Making Your Own Essential Oils and Tinctures

Many plants have great qualities for use with everything from medicinal purposes, to scenting candles and soaps, to flavoring foods, to making rooms and clothing smell good. If you’ve looked at the price of essential oils or tinctures, though, you’ve probably noticed that they tend to be quite expensive. Part of the cost has to do with how the active ingredients are removed from the plants. Without going into details about the different ways this is done commercially, you can save a substantial amount of money by making your own essential oils and tinctures. It isn’t even particularly hard to do. The difference between essential oils and tinctures While it isn’t true in all circumstances, essential oils are normally used outside of the body and tinctures are most often taken internally. Technically, the difference between the two is that essential oils have an oil base and tinctures have an alcohol base or more rarely, a water base. Although some plants shouldn’t be consumed, I make it a point to make sure that the essential oils that I make are edible. That is, I won’t make the oils out of plants that are dangerous to swallow. That doesn’t mean that the essential oil will always be great to eat, but it does mean that they won’t normally be dangerous if they are consumed. Because of that, the oil base that I use is olive oil. It doesn’t need to be high quality virgin or extra virgin olive oil. Less expensive olive Continue Reading →

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Nutritious and Healthy Lamb’s Quarters

Lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album) is an annual plant that is commonly thought of as a weed in lawns and gardens, however it is quite edible and flavorful. This is an edible weed that is another of the survival foods that people should appreciate more, rather than spending so much effort poisoning, pulling and otherwise trying to eradicate it from the yard. Lamb’s Quarters description This widespread plant is also called goosefoot, white goosefoot, wild spinach or pigweed. The latter designation is because it is a member of the pigweed family and because pigs enjoy the great flavor. The plant usually grows up to three feet tall, though normally less than this. Depending on the location and the growing conditions, it can get much taller, however. The leaves are green on top and whitish below. From a distance, this can give the plants a look as if dust has settled upon them. The leaves are broad at the base and taper to the end. The edges are usually smooth or toothed, though not normally deeply. The flowers are green, small, lack petals and there are a great number of them that grow tightly around the stem. Each plant is usually capable of producing in excess of 50,000 seeds. Lamb’s quarters is hardy and will grow in most locations that have reasonably good soil and sunlight. It withstands both cold and hot temperature and it is drought hardy. The white that is under the leaves is actually a waxy coating that waterproofs Continue Reading →

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