"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15

Monday

100+ Cold Drinks You Can Make for Hot Days! @ Bulk Herb Store Blog

100 Cold Drinks for Hot Days, Round-up

 

If you're coming here from the round-up at Bulk Herb Store Blog, I have a few more links here that you might like to take a look at: 

 

Drink Information:

More Cold Drink Recipes: 

In case you missed it, there's a great big round up of cold drinks that I've gathered over at Bulk Herb Store Blog!

 

  100+ Cold Drinks You Can Make on Hot Days

Getting hot out, isn't it? That's ok! Now's the time of year we can make cold, iced drinks - and really enjoy them! Here are over 100 links for recipes to get you started! Oh, and a few links on why some of them are great ideas....


I'm personally excited to try the infused waters and cold teas! To find these (plus the 100+ links and more) all in one place - check out my Pin Board: Drink Glass 100+ Cold Drink you Can Make on Hot Days, as I add them in over the coming weeks.

What will you try??

 

This post is shared on the following link-ups and blog-hops: Wildcrafting Wednesday (June 2015) @ The Entwife's Journal
 Natural Living Monday @ Modern Alternative Mamma, Mama Moments @ A Mama's Story, The Art of Homemaking Mondays @ Strangers and Pilgrims, Capture Your Joy @ Joy Dare, Homemaking Link-up @ Raising Homemakers, Wellness Wednesday @ Richly Rooted, the So Much At Home Link-Up, The Home Acre Hop @ The Self-Sufficient HomeAcre, Fabulously Frugal Thursday Linky Party @ A Life In Balance, The Pennywise Platter @ Nourishing Gourmet, Simple Lives Thursday @ Homespun Oasis, Simple Meals Friday @ Nourishing Simplicity, Wise Woman Builds Her Home link up, Natural Family Friday @ Natural Family Today, Real Food Fridays @ Organic 4 Green Living, Front Porch Fridays @Preparedness Mama & Mama Kautz, Fight Back Friday @ Food Renegade, Simple Life Sunday @Cooks Frontier, Monday's Musings @ What Joy Is Mine, Hearth & Soul @ Zesty South Indian Kitchen & The 21 Century Housewife, Anything Goes @ Stitch By Stitch, Dare to Share @ Pam's Party & Practical Tips, Homemaking Party @ Live in Every Season,

Saturday

How to Start Using and Saving Fresh Plantain Today: an Anti-Itch Oil

Do you want to save some of the amazing herb plantain that grows like a weed practically everywhere? Here's a simple way to get started using plantain today! You can make this plantain anti-itch oil at home and save it for later, or use it immediately.

DIY Plantain Anti Itch Oil


For this recipe, you will need to following:

How to Start Using Fresh Plantain Today
  • Olive oil (got mine from local farmer Wynola Flats)
  • Grapeseed oil
  • freshly picked Plantain*
  • jar with lid that makes a tight seal







  1. -First, you want to make sure your herbs are clean and ready to use. Rinse in a sink, bowel or tub, then gently pat dry to remove all water.
  2. -Next, rip, chop or shred your leaves
  3. -Then cover leaves entirely with your oil. You can use half and half, or 2/3 olive to 1/3 grapeseed oil.
  4. -Finally, you need to heat this gently; pick one of the following ways:
  To use it today, place herbs and oil in souce pan or small pot. Keep the heat low and keep an eye on the whole thing to make sure it doesn't burn or boil. (You don't want to scorch the life right out of the concoction!) Heat till the color cooks into the oil, leaving the leaves dull, about 1 hour. Use your judgement on this. Then let it sit till it's cool and strain out the herb.
  To use it later, stuff your chopped leaves in your jar till it's almost full. Leave a couple inches of space at the top, but make sure to completely submerge all plant material. Place in a paper sack in a sunny window, or go with Bulk Herb Store's crock-pot method  following steps 1-6.)
Store your plantain anti-itch oil in your jar in the fridge and use as needed for itches! 

*If you can't find a safe clean place to harvest plantain from the wild (and don't have it growing in your garden yet), then you can purchase dried organic plantain from Bulk Herb Store. Also, if you're going that rout anyway, you could get some lobelia and turmeric to add in for more anti-inflammatory properties. If you use dried herbs, follow the proportions as mentioned in the crock-pot method link.


I love my plantain anti-itch oil and store it in a sweet little bottle that my olive oil came in from a local farmer. Do you grow plantain in your garden? Forage for it? Or do you buy/trade for it?

Here's the link to purchase dried organic plantain via my affiliate link! :D

Shared on Front Porch Friday #15, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Wellness Wednesday, Natural Family Friday, The Art of Home-Making Mondays, ALN's Best of Home Remedies 2014 ...

Monday

Herbs in my Backyard: Chickweed




Stellaria media commonly known as chickweed.  It's a bit late in the season to be harvesting this around here.  But since I was able to find some still hiding away under an old claw-footed bathtub, I was able to get some more photos - and even try one of the recipes I'd saved.  :-) 


 
Chickweed Round-up


So here are the best links I found for info, recipes and ideas on chickweed. Read through them for a bunch of reasons you might want to keep some of that so-called "pesky weed" around:


"Chickweed... A member of the Pink or Carnation family (Caryophyllaceae), it is related to some of our prettiest wildflowers."  -source


Jill's Home Remedies: chickweed pesto (with almonds)

This ^ is the recipe I tried first from the list of chickweed recipes I came up with (adding more all the time to the pin board). I liked the texture the almonds gave it, and the cheese was a good call for flavor. (The only trouble I had was not having any fresh basil and using slightly-too-old chickweed. So the flavor of mine wasn't as good as this recipe would make it!)  Have you tried any chickweed recipes? Leave a comment and let me know what's best!



If you still decide it's a weed to be puled, you could...


Select any of the following to see more of the Herbs in My Backyard series: intro, dandelions.


This post is has been shared in the following link-ups: Natural Living Monday @ Natural Living Mamma, Real Food Friday @ Mary's Kitchen & Organic for Green Living, Art of Home Making Monday @Strangers and Pilgrims, Capture Your Journey link-up #17.