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Out of Stock Alert! 

I just wanted to give you a quick heads up that the All Natural Bug Spray is currently out of stock. I will be making another batch soon. I’m so glad you love it as much as I do!

Kathy

Hilltop Photography Teaser….

Hi everyone, just wanted to give you a quick clip (really quick- 13 seconds is ask you get for now!) of some of the pieces going into the exhibition in November. I can’t wait, I’m so excited!! For now… Enjoy!

New Facebook Page for Hilltop Herbals

For the last couple years, I’ve been aware of another Hilltop Herbals page on Facebook. When I chose my new page I didn’t know about the other one, but over the years I’ve gotten a few comments and likes/follows that are not meant for me. I have endeavored to be sure those people are forwarded to their intended place as I hope they have done with my visitors.

It’s no one’s fault, but I just don’t want there to be any confusion between the two pages and have therefore created a new one for my Hilltop Herbals.

Our new Facebook Page will be called Hilltop Herbal Remedies and is available at https://www.facebook.com/hilltopherbalremedies/ so please visit and update your likes/follows.

I had hoped to transfer my content from the old page to the new page and Facebook, in their wisdom, has decided that my two pages are not the same after all and therefore cannot be merged. I’ve downloaded the page and will keep it for history but all new content will go to the new page.

Thanks for your comments and best wishes over the years!  I’m looking forward to the future with you.

Kathy McCabe.

New Exhibition of Hilltop Photography

I am so excited I just have to share! It’s official now… my patience has been rewarded.

An exhibition of my photography will be showing in November! More details to follow in coming months I just couldn’t hold it in any longer.

Ok, back to your regularly scheduled programs… 🙂

Thanks, Kathy

What Does Glamour Mean to You? GuruShots Article

I’m so excited to have my photo ‘Alayna’ feautured in GuruShot’s Article about Glamour. The photo is at #19 on the list so feel free to go check it out by clicking here or below.

Alayna was such a good model, and so patient with me as I’m learning how to be a better photography. I don’t shoot too many people, but have vastly improved in landscapes, seascapes and more. You can see them also at GuruShots, Viewbug and on the Hilltop Arts Store (photo galleries are below the store categories on the left.)  If you see something on GuruShots or Viewbug that’s not listed for sale on the store, email me and we can discuss your purchase.

Thanks again Alayna for modeling and Gurushots for choosing my photo.

 

 

Well, I finally did it…

I finished my ebook.  I’ve been working on it for years. And for such a short book, its hard to imagine it taking so long. I think it has something to do with fear.

Fear of putting it out there, putting myself out there… Who am I to impart this advice…

Ok, I finally got out of my own way and finished it.  You can’t imagine the racing heart, sweating palms, and the wanting to scream with relief when I hit ‘post’ and announced it to the world.

But, its out there now. for good or evil, its out there. And I’m proud of it.

Grab your copy at Amazon.com or on the Hilltop-Arts store (In PDF format, for US Only since the store is only setup for US orders)

What people fear most is taking a new step or uttering a new word.  Fyodor Dostoyevski (1821-1881)

 

 

About Essential Oils

Everyone knows that essential oils are the next new ‘big thing’ for all natural healing.  Its true that essential oils can improve your health, help your skin, and improve your mood. But with all the different essential oil companies, do we as consumers know the best companies to buy from? The number of companies and brands are staggering. I work with a select few:

Mountain Rose Herbs: excellent company, extremely dedicated to providing the best information possible, and affordable. And they have a huge selection.

NYR Organic offers some very good oils and blends, as well as wonderful skin care products.

Penn Herb Co. is a wonderful company with a long history of providing quality and good prices. My go to for bulk herbs.

In addition to these three, there are hundreds more, and I’m not going to list them here. There are numerous “Best” lists but please do your own research, and pay particular attention to whether the companies have paid to be on the list. For example, I have seen a number of such lists with Young Living Oils listed as their number one pick. Personally, I will not order Young Living Oils, for one thing they are extremely expensive, have been sanctioned several times by the Food and Drug Administration in the US, and do not cure all the diseases they claim. Be very wary and do your own research.

For the record, essential oils are not cure alls, they do not heal cancer, cure diabetes or blindness and so on. Any company that claims their essential oils CURE or somehow reverses conditions isn’t telling you the truth.  Always, ALWAYS dilute oils before using them on skin. If you do take them internally do so ONLY with a qualified practitioner.

