Last week I made an herbal salve for knotted muscles and although it turned out to be really warming, I added too much beeswax and the consistency is a little too hard. Today I'm remaking it and here's the recipe this time around: 2 oz Olive Oil; 1 oz each Safflower, Macadamia and Jojoba; 1 oz beeswax; essential oil of Peppermint - 30 drops; and essential oil of Birch -10 drops.
Weekends inspire me to dig through my books and look for recipes or invent my own. This week, because I'm reading my mentor's book, Medicinal Herbs, I've chosen to try out some of her recipes and stock up on things for my own kitchen and medicine cabinet to address all kinds of things - things like a basil tea for headaches, a cinnamon/cayenne muscle salve, an Echinacea spray for sore throats, a digestive tea (probably with ginger and peppermint), a lavender/lemon balm tea for stress, a yarrow first-aid tincture, an Echinacea/goldenseal/myrrh/cayenne disinfectant tincture and an elderberry syrup for colds and flu. Except for the salve (which will have a shorter shelf life because of the base oils), I want most everything to be rather long-lasting. Maybe I should think about adding some of these to my website. I'll try them out first and then make that decision.
With television predictions of a nasty flu season that's already begun, I made a syrup for colds and flu that I took from Rosemary Gladstar's book Medicinal Herbs and then tweaked it a little. Don't ask me why I seem to make enough of every first trial batch to treat the nation, but somehow I do! I cut up two onions and put them in a saucepan, added 1 teaspoon of garlic and 1 teaspoon of Elderberries. Then I covered the mix with Clover Honey (about 16 ounces as it turned out) and let it simmer until the onion was soft. Then I strained it into 2oz tincture bottles with stoppers (about 6, so yes, I'll have enough for fifty years!) and gave it a try. Although Rosemary said it tastes delicious, I wouldn't quite describe it that way. It's certainly not offensive but it's peculiar to taste onion and garlic in honey!
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.