As I write this, I am laying by a window beside my purring cat and listening to the sounds of thunder and rain on my rooftop. It is absolutely tranquil and inspiring! Rainstorms like this remind me of what is to come!
I've had an exciting month so far!
On Friday last week I had the pleasure of teaching a tincture-making workshop at the Lush Manufacturing facility as a part of their Earth Day celebrations.
It was really amazing to work with such awesome people!
We talked about how to utilize plants and herbs in the permaculture gardens around the facility and different ways of working with those plants. We ended up making a calming glycerite of lavender & chamomile.
A glycerite is a more gentle type of tincture than an alcohol-based one. It can be administered to pets, children, elderly, and people with alcohol sensitivities. I personally like it for flower petal or leaf-based infusions as it works better with the plant's constituents. I also have a sweet tooth and glycerites taste lovely!
Here is the recipe we used:
fill a mason jar just under half-full with a mixture of dried lavender and dried chamomile flowers that were macerated with a mortar and pestle
moisten herbs with warm water to release the essential oils and to allow for easier glycerine absorption and stir
top up jar with vegetable glycerine, place lid on, and shake
label jar with contents & date and keep in a dry, dark area for 3-6 weeks. gently shake daily.
strain glycerine from herbs with a cheesecloth and squeeze remainder of liquid out
place in dropper bottle. Take 3-5 drops daily to help with general anxiety. Take 10 drops before bed to help with sleep. Take 10 drops if in a panic.
Another amazing product for calmness and relaxation is Soothsayer's own Dream Balm.
This product is a lovely magical solid that can be rubbed on the temples (or anywhere as a moisturizer) to induce calmness and tranquility. It's base is an oil that was solar infused with lavender, chamomile, and lemon balm and contains some amazingly dreamy essential oils. Click here to read more and order yours!
Here is another video lesson on how to identify, forage, and propagate wild mint!
Mint is in the Lamiaceae family, which has over 200 genera and over 7000 species, so you can see how separating different species can be a daunting task!
Things to remember when identifying a mint plant in the wild:
- Most mint plants' stems have four-sided stems (square).
- The leaves grow in pairs that alternate direction and get progressively smaller toward the top.
- When mint flowers, you will see that they are arranged in clusters at the base of the leaves. The flowers are tiny and have connected petals.
- Mint smells like mint. (hee-hee)
Click HERE to watch the video!
This week we are going to talk about the internal uses of mint; focusing on it's properties that aid in digestive issues.
Mint actually acts as a digestive which aids in digestive complaints: indigestion, gas, cramps, nausea, & colic. How does it do it? VOLATILE OILS. Plants in the mint family contain such volatile oils as menthol, thymol, citronellal, limonene, camphor, carvacrol, & linalool. The primary actions of these oils is to relax our internal organs. If you are able to relieve tension and relax circulatory tissues in the intestines, you will restore balance within your digestive system.
I've filmed a quick video tutorial on how to make a simple mint extract that you can take 1 tsp of after a big meal or during a period of stomach upset.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH!
Make the extract and let me know how it went!