Tag: herbs

New methods of sharing the old ways

Herb lore used to be passed down through the generations. Each family had their own recipes and methods of utilising herbs for food and medicine. Nowadays with families living busy, separate lives a lot of this knowledge falls through the cracks. Modern technology is a great way to...

Stillroom Book – Create a family heirloom

A stillroom book would contain recipes, family health information, treatments tried, but also notes and inspirations, things of importance to the household, anything and everything that would be meaningful to the next generation. These books were handed down the maternal line andwere prized possessions......

How to Make Herbal Tinctures

Making a tincture is one of the most useful and versatile extracting methods. The standard method which has been used for many centuries involves using an alcohol base, usually vodka as this has very little taste, to extract the herb’s nutrients and healing properties....

How to make Herbal Salves

We covered infused oils and making a herbal cream over the past couple of weeks, so now, due to popular demand I'll show you how to use the infused oils for making salves/ointments/balms as well. Step-by-step instructions.......

How to make Herb Infused Oils

Last week I showed you how to make Herbal Cream and one of the ingredients was an infused oil. A lot of you have asked how you can infuse your own oils, so I thought I would show you how here. Infused oils are perfect for external...

How to make a Herbal Cream

Whereas ointments (salves, balms) are meant to form a protective layer on the skin, a cream is an emulsion of water with oils which softens and soaks into the skin. Any product containing water is a breeding ground for bacteria. Make sure all your equipment is very clean and...

Fountain of Youth for your Brain

An old Indian anti-aging remedy is to eat two leaves a day and spend some time in the sun (I bet that's the VitD and magnesium doing their work) for energy and younger looking skin. It has a great many uses, I use it as part of my brain...

Elderberry Syrup

Ingredients: 1 cups dried elderberries 2 cups of boiling water 1/4 cup raw honey 1/4 lemon juice Put the elderberries in a non reactive saucepan, add boiling water – cover and leave to soak overnight. The next day simmer berries for 30 minutes, cool a little then strain. Once...

Dye Easter Eggs with Herbs

Naturally-dyed eggs have a lovely matte finish reminiscent of old milk paint, but eggs can also be oiled to a satin shiny finish. After eggs have dried, rub them with an edible vegetable oil such as canola oil or olive oil using a paper towel. Wipe with a dry...

Herbal Weightloss

Herbology recommends a whole body approach when planning weight loss. With this in mind you need to look at more than just cutting out the chips and pizza. You need to work out why your body is overweight and unwell in the first place....