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Herbal Prep - The Fall Medicine Chest 1

ElewMompittsehJun 5, 2018, 7:11:32 PM
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Getting prepared for winter is so important, and starts now! So I will do a series of posts on what we do here to prepare :)

Sorry it is another long one...

The first things I check over are my list of herbs, waxes and oils, and containers to put remedies in once they are made.


Containers

The containers you find or need could be different than what we use, but here is our list;

Lip Balm tubes

Ointment and cream jars (4 oz ball jars work well)

Dark glass bottles, 1/2, 1, 2, 4 and 8 oz with extra caps, (oil drop lids and glass dropper caps for the smaller)

4 oz dark glass wide mouth containers with good lids

8 and 16 oz canning jars

Small pump spray bottles for liniments

Squeeze bottles for gels, shampoos, light creams etc...

Ziploc bags

Brown paper 'lunch bags'

Waxed paper bags

Cello bags (I use to put tea blends in for others or to sell)

Tea bags (I use the brown fold top bags for others or to sell)

Extra glass eye droppers!! trust me, they break, disappear, and I swear we have brownies who take them!

And of course stickers for labels. I tend to get bulk Avery labels and print them myself...but if you are just making things for home use then masking tape and a sharpie work just fine too.

You can find containers almost anywhere, but since I get them in bulk, I tend to find them at these places;

MountainRoseHerbs - you can get singles or bulk there

Bulk Apothecary - has bulk ingredients for many things


Herbs

If you can grow your own herbs, or wildcraft, that is the best! But, there are times where we need to buy them...for us, we are full time RVers, so no garden space. We are still focused on revamping our turtle home and getting some herbs growing, and locating herbs to wildcraft...so I am buying many of the herbs again this year.

I tend to stick with mountainroseherbs because I trust their quality, and I know they will most likely have what I need in bulk.

I will give my basic list here, but herbs are just like beads. When you start a project or remedy Murphy dictates there will almost always be one herb you don't have on hand.

Chamomile

Lavender

Peppermint

Spearmint

Rose Hips

Echinacea (both purpurea, and angustifolia root)

Marshmallow (both leaf and root)

Osha root

Willow Bark

Mullein leaf

Red Clover

Cleavers

Nettle

Dandelion (flower, leaf and root)

Horehound

Hops

Hibiscus

Rose (buds and petals)

Elder (flowers and berries)

Choke Cherries (have to be wildcrafted, but we will make a two day trip to get them if we have to)

Prairie Sage (same as choke cherries)

Slippery Elm

Wakame Seaweed

Arnica Flowers

Angelica root

Cohosh root (black and blue)

Burdock root

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Cloves

Cayenne

Garlic Powder

Basil leaf

Barley Grass powder

Beet Root powder

Raspberry Leaf

Calendula Flower

Chickweed

Chlorella powder (green algae, very good for chlorophyll )

Lungwort

Thyme

Coltsfoot

Okay, well that is about 2/3 of my base list...I guess I use alot of herbs :O I don't usually write them all out, I just eyeball what we have and make a mental list and find or order what comes to mind. Then add on here and there...As I add tea and remedy recipes more will crop up I am sure :)

I also tend to group herbs, like I keep the wildfire tea herbs together, and the cold and flu tea herbs together, etc...So when I look over the herbs, I think in recipes, not lists...


Tools

Just a basic list of tools...most will last many many years

Soup pot for sterilizing bottles

Glass or Pyrex mixing bowls (safe for all herbs and oils)

Pyrex measuring cups (mini for oz, and 1, 2, 4 cup for preparations. 8 cup if you will be making bulk preps)

Stainless whisk (or hand held stainless mixer)

Ginger grater

wooden pepper mills, or manual coffee grinder (for seeds, whole spices etc...they can also be used to powder dried berries and leaves)

Stainless mixing and measuring spoons

Stainless small funnels for oils

Did I mention Extra Glass Eyedroppers??? :)

Double Boiler (I just use a sauce pan with a pyrex bowl)

Kitchen scale that measures down to oz


Essential Oils

A friend made my little kitchen witch cabinet for me, and I LOVE it for oils...I will just show what I have in photos. I do need Wintergreen oil. This year I mainly got my oils from mountainrose, but you will see a few other places on the labels. They are all good oils. I do like Now oils too, but don't have any at the moment.

Some of these oils will be for ointments, creams, liniments, diffusers (aroma therapy) etc...and some for adding to lip balms, candles, soaps...






...and in the drawers...


Thumb tacks, very important little tool. I use them to hang tied herbs to dry, pin up recipes, and all sorts of things...And hey, glass eye droppers :)

For preps though, a few extra boxes of thumb tacks is always a good idea.

So there you have my basic set up, hopefully it gives some ideas. Of course everyone will have different things depending on location, what they use the herbs for, and how many people they plan on making things for...