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Dandelions

dandelion vintage catnipHere we go, Herbicidal Hens! Don’t go pluckin’ that weed too fast! Today, we are crowin’ bout the Dandelion.

I had been workin’ on this one but since Spring is creepin’ cross the mountains of Virginia, I realized I’d better get things finished up. Especially since our yards will be burstin’ with these golden blooms that many love or love to hate.

Now, while there was plenty of Mountain Lore surroundin’ the Dandelion, there was also plenty of Folk Medicine surroundin’ it too. These medicines and cures have been adopted by many now days and used presently by many Herbalists alike. Dandelions is not only a blood purifier but it stimulates gland activity. It can work wonders for the liver, bladder. kidneys, and the gastrointestinal tract – great for constipation. It can also aid with digestion by increasing the amounts of saliva and bile that the body makes. The tea can be a diuretic. It has also been known to treat arthritis, lower blood pleasure and cholesterol. Caution should be taken, however, because some people can be allergic.  Usually people know if they are or not already.

Dandelions are rich in calcium, Potassium, Vitamin C and A. The plant has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties , is a liver –protectant and can be used for weight loss (even though it is also used to treat loss of appetite). The leaves and root have something called taraxasterol, which is a triterpene.

The Dandelion grows and blooms all the way through March into September. It is not hard to find or collect. It is known to be bitter, though, so for those who need an aid, you may wish to mix it with a sweetener like Honey or other herbs, fruits or leaves.

Before we get down to specific recipes, let me throw some light on the Mountain-Lore traditions surroundin’ the Dandelion.

Plant Dandelion in the Northwest corner of the house or property and the owner shall receive the gift of favorable winds. However, you can also whisper a message to the seeding stem and blow….the seeds shall carry that message to a loved one who is far, far away. You can also use the same method to see how long you shall live. However many seeds left will give you the years one has left. If you have no interest in years lived, however, maybe you need to tell the time. Again, using the same method, blow 3 times, the seeds left will give you the hour of the day or night.

For those really deep in superstition, make a tea and that alone will bring about a sort of psychic intuition. The steam from the tea can be released by the bedside, if you or someone wish to call forth spirits.

Now, how bout we get to more practical uses?

Back in the old days, people would dry, roast and grind up the root as a replacement for coffee. This was probably very helpful during times of winter when provisions were low or durin’ times of war when items such as tea and coffee were hard to come by. As far as healin’ goes, well, there is a ton of information there. (See recipe below)

file000125728323Collection: Collect Leaves, Root and Flowers of the Dandelion. Dry All. Some people collect the leaves when the plant is young and use them in a salad. Others use the plant to make a Wine.

Tea Recipes

Aid Digestion, Increase Bile and Rid of Gas

  • 1 oz. dried Dandelion Root
  • 2/3 oz. Fennel Seeds
  • 2/3 oz. Peppermint Leaves

Steep in 1 cup Hot water for 10 minutes. (Remember, 10 minutes or more helps release Tannins and give potency to the tea.

 

DSCN4239Skin Cleanser Tea

  • 2/3 oz. Dandelion Root
  • 2/3 oz. Dandelion Leaves
  • 2/3 oz. Nettle Leaves
  • 2/3 oz. Red Clover Blossoms
  • 2/3 oz. Rose Hips

 

Steep in 1 cup hot water for 10 minutes. Drink Daily. @-# weeks, you will see a difference in skin.

 

Metabolism Aid, Kidney Stimulator, Relieve Bloating and Release Fluid Tea

  • 1 oz. Dandelion Root
  • 1 oz. Dandelion Leaves
  • 2/3 oz.  Nettle Leaves
  • 2/3 oz. Spearmint Leaves

Steep in 1 cup of water for 10 or more minutes.

 

DSCN2525Help Stimulate a Child’s or Person’s Appetite

  • Use the root or leaves to create a tea but add dried fruit or honey. A tablespoon or so of the dried plant should do but play with the potency especially with children. Remember, the plant is bitter so they need a little masking to help it down—that’s where the fruit or honey comes in.
  • Drink 1/2 cup 30 minutes before a meal.

