Strolling Through The Flowers & Herbs One Last Time


Taking a leisure stroll through the remnants of my garden on this crisp cool autumn morning, I found some leftover herbs and flowers and couldn't resist snatching them up to dry out indoors.

I harvested some lemon balm, sage, calendula and feverfew.


I ended up tying all the herbs to hang in the kitchen to dry.



I was thinking of trimming the feverfew flowers off to dry separately but decided I want to try to make a feverfew extract soon and I want the flowers in with the leaves for this new project.


Extracts & Tinctures

I have a cupboard full of tinctures I have made, and am using more frequently for simple headaches or ailments, but I was reading about extracts and using food grade vegetable glycerin instead of the 80-proof alcohol when making tinctures.

Gaia Herbs does a great explanation here of the difference between extracts and tinctures.

The reason I want to make extracts using vegetable glycerin is simply because I am not too fond of the flavor, or after taste, from alcohol.

I've been addicted to and watching dozens of videos from Rain Country recently and she does such a grand job of making vinegars, tinctures, herbal concoctions and extracts. I could watch her videos for hours.

And this is where I got the thoughts of adding vegetable glycerin to my homemade stock. It is kid-friendly; which I like.

With the seasons changing right now and more thoughts, tasks and to-do lists coming indoors, I figured having some extra dried herbs around would be good. I can try new recipes, new DIY health and beauty aids and who knows what else I will discover to try.


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It's great to see some people out there still gardening. Self-reliance is an important part of being human and unfortunately not many people still practice this.

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The coathanger is a great idea!

lol- yeah I do the same thing when I'm drying out my cannabis harvest too.

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howdy there goldendawne! are there herbal remedies and tinctures and things that will help you recover from the accident injuries? You could be a full blown herbalist!

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