Showing posts from June, 2009

Don't Leaf Me Alone

The “healing leaf", as John’s mom called it, is growing strong in this neck of the woods. Actually it grows just about everywhere man has put his foot. The plantain is a major ingredient in the salves I make. Primarily plantain is used for all disorders of the respiratory organs. It is used for those with weak kidneys as well as treating eczema, liver and bladder disorders and the list goes on. I have concentrated on the skin healing abilities of course and have used it for over 30 years now. And in the last few years I have been making salves and selling them and getting good reports. Yesterday I went out and picked some to make my oil infusion today. If the plant is clean I don’t bother washing it, but these leaves had sand on them from one of the areas on our property. I gently washed them then put them in the salad spinner to get the left over sand and most of the water off. I then lay them out on a cotton towel and let them dry overnight to get rid of a good amount o

The Meter Made Me Do It

Even though I’ve been known to not want to know I do find knowing can save you money. Take for instance knowing how much it costs to run your toaster, refrigerator etc. Or knowing how much an average meal costs to make. My Husband (the “why” boy) came across a wonderful gadget that measures kilowatt usage for any appliance. It is called the Kill A Watt. Our library here had one available to borrow. Now we have one of our own. He even started dreaming up a home school study unit using the thing. So let’s make this practical. In our wild edible and medicinal blog I reported on how to infuse herbs with a crock-pot. So now I will tell you what amount of energy and cost that involved running the pot for 5 hours. It is very simple to use the Kill A Watt meter. First plug the meter into the wall socket or an electric strip as you can see in the picture. Then plug your appliance into the meter. Operate the appliance as usual. We are only concerned with

How to Make Fresh Herb Tea

When you think of tea what do you envision? A little bag with a string attached? A teaspoon of loose leaves dancing in a pot of boiled water? Chances are you will only be seeing a once fresh herb in its dried state. When John serves up a pot of fresh picked nettle tea on his herb walks sometimes someone will say, “I thought you had to dry it first”. Nope. If it’s available it's even better fresh. That goes for mint leaves as well as other herbs. If it’s there use it. Dry the excess for those cold winter nights or days. Here is how I make my tea: Go out in the morning and cut a bunch of mint and nettles. I use the stems and leaves. The amount I figured on was enough to loosely fill a 1/2 gallon canning jar.  I cut my herbs up as I put them in the jar. I think you get more out of them that way. Boil up some water. Pour it over the leaves to fill the jar. Just put the cap on but don’t screw it down. If you’re going to drink it hot then strain off the leaves and drink in about