Gardening & Skills

How to Strain Tinctures

How to Strain Tinctures: 2 Easy Ways

So you’ve made an herbal tincture, or extract. Your flowers, leaves, roots, or other herbs have been macerating in a jar for several weeks, infusing the alcohol with their medicine. Now it’s time to strain those botanicals so you can start using your herbal remedy. What’s the best method? We have two simple ways to show you how to…

Grow an Endless Supply of Herbs from Cuttings

From a scattering of basil on healthy greens pizza to a handful of mint in a pitcher of iced tea, fresh herbs make our meals shine. More than just garnish, herbs like basil and mint provide a punch of flavor, nutrients, and healing properties. Fresh herbs can get expensive, though, whether you’re buying cut herbs…

How to Make a Solid Perfume Locket

Here is a cute yet elegant gift idea that will delight many people on your gift list. (Spoiler alert: many of my girlfriends are getting these for the holidays.) Creating botanical perfumes has been growing in popularity amongst grassroots herbalists in the past several years. I have to confess I have bought more perfumes in the…

Marshmallows

How to Make Marshmallows with Marshmallow Root

Years ago my friend Kimberly Gallagher told me that each year she likes to try something different with her favorite herbs. I immediately resonated with this inspiring idea and have tried to follow suit. There is truly no end to learning about plants! Letting inspiration be my guide, I decided to focus on using marshmallow…

How to Make Incense

This is another herbal craft idea that comes from thousands of years of tradition. The word incense literally means ‘to burn’. For thousands of years people have burned plants and resins as religious rites, as a purification process, for protection, to cleanse the air, to repel pests or simply to enjoy a pleasant scent perhaps masking…

Turmeric Scarves

Love Plant Dyes? Try Making Turmeric Scarves…

I absolutely love playing with plants! I love cooking with them, creating medicine from them, cleaning with them, going on long hikes to look at them closely, learning botanical features of plants and on and on and on. Inspired by Kristine Brown of the Herbal Roots Zine, I’ve found another way to play with plants….

How to Make Tinctures: Skullcap Tincture

Have you been wanting to learn how to make tinctures? Making your own herbal tinctures can be a very simple and satisfying process. Tinctures often come to mind first when people speak of herbal medicine. They are indeed very handy and useful as a way of preserving the healing qualities of herbs for long periods…