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DIY Cold Remedy Elixir

CREImage DIY Cold Remedy Elixir

CREImage3 DIY Cold Remedy Elixir

A quick fix from my Herbal Encyclopedia for this sick lady (meaning me). I call it the Cold Remedy Elixir:

  • the juice of half a lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp of shredded ginger
  • honey to taste
  • steep in hot water

Drink 3-5 times daily while symptoms persist.

Tangerine Sky

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It’s hard to believe that this image above was taken on Seneca Lake and has no filter or editing. This is really what the sky looked like late August. I am grateful to have captured it.


On another note, but staying with the tangerine theme – I have been saving all of my tangerine peels for something magnificent. Here are the things I made with them:

  • Tangerine Powder / Spice
  • Sugar & Tangerine Scrub
  • Tangerine Essential Oil

Here is how I did it:

1. First, I collected and dried a bunch of tangerine peels. They must me really dry, like breakable.

Peals Tangerine Sky

2. I put the tangerine peels (and a few grapefruit peels) into a blender and blended into a powder.

Peels Tangerine Sky

powder Tangerine Sky

3. Then I portioned out 3 different jars of power; 1 for the scrub, 1 for the spice and the last for the essential oil.

threepowders Tangerine Sky

4. Sugar & Tangerine Scrub: I took the powder for the scrub and added equal parts of sugar to peel. When I go to use this, I will add a little bit of oil to make the scrub.

Scrub Tangerine Sky

5. Tangerine Powder / Spice: I added the tangerine powder into a spice jar for easy sprinkling on things like salmon. I used this the other night on salmon, mixed with fresh crushed black pepper and salt and it was delicious!

Salmon Tangerine Sky

6. Tangerine Essential Oil: And lastly, I used the remaining tangerine powder to make Tangerine Essential Oil. Use the same directions from my Lavender Essential Oil Tutorial here.

Oil Tangerine Sky

Let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to help! Do you have any peel/food scrap recipes?

DIY Lavender Essential Oil

lt5 DIY Lavender Essential Oil

What you need:

  • Fresh or Dried Lavender
  • Grain Alcohol (Vodka or Rum)
  • Jar with a Tight Seal
  • 2 Coffee Filters

LT4 DIY Lavender Essential Oil

  • Step 1. Crush the lavender with the back of a spoon or pestle to release the oil.
  • Step 2. Add lavender and alcohol into jar. Enough alcohol to fully submerge the lavender.
  • Step 3. Seal tight and shake several times a day.

LT3 DIY Lavender Essential Oil

  • Step 4. After about 1 week, strain the mixture with a coffee filter into a new dark-colored jar with lid.
  • Step 5. Place a clean coffee filter over the top of the new jar and let the alcohol dissipate for about one week.
  • Step 6. If sediment settles, restrain again. And voila, you have Lavender Essential Oil! Use for perfume, home-made soap, cooking and more.
Next week: We’re going to do something with all of those leftover orange peels. Save them now and lay them out to dry.
OP DIY Lavender Essential Oil
OP2 DIY Lavender Essential Oil

Holiday Cheer & A New Year

Today, is the day. The day to be more thoughtful, more personal and more beautiful. With that mantra, I have created  a  new line of Holiday Cards & our first ever 2013 Herbal Calendar!

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All of these items and more are available in our shop, click here. Use coupon code “TODAYISTHEDAY” to receive FREE SHIPPING on all US/domestic orders!

Hurry, this sale ends at midnight.

Herbal Art

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Just a few watercolor illustrations from our new 2013 Herbal Calendar, available Monday here!