Medicine Making Basics.

Check out this beatiful post by Mountain Rose Herbs on Medicine Making Basics: Herbal Influsions and Concoctions! Here’s a snippet:

Herbal Infusions and Decoctions

Tea is a water extract of herbs called an infusion.

Medicine Making Basics: Herbal InfusionsCold Infusions

Cold Infusions are ideal for slimy herbs and herbs with delicate essential oils.
A few good herbs for cold infusions include Marshmallow root, Chia seed, and fresh Lemon Balm.

Basic Method

~ Fill a quart jar with cold water.
~ Bundle 1oz of herb in cheesecloth.
~ Slightly moisten the bundled herb.
~ Submerge the bundle just below the water in the jar.
~ Drape the tied end of the bundle over the lip of the jar.
~ Secure by loosely screwing on the cap.
~ Allow to infuse overnight.

OR

~ Place herbs in a quart jar, fill with cold water, and cap.
~ Allow to infuse overnight.

 

Hot Infusions

Hot infusions draw out vitamins, enzymes, and aromatic volatile oils. A few good herbs for hot infusions include Chamomile, Holy Basil, Ginger, Nettle, Peppermint, and Skullcap.

Basic Method

~ Scoop 1-3 tablespoons of dried herb into a strainer.
~ Heat 1 cup of water until it just comes to a boil.
~ Place strainer in your cup.
~ Pour hot water over herbs and cover to keep the essential oils from escaping.
~ Steep for 15 minutes to 1 hour and strain.

Medicine Making Basics: Herbal Infusions

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Summer: How to Make Flower Essences

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This is the season to celebrate the blossoming and energetic high-point of Flora! Celebrate summer with floral infusions and essence! Flowers imprint their vibrational frequency on the sacred waters, transferring their energetic qualities (and wisdom) to liquid form. Water is highly imprintable, able to crystalize and respond to the most subtle stimuli such as thought form (see our posts on water during the Aquarius and aqueous seasons). With tender, love and care you too can create beautiful liquid love as shown in the photograph above!

Darcy Blue of Shamana Flora shares with us this simple how-to-guide and wisdom’s insight:

“[Flower essences she says] – They are given as energetic medicines-  most often to address the emotional and spiritual spheres or bodies.  Though truly one cannot separate the physical from the emotional and spiritual aspects of oneself, or the healing process. I find it helpful to have these tools to help address these aspects in a gentle and effective way.  They are also very helpful for folks who may not be able to hike long miles to visit a specific tree.  And as things are deeply connected within our bodies and psyche- often addressing emotional aspects will aid the process of healing the physical body.” Read the full article here!

“How to Make Flower Essence” article excerpt and photo are courtesy of ShamanaFlora.com.

For more information about flower essence, please visit these websites: http://fesflowers.com/using.htm and Poppy Swap!

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Yummy, Wild Summer Love.

Brought to you by Shamana Flora of Blue Flora Botanicals in Arizona, we have a special summery treat for our cosmobotanical readers! Wild…decadent…nourishing…a recipe collection of Wild Summer Love.

Download recipe book here.

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Tribute to Rainstorms: Navajo Storytelling

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Today we feature storytelling medicine of the Navajo tradition in honor of rainstorms and thunderstorms and the nourishment they provide. Read and share whether you stay in or are coming back from dancing in the rain!

The Five Sacred Medicines

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Republished from PBS.org’s Circle of Stories.