November 14, 2008

Happy Herbal Thanksgiving!!!!!

Hi Everyone!

I can't believe it's November already. This year has just flown by and we've already had snow several times here in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula.

Thanks to everyone who wrote in about the TV Spot. We had lots of fun doing it, and it lets everyone get a little look at the shop, and me!

Well, 2008 has almost passed us by and as I look back through the blog entries, it occurs to me that I neglected to put ANYTHING in about Calendula, the Herb of the Year for 2008. Mea Culpa!!

So, before the closing bell, here's a wonderful little recipe that is very easy for you to do at home and will use up some of the calendula you may have saved from your harvest. It's a nice Herbal Salve that is very easy to make, yet has the wonderful healing properties of calendula and comfrey. No water, so no worries about buggies! The recipe can be doubled or even tripled if you want to make up some nice gifts for Christmas giving, (did I say that OUT LOUD?!) and for all you women who have hunters for husbands, this will help those rough, hunting hands and any other wounds that may come back from camp!!

Use as a topical first aid cream for cuts, scrapes, blemishes and bruises. Apply to injuries to speed healing and prevent infection.

Ingredients:1 tablespoon oil(sunflower, safflower, almond, apricot, I like to use jojoba. Avocado is also very nice!)

1 teaspoon granulated beeswax
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
3 drops tea tree oil

1 teaspoon very finely chopped calendula petals
1/2 teaspoon comfrey leaf cut and sifted or crushed in mortar and pestle
1 vitamin E gel cap

Directions:Use a one oz. glass container. Prick a hole into the vitamin E capsule with a pin and squeeze out the contents. Add all ingredients. Mix well with a toothpick. Place container on a microwave safe dish. Microwave for 1 minute or until all wax is dissolved. Stir with a toothpick. Place in freezer to speed cooling and consolidation.

There you have it! Now, in keeping with the season, I've done two blog entries this month. The other one is one of the first articles I wrote concerning my switch from Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey to Herbal Thanksgiving Turkey. It lets you in on a little bit more of me and my clan and is actually a great recipe if you're ready to start using herbs in your cooking! Enjoy!!

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