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Posted by on Jan 14, 2017 in Herbs, Medicinal Recipe, Uncategorized |

Nourishing Nursing Mother’s Tea

Nourishing Nursing Mother’s Tea

I am a big believer in family and community support for pregnant women. I’ve always wished that I could live close to my loved ones when they were/are pregnant so that I could spoil them as much as possible. Fortunately, as I mentioned in my Gentle Healing Salve post, my wonderful cousin/friend is pregnant and due any minute now. She moved down here to South Carolina a year ago, just down the road from me, so I’m finally getting my wish to be able to support a preggers-loved one. 🙂 I’m creating a basket of supplies to bring her once her wee little one is born. Hmm…maybe I’ll make a post later on all about things to make/buy for a basket for celebrating a new birth (as well as for spoiling the new mama!). One of the things I decided to make for my sweet cousin was this homemade Nourishing Nursing Mother’s Tea. The ingredients in this homemade tea should help both with producing milk for the baby AND it also...

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Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Dandelion, Herbs, Uncategorized | 2 comments

How to Make Dandelion Infused Oil

How to Make Dandelion Infused Oil

Every winter is happens: I finally have time to make salves, ointments, teas, tinctures, etc. and the recipes all require infused oils that use plants that are only fresh and free in my yard in the spring and summer. As an ambitious gardener, I barely keep my sanity during the spring and summer with my garden plans. I do NOT have time to make herbal remedies then! So I’ve some up with a compromise: I’m spending ONE day making Dandelion Infused Oil, Comfrey Infused Oil, and Plantain Infused Oil. When my Calendula blooms later this summer, I’ll then spend ONE day making Calendula Infused Oil and Yarrow Infused Oil. Since infused oils stay good for at least a year, I will be able to use them this winter for my projects. Huzzah! How to Make Dandelion Infused Oil It’s probably a safe assumption to say that almost all of us have dandelions in our yard. If you don’t you can get seeds here.  This is one of the most common “weeds” around. Sadly,...

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Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Comfrey, Herbs, Uncategorized | 2 comments

How to Make Comfrey Infused Oil

How to Make Comfrey Infused Oil

As a gardener, I’m pretty busy in spring, summer, and fall. Every winter, however, I FINALLY have time to make herbal remedies to prepare for the coming year. This includes salves, herbal teas, tinctures, etc. Especially salves. They last for at least a year, so I can make them when I have time in the winter, and then use them when I need them for the rest of the year. Here’s the problem: The recipes all call for infused oils with plants that are only available in my yard/garden during the spring and summer. Boo!  So, this spring, I made the time to gather plants for all of the following infused oils: Plantain Infused Oil, Comfrey Infused Oil, and Dandelion Infused Oil. I am going to make all three of these infused oils on the SAME DAY. That way, I can get three chores done at the same time, and I will still have time to do all of my gardening chores. Booyah. (NOTE: This summer, I’ll make Calendula Infused Oil...

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Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Herbs, Plantain, Uncategorized | 4 comments

How to Make Plantain Infused Oil

How to Make Plantain Infused Oil

It happens to me every winter. Every winter, this obsessed gardener FINALLY has time to make herbal remedies to prepare for the coming year. This includes salves, herbal teas, tinctures, etc. Especially salves. They last for at least a year, so I can make them when I have time in the winter, and then use them when I need them for the rest of the year. So what always happens to me? The recipes all call for infused oils with plants that are only available in my yard/garden during the spring and summer. Boo! True, I could buy the plants in dried form from online stores. However, it never makes sense to me financially because these plants grow where I live. Why spend the money if I don’t have to? So, this spring, I made the time to gather plants for all of the following infused oils: Plantain Infused Oil, Comfrey Infused Oil, and Dandelion Infused Oil. I am going to make all three of these infused oils on...

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Essential Oils, Medicinal Recipe, Uncategorized |

DIY Sore Muscle Salve

DIY Sore Muscle Salve

DIY Sore Muscle Salve I’ve been meaning to make my own DIY salve for sore muscles for quite some time. However, life gets busy and whatnot, so I kept putting it off. It’s one of those things where you KNOW you will need it someday, but since it’s not an immediate need, the chore keeps getting put off over and over again. Very recently, a friend of mine needed something for sore muscles. Suddenly, I knew I had a reason to finally make a double batch of sore muscle salve. Huzzah! This Sore Muscle Salve contains both warming and cooling medicinal products, so it will feel kinda like ‘icy hot’ products. My particular salve contains only a few of the herbs and essential oils that are helpful for sore muscles, pain, and/or inflammation. Someday, hopefully I will make up a nice list for you of the natural remedies for sore muscles. For now, this recipe will have to do! This recipe DOES take a bit more time than a...

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