19 June, 2016 Charlena Edge 0 Comment

Lipids are fats – namely the large variety of oils used in cooking and formulating products for the skin. The following is a homework assignment I did for school, comparing the properties of different oils. This was a fun project, although a bit time consuming. I melted all the oils and butters. I tried melting the beeswax without oil, which made it clump. I had to scoop it out, add the apricot kernel oil, then add the beeswax back in….

4 January, 2016 Charlena Edge 0 Comment

Last year, my word of the year, the word that would define my life was ACTION. I wanted to stop procrastinating and take action on the things I knew I needed to do. Was I successful you ask? Sort of. I got an AMAZING amount of stuff done in 2015. I got my daughter through her last year of high school, helped her navigate college applications, AND survived dropping her off at college. I planned and executed an awards dinner,…

26 December, 2015 Charlena Edge 0 Comment

Hi All! I’m so sorry I have been MIA for months. Between work, school, my commute, dropping my daughter off at college, and getting my son off to a good start for his senior year, I have been BUSY! This post has been in my head (and heart) for some time. This past summer during one of my classes, I had to good fortune to visit the garden of Dr. James Duke. Dr. Duke is an ethnobotanist who spent 27…

19 September, 2015 Charlena Edge 0 Comment

The leaves on the tree in my backyard have been turning and dropping since late July. I predict an early, very cold winter with some snow.

15 August, 2015 Charlena Edge 0 Comment

This semester, I learned to assess the quality and purity of herbs. As part of our training, my class spent time working at the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) labs in College Park, MD. JIFSAN was established between the United States Food and Drug Administration and the University of Maryland in 1996. “The Institute is a jointly administered, multidisciplinary research, education and outreach program” which promotes food safety, human nutrition, and animal health. We received briefings…

1 August, 2015 Charlena Edge 0 Comment

I am heartbroken writing this post. My daughter and I watched as her mom went into labor and delivered her on webcam for the world to see. We, along with millions of viewers watched her drop to the ground and held our breath each time she attempted to stand. When she fell, we “awwwwwed”, when she finally found her footing, we cheered. We watched her nurse for the first time, then test mama’s food before she started to eat for…

13 June, 2015 Charlena Edge 0 Comment

Balance is more important than perfection.


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Charlena Edge

Charlena Edge

Hi, welcome to my humble abode! I’m Charlena, wife, mother of two, pet mommy, full-time worker, sporadic crafter, former floral designer, trial and error gardener, future chicken owner, and wanna be farmer. I have a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Herbalism. In between my disjointed, seemingly unrelated posts, I hope to share some of what I’ve learned. Thanks for stopping by!

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