An herbal tincture is an alcohol-based liquid into which the properties of one or more herbs have been infused. Tinctures (also called herbal extractions) are one of the most popular herbal preparations used by clinical herbalists in our modern culture. Tinctures can be taken on the tongue, just like a flower essence, or can be added to a cup of water or tea. I have made mouth tonics, which are a lot like a mouthwash, from mainly tinctures and I often use tinctures as part of my cough syrup formulas because of the preserving nature of the alcohol in the tinctures.Read More
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An infused oil is an oil that has been filled with the properties of one or more herbs. Infused oils make great massage oils and are often used as the basis for healing salves. Some herbal infused oils, like garlic or cayenne, can be used for cooking, too.Read More
Making a Heat-infused Herbal Oil: A General Procedure
An infused oil is an oil that has been infused with the properties of one or more herbs. Infused oils make great massage oils and are often used as the basis for healing salves. Some herbal infused oils can be used for cooking, too.
There are two basic ways to create an infused oil, the cold method or the hot method. The cold method, which is actually done at room temperature, takes time, but is relatively easy and requires little attention while the oil is soaking in the herb’s qualities. The hot method requires a direct heat source and close attention, but an infused oil can be prepared with this method within a relatively short period of time.Read More
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.Read More
Honey is loaded with healthy properties, among them the ability to rejuvenate and heal the skin. As a facial treatment, honey removes acne without drying and helps smooth large pores; it’s great for teens and women facing unbalanced hormones late in life as well.Read More