Recipes for the July 31, 2012 Herbal Class

Bug Away Incense

1 teaspoon dried Peppermint leaves
1 teaspoons Frankincense resin
1 teaspoons Myrrh resin
teaspoons dried Rosemary
teaspoons dried Thyme
1 Tablespoon dried Lemongrass
1 Tablespoon dried Lavender flowers
1 Charcoal disk

Mix all the herbs together. 
Light the charcoal disk with a match and place in a fireproof container.
Sprinkle the lit charcoal with the herbs.  

Liquid Jewelweed Soap

Cup Soap either castile or bar soap grated
Cups Water

Jewelweed cut in to pieces, the red part of the stem is best but all of the plant is useful

  1. Simmer on the stove for 15 minutes. If it boils the soap bubbles will form on the top and might boil over. 
  2. Strain out the plant material.
  3. Let the yellowish-green soap cool.
  4. Use before and after encountering poison ivy. 

Bug Away Spray

1 Tablespoon Catnip
6 Drops Peppermint oil
6 Drops Frankincense oil
6 Drops Myrrh oil
6 Drops Citronella oil
6 Drops Rosemary oil
2 Drops Clove oil
2 Drops Spearmint oil
18 Drops Lavender oil
18 Drops Lemongrass oil
12 Drops Rose Germanium oil 

Steep the Dried Catnip leaves in about 1 Cup of hot water.  When warm remove the catnip and add the essential oils.  Place in a spray bottle and use as needed.

Add  to the water
1 Tablespoon of Chickweed
1 Tablespoon Catnip
After the soap has cooled add
1 to 5 Drops Rose Geranium

Jewelweed Tea (not for internal use!)

1 Cup water
1 Cup Jewelweed

Boil for about 15 minutes.  Use the water on your skin before and after you encounter poison ivy. Let cool.  Refrigerate 1 week or freeze in ice cube trays for future use.

Jewelweed Oil

1 Canning Jar
Olive oil

Fill a sterilized canning jar with fresh jewelweed; the red parts near the stem are best.  Fill with Olive oil.  Let it sit a moment to let the bubbles come up and fill the jar until the plant material is covered.  Leave about a inch at the top.  Cover and sit in a warm sunny window for 3 or 4 days. Shake and Check once a day and add more oil to cover as the plant is absorbed by the oil. After 3 or 4 days, strain the plant particles out of your oil.

Use:  You can put this on your skin, make a salve with it, or add it to bath water. (will be slippery) 

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Ginger Lemon Balm Syrup

4 Cups Water
2 Cups Coined Ginger (Fresh)
2 Cups Honey
1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest
3 Tablespoons Lemon Balm (chopped)
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Boil the water, ginger, honey, Zest, Lemon Balm and Juice for 8 minutes.  Remove from the heat and strain herbs.  Add Vanilla Extract.  Let cool and Bottle.  Keep Refrigerated
Here are a few ways to use it:

1.  Lemonade: Add 1 Cup Syrup to the Juice of 4 Lemons.
2.  Soda: Add 2 to 3 Tablespoons to 1 Cup Seltzer Water. Stir gently and serve.
3.  Sweeten Iced Tea
4.  Sweeten Hot Tea or Herbal Tea