Spring Plantain Herbal Infusion

plantain

It’s finally spring and all around there are cleavers, violet flowers, chickweed, plantain and a few other early spring medicinal plants in the area around us. I am sure if you look around your yard or in a field yet to be touched by modern day ‘weed killers’ you will stumble upon plantain.  Today we […]

Cottonwood Herbal Oil

cottonwood

Cottonwood     Populus balsamifera This is one of my all time favorite resin buds to infuse. The infused oil smells incredible and is highly beneficial in salves, gels, or massage oils for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.  Can be used at a 10 – 25% dilution with other carrier oils such as jojoba or other herbal […]

Daucus carota Macerated Oil

Daucus carota

Daucus carota Macerated Oil written by: Jade Shutes I have often wondered about how carrot was macerated and so decided to try to make it myself from vegetable to macerated oil. The journey has taken months, a bit of research, several batches of carrots, patience and lots of eager anticipation. Still there is another method […]

Preparing Tinctures: A simple method

Our tinctures from last year.

The Basics of Making Tinctures Every year we make up a batch or two of the herbs which grow around us and herbs we have planted in the garden.  Last year we made tinctures of Melissa, Boneset, German chamomile, Passion flower, Thyme and Calendula.  This picture was taken last year when we completed our tincture […]

Aromatic and Herbal Sugar Scrub for the Body

Adding honey (this honey was given to me by a friend who's father is a beekeeper in the Mtns of Asheville NC)

Beautiful day today. I have been meaning to catch up with our personal supply of aromatic products and today presented itself with time to create and play. Creating an aromatic and herbal sugar scrub Goal: to create an aromatic sugar scrub for the body using both plant material and essential oils in the sugar. First, […]

Spring: Time to plant some Calendula seeds

Calendula officinalis

Last year we launched our first E-book devoted to Calendula. Learn how to make herbal infusion, wound salve, mouth wash, cream, diaper rash powder and much more in our Calendula e-book. About Calendula

Roman chamomile, Helichrysum, Olive oil and Onions

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by Jade Shutes This is not  my typical researched or referenced  article. Just a shared experience from a  mother (me) about dealing with an acute ear infection (Otitis media) in my 5 year old son, Soren. Last Thursday evening my son woke up at around midnight crying saying that his tongue hurt. I was up […]

Integrative Self Care for Acute Bronchitis

Adding essential oil synergy to suppository mix

Integrative Self care for Acute Bronchitis without fever By Jade Shutes   About Bronchitis Bronchitis is either an acute or a chronic inflammation of the mucus lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. This inflammation can be caused by viral or bacterial infection, smoking or inhalation of chemical pollutants […]

Completing Elderberry Syrup

Be sure to label jar.  I am storing this in the fridge although it may not last too long. My son and I love it!

Here is our final images for the Elderberry syrup making.               I hope you enjoy making this wonderful delicious immune supportive syrup this winter!  If you need dried elderberries you can order them from Mtn Rose Herbs at: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/

Elderberry Syrup – Yummy delicious and much recommended throughout winter!

elderberries with hot water

Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) You can make herbal medicine with the flowers and fruits of the Black Elderberry bush/shrub. According to Gaia herbs, elderberry, ‘the bush has been referred to as “the medicine tree of the common people“.’  The berries offer antiviral and immune stimulating properties during these winter months plus elderberry syrup tastes divine!  […]