"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15


Good Medicine: A Thankful Heart {sketch}

According to Vintage Remedies Family Herbalist, Professor Walter B Cannon did a study of football players from which he concluded a link between mental state and physical health (being related through the gut and digestion, which have been found to affect immune system).

Good medicine, according to the wisest man in history:

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.  -King Salomon

What makes us cheerful?


Thankful Giving: Autumn Potpourri - A DIY Mason Jar Gift

 I was thinking about how special some people are in our lives. They sacrifice their time, money and effort to prepare for us. Whether that's our mother & father raising us up in the fear of the Lord, our friend baking us a batch of cookies for a treat, someone stopping on the side of the road to give our car a jump-start, or a pastor's wife bringing hot soup when we're not well... we can probably each think of sometime in our life when we've been cared for and blessed by someone else's sacrifice.

Photo Credit: BHS

 When I think of the sacrifice someone has made for me, I want to likewise bless them. It's not always possible. But sometimes - it IS.  Let's create a little something this year to thank our hostess next time we are graced with an invite to a meal, or even to go out to coffee and enjoy the relaxation of a cordial conversation. It doesn't have to be to a great Thanksgiving Day Feast. But it can be. Let's do this!

Photo Credit: BHS

 You can whip a these together for just a few bucks and without a big time hassle. (The supplies can be found at dollar stores or craft stores, and the DIY part only takes a short time.) I love that, because then I can invest more into the spices for my projects, and even make jars for several of my dear friends!

  Join me over at Bulk Herb Store Blog for the rest of this project - I've shared three scrumptious potpourri recipes, as well as some links, and step-by-step instructions on how to make your own

scentsational holiday gift jars!

Then come back and see 4 Homemade Winter Potpourri Recipes here at A Gypsy Herbal.

Photos Credit: BHS

 And one last thing. Since this post is all about thanking people who've shared their lives or given from their time, I'd like to state my thankfulness the precious ladies at BHS Blog for sharing their talent and beautiful photos!

What ways do you show your thankfulness for those who've sacrificed for you? 

Shared with: The Art of Home-Making Mondays, (Sep. 2016), Monday's Musings, Mama Moments, Modest Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Homemaking Link-up, Capture Your Journey Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Natural Family Friday, Front Porch Friday ...