Today, we are making Witch Hazel Decoction. It is hard to believe that this is the last recipe that we will be sharing with you this month. We hope that you have enjoyed crafting with us! A decoction is similar to a tea, except that twigs and barks are used instead of leaves. This decoction can be used externally as a compress, or as a drink for internal hemorrhaging, diarrhea, and colitis. Turn to page 29 for more information! To your health!
What are the differences between compresses, fomentations, poultices, and plasters?
Let us know what you think, then turn to page 28 to find out!
Good morning! Three weeks ago, we began our Witch Hazel Extracts. Take a look at your extract. How has it changed?How does it smell? How does it taste? How would you describe the difference? In one week, the Witch Hazel Extract will be ready to soothe and heal. Please refer to page 26 for the dosage recommendations. If you have questions, let us know!
***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to Jessica and her son Joshua, they are the winners of this week’s giveaweay!!!***
This week’s giveaway is for spectacular herbal package from Mountain Rose Herbs! Next month at Herbal Roots zine, it will be all about Chicory and this package will get you off on the right start for learning all about it with ingredients to make yummy Chicory Root Syrup. This package includes:
You’ll be able to make a lot of Chicory Root Syrup and other HRz related recipes with these wonderful herbs!
Mountain Rose Herbs is a certified organic processor through Oregon Tilth which is fully accredited with the USDA National Organic Program. Since 1987 they have continuously worked for the advancement of sustainable organic agriculture and state they will continue this lifelong passion into the future. They wholeheartedly recommend discovering the joys to be found in organic food products and the best place to start is right here at Mountain Rose Herbs. From the herbs they offer, to the teas they process and the oils they have distilled.
M0untain Rose also has a great YouTube Channel which offers an amazing amount of tutorials and educational videos, many created by John Gallagher and Rosalee de la Foret of Learningherbs.com.
You can also follow them on their Blog for more information and great Giveaway offers!
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Sign ups end on and I’ll draw the winner on Monday, March 31, 2014. Thanks for entering and good luck!
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For those of you who are suffering from chicken pox blisters, poison ivy and oak rashes, varicose veins, bruises, bumps, insect bites, hemorrhoids, and inflammation, help is not too far away. Today, we are sharing a recipe that you can use for instant relief. If you will turn to page 27, you will find an ingredient list and directions for a Witch Hazel Cooling Spray. The spray will be ready to use in minutes! Get ready for your “ahh” moment!
Let’s turn to the resource section starting on page 41 for lists of books, games, and internet sites pertaining to Witch Hazel. Then, go listen to Flora Delaterre speak about her. You’ll find the link on page 42. What did you find out about Witch Hazel that you did not already know?
We hope that you have been enjoying Herbal Roots Zine’s activities this month! We have made a Witch Hazel Extract and a Witch Hazel Distillate. We have crafted Witch Hazel Fairies. We have read about how Witch Hazel finally began to appreciate her gifts. In the Botany section, we studied her parts. Yesterday, we sang her song, “Witch Hazel”. We hope that you have had a chance to review with the crossword puzzle. In the next few days, we will be mixing up some Witch Hazel cooling spray and a decoction. If you are just finding out about this month’s zine or Herbal Roots, there is still time to join us.
We can’t wait to see your photos of your explorations at http://www.flickr.com/groups/herbalrootszine!
Let’s sing “Witch Hazel,” a song written by Kristine especially for you! We hope that you enjoy singing it with your friends! Head on over to our website for a free mp3 of this song. Below, you will find the first two lines. If you would like to add any lines, please do so in the comments section on this blog or on our facebook page.
Witch Hazel, Witch Hazels soothes the sting from the sun and insects with wing.
Witch Hazel, Witch Hazel heals the rash from chicken pox and ivy fast.
****THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! CONGRATULATIONS TO 13 YEAR OLD FAITH SANGER, SHE IS THE WINNER OF THIS ONE OF A KIND CERAMIC MUG!****
This week I am delighted to give away a Witch Hazel mug from Mulberry Mudd. This one of a kind handmade ceramic mug features Witch Hazel in her blooming glory and is perfect for serving up your favorite cup of herbal tea or steaming cup of nourishing bone broth.
This beautiful mug is hand etched and glazed and has a comfortable handle for holding.
Artist and herbalist Rebekah Dawn has been walking with the plants for as long as she can remember. A life long love has translated into passionate study of herbal lore that has deepened and grown through the years. She currently lives with her family at Labyrinth Gardens, a United Plant Saver Botanical Sanctuary, where she gives monthly plant walks and medicine making workshops. When she is not in the garden or wild-crafting she is most likely in her ceramic studio. Rebekah is the Teen Camp Coordinator for the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference.
Be sure to stop by to check out her other items in her store. She makes beautiful Herbal Faeries, pendants, birdhouses, mugs and more! She also does custom orders so if you have a special ally or idea, convo her with questions! There may be a few other one-of-a-kind pendants featuring past Herbal Roots herbs as well! Rebekah uses naturally found elements in nature combined with clay to create these amazing pieces. Her sculptures are amazing, incredibly original and just plain wonderful. I fall in love with each one she creates.
Each piece in Rebekah’s store is original in every way, she uses no molds or reproductions ever. A percentage of her profits go to Tree Sisters and Radical Joy for Hard Times each month, and the rest builds her own Botanical Sanctuary at Labyrinth Gardens.
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If you’d like a chance to win this one of a kind Witch Hazel mug, leave a comment below. For more chances to win, you can leave a separate comment each time you advertise this giveaway by:
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Sign ups end and I’ll announce the winner on Monday, March 24, 2014. Good luck!