I don’t have enough garden space to grow all the herbs I need for making my own medicinal preparations, culinary treats, and non-toxic personal care products.
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I turn to Mountain Rose Herbs, which is my long-time, most trusted source for high-quality herbs and supplies.
The following are just a few herbs that I have purchased regularly from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Calendula is so easy to grow and harvest. But before I knew about that, I was buying calendula flower petals in bulk from MRH.
I used it in homemade soaps to give it a cheery yellow color, and I also used the flower petals in my beautiful table centerpieces for my wedding reception.
Because it has calming and gentle skin healing properties, it is often used in homemade herbal medicines and body products. Recently I used calendula to make a healing salve.
Comfrey is known to be incredibly healing. It goes by the names knitbone and boneset for its reported ability to assist the healing of broken bones.
Comfrey contains a substance called allantoin which encourages cells to rapidly proliferate, and stimulate healing.
This was the first year I actually dried some of the comfrey that grows in my yard to make my own herbal remedies. I had always purchased it from MRH prior.
Tincture and a Neosporin-like ointment are two common comfrey preparations.
Recently I made a comfrey salve.
Years ago I grew feverfew flowers because I received a free seed packet. I didn’t know anything about them. The flowers are a delightful white flower with yellow centers, and are related to daisies, chrysanthemum, and chamomile.
I soon found out that the leaf is commonly used in migraine prevention. I’ve suffered from migraines my entire life, so I started collecting the leaves and drying them for making tea.
It is said that it’s best to consume a little feverfew every day to see benefits.
When I wasn’t able to grow as much as I wanted for a daily tea, I started buying it from MRH.
The tea doesn't have the best flavor, but I mix feverfew leaf with other herbs to mask the taste. Ginger and peppermint and a little honey work well with feverfew.
I first began buying lavender to use in my soapmaking for the delightful scent. Lavender was used as an after-bath perfume in Roman times.
It has antibacterial properties, can repel insects, and can help ease pain from burns.
Some popular uses are sachets, tinctures and burn ointments.
Until this year, I’ve always left the lemon balm to grace the gardens, while I bought the dried herb from MRH.
I like to make a calming bedtime tea with it. The faint lemon scent is uplifting. It can aid healing and is often used in healing remedies.
I bought beeswax for the first time recently from MRH in order to make salve.
I prefer the pastilles because no grating is necessary. Beeswax binds together the ingredients in personal care products to give them a solid, yet soft texture.
Beeswax is hydrating and anti-bacterial on the skin.
I am so impressed by how easy it was to make my own salve with beeswax. I’m looking forward to making other beeswax products like ointments, lotions, and lip balms.
MRH has always been my source for assorted glass bottles. The amber glass bottles with droppers are great for my homemade tinctures and for mixing my own essential oil blends.
The cork top bottles are good for keeping dried herbs as well as for keeping homemade vinegars, which cannot have metal lids.
These are the tins I like to use for my homemade salves, ointments, and lip balms. The smaller ones are great for travel sizes.
Cheesecloth makes herbal infusions pure and free of residue. I’ve had the same package of cheesecloth for years. I even put it in the washing machine - I wash it by itself so it retains its ‘no lint’ status.
Stainless steel funnels are THE way to go. So easy to chuck them in the dishwasher to clean, too.
Another tool with so many uses both in the herbal world and in kitchen preparations.
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