandra and I are making a quick trip to Tyler tomorrow (Monday) for supplies, bottles and jars.  Then all week will be devoted to baking granola, making more herbal products, packaging, arranging and re-arranging products then getting ready for our big day!  What a fun and busy week we have ahead of us!

StarDragonfly Herb Company
American Basketflower
I have not been able to find any information
on whether this plant is edible or medicinal.  This flower is easy to
grow....find a patch of basketflowers, wait until seed heads
form, then in the Fall, scatter them in your garden.  You should
have this beautiful flower by June of next season!

Officially, opens.....

Friday, June 15, 2012
10:00 am until 8:00 pm

From 6 until 8, StarDragonfly Herb Company will be celebrating 3rd Friday Art Walk with the rest of Winnsboro, Texas.

Stop on by for a glass of good old Texas ice tea with herbs and fruit, a couple herbal snacks, some home-made ice cream (made by our very own Nancy of Falster Farms) and be prepared for a surprise visit from the "Prince" of thieves.
Kevin Costner as
Robin Hood in the movie
Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves.
Photo courtesy of

Naaaaay! Unfortunately, Kevin Costner is not on the guest list, but Caleb with Thieves Essential Oils http://www.secretofthieves.com/, will be paying us a visit.

"Black Plague & Thieves Oil

Century after century, bubonic plague outbreaks decimate the population of Asian and Europe for the better part of a thousand years.  Out of this period emerged a legend of four thieves who were captured and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims.  When the thieves were tried, the magistrate offered leniency if they would reveal how they resisted contracting the infection as they performed their gruesome acts.  They told of a special concoction of aromatic herbs, including garlic, cloves and rosemary, that they rubbed on themselves before committing their crimes." This info is from the website www.secretof thieves.com.

StarDragonfly Herb Shop is a small shop featuring handmade folk remedies.  These remedies are made with care in small batches with quality ingredients.  A lot of the herbs used in these remedies are grown in this area.  

We will have the following products available:

  • Herbal Extracts (tinctures), single herb and blends.
  • Herbal tisanes (teas)...caffeine free, wholesome and delicious.
  • "Infused" oils                                                                                              
  • Calendula
    I harvested this flower to use in
    my Calendula salve.  Great for
    chapped skin.

Day Lily
  • Herbal salves....tried and true blends...can be used for dry, cracked and chapped skin.  Gentle enough for children and animals.
Spice blends...hand blended with love....spice blends that I use in my own kitchen!

  • Sugar blends...love Chai tea?  Try our Spice Sugar blend for a easy but awesome cup of Chai tea
  • Dried herbs from StarDragonfly herb garden, or wildcrafted in the woods around the farm.  Or ordered from responsible companies that believe in quality organic free-trade products.  Fresh herbs on request.
  • Candied Ginger!  Hard to find, yes, yummy natural candy, yes, works great for stomachaches and motion sickness, yes!
  • Herbal pet products.  I have developed a "hot spot" treatment for dogs!  Worked on my pups and has no harsh chemicals!  We will eventually carry a home made doggie shampoo.
  • Fresh Granola, chocked full of wholesome ingredients.  Our specialty is a granola that is nut and seed free.  Wonderful cereal for those suffering from diverticulitis.
  • Falster Farms local honey
  • We will special order....I love to hunt for those hard to find herbs and spices.  Need fresh Vanilla beans?  Whole star anise?  Or an unusual type of curry powder?  Let me know and I will try to find it for you and/or carry it in the store.
See those yellow green buds?
Those are day lily buds and they are edible!
Delicious, rare or stir fried!

  • We have lots of great products coming in the near future!  Soaps, bath salts, vitamins and minerals, jams, jellies and relishes, whole foods, packaged and in bulk, hand-made house hold products and crafts, sustainable farming products, books and magazines.  The sky is the limit on what this little herb shop will eventually carry.  Let us know what you would like to see in this store!
Okay, enough for now!  Cousin Sandra and I have been down with a summer cold or allergies, yuck!  Woke up last night with an unbelievable sore throat.  Took about 2 dropperful of StarDragonfly Herbals Sore throat/cough tincture with 1 tsp. honey and a dropper of SDH Elderberry tincture.  Amazing!  I love herbal medicine!  Hope to see you Friday evening!  Herbally, Susan

I'm a big fan of dreams.  Unfortunately, dreams are our first casualty in life - people seem to give them up, quicker than anything, for a 'reality.'

Kevin Costner
Border Collie and Sheep
Art Print


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment! So glad you enjoyed the post! Please stop by for a visit again soon! Susan

  2. I haven't seen as many Passion Flowers this year as in past, but they usually spring up in our Falster Farm far South pasture, along the fence line.

    I recon if you'd like to put together a field trip sometime you could and go out and see all the flora we have in Wood County.

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