Herbal Infused Oils

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 [...]

Herbal Tinctures

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

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 [...]

Herbal Series

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 [...]

Fermenting Food

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 [...]

Pine Pitch Candles

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 [...]

FYI It’s A DIY

I figured out real quick that any form of video how-to is out of the question at this moment in my life...because children. Got to love them. I took some pictures to help walk you through the process in place of video. I leave out how much of each essential oils I use, because that’s [...]

Viola odorata

Sweet Violet is a fantastic and beautiful little plant I have recently discovered in my back yard. It is a creeping perennial that grows 6-10 inches tall and 12-18 inches across. It likes partly shaded areas with moist, well-drained soil, but can tolerate full sun in cool summer areas. Blooms in late winter or early [...]