Infusions, or tisanes as they are frequently called, are made by pouring
boiling water over the herbs
and allowing the mixture to steep for 10-30 minutes depending on the
strength you prefer. Infusions
are used for extracting the properties of flowers and the herb or leafy
part of the plant. Always keep
the container tightly closed when infusing herbs. If using a teapot, a
tea caddy is helpful in keeping all
the properties in the water.
A decoction is used to extract the more tenacious plant material and is
the preferred method for
brewing most roots, barks and hard nuts/seeds. A decoction is made by
simmering the herbs in
boiling water for 15-30 minutes depending on the strength of tea
desired. Always keep the pot tightly
Sun charge your tea! Place the herbs in a large glass jar and cover
tightly. Put in the direct sunlight
and leave for several hours or until the desired flavor is attained.
There's nothing quite like the taste of
sunshine brewed in a perfect blend of herbs to lift the spirits.
Just as solar infusions capture the essence of sunlight, lunar infusions
utilize the great luminary energy
of the moon. Though much subtler than other methods of brewing herbs,
lunar infusions capture a
certain magic and essence. To make, place herbs (fresh flowers are
especially nice in lunar infusions)
in a crystal bowl and set the bowl in a place where it will get direct
moonlight. Let sit overnight and
first thing in the morning, drink your lunar infusion. Try it on the
next full moon. You'll be enchanted.
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02 Apr · Thu 2009
Herbal Baths From The Garden
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25 Mar · Wed 2009
TINCTURES (alcohol extraction)
To make a tincture; place 4 oz of dried herb in a sterlized glass jar with a tight fitting plastic lid. Add 2 1/2 cups of high alcohol content vodka, shake every day for two weeks, than using a coffee filter to strain out the herbs and fine particles.
*Please note the herbs must be in in DRIED FORM.
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12 Mar · Thu 2009
I get crazed when it comes to certain type of plant groupings. I get obsessed and need to collect them all. MINT was one I had to find every fragrant and tasty variety - it is still a collection in progress, but now I have around twenty varieties and my newest is mojito mint from Cuba. I hope to have enough Mojito mint by fall to offer for sale at my website.
Folklore: To carry a few leaves in the wallet is said to attract money, stuff sachets with mint leaves to ward off disease.
Mentha avensis 'Banana'
Mentha spicata 'Chewing Gum'
Mentha piperita citrata 'Lime'
THE REST OF ARE VARIETIES WILL BE POSTED WITH RECIPES==
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03 Mar · Tue 2009
Yea! There was sunshine today and I was able to catch some rays out in the greenhouse. Before you know it, we will be fighting insects for some grub, so be prepared with this simple recipe.
HERBAL INSECT REPELLANT
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20 Nov · Thu 2008
This would make great little hostess gift and of course stocking stuffer. I hate to waste good vodka and have made them with rubbing alcohol and it is less expensive.
GEL AIR FRESHENERS
Food coloring as desired. Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water. Allow to cool to room temperature then add the vodka, coloring and scent. Pour into decorative jar (I use 8 ounce canning jar) with tight fitting lid, and refrigerate till set.
Later put a piece of eyelet lace (or comparable breathable fabric) on the top and screw down the ring; if giving as a gift, I would put the canning lid on, then the lace and ring.
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