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Hill Country Herbalist: Making Infused Oils

Hill Country Herbalist: Making Infused Oils
One of the basic components in making natural homemade products that are good for you and nutrient rich is infused oils. Infused oils can be any one of your favorite carrier oils, i.e., extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, etc. I typically use extra virgin olive oil for it's long shelf life, but many people rely on grapeseed oil for its light texture and affordability. Mindy Green recommends olive oil and coconut oil for a longer shelf life and I agree. So, what's an infused oil? Here's a simple process you can follow so you can make wonderful infused oils at home. Here's a picture of the "marc" - basically depleated of it's plant powers and ready for composing. As you know, I grow lots of yummy herbs in the garden and here are some of the infused oils I've made just from what I've grown: Although I don't grow enough Calendula to harvest all I would need to make an infusion, I do buy it organically from Mountain Rose Herbs and let me tell you.. Related:  Off Off The Gridnature Homena

Make Your Own Apothecary: Teas, Salves, Etc. As a little girl I mixed up shampoos and lotions in my laboratory, trying to improve on the toiletries we had. I never came up with anything worth mentioning, but I did once get scolded for spilling my mom's shampoo all over the bathroom rug. A friend of mine told me about the "laboratory" she'd had at age 12, in which she created, among other things, the cure for AIDs. You probably won't cure any diseases with your apothecary, but you will scratch that youthful itch to create something useful out of ordinary ingredients. narfmore I'll get your mad scientist career started with a list of ingredients to start a home apothecary, with which you'll be able to make herbal teas, salves, syrups, tinctures, eye pillows, and infused oils. Starter herbs and their properties You can find these herbs online or in stores with large bulk herb selections. So, oils. Starter oils Most essential oils aren't cheap, but a little goes a long way. AND! Storage Lavender Mint Room Spray & Linen Mist Ingredients

Snares And Traps Disclaimer: Traps are presented for information purposes only, they are dangerous, some lethally so. Using them is also illegal in all likelihood. Don't use them except in a survival situation. SPRING SNARE: Game running through the snare disengages the trigger bar,and the prey is flung off the ground. BAITED SNARE: Construct as for spring snare but using the release mechanism shown. LEG SNARE : Push a natural fork or two sticks tied together into the ground. PLATFORM TRAP: Site over a small depression on the game trail. FIGURE 4 DEADFALL : A simple and effective deadfall trap, can be made to any size. TRIPWIRE DEADFALL : A heavy log is suspended over a busy game trail, trips the wire and pulls a retaining bar from under two short pegs secured in a tree trunk. SPEAR DEADFALL : Same as tripwire deadfall but utilizing rocks to add weight and sharpened sticks to add trauma to the crushing blow.

Baking Soda: Another Wonder Substance | A while back, I wrote a piece extolling the virtues of vinegar. I want to focus some attention on another inexpensive multipurpose agent- sodium bicarbonate. Nearly everyone has a box or two of this humble stuff hanging around. You probably have one in the pantry and maybe another in the fridge to keep it from developing strange smells. I mentioned using it in the diaper pail between washings too. 1. Baking soda can be used to clean things all over the house. 2. Sodium bicarbonate gives off carbon dioxide when heated. 3. One old remedy for preventing gas when eating beans is to soak the beans in water that has baking soda dissolved in it. Also, some say it makes the soak time go faster, especially in hard water. 4. I am not a big fan of venison or wild duck. If you think about it, if food gets scarce, you may grateful for whatever the hunters can bring in. 5. Whether it is stinky gym shoes, wet dog smell, or your armpits, baking soda does a lot to help neutralize odors. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Making Essential Oils - Henriette's Herbal Homepage This info is copyright by the Australasian College of Herbal Studies, Aromatherapy Certificate Home Study Course. Posted with permission. >I would really be interested in finding out how to make essential oils. From Dorene Petersen <dorenep.EUROPA.COM>: The most important production method for Essential oils is distillation. The basic principle of distillation is the same but it is carried out in different ways depending on the botanical material and the condition of the material. Three types of distillation are used: Water Water and steam Direct steam Distillation is basically, producing steam. Water distillation is used when the plant material has been dried and will not be damaged by boiling. Cold Pressing or Expression : This method is mainly used to prepare citrus oils such as orange, lemon and tangerine. The juice is extracted by another tube. Enfleurage : This is an old method which was used in the production of perfumes and pomade extracts for perfumery.

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Larry Malerba, D.O. : Homeopathic Arnica to the Rescue Known for its remarkable healing properties, Arnica montana has been used for centuries to treat the effects of accidents and injuries. The name refers to the genus and species of the yellow flowering plant, which is endemic to the mountains of Central Europe. This plant is sometimes referred to as Leopard's Bane and is popularly known as the Mountain Daisy in homeopathic usage. Thousands of physicians and millions of patients around the globe have successfully used Arnica to treat the bruising, soreness, inflammation and swelling that results from all types of physical trauma. Savvy consumers are demanding safe, non-toxic treatments and homeopathic Arnica may represent one of the best options available due to its reputation for safety, effectiveness, ease of use and broad applicability. Clearing Up Some Misconceptions: Most of the general public is pretty well acquainted with herbal products. Indications for Homeopathic Arnica: Guidelines for Administering Homeopathic Arnica: References:

