Thursday, April 22, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
American Dog Violet ( Viola conspersa )
Blue Marsh Violet ( Viola cacullata )
I found this article about Wild Violets I thought some of you might like to read. It has nice photos of the many different types of violets and some of the ways they were used by Native Americans. We have 3 species growing here that I've identified.
~ Happy Herbal Blessings ~
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I have several different processes for air drying , the easiest being tying them in bundles and hanging in a dark , dry area. This little closet is perfect for drying most of my herbs. You can also spread them out on a screen in a dark place to dry , sometimes I do that too. I've also use paper bags to dry them , bundle the herbs up and put a paper bag over them , tie the top and hang , this method is used for saving seeds mostly , but if the area is not dark enough , this is a good method to use also. I have dried them in an old truck we have parked out in the field , they dry quickly this way but don't retain as much color because of to much light , so I usually put them in paper bags when I use this method. Sometimes I have just left them sitting in a basket and they dry out just fine , if they don't have any moisture in them.
Flassie , I liked your suggestion about renaming the Dead Nettle , so " Earthy Purple Nettle " it will be (LOL).
~ Happy Herbal Blessing ~