Canning Water for Emergency Preparedness

canning water for emergency preparedness

We are in the midst of a power outage, here in Virginia; and it will likely be a week before electricity is restored. (Update: we were without power for 11 days!) For us, no power means no water. Couple that with 100 degree weather and you can see where that could quickly become a problem for those who are unprepared. In these types of emergency situation times, people tend to feel a bit panicky 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

Herbal Basting Brushes

How to Make an Herbal DIY Basting Brush

I do not currently own a basting brush. I have owned them, plenty of them, but they get all oily and are hard to clean and I end up tossing them long before most people would. As a consequence, I would find myself in need of one all the time, but having to make do with using a spoon or some other awkward improvisation. Right after I saw this idea in a library book I … Continue reading

Five Uses for Hollyhocks

Five Uses for Hollyhocks

Many people don’t realize that the common garden flower, Hollyhock, is completely edible – root, leaves and blossoms – and useful for more than just its charming looks. It’s a direct relation to Marshmallow and can be used interchangeably for that herb; the primary exception being that Hollyhocks have woodier and tougher roots, and are less palatable for eating purposes than Marshmallow’s softer roots. One thing to remember about this plant is that high heat … Continue reading

Rose Glycerite – Emotional Balancer

Rose Glycerite for Calming Nerves

I’ve discussed various ways of preserving and using roses, but for my final post on the topic this season, I want to highlight how to capture the physical and emotional benefits of the rose using the easy-to-take, alcohol-free medium of vegetable glycerine. Rose Glycerite acts as a mild nervine, calming anxiety and jitteryness. Many people find it an uplifting and gentle anti-depressant. It’s also anti-spasmodic so is a useful treatment for stomach or pre-menstrual cramps. … Continue reading

Whiskey Rose Cough Remedy

Whiskey Rose Cough Remedy

A few days ago, one of my nieces brought a beautiful rose back from her grandfather’s house and presented it to my brother. He made a joke to her about giving it to me so I could make something from it. I admit I MAY sometimes go a bit overboard on creating things from flowers and was deserving of the teasing! :) But, anyway, I did make him something from it! Almost every winter it … Continue reading

Rose Petal Peppermint Drops

rose petal peppermint drops

These yummy peppermint drops were inspired by a recipe for Herbal Candy Drops contained in A Kid’s Herb Book, written by Lesley Tierra. It’s an enchanting tome filled with facts, folklore, ideas & recipes aimed at introducing children to the wonderful world of herbs. I highly recommend it (for grownups too!) I took their basic recipe and used rose petal & lemon infused water instead of the herbal tea called for. Roses have cooling, anti-inflammatory … Continue reading