Purify Kidneys and Bladder – Aid with Stones

Folk Medicine was big on using Dandelion to do this. Science now days backs up the claim. Dandelions in high doeses of 200 mgs have proven to have the ability to increase red blood cells, normalize white blood cell counts which backs the claims that it is a blood purifier. So, this remedy, though from the mountains, may just indeed have some scientific studies backing it.

  • 2 tbsp. Dandelion leaves
  • 1 tsp. Nettle leaves

1 quart of hot water and steep for 10 minutes. Dilute with another quart of hot water and drink within half an hour. Drink daily until stones have passed and once a week to prevent new ones.

DSCN4200Coffee Anyone?

Cut Roots into pieces and dry in an oven at 150 degrees F with the door cracked about 2 inches. You leave the door cracked so that air can circulate.  Then roast them in a pan at 325 degrees until brown—remember to turn them and brown the all the way around. If you are good at dehydrating with a Dehydrator, go for it but remember you still have to roast them in an oven after. Grind and use 1 tsp. per cup. This is also great if you are trying to wean yourself off of coffee.

Digestion Using Alcohol

This isn’t used for getting drunk but to aid in digestion—which is also why Dandelion Wine is so popular or a reason for popularity other than just drinking wine. But say you can’t make your own Shine or Wine? Here is a simple method. Take a handful of the flowers and steep for one week in a pint of clear grain alcohol or your favorite wine.  Keeping it in a cool, dark place. If you can not handle drinking a shot or so after, then mix 1 tsp. in with a favorite herbal tea every day after meals. This will help with digestion.

Remember, Dandelion can be used in a tea as a Diuretic and to cleanse the body of toxins.

Now, if you are out to make actual Wine—I know I have some awesome Hammered Hens out there, I found this recipe for you on allrecipes.com

Recipe by: Elle

“This very old recipe utilizes the bane of homeowners: the dandelion! I found this in 1993 when a flood left our front yard full of beautiful, very large dandelions. The blossoms CANNOT have been sprayed with any pesticides, and should be thoroughly rinsed.” Quoted by Elle

Ingredients

  • 1 quart yellow dandelion blossoms, well rinsed
  • 1 gallon boiling water
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 8 cups white sugar
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon slice

Directions

  1. Place dandelion blossoms in the boiling water, and allow to stand for 4 minutes. Remove and discard the blossoms, and let the water cool to 90 degrees F (32 degrees C).
  2. Stir in the yeast, sugar, orange slices, and lemon slice; pour into a plastic fermenter, and attach a fermentation lock. Let the wine ferment in a cool area until the bubbles stop, 10 to 14 days. Siphon the wine off of the lees, and strain through cheesecloth before bottling in quart-sized, sterilized canning jars with lids and rings. Age the wine at least a week for best flavor.

CLICK LINK TO ORIGINAL AND PRINT Dandelion Wine Recipe — ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2016 Allrecipes.com  Printed From Allrecipes.com 3/25/2016
 

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Endangered American Ginseng

e82da162df3ce020e8c385caa03812d2This could possible be one of the most important articles written by me for this blog. While that may stump many of you, if you’re from the South, then some of you know where I’m goin’ with this. And please, pass this on. By all means, spread the word.

Growin’ up, there were two things my Step-Father hunted other than meat. Morel Mushrooms and Ginseng, or ,what we call, “Zang”. We didn’t use it ourselves but we sure did hunt. What my Step-Father found and dried out, he’d sell. With the money, he’d buy big ticket items needed for the home. One Zang Season, he was determined to hunt enough to buy my Momma a new Washer and Dryer. After that, to make as much money as possible for him to buy the materials to finish out our basement. Another year, a new Fridge or Stove.

Now days, my Step-Father is a bit too old to hunt Zang. He can barely walk and time has caught up with him, among other things. His Season didn’t stop, though, with Age. It stopped long before that. Unfortunately, it was by the hands of a new Generation of Hunters – Money-Hungry Hunters with no damn care or respect for the mountains they take from. And worse yet, no respect or care for the Zang they strip from those mountains.

