HARVESTING AND HERBAL CONCOCTIONS

Catching up with some of the harvest activities was fun today and very necessary too.  Some weeks ago I harvested Calendula flowers from the garden to cover with a good quality oil, put it on a sunny window sill for 6 weeks and then my oil is ready, it is now. The next step is to make a salve out of the oil with the use of Beeswax. This salve is very healing and useful for all sorts of skin problems or hurts. I will be making this in the next few days, my first time ever. Exciting!

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Chamomile oil brewing now in the same way as the Calendula oil, that will also be made in a salve.

And the plenty of lovely Nettles growing around here have been dried also and will be used to add to soups, broths, or make into a tea.  Full of minerals and natural.  There is so much to harvest, all wild growing things.

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All along there have been huge Poppies growing in the garden, self seeding and plentiful.  This year I have kept most of the seeds and have 75gr which I will have to share out as I don’t want to waste it of course, the flowers are so beautiful and grow easy.  .I’m not sure if the seeds could be used in baking as the type of Poppy they come from is a cultivated one, not even sure now how it came to grow in the garden many years ago.

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Coriander seeds and Dandelion leaves drying for use during the winter months.

6 thoughts on “HARVESTING AND HERBAL CONCOCTIONS

  1. So excited to see this! I made calendula oil too. I haven’t had much luck growing chamomile but I keep trying. Poppies come hit or miss for me. You have a LOt of poppy seeds! Have fun making your salve, I’m sure it will turn out great.

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    1. Yes, and the nice thing is that from the oil you can then make the salve, it’s nice to be able to make these things ourselves isn’t it. 🙂

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