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 [...]

Dayflower

Dayflower (Commelina communis; C. diffusa; C. erecta; C. africana aka Yellow Commelina) is a plentiful, hardy plant that is easily found in flower beds and anywhere else you probably don't want them in spring, late summer, and fall. Dayflower is not the highest in vitamins and minerals, but I still find it useful to know [...]

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 [...]

Collecting Pine Pitch

I want to start off by saying that winter is not the best time to be collecting pine pitch, but it is the best time to learn knew things you can try when spring comes back around. During this time of physical rest I believe is the best time to mentally workout. FUN FACT: Amber [...]