Happy Friday Friends!
Here's my "Friday Fave," a series highlighting fun and interesting things (products, experiences and/or ideas) that I would recommend to others.
Here's what I am digging this week:
I recently got my hands on this new book The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders: Farmed and Foraged Herbal Remedies and Recipes by Abby Artemisia. This book is a wonderful resource full of tutorials, recipes and instructions on how to grow, forage, and create natural home remedies.
- Getting Started
- The Mints and Herbal Tea
- Immunity and Remedies
- Bug Repellents and Skin Soothers
- Allergies and Pain
- Eating Herbal Through the Seasons
Here is one of the tutorials from the book:
Antibacterial Cleaning Spray
excerpted with permission from The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders by Abby Artemisia © 2019 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc.
You will need:
1 lemon or other citrus fruit (peel or whole), cut into slices
1 tablespoon (15 ml) dried thyme
1 tablespoon (15 ml) dried lavender, pine needles (chopped), or other fragrant herb of choice
¾ cup (180 ml) white vinegar
10 drops essential oil, such as lavender or peppermint (optional)
1-quart (960 ml) Mason jar with lid
Parchment paper or wax paper
Small spray bottle
1) In a quart-size (960 ml) Mason jar, combine the citrus fruit, thyme, lavender, and vinegar. Cut a piece of parchment paper or wax paper twice as big as the top of the jar and place it between the jar and lid to prevent corrosion. Seal the jar and set aside in a cool, dark place to infuse for about 2 weeks, giving it a good stir or shake daily.
2) Once the mixture has infused, strain it into a spray bottle. Add the essential oils, if you like. It’s ready to use immediately. Spray on surfaces to clean and disinfect. This mixture will last for at least 6 months, though it will likely be gone before then!
Makes about ½ cup (118 ml)
The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders: Farmed and Foraged Herbal Remedies and Recipes is great resource for information and inspiration that includes vivid photography and easy to follow instructions.
It would be a great addition to any homesteaders library, it would also be a great gift!