Common Spicebush Look for spicebushes in damp, partially shaded, rich woodlands, on mountains' lower slopes, in thickets, and along stream banks, throughout the Eastern United States, except the northernmost regions. Pioneers knew that this was good soil for farms, with moist, fertile soil. The berries, which taste a little like allspice, are an irreplaceable seasoning for me. Rinse them, pat them dry, and chop them in a blender or spice grinder. If you have neither, put them under a towel and crush them with a hammer. Since spiceberries are ripe in apple season, they often find themselves in the same pot. To store long-range, donít dry the berries. Collect the twigs year-round for teas, or use the leaves from mid spring to fall. Pioneers called this plant fever bush because a strong bark decoction makes you sweat, activating the immune system and expelling toxins. The Indians used a spiceberry infusion for coughs, colds, delayed menstruation, croup, and measles.
Resources | Radical Herbalism Gathering The resources here are ones generated during the 2013 gathering, we’re updating them following this year’s gathering If you have any UK-based community herbal projects & resources or any other inspiring things to share please email info (at) radicalherbalism.org.uk . Articles about Community & Radical Herbalism Community-Based Herbalism (pdf) by 7Song, a herbalist working in Ithaca Free Clinic, New York.The People’s Pharmacy: Creating Grass-roots Healthcare Systems by David Crow.This is Anarcho-Herbalism – Thoughts on Health and Healing for the Revolution by Laurel Luddite.Finding Common Ground: My year working at Common Ground Health Clinic, New Orleans by Becs Griffths, Published in Herbal Thymes NIMH Newsletter. Download as a doc here. Inspiring Examples of Community Herbalism Rhizome Community Herbal Clinic Rhizome Community Herbal Clinic has been set up in Bristol to provide high quality herbal treatments on a sliding scale basis to the local community. Common Ground Health Clinic
BulkActives: skin actives and ingredients for DIY skin care Ethnobotanical Leaflets Granny Woman Ozark Herbs Patent US20110111065 - Low Temperature Ultrasonic Extraction Method for Plants - Google Patents 1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to a low temperature ultrasonic extraction method for plants. 2. Currently, several extraction methods (for example, hot or warm water extraction method) for plants or Chinese herbal medicines are used in extracting purified products or enzymes. By way of example, Anoectochilus formosanus contain anti-bacterial materials which can suppress breeding of bacterial cells and perform anti cancer effect or anti-bacterial effect, in particular, on tissues of lung cells. U.S. U.S. Taiwanese patent application publication No. 200740377, entitled “Manufacturing method utilizing hydrolyzed vegetable solutions for anti-hypertensive functional foods,” also discloses an ultrasonic extraction method utilizing alcohol or alcoholic solvents for extracting extracts from Benincasa hispida. As is described in greater detail below, the present invention intends to provide a low temperature ultrasonic extraction method for plants.
USWildflowers.com Journal The Lazy Lady’s Guide to DIY: Hanging Herb Garden At some point near the middle of March, I always decide that I’m “done” with winter. The sweaters and jackets get pushed to the back of the closet, the flip flops come out, and I inevitably freeze my butt off for several weeks until the weather catches up with my warm-weather state of mind. Likewise, my cravings for fresh herbs and veggies are always a little ahead of the season. Growing your own herbs is a great way to save money and avoid buying too much at a time and letting most of it go to waste. What you’ll need: Tin containers with snap-on plastic lids (tea, cocoa, and coffee cans are a good bet), coat hangers, pliers, scissors, herbs (I bought basil, rosemary, dill, and cilantro for about $2.50 each), masking tape, coffee filters, a nail, a hammer, X-acto knife, scrap fabric or paper, and glue or spray adhesive. After you’ve emptied and cleaned your cans, remove the bottom of the can with a can opener. Slide the bottom inside the can, holding it up from inside. Happy growing!
Patent EP2350244A1 - Hydrodynamic extraction of oils from photosynthetic cultures - Google Patents Related Applications  This application claims the benefit of priority of U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/105,190, which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety. Technical Field  The disclosed invention relates to the method of extraction of oils from photosynthetic cultures using hydrodynamic cavitation technology for the production of biofuels or other products. Background Art  Microalgae and other photosynthetic cultures produce and store lipids, fatty acids, monoglycerides, and diglycerides that can make up a significant percentage of their total ash free dry weight.  Microalgae oil plays an essential nutritional role in the marine animal world.  In addition to cultivating microalgae as an oil-rich nutritional source for aquaculture, oils derived from cultivated microalgae are used for pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and cosmetic purposes.  An important process step in harvesting microalgae oil is extraction. Summary of the Invention
Botanical.com - Herbal Information, Gardening and Hydroponic Supplies The entrepreneur behind Mario Batali's edible herb wall - Apr. 12, 2010 Jim Mumford's edible walls bring herb gardens to unexpected spaces.By Eilene Zimmerman, contributing writerApril 12, 2010: 9:59 AM ET SAN DIEGO (CNNMoney.com) -- Mario Batali decided last year to install a garden between his adjoining West Hollywood restaurants, Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza. But a plain old backyard patch wouldn't do. Batali wanted something more visually striking, something more ... vertical? So he turned to Jim Mumford, the owner of Good Earth Plant and Flower Company in San Diego. Mumford, 52, had built a reputation as a nontraditional gardener. When customers saw Mumford's urban oasis, they started asking him about rooftop vegetable gardens. "You would need to either harness yourself or build a 42-inch wall around the edge so you don't fall off while working there," he says. But building gardens on a wall -- now that was something Mumford could do. And the timing was ripe, says Caron Golden, the culinary blogger behind San Diego Foodstuff. Share thisShare this
Patent EP2106278A1 - High energy ultrasound extraction - Google Patents  This invention relates to improvements in the liquid phase extraction of valuable chemical components from material by using preferentially immersed ultrasonic sonotrodes.  The wooden barrel has historically occupied an important place as a general container for liquids and foodstuffs. However, the development of methods of materials handling, and of other construction materials more practical under modern conditions, has replaced the barrel almost completely, except for wine and spirit aging.  Wines and spirits stored in oak barrels acquire attractive and desirable sensory characteristics, complexity and sensory qualities. Because of this, the production of many fine red and white table wines involves the use of oak barrels.  Oakwood comprises cellulose, hemicellulose, tannins and lignins - the fast 3 influencing wine during contact in wood.  American oak contains more oak lactones and nor-isoprenoid constituents than French oak.  Examples  Results