Five Ways to Make an Herb Infused Oil

You use herbs everyday. They are wonderful for adding flavor to our foods, and can also have great value as home medicine. Making medicinal teas is one way to consume herbs but sometimes an herb is needed externally to relieve itch, soothe a rash, or provide pain relief.  By steeping herbs in oil many of its chemical components can be extracted and preserved for future use in healing salves and balms.

Why Make an Herb Infused Oil?

You use herbs everyday. They are wonderful for adding flavor to our foods, and can also have great value as home medicine. Making medicinal teas is one way to consume herbs but sometimes an herb is needed externally to relieve itch, soothe a rash, or provide pain relief.

By steeping herbs in oil many of its chemical components can be extracted and preserved for future use in healing salves and balms.Continue Reading

Medicinal Herbal Teas: Infusions and Decoctions

Learn to make medicinal herbal tea by either infusing or decocting parts of medicinal plants. The method will be determined by the part of the plant used.

One of the most difficult things, at least to me, about learning a new subject is the fact that you have to learn a new language, in a sense. It’s true whether you’re learning to cook, or learning to make soap.

Herbalism is no exception. Each medicinal herb has specific properties, some of which, like ‘antidepressant’, or ‘laxative’, are familiar. But when I read that an herb is cholagogue, or cicatrizant, my eyes begin to cross.Continue Reading

Real Food ‘Copper Penny Carrots’ Salad

Recipes for Copper Penny Carrots have been around for years. This one has been redone without refined sugar, or canned soup. Real food you can enjoy without guilt!

A friend of mine gave me a recipe for Copper Penny Carrots years and years ago. It was something I made frequently when my kids were little.

I knew enough, even back then, to replace the refined sugar in the recipe with honey. What I failed to realize was that the canned condensed tomato soup called for in the recipe was not exactly real food.Continue Reading