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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What is the difference between an herbal decoction and an infusion?

What is the difference between an herbal decoction and an infusion?

Using Herbs
Herbal Preparations: Infusion or Decoction? While they may not realize, most people infuse an herb (an infusion) without thinking about it and call it herb tea. They put a tea ball or a tea bag in a cup of boiling hot water and steep (steep - to soak in water to extract a component of a plant) for 5 minutes or so and drink it. Infusions are used to extract vitamins and volatile ingredients from quickly perishable, fresh or dry herbal pieces (leaves, flowers, small non-woody green stems, orange zest, for example). Popular infusions are from plants that are so, SO good for you in general like peppermint or chamomile. You put the fresh or dried herb in a cup, pour on the boiling water and BOOM, Infusion! The keyword…
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The Elderberry Incident aka The Peace Pipe

The Elderberry Incident aka The Peace Pipe

Homestead Stories
An Elderberry Poem My uncle is a jack of all trades... He was a barber, he was a police detective, he was a park ranger and there are probably a few I've long since forgotten (or never even knew!) ;) But these days, as the whirlwind of activity that used to keep you in a good hard sleep all night are winding down to a calmer slower life, he writes. This time, he is writing an elderberry poem... sort of, LOL. And I don't mean that casually. He "writes". He puts history into words on paper. He makes us chuckle. He makes us cry. Sometimes I'm not entirely sure I "get" the whole picture, but one thing is certain... when I log on to facebook, I look for them. The…
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Advantages of Using Plastic Planter Boxes For Your Domestic Or Commercial Beautification

Advantages of Using Plastic Planter Boxes For Your Domestic Or Commercial Beautification

Container Gardening
When people hear the word flower pot, they immediately think of the classic orange-brown ceramic pots which you can see in many stores. While this was once the only option for those people who wanted to keep plants in their houses, plastic planter boxes have since taken over the market in a huge way. [caption id="attachment_5404" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Plastic Planter Boxes[/caption] The use of plastic boxes than clay or ceramic pots is very high. Its shape is small, the style and the colors are also varied. They come in different shapes and can also come in hanging styles. Here are a few given below which will help you to get the best for your house Durability Plastic is obviously a durable material when it is compared to its other counterparts.…
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Plant Names

Plant Names

Organic Gardening
Does anyone REALLY have any idea how many different plants there are on our planet. New plants are constantly being discovered. The Flora of North America Project will treat more than 20,000 species of plants native or naturalized in North America north of Mexico, about 7% of the world's total. Both vascular plants and bryophytes are included. FYI: Bryophytes are a group consisting of three divisions of non-vascular land plants (embryophytes), the liverworts, hornworts and mosses. With such large numbers, it is quite obvious that turmoil is just a marigold away, unless there is a system that provides every plant with it's own exlusive unique name. I say gratefully that a slick system is already in place, and it allows plant people the world over to correspond with a given…
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Join Us At Bloglovin’

Join Us At Bloglovin’

Community
Follow my blog with Bloglovin From Wikipedia... Bloglovin' is a platform that allows users to read, organize, and discover their favorite blogs on mobile and desktop. It is a design-focused platform that aggregates feeds from sources with RSS feeds, allowing users to discover and organize content. As of April 2014, Bloglovin’ reaches over 16 million global users monthly. Bloglovin' caters primarily to the “lifestyle” crowd. 90% of Bloglovin’s users are female.
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Eucakisses

Eucakisses

Herbs and Children
Just had to share with you all because only you folks will understand how happy this makes me...I had my 6 year old grand-daughter over yesterday and the weather was calling for a light frost last night so I had her help me pull in some of my more tender herbs growing in pots. Well of course we had to pinch and sniff...right? So the first plant was eucalyptus...and I asked her to repeat it back. She now knows this plant as eucakisses...she pinched and sniffed..and says, 'Grammy it smells like medicine...delicious!' Next on the agenda was my lavender, same thing, pinch and sniff...and ohhhh she loved it! Then came the catnip and the peppermint. She decided that she would take her pinches of all the herbs, combine them, rub…
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