infused oils, alcohol intermediary method

This comes up over and over again – the weird way that I make my infused oils. I learned the method from Michael Moore. He made Arnica Salve for us in class one day, starting with recently dried arnica. Grind the freshly-dried herb in a coffee grinder. It doesn’t need to be finely ground, just broken […]

Berlin Materia Medica

podcast: elecampane

Youtube Video: Cold Suspension Infusion

This topic comes up all the time seems like – cold suspension infusions. It’s great for burdock, marshmallow, echinacea, lots of roots. You get a much cleaner, crisper flavor, without so much nastiness. Here I’m using it to brew up some echinacea.

fundraiser: a film about herbs!

Tish Streeten, the maker of the wonderful herb movie “Juliette of the Herbs”, is raising money for a new movie called “Tulsi: Queen of Herbs”. I can’t wait to see it! To support the production of the film click here to go to the indiegogo page. I can’t embed the video, but I think if […]

resource: Diamond G Forest Products

I just heard about this company, Diamond G Forest Products. If I were still in the US, I’m sure I’d order from them at some point. They make pine products like rosin, gum, turpentine, turpentine soap, even salve! Looks like they are good small producers, focused on quality and being decent humans. Look at this […]

podcast: Yarrow

youtube: Rare Herbs

I managed to make an iMovie video that is the right length for the audio! Musings about rare herbs, garnished with some photos I took of sandalwood. Thank you for your patience as I learn the technical side. I think I may buy a microphone…

youtube: Reishi

Well, I tried to make a podcast episode and don’t know how to do that yet. I ended up with a youtube video that is an hour and twenty eight minutes long, when the audio is only thirteen minutes. Hmmm. My New Year’s resolution is to make a video or podcast every day. They will […]

What is an “herb”?

Q: What is your definition of “herb”? A: Words mean different things in different contexts. Sometimes “herb” means marijuana. If we’re talking botany, it means a non-woody plant. In the kitchen, it’s usually aromatic leaves used it a small quantity to season a dish. When it comes to herbal remedies, I think of it as […]