Merry Meet everyone!

I admit I’ve been absent for several weeks, but it’s been a busy time. I moved back in with my family and things at the house are as hectic as always… With five kids and new litter of six kittens running around, it’s been kind of crazy. Not to mention my frantic search for a new job.

I had feared Ayslyn’s Corner might fall by the wayside until all this craziness subsided, but yesterday I was inspired. My youngest brother and I were walking through our woods, and I happened to notice a bit of red among the fresh, deep green of the newly awakened grass and brush. I bent down and—lo and behold, it was a wild strawberry! Logan and I were so excited that we went looking and found several other patches nearby. He wanted to pick them all, but I urged him to let them grow a little more. They’re tasteless little things right now, but this reminded me how much I wanted to learn about and cultivate my own herbs, eventually turning them into ointments, simples, tinctures, etc. And potions. There’s just something irresistible about making potions for me. 😉

So I’m doing a combination of an herb lore exploration and the Pagan Blogging Project, which started back in Jan. I’m also going to be re-evaluating my own life and trying to take a more holistic approach. Here are my basic goals going in:

Eliminate back pain

I suffer from chronic back pain. Always have. It’s bad enough that I have a hard time exercising, can’t sit or stand for short periods of time, and am in constant pain even on a good day. I thought it was normal to be in pain when you’re 21, but people keep telling me it’s not… *scratches head* Go figure.

Alleviate join pain

Same thing as the back ache; my joints always bother me. My mom has suggested fish oil for this, so that’s one thing I’d like to explore.

Find a cure for acne

I still suffer from acne, and my two teenage siblings have it as well. I figure this will be a good condition to try and treat, as I can test the effectiveness of whatever I cook up firsthand. Here, little guine pig siblings… 😉

Eliminate Diet Mt. Dew

I’m a shameless caffeine junkie because I get migraines without it. In the past, I’ve been able to wean myself off soda, but the first little sip always ruins weeks of pain and hard work. So, I’m setting out to find a healthier alternative to either get my caffeine fix or get my body over it.

Something for chiggers

I don’t know how many of you have ever had chiggers before, but… they’re a PAIN. They itch and look horrible, and tend to mass in the same area. A couple of years ago, I had a horrible number of chiggers along both of my ankles, and I still bear the scars. In preparation for my nature-loving summer, I’m going to need something to fend them off.

So deep breath, here we go. To start, I’m referencing three books. Any other suggestions would be helpful.

Herbal Medicine by Dian Dincin Buchman

Prescription for Nutritional Healing 3rd edition by Phyllis A. Balch and James F. Balch

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies by C. Norman Shealy ( Ooh, pictures! 😀 )