Monday, December 21, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
1. You begin with some 100 proof alcohol (I used Vodka) - this is called the menstruum.
2. Then you grab some fresh or dried herbs.
3. Put herbs in a glass canning jar and pour in the alcohol until the herbs are covered plus 1/4 inch headspace. I found that leafy herbs absorbed much more alcohol than did roots, berries and bark.
I thank God for these wonderful healing plants!
Yes! I am done with module 1 of the Naturally Healthy Community Herbalist course by Shonda Parker. What a fabulous overview of healing foods, how to avoid excessive toxic exposure, understand medical terms and lab tests, how to practice Christian hospitality and organize your pantry and kitchen.
P.S. My 'Immune Defense' and 'Winter Health' concoctions seem to be helpful along with the vitamin C, zinc, garlic and echinacea for keeping the immune system strong this winter. Since I'm around little kids from different families a lot because of my music teaching, I usually bring in the big guns (tincture of oregano and elderberry) if I feel slightly iffy. That, a positive outlook, friends, sleep, and eating well are all just as helpful for staying healthy!
1. Dig a hole about 3' x 3'.
2. Add some leaves, grass clippings, kitchen scraps, or all three.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Maria von Trapp said...
"I can't seem to stop saying things.
Everything I think and feel."
"Some people call that honesty."
"Oh, but it's terrible, reverend mother!"
Thanks, Christi, for that humorous reminder. :)
Some day I may realize that people do not usually want their way of life challenged by an upstart who thinks she knows how to do things differently. Constantly, my words need to be tempered with humility. My dad and I are alike - we want so badly to 'fix' things. 'Fix' our neighbor's poor apple management, 'fix' a child's cough, 'fix' a friend's idea that vaccinations are actually beneficial... you get the picture.
There are people out there genuinely interested in learning what you have to offer, but it matters just as much how and when you present it to them, as what your advice actually entails.
Practical knowledge for small-time farmers:
Homesteading - Gene Logsdon
You Can Farm - Joel Salatin
Successful Berry Growing - Joel Salatin
Nourishment Home Grown - Dr. A. F. Beddoe
All Flesh is Grass - Gene Logsdon
Holy Cows and Hog Heaven - Joel Salatin
Herbs, nutrition awareness:
What's In This Stuff? - Patricia Thompson
The Autoimmune Epidemic - Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Cancer: Step Outside the Box - Ty F. Bollinger
Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy - Simon Mills
Common Herbs for Natural Health - Juliette de Bairacli Levy
The Untold Story of Milk - Ron Schmid
Mommy Diagnostics - Shonda Parker
Books on my list to read:
The Raw Truth About Milk - William Campbell Douglass II
The Raw Milk Revolution - David E. Gumpert and Joel Salatin
The Herbal Medicine-maker's Handbook - James Green
What the Bible Says about Healthy Living - Rex Russell
Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health - Rosemary Gladstart
Salad Bar Beef - Joel Salatin
Pastured Poultry Profits - Joel Salatin
My soul now seeks another home, a brighter world on high.
Farewell, my friends, whose tender care has long engaged my love;
Your fond embrace I now exchange for better friends above.
I'm a long time trav'ling here below,
I'm a long time trav'ling away from home,
I'm a long time trav'ling here below to lay this body down."
- The Sacred Harp