10 Things to Make With Fresh Mint

mint ice cubes

Mint is an easy to grow herb that cools and relieves pain. It can help ease stomachache, indigestion, headache, nausea and sore muscles. If you’ve ever grown mint in your garden, you’re probably well aware of just how rapidly it spreads! Today, I’m sharing ten ways that you can use up an abundance of mint to make things that are both fun and practical. While peppermint and spearmint are most commonly used, if you have other … Continue reading

Rose Petal Remedy (Rose Oxymel)

Rose Oxymel Recipe

This week, I’ve been sharing a few ideas from my new eBook: Things To Do With Roses. Roses are not only edible, but are traditionally used for the following health benefits as well. They are: cooling astringent anti-inflammatory uplifting nervine (beneficial to the nervous system) emotion balancing helpful for PMS & menopausal symptoms   In the past, I’ve written about how you can make Rose Glycerite and Whiskey Rose Cough Remedy, but today I want … Continue reading

Five Uses for Violet Vinegar

Violet Vinegar Recipe five ways to use

Infused vinegars are so pretty to look at, but they don’t do much good just sitting in your cabinet! Today, I want to talk about making violet infused vinegar and five easy ways you can use it. I’ve also included a printable tag, like the one shown in the picture. You can either print it on thick paper, punch a hole in it and tie it on with some ribbon or you could print it … Continue reading

How to Make Medicinal Vinegars & Oxymels

Medicinal vinegars (Vinegar Extracts) have been around since ancient times and were an excellent way to preserve and dispense herbs before distilled spirits were known about. While the advantages of using vodka or brandy to make your herbal tinctures are many – including greater potency and longer shelf life, there are those who wish to avoid alcohol for personal reasons or cost factors, making vinegar extracts ideal for them to create. Vinegar extracts (also known as “aceta”) … Continue reading

Blackberry Vinegar & 3 Recipes to Use It In

Blackberry Vinegar Recipes

I’ve been on a vinegar making roll lately! I’ve made other stuff too, which I’m sure to post about, but the vinegars turn out so pretty I can’t help but want to share them! All of the recipes in this post were adapted from a wonderful library book, Herbal Treasures by Phyllis V. Shaudys. It’s an older book, but full of so many great herbal ideas; I consider it one of those timeless resources and … Continue reading

Five Uses for Lavender Vinegar

Lavender Infused Vinegar & 5 Ways to Use It

For the past few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with lavender vinegar and must say, I love it as much as rose petal vinegar!   Directions to Make Gather lavender, rub the buds off into a jar, then cover with vinegar. Immediately cap to keep the vapors in. Store in a dark cabinet for a few weeks, shaking periodically. If you don’t have fresh lavender, just can buy dried from Mountain Rose Herbs. (<- affiliate link) … Continue reading

Rose Petal Vinegar + 7 Ways to Use It

Beautiful Rose Petal Vinegar Recipe

This stunningly beautiful rose petal vinegar is super easy to make and has tons of great uses! It will keep for at least a year, though the color is most brilliant during the first few months. If you have an abundance of roses and want to preserve some of that beauty – try making rose petal vinegar today!   Step 1 Gather fresh rose petals. (If you don’t have fresh, you can use dried, though … Continue reading