How To Make Cider Vinegar At Home

How to Make Cider Vinegar at Home

Vinegarizing cider is an annual fermentation project in our home, as is apple-pressing to produce that cider. Cider vinegar at the store, especially the kind that still contains all the wonderful nutrients and constituents the organic, mother-in, raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized…

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How To Make A Salve Or Balm: Easy Herbal Home Medicine

How to Make a Salve or Balm: Easy Herbal Home Medicine

A salve is a combination of soft oils and a hardener, such as beeswax or petroleum jelly. The beeswax or hardener makes the oils more workable and less sloppy to apply. Most recipes for salves ask for 1 part beeswax per 3 parts oil. These are measured by weight not by volume. Adding more oil will make the salve thinner. Adding more beeswax, makes the salve thicker. Essential oils or vitamin E oils are added at the end of the process as a preservative. This is important since all oils can go rancid over time.

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Apple: Nature’s Bandage

Apple: Nature’s Bandage

Malus domestica/sylvestrus a.k.a.: Fruit of the Gods, Fruit of the Underworld, The Silver Bough Although apple is familiar as food in our kitchens, an herbalist has to return to the old almanacs for reminders of its medicinal properties. It's surprising…

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