"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

A Gypsy Herbal Bio

About Finaorlena & A Gypsy Herbal

We grew up in the mountains, always interested in the edible plants growing all around us. My Side of the Mountain became one of my favorite books, along with Little House on the Prairie.

It was years later -around the time The Harvester joined my collection of favorite books- while caring for a little girl and studying, that I read about white willow bark and its connection with modern aspirin. The next year Katie Mae introduced me to Making Herbs Simple, and I realized that God had planned so much simple usefulness into plants and herbs I'd always been curious about. I became fascinated! I now love learning about herbs and how to use them, as much as I enjoy sharing what I learn! (For example, in Katie Mae's post on lavender you can find the recipe which is my favorite way to make use of white willow bark.)


This blog is intended to help share information, not to replace or substitute research of your own, or any medical advice and directions. You are responsible for your own use of caution, common sense and wisdom.

What we do

Blogging every-now-and-then about herbal concoctions & creations here at A Gypsy Herbal, we like to share recipes, lists & links, research & resources so you too can learn how to use herbs. (With odds & ends and travel tips here-and-there as well.)

Connect with us

Also, check out our facebook page and pintrest boards for more links and ideas on herbs and concoctions!  Click here to see our page listing posts published elsewhere.


Most photos on the blog by the authors, (Finaorlena, Katie Mae) and also from Kendra T.

"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man..." ~Psalm 104: 14


  1. AnonymousJuly 29, 2014

    very nice I will be on this site to look for more herb ideas, how can I order Plantain?thanks. I met you on the plane in Nashville. thanks for the info.

    1. My battery is about to go out, but will come back to this soon!

    2. I'm so glad you found A Gypsy Herbal! Thanks for remembering and coming to check it out! I hope you saw the reply and link I left on the Anti-itch Plantain oil post! I've been updating things slowly, but soon hope to have a tab up top listing links to my posts on various herbs. :) Hope you enjoy!

  2. I feel like you are a kindred spirit :) Just found your blog! Excited! >---Big virtual hug---<

  3. Facebook link isn't working.

    1. Thank you for letting me know! It's all fixed now.

  4. I found a link at the bottom that works!


So what do you think? Do you have any suggestions? Other ideas or sources? Share 'em here!