Monday, August 30, 2021

Pick As You Go Tea/Tincture

On a quick walk around the yard, I gathered a gang of great herbs for winter, and added just quick listings of their properties.  

Thyme -anodyne, antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, diaphoretic, disinfectant, expectorant, sedative, and tonic.  
Lemon Balm - antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiviral, antioxidant, carminative, nervine, nootropic, sedative
Sage - antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmotic, astringent, antiviral, carminative
Rosemary - analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antirrheumatic,  antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral,  carminative, digestive, diuretic, emmenogogue, mild laxative, nervine, neuroprotective, stimulant, tonic, vulnerary
Echinacea - antibacterial, anticatarrhal, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumor, antiviral, astringent, carminative,  digestive, fever reducing
Elderberry or flower - Properties Flower:  antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, diaphoretic,  diuretic.   
Berry: antiviral,  diaphoretic, diuretic, laxative.  The berries contain proteins that make cells slippery so that viruses cannot attach and replicate.
Horehound - antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, digestive, demulcent, hepatic, stimulant, tonic, bitter, astringent, laxative, sedative.
Goldenrod - antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, aromatic, astringent, bitter, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, stimulating, tonifying and vulnerary
Lavender - analgesic, antidepressant, antifungal, antioxidant, antiviral, diaphoretic, diuretic, nervine, vulnerary

There are a lot of ways that you can have these ready for winter!
They can all be used in tea blends (although horehound is an "acquired taste").
With the addition of things like honey, stevia, or licorice root (especially if a sore throat is present), you might be amazed how delicious the tea is!  
A few nice blends:
Lemon Balm


Holy Basil,

But personally, I make a big jar that includes everything and mix it all up.  You almost can't go wrong!

Another way to quickly put together something for the winter is a blended tincture.  To do this, you'd simply chop up everything you find to use, and add it all together to a jar.  Cover with alcohol, and you're set!  It's always a good idea to have some of them separate, too.  Lemon balm and goldenrod are useful for other things, so keep a little of them out to make alone.  And of COURSE a big jar of holy basil!

Monday, August 23, 2021

September/October 2021 Essential Herbal Magazine



Field Notes from the Editor, Tina Sams
Rubbing elbows with herbies again, what we’re up to, and some business.

About the Cover a bit about New England Asters

An Apple a Day Keeps the Herbs in Play, Alicia Allen
Apples in everything from salad, tarts, muffins, dinner bake, and so much more!  For instance:  Bacon, Apple, and White Cheddar Grilled Sandwiches…

Uplifting Coffee Cardamom Lip Balm, Jessicka Nebesni
Mmmm… the scent of coffee, right under your nose!

A Really “Cool” Way to Dry Herbs, Dennis Mawhinney
You may not have tried this method for your herb preservation.  Yet.

Book Excerpt - Winnie of the Dell
A new fictional book about a young herbalist is coming out soon.

Nighttime Beauty & Medicine: Evening Primrose, Kristine Brown RH(AHG)
All about Evening Primrose, and how to make an infused oil and salve.

Goat’s Milk Oatmeal Lavender Soap w/ Honey, Marci Tsohonis
A luscious skin-loving soap to make.

Planning Ahead for Christmas from the Garden, Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh
A whole gang of ideas and instructions/recipes to make for gift giving.

Seasonal Favorites, Kathy Musser
All kinds of wonderful flowering plants that you’ll want to consider planting to come back year after year.

The Plant Family Solanaceae, Jackie Johnson ND
A family of delicious foods and some not so harmless cousins.

Rediscovering Traditional Alchemy & Spagyric Medicines, Sarah Akala
Spagyric medicines are becoming more known in the US.  The process is involved, with distillation, reducing herbs to ash, and blending all parts back together. 

On Our Travels, Maryanne Schwartz
Old fashioned apple dumplings!

Meet our Contributors
A little about the folks so generously sharing their knowledge.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Old Sage Apothecarian Virtual Conference '21

 This 2 day conference is pretty exciting (and the early bird special is good for 11 more days).
Have you been thinking about learning to make soap, lotions, and salves?  Do you already make them, but want to up your game?  How about learning more about business? 

As shown above, I'll be demonstrating Balms & Salves.
Maryanne will be talking about her 20 years of soap wholesaling, and sharing the peaks and valleys.
Lotion Making, Distilling Plants, Choosing your Target Market, Business Roundtable, Soap Coloring and Design Techniques, Whipped/Cream Soap, Soap Dough, Elderberry, and Livestreaming will also be covered.  I'm sure I probably missed something. 
You'll get to network online and ask questions.  AND if you choose the option to purchase the recording, you will have it for a full year, to practice along with us or listen to the business ideas a few times. 
Visit the website today to see if it's something you need!  I hope you'll join us.
Click HERE

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

We're back with wings! (new stuff)

 I didn't realize how long it's been! 
It took a while after my sister had surgery to get things back in gear, but here we are.
There are a few things to show you that are new.
The first one might be a little weird to some, but we just couldn't resist when something so beautiful and special showed up.

Find them HERE

Next, these were made a while ago, but I went looking for them in anticipation for the Black Walnut Botanical Conference over this past weekend.  It was HOT for the first half.  I was shocked to find how many we had, so here they are!

SO cooling to wear around the neck on a hot day! 

Check them out HERE

A bunch of new scarves went up on the site yesterday too! 

There are about 30 more up on the website, so take a look at them all!  Click HERE
They are so comfy when the weather get a little cooler.

Tomorrow I'll stop by to tell you about a Virtual Soapmaker's Conference coming up in September!