Category Archives: Make Medicine

You don’t need a lab! Just your kitchen and your own two hands. Learn the traditional secrets of making tinctures, macerations and infusions.

Spring Tonic

SPRING TONIC It is truly spring in the mountains around Crescent Valley. I know this because an elk visited and ate most of my crocuses – he must have needed a spring tonic. Crocuses are not one I would recommend … Continue reading

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THE FORGOTTEN ART OF POULTICING

When we were kids, we never wore shoes in summer. The paddocks on our farm were lined with handsome barberry hedges to provide windbreaks for the cows, and barberries have mean thorns. Since Patsy, my sassy little black mare, was … Continue reading

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HOPS FOR HARMONY

Hops are not only useful for brewing and beautiful in your garden, but they make a fine sedative for the insomniacs amongst your family and friends. A pillow stuffed with hops is a time-honoured sleep aid – it smells unusual, … Continue reading

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SWEETER THAN THE ROSES

…♪ Sweeter Than The Roses ♫… Violet is my favourite colour – the colour of amethysts – or a ray of light from a stained-glass window. Dainty Violet flowers show up early in the spring and, wild or tame, they … Continue reading

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