Here’s an interesting site about Young Living and Doterra, as being the biggest frauds in the EO game. While I don’t agree with everything on the site, its still very informative about what each of the companies have been cited for previously and the sheer lack of research each company has to back up their claims. This is a big buyer beware!  At any rate, the site is below, enjoy!

 

Essential Oils Scam: NOT a Medical Treatment

Holy Pine Needles!

Holy Pine Needles!

Pine needlesI LOVE PINE NEEDLES!  Ok, I confessed my secret…  I love the way they smell, and their many uses. I forage for pine needles for my Evergreen Balm which is fabulous for sore muscles and cramping muscles. Pine needles have self warming properties which make them especially useful in cramping muscles.  Read more about it and purchase it here. I originally created it for my husband who tends to get horrible leg cramps, then I developed a formula in a tube to take with you – especially for my mother who gets hand cramps – just carry it in your purse! Check it out at the Hilltop Arts Store (and take advantage of the current sale!)

Below is a wonderful article on Pine Needles and their uses:

11 Reasons You Should Go Out Foraging For Pine Needles

Home Remedies

Home Remedies

I’m a huge fan of home remedies! I know whenever I’m sick I’m putting together chicken soup with all the goodies. Turns out there is science to back up that one! My salves and balms are based on home remedies that really work.  I make zesty vinegar (recipe below), bitters, cordials, all for digestion, as well as spice blends that fulfill a specific need at the time. Yes, your home cooking can also be your home remedy.

Kathy’s Zesty Vinegar

I also like to call this my “Digestion Dressing” as it’s ingredients are so wonderful in aiding digestion. Onions are great internally and externally, internally they can help to increase circulation, and externally, either raw or bruised and in a poultice can help sprains and bruises, and inhale the aroma of a fresh cut slice of onion to clear the sinuses (now we know why we always cry when cutting Onions!).

Rosemary aides the digestion in calming stomach cramps, and improving circulation – externally it can help prevent dandruff when used as a hair rinse. (Because there is some speculation that rosemary in large enough doses can help to bring on a late menstrual period, pregnant women should use caution and common sense before taking it).

Dill is a great remedy for constipation, Thyme and orange are also beneficial in helping the digestion. If your digestion seems to be sluggish, add some of this vinegar to your salad for relief!

1 tablespoon crushed dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dill seed dried
1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
1 teaspoon dried orange peel
apple cider vinegar

1. Crush everything and place into a pint size jar.

2. Top with Apple Cider Vinegar.

3. Check frequently, top as necessary, but let set for one month.

4. Straining the herbs is not necessary after the month since they are all dried. If preferred, strain and decant to a bottle with cork top. (Vinegar will destroy metal).

Tips
Any combination of herbs can be used. I’ve found it helpful that when using dried herbs, don’t mix fresh herbs into the vinegar. Either all dried or all fresh.

For Constipation: simmer 1 teaspoon bruised dill seed in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes. Let cool to lukewarm then drink.

Enjoy!

P.S. Read below for an excellent article about great home remedies!

10 “Backwoods” Folk Remedies That Have Survived The Test Of Time

Fake Essential Oils and How to Spot Them

Fake Essential Oils and How to Spot Them

Fake Essential Oils and How to Spot ThemEssential Oils are the newest ‘old’ health remedies and essential oils of all qualities – including fake – are flooding the market. Which is why its more important than ever to be sure you’re getting the real deal. As an herbalist, it is my passion to have the right information to give you, but its also my duty to the best of my ability. Please read this excellent article about how to know good essential oils from bad ones.

I personally use essential oils for aromatherapy, in my salves and lotions, in my baths and so on. I use the highest quality and most organic essential oils I can find. Yes, it can be expensive, but you get what you pay for in my opinion. Always read carefully and if you’re unsure about the oil, ask an expert, or move to a brand you’re more sure of.  As always, use common sense. Follow directions, for instance, many essential oils will cause damage to your skin if you don’t use a carrier oil.

I’m a big fan of Essential Oils from:
NYR Organic (Plus they have some other wonderful products!)
Mountain Rose Herbs

8 Unmistakable Signs Your Essential Oils Are FAKE