Infused oils are my favorite. I love all of the other herbal preparations, but infused oils are what I work with most, being a main ingredient in all of my balms and salves. You can find me on Etsy if you are interested in any of my handmade goodies. Infused oils can be a little [...]
Tinctures are highly concentrated extracts, and are one of, if not the, best way to preserve your herbs, in my opinion. They can last for years without diminishing in strength when made in alcohol. There are ways to make tinctures with vegetable glycerin or apple cider vinegar if you are avoiding alcohol or giving to [...]
Blackberry, Rubus fruticosus, is a sprawling, thorny bush that grows to around 12 ft. and belongs to the Rosaceae (Rose) family. It has palm-shaped leaves with 3-5 lobes, white to pale pink flowers, and clusters of black berries, per the name. Related to dewberry, R. caesius, that has fruit with fewer, larger segments and a [...]
The simplest way to prepare herbs for pleasure and healing.
I have bi-weekly posts well into fall that cover different plants and DIY posts over tinctures and other herbal remedies. I have actually already started the process, but I wanted to let you all know what was going on. I am covering plants that I myself have found, or can find, relatively easy in my [...]
Let your food be your medicine.
Fermenting food. Sounds weird, I know, but bear with me. If you have ever eaten sauerkraut, you have had fermented cabbage, but you can do this with basically any fruit or veggie. They even ferment cheese, but I haven't delved into that pit. It couldn't be that much different I don't figure, but I know [...]
Oxymels are infusions of herbs in apple cider vinegar and honey. They are really good for cold and flu remedies, soothing sore throats, calming coughs, and giving the immune system a boost. FUN-FACT: Oxymel comes from the Greek word oxymeli, which translates to “acid and honey,” and has been documented from back to the time of [...]
Pine Pitch Candles are mentioned inBlood 4 Honor: Part 1. Chapter 5. IylaraOther chapters can be found here. NOTE: Due to the weather this week, and general time consumption that comes with self-processing duck and deer meat, as well as with raising a rambunctious 15 month old that has already pretty much figured out how [...]
Benefits of Pine Tar: AntisepticAnti-inflammatoryAnti-fungalAntimicrobial Pine tar has a very strong scent, but is very beneficial for things like eczema, splinters, minor skin irritations, bug bites, dry skin patches, blistery rashes (like from poison ivy), and more. Essential Oils help cut down on the tar scent a little bit, plus lend their own individual benefits [...]