Sambuccus nigra, a. k. a. Black Elderberry, Blue Elderberry Elder was called the "country people's medicine chest." Elder keeps viruses at bay by blocking the virus from entering the cell itself. All flu viruses have trouble with elderberry's blockades. The…
Herbal glycerites are a sweet tasting way to extract herbal constituents. For adults who cannot tolerate alcohol, glycerites are a welcome break from teas or syrups. For parents, glycerites are a crafty way to administer potent but unpalatable medicine to fussy children. For people with an upset stomach, a glycerite is welcomed over a tincture any day.
Collection bags are handy to have during harvest season. This project involves changing an old t-shirt into a collection bag that can be stuffed into a pocket until ready for use. These bags are great to have around when you happen to stumble upon an apple tree ripe and ready for the picking. They also come in handy for carrying beach towels, coloring books or sack lunches.
Children have enjoyed coloring eggs with plants for centuries. This procedure uses easy plants to find in the garden in early spring.
Soap milling, also called French Milling, is an easy traditional process for enhancing cakes or bars of soaps. Milling allows you to add a variety of healing, soothing, or cleansing ingredients, such as extra fats or oatmeal or essential oils, to your soaps. I like to make hand milled soaps to give as gifts as well as to add luxury to our daily lives.
This is a basic procedure, not a recipe. I haven't included specific measurements but have instead described the process and what to look for as you're working. For specific recipes using this technique, see The Practical Herbalist Recipes.