Category Archives: Herbal medicine making

Boneset appreciation

Years ago, I planted some boneset seed in a new herb garden bed.  It sprouted and grew.  Since then, the plant has expanded and grown stronger.  For the past several years I’ve been harvesting the boneset leaves for both a … Continue reading

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White pine blessings

I’ve been reading about Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) and how its needles (with Vitamin C) can be used to make pine tea.  Today I also found a recipe for pine oil, pine oxymel and pine salve (reportedly useful with … Continue reading

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Herb sprinkles

I recently watched a video of Rosemary Gladstar as she made some “Antioxidant Herbal Sprinkles.”  When I looked at the ingredient list, I realized all the herbs were growing in my garden.  Hurrah for parsley . . . . . … Continue reading

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Creating new bed with nature

There’s an area of grass that I’ve been wanting to convert to some more beds.  I finally started turning over the soil and removing the grass this summer.  Next, I opened a coning with the Deva of the Gardens and … Continue reading

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Useful usnea

Last week I made the difficult decision (for various reasons) to cut down a large oak tree.  This week I’ve been cutting the long pieces into shorter lengths so that I can split it for firewood.  In the process of … Continue reading

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Beautiful bountiful boneset

Back in April, the boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) patch looked really lush.  Recently, the boneset has been putting up flower heads: Today, after checking in with the deva of the boneset, I began harvesting some of the lower leaves before they … Continue reading

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Spotted St. John’s wort

I love Spotted St. John’s wort (Hypericum punctatum).  What excites me the most about it is the fact that it is loaded with hypericin — one of the medicinal components of St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum).  The hypericin accounts for … Continue reading

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Ground ivy tincture

After picking this ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea), I stuffed it into a pint-size jar to make a tincture of it.  Then I filled the jar with 100 proof vodka and labeled it for future personal use.  Here’s the completed tincture … Continue reading

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Bottling the essence

After months of sitting and brewing on a counter, these tinctures were more than ready to be bottled and used.  Today I gathered, cleaned and sterilized the bottles and droppers.  I decided to start with the valerian roots.  As I … Continue reading

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Sweet gum goodness

I used to live in a house which had lots of black locust trees in the yard — along with one good-sized sweet gum tree (Liquidambar styraciflua).  Although folks complained about the “gum balls” which dropped on the ground and … Continue reading

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