Every spring and early summer I make a new batch of this lotion which is great for easing bug bites and other itch-a-ma-call-its on the skin.
Generally speaking, many herbs are at their most potent when the plant is just beginning to flower. But if you missed the optimum harvest time, that's OK, the remedy will work almost as well if made with herbs harvested earlier or later.
Gather Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) vines, leaves, and flowers in the morning after the dew has dried but before the heat of the day.
Chop the honeysuckle well, fill clean glass jars 2/3 full with the chopped honeysuckle. Pour in enough 91% rubbing alcohol (or 100-proof vodka, or everclear) to cover. You can also use vinegar, but first spread the chopped plant matter out to semi-dry in a well-ventilated place to dry for a day (not in direct sunlight). Then put the wilted honeysuckle pieces in the jar with vinegar. That way, the reduced moisture in the plant matter will help reduce the chances of spoiling in the vinegar.
Close the jar with a tightly fitted lid. Store in a cool, dark location. Shake daily (or whenever you think of it) for 6 - 8 weeks. Strain.
NOTE: I like to throw this mixture into the blender then pour it into jars and allowing it to sit. But this method will work best in the blender with high-proof alcohol only because the increased released plant moisture may cause spoilage with vodka or vinegar.
More recipes coming later...
I make several batches of this wonder-juice, enough to last until late summer of the following year.
take a cup or so of sticky gilead buds and a jar. Put the buds in a jar, maybe enough buds to fill it at least half way. Then top off with a oil of your choice. I use olive oil and cap off. Give it a shake a few times a day for a month or so.
Then strain the oil off. Heat gently and add melted wax to the oil at about a 1 to 4 ratio. 1 part wax to 4 parts oil. This ratio is not written in stone. Then pour in a short wide mouth tin or jar. Rub on as needed
Bam of gilly is good for inflamation, headaches, arthritis, minor wounds and more.
I harvest the buds in early spring. They are sticky and smell good. When harvest I gather a few from multiple trees rather than just stripping one lone tree.
mix equal parts of (cut-sifted)
corydalis root **
put in sterile food grade bucket or gallon glass jar
cover with 80 proof vodka or everclear to an inch above the herbs
label and date and put lid on
stir or shake once a day
store in cool dark area
steep for 14-30 days ( i prefer doing a 30 day tincture)
dose is 1-2T average as needed
***corydalis root cut-sifted is getting pricey.
you can substitute a 50-50 mix of kava kava + st johns
dose may need to be adjusted to 2-3T
ive used this many years for muscle cramps, spasms in back, legs, charley horse whereever and esophgeal spasms
Cottonwood Foot Rub
Infuse oil of your choice (I use olive oil) with those sticky cottonwood pods in the spring.
1 part infused oil, 1 part coconut oil, and 1 part beeswax
Melt together over low heat.
Pour into small molds
When feet are fresh in spring rub this "lotion bar" into your feet.
Likewise when your feet get dry and cracked in summer, rub it in.
It's also good for chapped hands.
Cottonwood bothers some folks. If you're one of them this might not be for you.
If it doesn't bother you, it works great.
thank you, i never heard of cottonwood use before. man, i love learning from people. i have a comfrey - calandula skin care salve i use and will post later. id like to try the cottonwood, not sure if i have them around but ill ask.
ive used this many times over the years and its worked every time. you decide later to see a doc or do a gall bladder flush. do your own research.
if your gall bladder is acting up start eating apples, drinking non sweetened apple juice, apple sauce. if you ever get that middle of the night 'omg gall bladder attack, start drinking apple juice to relieve it so you can rest,. then in the morning decide how you want to deal with it. if the gall bladder aint happy then nobodys happy, it can mess with your digestion real bad too.
i prefer using the gall bladder oilve oil and lemon juice flush. it has worked for me wonderfully and i usually do it 1X a year, maybe 2X if the GB is acting up. if anyones interested ill post the flush directions. works pretty durn good. i feel like ive lost 20lb and you can count the damn stones. very interesting.
forgive me for going off topic and i hope im not pissing anyonme off but ive used this for years to deal with shingles outbreaks and it works Every Time. i thought id pass it along in case it can help someone else.
at first sign of onset, that soreness, stinging feeling stat taking L-Lysine 500 mg 4 times a day and +_ vit C to bowel tolerance 500gm 2X a day or liposomal vit C
you must take this for 2 full weeks
the symptoms will fade pretty quick but you still have to take th L-kysine for 2 full weeks . no skimping on the 2 wks, doent work to feel great after a few days and stop using it. 2 full weeks.
at first sign of any shingles symptoms start taking the 500mg L-lysine.
L-lysne is pretty cheap for a large bottle. if you are prone to shingles attacks you can stock up. right now on amazon you can get 3 bottles of 100 for under $14. a 2 week course is 4 tabs a day for 14 days = 56 tabs. thats just an example, you may find better deals.
ive been offered the shingles vax and declined. this stuff works and if you take it at first sign of symptoms you nip it in the bud and it doesnt develope in to a full blown case.
Plantain Salve Recipe - Survival SullivanWound and bite salve.
I started to write it out but I copied it off line anyways so here is a link. I let my oil infusion sit for 3 months and used mostly coconut oil with only a little olive oil added. I didn't add any vitamin E oil but it's not a bad idea to.