Friday, March 24, 2017

How to color eggs with silk

What is it about owning chickens that makes people think I know everything about Easter egg trends? Two years ago I got at least a dozen messages asking how to do the shaving cream colored Easter eggs. Last year several people wanted to know how to do the nail polish marbling. This year, it's silk tie dyed eggs. I have chickens that lay white, brown, blue, green and speckled eggs...I really don't need to dye Easter eggs! However, in the interest in knowledge and experiment I decided to figure out the silk tie dye thing. Turns out, it was pretty darn easy!

Silk tie eggs

Friday, March 17, 2017

How to grow and harvest chamomile

To look at my garden you wouldn't know that I once had a hard time growing chamomile! I spent two years fighting to grow a few spindly little plants that only produced a few flowers each. It was so sad. Now my garden overflows with it every year. I was simply growing it wrong! I had no idea how to grow chamomile. Actually, I had no idea how to germinate chamomile. The few plants that started I kept in pots on my patio because I was sure they'd die in the garden. *sigh* They really struggled in those pots. Luckily I figured out the one trick to growing chamomile and now that I figured it out, I don't need it anymore! Because once you get a few chamomile plants growing well in your garden...they drop enough seeds every year to come back again, and again and again. You'll never have to plant chamomile again!

grow and harvest chamomile

The two most popular types of chamomile are Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) and German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita). They have somewhat similar properties but I decided to grow German chamomile. German chamomile is a taller annual plant verses the shorter perennial Roman chamomile. I would say to plant the Roman variety and you'll never have to plant it again. The way the German chamomile self seeds though, makes that kind of a moot point!

Friday, March 10, 2017

How to make a burn salve

If you've ever burned yourself you know how miserable it can make you! It hurts, then it itches and all the while it's peeling and flaking and...oh yeah, just what do you put on a burn anyway? Old wives tales range from harmful to hilarious. Cover it with butter, coat it with toothpaste, lick it and wrap cobwebs around it...wait, what? (that ones too weird even for me! Please don't try any of those!) There are much better methods for taking care of a burn. You want to cool and soothe the burn and then treat it with something to help it heal and minimize scarring.

make a burn salve

I like to have different types of herbal preparations on hand to use whenever I need them but sometimes the need comes up so suddenly and you have to make something on the fly. Such was the case when I dropped my curling iron one day. It's one of those turbo heat large barrel irons that gets super duper hot in seconds. Ouch! Luckily I had some herbs and other ingredients to make a quick herbal salve.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Make you own air fresheners

I've never been fond of commercial air fresheners. I like the scent, I've just always worried about what kind of chemicals they put into them to make them smell like that. Is it really a good idea to breathe that stuff in? I started using essential oils to scent my house several years back. I put them in reed diffusers and mixed them into soy candles as I made them. The easiest way I found to use essential oils as an air freshener was by mixing them with Orbeeze (water balls) and simply setting a dish of them out in the room. I was using this method for several years when I found that you can make gel air fresheners with gelatin and EO's. Game changer! It's super easy too...

Make you own air fresheners

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