Viewing bonehead's Garden Diary: Lotions & Potions
Monday, July 29, 2013
Transfer all to One NoteWas able to print this journal, which was relatively small. I plan to transfer all this info to my personal computer and shut this section down in anticipation of leaving DG. Trying to save as much as possible that is my own personal info.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Cinnamon and honey1 T honey, 1/2 t cinnamon, dissolved in hot water
Touted as helpful for: cholesterol, weight loss, arthritis, bad breath, fatigue, cancer, longevity, flu, indigestion, heart disease, blood glucose, immune system, hearing loss
Some medical research to support the cholesterol and glucose claims
Might be a good alternative to morning coffee which hasn't been tasting very good lately. I've tried the hot lemon water and didn't take to that.
I'm not a big fan of honey, and adding in cinnamon is a bit harsh, but we'll see. Not sure I can handle the dregs...
EDIT: Nope, that didn't take either, it was rather bitter. I might try it now and again as a tonic but I don't see it becoming a daily habit.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Blackberry jam - Holly's first2 quarts of berries squished down to 1 quart
1 box of no-sugar pectin
Bring to boil, add 2 C sugar
Bring to hard boil, cook for 3 minutes
Add pat of butter, pour into jars, seal.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Pickled asparagus22# of fairly beefy asparagas from Thorpe Fruit Stand, $1.59/#, 8 bundles.
Brine per 7 quarts (fits in the medium kettle):
9 C water
5 C cider vinegar
4 C white vinegar
9 T kosher salt
9 t sugar
To each quart jar, add 1 garlic glove, 1 sprig of dill, 1 dried pepper, 1/2 t pickling spice. Packed some spears down and some spears up.
Process 10 minutes, counting when jars hit the boiling water.
This amount of asparagus comfortably made two 7-quart batches with a small amount left for dinner that evening.
Since no fresh dill is available this time of year, I bought the expensive little packs at Haggen, could have used two although there was enough for at least one sprig per jar for the first batch and two sprigs the second batch. I don't recall that my lost recipe even called for dill.
Dried peppers from the Mexican aisle, bulk pickling spice.
One jar broke while processing (bummer), all others sealed.
Could not locate my old tried and true recipe, and couldn't get hold of Laur who I think uses it also. Searched online and came up with the above, which is a mish-mash of what I found. Decided to keep it as simple as possible - 1:1:1:1 ratio so easy to increase or decrease. All of the USDA recipes called for at least a 1:1 vinegar:water, some recipes called for much stronger vinegar. Since I had both cider and white vinegar I split that out with a bit more cider than white.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Herbs for hairBasil, chamomile, clary sage, lavender, lemon, mint, rose, calendula, comfrey, nettle
Castile soap and jojoba oil
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Raspberry vinegarDumped a gallon of frozen berries into a glass jar and filled with white wine vinegar. Took more than 3/4 gallon vinegar. Let sit on counter.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Rumbleberry Jam2 quarts washed blackberries, crushed down to 1 quart
A generous 1/2 C white rum
Juice of 1 lime
Box of no-sugar pectin
Stir-cook until boil, add 2 C sugar, bring back to boil for 3 minutes
Stir in 1 T butter
Pack and seal, no water bath. Yield: 7 pints
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Queen of Hungary WaterPicked fresh herbs:
3 C lemon balm before flowering
4 C chamomile leaves, stems and flowers (catch these earlier next time)
2 C rose petals, mishmash of what was available
1.5 C young comfrey leaves
1.5 C calendula petals
.5 C rosemary (or close to that, pretty little plant)
.5 C sage (or more)
Snipped into tidbits, mixed in large bowl, placed in glass gallon jar. Covered to 1" with wine vinegar, put lid on and put out in sun porch, later moved to kitchen counter.
Turned over often. Strained 3x on Aug 17 and mixed 6 cups clear herbal infusion with 4 cups witch hazel.
Works well in a spray bottle as an itch relief (sand fleas). Not so hot as a facial toner, too vinegary, try next season with just witch hazel.
Works very good as a hair rinse, gets all the shampoo out and leaves hair squeaky.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Chocolate Raspberry JamDon't recall exact mix, but essentially made regular jam recipe, adding a large bar of dark chocolate (72% cocoa) to the berries as they cooked down. Nice subtle chocolatey flavor, a bit darker color. Put in frig because of concerns re chocolate and not processing.
Next season try white cholocate so the color is not compromised. Meanwhile, research whether processing is needed or not with the chocolate added.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Organic weed killer4 oz lemon juice + 1 qt vinegar.
Spray on plants in heat of day.
Note which ones it works on and which is doesn't. Try it on the sidewalk cracks in particular. Be cautious not to spray on good plants. Try it on burrs. Supposedly works on thistle also, but only the foliage not the roots.
Seemed to work (slowly) on the sidewalk crack weeds. Boiling water was just as effective (and cheaper). Also a slow process.
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