How to Make Mint Oil How to Make Mint Oil With Fresh Mint Grown for thousands of years, mint remains popular for beauty, cooking and medicinal purposes. Mint oil provides the base for many items... How to Extract Oil From Mint Mint oil is sometimes used to flavor recipes, as well as to scent rooms. How to Make Mint Oil A mint oil can be made by combining mint leaves with a carrier oil in a dark jar that can be stored... How to Make Natural Mint Massage Oil One of the oldest healing techniques, massage not only helps to relax the mind and body, it also helps to rid the... Are Mint Oil & Peppermint Oil the Same? Though similar, peppermint and mint oils are not technically the same. How to Make Mints Mints are a type of candy characterized by the use of peppermint, spearmint or wintergreen flavoring in their creation. Mint Oil for Fleas Fleas are problematic for many pet owners. Homemade Mint Oil Homemade mint oil contains a familiar peppermint scent and has many health benefits. Uses of Mint Oil Uses of Mint Oil.

Plant Glossary All Plates Glossary List | Previous Plate Plate 1: Stem and Root Types Plate 2: Leaf Composition, Parts, and Types Plate 3: Leaf Shapes Plate 4: Leaf Margins Plate 5: Leaf Apices, Venation, and Bases Plate 6: Surface Features Plate 7: Stem and Leaf Parts, and Variations Plate 8: Inflorescence Types Plate 9: Floral Morphology Plate 10: Corolla Types Plate 11: Fruit Types Plate 12: Sedges, Grasses, and Composites Hydrogen Peroxide Claim: Hydrogen peroxide will cure a variety of ailments. Example:[Collected via e-mail, 2006] I would like to tell you of the benefits of that plain little O'l bottle of you can get for under $1.00 at any drug store. My husband has been in the medical field for over and most doctors don't tell you about peroxide, or they would lose thousands of dollars. 1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for daily, then spit it out. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. I could go on and on. Origins: Hydrogen peroxide is a first aid staple in many households, routinely used to disinfect small wounds. removal. Higher concentrations (30% or greater) of hydrogen peroxide are used in industry as a bleach for textiles and paper, as a component of rocket fuels, and for producing foam rubber and organic chemicals. recommendations. Hydrogen peroxide can be harmful if swallowed. Hydrogen peroxide injections can have dangerous side effects.

How to Make Homemade Peppermint Extract -Whole Natural Life Part of the reason that I decided to grow mint this year was so that I could try making my own peppermint extract. Jesse and I are pretty much obsessed with mint (especially mint plus chocolate) so we go through a lot of mint extract. Even though I buy my extracts through Azure Standard, they’re not exactly cheap, so making my own seemed like a great way to save some money. I finally got down to it last weekend. The extract has only been sitting for a few days so far so I can’t tell you how it came out, but I wanted to share the method now in case anyone else has an abundance of mint just begging to be used for something. How to Make Peppermint Extract I did a quick Google search and found a multitude of recipes, all of which followed the same basic outline. Harvest a bunch of mint leaves from your mint plant. Harvested mint leaves Remove mint leaves from stalks (if applicable) and pack leaves into a measuring cup to determine how much mint you have. Mint leaves ready to be rinsed

27 Medicinal Plants Worth Your Garden Space Playful as kids are, accidents happen. And the accident that befallen me at 7 years old was the feeling of the hot exhaust pipe of a motorcycle kissing the skin of my leg. Grandma was around and saw it. Looking back, I realized that it was important to have medicinal plants around the house cause you never know when you might need them. Aloe Vera The aloe vera grows only under the sun with well drained dry or moist soil. woundscutsburnseczemareducing inflammation Apart from its external use on the skin, aloe vera is also taken internally in the treatment of : ulcerative colitis (drinking aloe vera juice)chronic constipationpoor appetitedigestive problems Marsh Mallow The plant of which marshmallows were once made of. inflammations and irritations of the urinary and respiratory mucus membranescounter excess stomach acidpeptic ulcerationgastritis Externally, the root is applied to : bruisessprainsaching musclesinsect bitesskin inflammationssplinters Great Burdock Pot Marigold Gotu Kola Camomile Sage

Handmade Bambo Candle Project from Martha Stewart If you are having a tropical party or your home decor involves around that them, then why not create some ambiance with Bambo Candles. Bamboo candles, which have built-in shelves, are a pretty way to decorate the table the next time you're entertaining, both indoors and out. Here are step by step instructions from Martha Stewart on home to make these festive Bambo Candles: Tools and Materials Bamboo canes (4 to 6 inches in diameter) Saw Wax Double boiler Large wick with metal tab Bamboo Candles How-To 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. How To Make An All-Natural Herbal Healing Salve Please Share This Page: Google + stumbleupon tumblr reddit If you are a first-time visitor, please be sure to like us on Facebook and receive our exciting and innovative tutorials on herbs and natural health topics! Image – This is a fantastic all-natural recipe for a healing salve for use on minor skin complaints such as scratches, scrapes, insect bites, dry skin, bee stings, hives. The ingredients listed in the recipe are olive oil, beeswax, calendula, plantain, goldenseal, tamanu oil, rosemary and essential oils of lavender and tea tree. One of the things I really like about this recipe is that it’s “old school” – and calls for preparing herb-infused oils as the first stage. Herb-infused oils have been in use since very ancient times. Anyway here is the link to the full original healing salve recipe, with safety notes –

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