Woodlot – Red Alder

aln-rub-5Also known as Oregon alder, western alder, Pacific coast alder.

Red Alder is the most common hardwood in the Pacific Northwest. It is also the largest species of alder. Seasoned alder burns warm, but fast. Wet alder puts out a lot of ash and very little heat. Alder cuts and splits easily with an axe, but will leave an orange stain on hands and clothes. Continue reading “Woodlot – Red Alder”

Comfrey – Homestead Medicine

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is a wonder plant. Also known as Boneset, or Knitbone, is was often used for (you guest it) helping to heal broken bones, sprains and strains. However, as both a poultice and internally, comfrey has many more uses. It even has a surprising non-medicinal use in your garden. Continue reading “Comfrey – Homestead Medicine”

Property Herbal – Sand Lily

This is another plant I found on my rounds of the property. It is somewhat prevalent.

It is called a Sand Lily or sometimes Starlily. Continue reading “Property Herbal – Sand Lily”

Herbal Infusions

Herbal infusions are highly useful creations. They can be used for any number of medicinal or cosmetic uses such as healing salves, massage oils, healing additions to soaps and lotions, and even hair care. Continue reading “Herbal Infusions”

Natural Treatments for Diabetes in an Emergency

If you are diabetic, or know someone who has type 2 diabetes, you may wonder what you can do should a long term emergency cut off your supply of medications. It may be a good idea to have a supply of natural supplements on hand if traditional medications run out. Continue reading “Natural Treatments for Diabetes in an Emergency”

Sagebrush – Property Herbal

This is the kickoff for a series regarding the many (or few?) plants that are growing on our property.

A herbal is … a book containing the names and descriptions of plants, usually with information on their virtues (properties) – and in particular their medicinal, tonic, culinary, toxic, hallucinatory, aromatic, or magical powers, and the legends associated with them. – wikipedia

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