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A Freehold of My Own

Documenting my journey toward being a self sufficient family

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Herbal Remedies

Mishaps 

So while I was out walking the dogs I’m boarding with my three year old, my spouse tried to be helpful and turned the oven on for me. He failed to notice the big wooden spoon propping the door open, not only is it how Iet air circulate when drying herbs, it’s also a big warning to not turn the oven on. This was the result.

 
I was sad. What cheered me though was the fact I found some giant dandelions while I was out. Didn’t get nearly as much root as I wanted but there are lots of tender leaves! It will be dried and added to the “green powder” I’m making. It’s basically just greens you can eat dried, crumbled, then mixed together. I’m not fond of leafy greens, they usually taste like dirt to me or have the texture of dirt. When I saw a post about making your own green powder for smoothies and such I was overjoyed! 

  

 

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Urban Foraging – Horsetail and Plantain

Had the chance to get some foraging done the day before yesterday. I found some really healthy looking horsetail(also known as foxtail) and two varieties of plantain. I will be testing it’s medicinal and non-medicinal qualities so there will be a post on scrubbing pots with them!

  • Horsetail, Foxtail: Equisetum
  • Narrow Leaf Plantain: Plantago lanceolata
  • Broadleaf or Greater Plantain: Plantago Major

  

Dandelion Oil Complete!

I finally had the chance to strain my dandelion oil. The picture I took does not do it justice. It has a wee bit of a green tinge from the olive oil but it was also this beautiful golden yellow! I’m really excited about trying it out. I really need to find my beeswax so I can make some salve right off the bat.

  

Dandelion Oil – Part Two

Part two of dandelion oil! I had read online, from multiple sources, that the moisture content in the flower heads can lead to a jar of rotten slop. I was feeling impatient so rather then sun drying, I spread the flowers on cookie sheets and dried them in the oven while I was out at work. After about five hours they looked like this.

  

I moved them into two jars, covered them with olive oil. I used an extra virgin olive oil that was not to my liking for eating. For cost purposes I’m sure regular olive oil or perhaps grape seed oil would work just fine. You can solar infuse the oil, leaving it in the sun, for four to six weeks or do the faster method. Fill a pot big enough to hold your jar(s) with a few inches of water, put your jar in, turn the burner on to medium. Let the water heat up but not boil, turn off the heat and let the jars stand in the water until it cools. I’m going to let it sit for at least a week, maybe two. Then onto making salve!

  

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