How to Take a Tincture

How to Take a Tincture

Using Herbs
When you start talking about herbs, especially how to use them, the word "tincture" inevitably comes up. There are many, MANY ways to use herbs to support wellness and a tincture is one of them. How to take a tincture? Well, first do you know what it is? What is a tincture? A super easy way define tincture is alcohol with concentrated medicinal plant properties in it. That is as plain as it gets. More widely defined, tincture is an herb (the mark) left to soak in alcohol (the menstruum). After "tincturing" or soaking for six to eight weeks, you drain off the menstruum, this is your tincture. If you are using glycerine, vinegar, water, or any menstruum (solvent) other than alcohol, technically this preparation would be an extract rather…
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Essentials of Eco-Friendly Home Design

Essentials of Eco-Friendly Home Design

Sustainable Living
Sustainability comes in many forms and ways and anyone can find a way to adapt it into their lifestyle and their home design. This is especially true for all those fans of eco-friendly home design out there who want to spend their lives in a green and sustainable space. If you too are looking for ways to make your home more eco-friendly and unlock your own green potential, here are a few ideas for you to explore. Solar panels This is the simplest and most effective way to introduce sustainability and eco-friendliness into your home, particularly if you live in a hot region with lots of sunny days. All you need to do is install some high-quality equipment, learn how to maintain it regularly and you’ll be ready to start…
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Why I Love July

Why I Love July

Garden Calender
Why do I Love July? :) I love garden writers and Evelyn Hadden is no exception. If you have never read what she writes, check it out at Evelyn Hadden - Garden Rant. But in case you may miss this little bit, I will quote her... "Here's what I like about July. It follows April, when the gardeners in my part of the world anxiously watch the weather and fret, Can I start gardening now? Can I? Can I?" "It follows May, which begins with endless back-building wheelbarrow work, as mulch and compost are spread, and ends with a huge planting push." "It also follows June, when the gardener corrects all mistakes made in May, rethinks what vegetables she might want to use in some recipe or other, crams in…
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Laboring With Less

Laboring With Less

Food Supply
I thought this article was worth a mention. It is a problem that is growing without much support or solution in sight. There has to be a way to We support Local Harvest by using their online store to sell our botanicals. Please use the LocalHarvest search engine to find local farmers, farmer's markets, CSA's and real local food. Let's talk frankly about the state of agricultural labor in this country. Don't worry, the US is not alone in this dilemma- it is happening in countries all over the world. Despite a growing human population, we have fewer people who want to be farmworkers. And those that do want to do the work may not be located in the countries that need the workers. It is a mismatch of global…
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