Guest Author: Doreen Shababy

I’m thrilled to welcome Herbalist, Doreen Shababy today. Her latest article, “Herbal Pantry Staples – Time Savers with Great Flavors” is now available in Llewellyn’s 2015 Herbal Almanac.


Available for Purchase:

Check out other works by Doreen:


Autumn smile, no glasses! (2)

Author Bio:

I am the author of THE WILD & WEEDY APOTHECARY, an A to Z Book of Herbal Concoctions, Recipes & Remedies, Practical Know-how and Food for the Soul, and published by Llewellyn. I have upcoming articles in their Herbal Almanac for 2015 and 2016, and am also working on a series of 8 menus for the 2016 Sabbats Almanac.

I’m a mom, grandma, sister, daughter, auntie, wife, and spontaneous lover of life. I currently work from home and in my local community, consulting and teaching, cooking and gardening. I grew up in Chicago and have lived in northern Idaho for over 40 years.

I also offer private sessions involving hands-on healing touch and other energetic modalities.

Upcoming Events:

I have been teaching a series of 6 classes titled Gluten-free Baking: Sweet and Savory offering demonstrations for making bread, rolls, sweet breads and flourless fudge brownies. All classes include a fabulous meal.

Link to class sign-up    (calendar)

Find out More about Doreen by Visiting:

Link to my blog

Amazon link with reviews



3 thoughts on “Guest Author: Doreen Shababy

  1. Hi Doreen! Thanks again for visiting the blog. I have a question for you. How do you know when Chamomile is ready to harvest and what is the best way to dry it? I have a container full and don’t want to waste the flowers.

  2. Hi Cynthia, I am delighted to be featured on your blog and to also see the work you’re doing. I consider myself amongst good company here!

    About chamomile, what you want to harvest is the flowers. You don’t need the stem or leaf. You can just slip the long stems between your fingers, and sort of pull up, and the flower-heads should just pop off. You might still want to cut the bare stem back for asthetic purposes. Like many plants, keeping the flowers harvested (on other plants you would call it dead-heading) encourages more flower production.

    Once you have the chamomile flower-heads, you do not need to remove petals or anything – just spread them on a screen which can be situated near some good air circulation, or simply put them in a large, wide basket (not too deep in plant material) and toss ’em a couple times a day. EZ-PZ. Don’t let the sun get on them, and make sure to get plenty of air to them – this is very important. Once they are dry-dry, they are ready to store in an airtight container.

    One thing about chamomile tea is to not make it too strong, steep 1 tsp. chamomile flowers in a cup of water for only 2-3 minutes, or it can be somewhat nauseating – not exactly the remedy you want to give your child with a stomachache! Sweeten with honey for people over a year old (no honey to babies), and enjoy.

    Good luck with your harvest, pick now and you will have another round of flowers in a couple weeks.

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