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Quick First Aid Spray

Quick First Aid Spray

Comfrey, Yarrow, and Lavender come together in this simple spritzer to make a powerful wound healing team. Lavender focuses on killing germs that lead to infections, including MRSA, staph, and…

Diaper Rash: Herbal First Aid

Diaper Rash: Herbal First Aid

Changing diapers is not a favorite part of any parent's life but a bad case of diaper rash can turn this routine into a nightmare. A red bottom is the…

Diaper Rash Salve

Diaper Rash Salve

Being a baby is hard work. There's a whole lot of growing and changing in that first couple of years. Having diaper rash makes the journey from birth to childhood…

Black Eye Treatment – Herbal First Aid

Black Eye Treatment – Herbal First Aid

Accidents happen. Most people aren't lucky enough to go through life without getting at least one shiner. A black eye is basically a bruise around the outside of  the eye.…

Athlete’s Foot – Herbal First Aid

Athlete’s Foot – Herbal First Aid

Athlete's Foot is a chronic problem in gyms and locker rooms. As a fungus (dermatophytes), it thrives in warm, moist, sheltered environments and feeds on keratin. Keratin is a protein…

How To Make Herbal Ice Cubes

How to Make Herbal Ice Cubes

Herbal ice cubes are versatile little powerhouses of medicine. Store a batch of calendula ice cubes in your freezer to treat minor burns and scrapes. Put nettle ice cubes in your pets' drinking water on a hot day to keep their electrolyte balance in check. Toss a few lemon balm ice cubes into your glass to add zest to your iced tea. The list of uses for herbal ice cubes is endless.
Medieval Herbalism: Intro. To European Herbalism

Medieval Herbalism: Intro. to European Herbalism

Medieval Herbalism: Introduction to European Practices and Salves, Expanded Notes European herbalism in the middle ages, roughly 1300 AD to 1600 AD, encompassed a diverse set of folk beliefs, regional…

Minty Strawberry Leaf Mouthwash Recipe

Minty Strawberry Leaf Mouthwash Recipe

You can use Minty Strawberry Leaf Mouthwash as a breath freshening spray or as a mouth wash for after brushing your teeth. You can substitute one ounce of glycerite, such as Spearmint or Lemon Balm glycerite, for the glycerine in this recipe.
Autumn Herb Preservation Notes

Autumn Herb Preservation Notes

OSU Extension Service Workshop 2009 Sue Sierralupé - Instructor Use of Herbs Culinary vs Medicinal Culinary- focus on preserving flavor in essential oils Culinary presentation – color is in flavonoids…

Herbal Teas From Your Backyard To Your Teapot

Herbal Teas from Your Backyard to Your Teapot

 Garden Herb Lists OSU Mini-College Workshop Sue Sierralupé – Instructor Weeds as Herbs Dandelion – Taraxacum off. - collect roots in fall, flowers and leaves in spring – Detoxification Chickweed…

Minor Burns: Herbal 1st Aid

Minor Burns: Herbal 1st Aid

Fire fills our lives with luxuries we now take for granted like cooked food and warm rooms in winter. When we forget about the power of the fire element, we get burned. There are several herbs that help us salve the burns left by this oversight. To treat a minor burn, first wash the wound with cool water, then apply the herbal treatment and cover the area with a bandage. The treatment recommended below is for first degree burns; more serious burns require help by a qualified health care practitioner.
Poison Oak/Poison Ivy Rash: Contact Dermatitis

Poison Oak/Poison Ivy Rash: Contact Dermatitis

Spring is a dangerous time of the year for eager herbalists. So many plants are emerging from their winter sleep that it is tempting to step off the hiking trail to examine them more closely. That is when the guardians assigned to protecting these tender sprouts spring into action. The Toxicodendron species which includes poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac, has an oily substance called urushiol which triggers an allergic reaction in many people.
Gamera’s Flea Bane Oil Recipe

Gamera’s Flea Bane Oil Recipe

We all love our animals but unfortunately, so do fleas. Gamera, one of my four cats, is particularly sensitive to flea bites. Although he is an inside cat, this year the fleas found him. After several failed attempts with commercial products, this recipe along with our family's diligence helped him get rid of the nasty bloodsuckers. I put one drop on the back of his neck every week
How To Make A First Aid Herbal Salve

How to Make a First Aid Herbal Salve

The herbs in this salve are our skin's best friends. Each of the oils should be made individually and combined during the salve making process. Just a few ounces of each is all you need to make this great blend.
Dandelion Porter Recipe For All-grain Beer Brewing

Dandelion Porter recipe for All-grain Beer Brewing

My goal was to develop a good porter that did not use hops. With it's liver-supporting properties and wealth of vitamins and minerals, Dandelion seemed like the perfect substitute. In the original version of this recipe, I used a combination of fresh and dried dandelion tops for bittering, which yielded a well-balanced, lightly bittered porter, and fresh and dried sage and calendula to achieve a hop-like aroma. At first, the aroma wasn't right, but after letting the brew age for three weeks the scent had mellowed considerably to one quite reminiscent of the Tetnanger hops I might otherwise have used.
Herbal Facial Spa Mix Recipe

Herbal Facial Spa Mix Recipe

Facial Spas or herbal steams are an easy way to open pores and leave the skin feeling refreshed. This mix also makes a lovely gift when tied in a pretty…

Sunburn Soother Herbal Blend

Sunburn Soother Herbal Blend

Sunburns always seem to take the victim by surprise. It just didn't seem like it was either hot enough or you were outside long enough to get the sunburn. Fortunately, there is a simple recipe with easy to grow garden flowers to ease the suffering. A thin coat of Aloe Vera gel can be used to help speed healing after the Sunburn Soother has dried on the skin.
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