It's almost Spring and you know what that means? Yard greens for dinner! Henbit, deadnettle, chickweed, cleavers, hairy bittercress, and wild garlic are great and nutritious greens you can find in your own yard. Just make sure to gather from pesticide free areas, never by roadsides, and it's best to boil these for about 30 minutes to take out the bitterness.
I also dug up some dandelion and sassafras roots for a nice cleansing spring tonic. These yarbs help to "clean out the blood" as they say, with its gentle laxative and diuretic properties.
March 4, 2016
I'm getting to spend my weekend at the Arkansas Living History Association's conference at the Drennen-Scott house in Van Buren. This morning I gave a 3 hour presentation on Ozark folk healing to a crowd of happy, interested faces, then spent the rest of the day wandering these beautiful grounds and eating some amazing food. I'm a lucky guy to be around such wonderful history nerds.
January 9, 2016
Had an amazing time showing off some Ozark folk healing ingredients and implements at the Shiloh Museum's Collectors Day! Thanks to everyone who came out and visited me!
Sore muscles? Aches and pains? Can't quite jump into dumpsters like you used to? My Fighting Possum Balm will do the trick. With the power of menthol, camphor and other healing botanicals you'll be ready to battle to the death over banana peels and potato chip bags in no time.
Got to join forces with some other wonderful witchy folks to decorate a biergarten for our local Oktoberfest. Long day, but fun overall. Keep a look out for updates on our collective shop, Curious Goods Supply Co. which is in the works.
Hard at work bottling my Ozark Stomach Bitters. Keep an eye out, these will be in the shop in the next week.
October 3, 2015
Started making cider with my newly purchased cider press and a bushel of Arkansas Black and Fuji apples. It's starting to get cooler out, the cider is flowing, and it feels like Autumn is close at hand. I considered fermenting a batch, but I don't think this tasty drink will last that long.
October 2, 2015
I'm happy to announce that I now have the shop open on Etsy! Here's a link to the products page here on the website and here's a link to the shop front itself. There are only a few products available so far, but keep an eye out for more herbal preparations soon!
September 26, 2015
I'm going to be branching out into packaging and selling some herbal products. Here are a couple I've already made:
I'm really happy with the way they came out. I'm hoping to have some of these products, as well as a few others,available here on my website around mid-October. Keep an eye out for great things to come!
September 25, 2015
Moved some herbs from bags to jars and started fresh batches of medicinal bitters. Left is a cold and flu bitters (great for cutting a fever) right is a bitters for stomach complaints. Here are recipes for both of these bitters:
It should also be noted that both of these recipes makes a strong bitters, so you should only use about 30-60 drops mixed with 12-16 ounces of hot water.
Herbal Bitters: good for colds, fevers, headaches, stomach complaints, and can be used as a general tonic. 1 Liter Vodka ½ c. dried hyssop ½ c. oregano ½ c. thyme ½ c. fresh ginger ¼ c. dried wormwood ¼ c. horehound 1 tbsp. allspice berries whole 1 tbsp. cloves 1 large cinnamon stick, broken up
Combine all of the ingredients in the mason jar then fill with vodka or if you don’t want an alcohol based bitters you can use apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 1-2 months if you’re using alcohol, or 2-3 months if you’re using vinegar. Shake jar once a day. Strain and bottle. This makes a strong bitters, so it’s advised to my 30-60 drops in with an herbal tisane. Please note that although we’re not using a lot of wormwood or oregano for this recipe they both do contain trace amounts of thujone and may cause drowsiness. Both can be omitted if you are sensitive to thujone.
Dandelion Root Bitters: good for stomach complaints and as a general tonic. 1 Liter Vodka ½ c. dried dandelion root ¼ c. fennel seed ¼ c. fresh ginger ¼ c. dried peppermint leaves
Combine all of the ingredients in the mason jar then fill with vodka or if you don’t want an alcohol based bitters you can use apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 1-2 months if you’re using alcohol, or 2-3 months if you’re using vinegar. Shake jar once a day. Strain and bottle. This makes a strong bitters, so it’s advised to my 30-60 drops in with an herbal tisane. Please note that dandelion root is a diuretic.