herbal salve

Herbal healing salve

Today’s project: homemade salve with around a dozen herbs, olive oil, lanolin and beeswax. Miraculously the final mixture was exactly the right amount for the containers I had… not too much, not too little. Perfect. I take that as a good omen. Herbs used: Comfrey Echinacea Plantain Grindelia Rosemary Yarrow Calendula Chaparral Chickweed Agarita Myrrh All of these herbs were chosen for their skin healing, anti-microbial, or anti-itch/soothing qualities. I did not add essential oils for fragrance as I prefer it to smell “green.” 🙂

wort

Herbal IPA

Labor Day brewing: Cooking up a batch of IPA with organically-grown, fresh Oregon hops, malt extract and a touch of dried wormwood, based on a recipe in Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation. In the pot is the wort, the unfermented beer as it boils, and before the addition of yeast for fermentation. By the way, if you’ve never tasted fresh hops, you’re in for a treat. KAPOW!