If you were to visit my Step-Father about the time Zang Season starts, and if you are lucky enough to earn his trust, he’ll grab his stick and with a kind of limply-wobble, he’ll take you out into the woods. There, he’ll show you his private little patch of Zang that he started himself with two or three plants he found in the wild, by chance. The Zang doesn’t grow so he can pick and sell it. No, he is growin’ it because in his mind, by what he has seen, this little bit will ensure  that the Zang doesn’t disappear altogether. And while you’re there, he’ll show you the leaf and he’ll show you the berry. The berry, he always explains, is the most important part. Why? Because it ensures the Zang will grow for all future Seasons to come.

“It takes but a second,” He has shown so many, “To tuck the berry beneath the dirt once you grab what ya want. (The Root.)” And if there happens to be a berry growin’ on one of his plants, he’ll show ya first hand. “Don’t have to dig. Don’t have to take an hour to rake the dirt or till anything. Just have to grab it and tuck it under there real easy and simple like.” He’ll go on and on about it not because he’s a scratched record stuck on repeat but because he doesn’t understand why no one does it anymore. Why no bothers. Why no one takes but a second to keep the plant thrivin’ and growin’ for years to come.

Those who hunt Zang now days, are burnin up with Gold-Rush-Fever. At least, that’s what it seems like. They yank and run. They don’t bury the berry. They don’t do anything with it at all. Sometimes, they grab the whole darn plant and lurk for the next. That’s why men like my Step-Father have only their memories of all the years they hunted.

Every season, I’ll see him starin’ at that tiny, modest patch. His face will glance towards the thick and heavy woods borderin’ his property. His expression of drains of anything but sadness and while I’m sure it’s the fact he can no longer hunt, it’s also the fact that every year, there is less and less out there to be found.  He knows this. We all do.

So that’s why, before I get to the details and healin’ effects, I wanted to stress the dangers surroundin’ the plant itself….and that one day, if people don’t start huntin’ with some sense, there will be no Zang out there to find at all.

Remember, while a plant can grow up to 28 inches long, it takes six years for a Ginseng plant to mature. The Season, in hopes to protect the species, is regulated by the Federal Government. It is illegal to harvest the plant before the berries ripen and make seed. (This doesn’t stop the idiots, though.) This happens in late Summer and early Fall.

stock-photo-a-close-up-of-the-most-famous-medicinal-plant-ginseng-panax-ginseng-autumn-66472750The Chinese can pretty much coin the fame of Ginseng. For 5,000 years or more, they have used this root as a “cure-all”. There is White Ginseng and Red. Ginseng promotes protein synthesis in the Liver. It reduces the chemicals in the body that causes stress. It helps the body metabolize sugar, boosts immunity, aids the heart and circulatory system. It can enhance mood and counteract mild cases of depression. it contains ginsenosides, saponosides, panacene, thiamin, riboflavin and essential oils. It is important to note that taking ginseng for 3 months or more can affect sleep. Taking high doses can also cause anxiety and restlessness.

Interestingly enough, the American Indians had a use for Ginseng as well. They used the tea for nervous conditions, vertigo and headaches. They chewed the root for colic, to induce childbirth, increase appetites and fertility. Some tribes used it to increase mental powers.

Mountain lore calls Ginseng, “Sang”, which may have led to a misunderstanding of the “S” when pronounced which is why so many ol’ timers, such as my Step-Father, call it, “Zang.” People used to carry the root for all sorts of reasons. It attracted love, money, warded off evil guarded health and even made one grow more beautiful.

Folk-medicine would have one drink the tea, which was  was considered a way of inducing-lust and aiding sexual potency. However, one a Superstition note, it was said that if you held the root, closed your eyes and visualized your deepest desire inside the root or carved it, then tossed it into runnin’ water, that wish would come true. And if one couldn’t get their hands on mandrake, Ginseng was an equally powerful and acceptable substitute.

Now, for a more herbicidal or herbalist point of view:

To sharpen the mind especially for those that are Elderly:  I cup of boiling water and 1 tsp. grated, dried Ginseng. Steep 10 minutes. Strain.

Prevent heart disease and low blood pressure by taking 20-30 drops of Ginseng Tonic daily.

Grating the root for a hot bath will help a person get a restful sleep.

If, you are one of these people about to Hunt Ginseng for profit, for personal use, or have been for some time, then please, help preserve the plant and the heritage of the Season. If you enjoy the money then at least have enough common sense to know that if the plant goes extinct out of carelessness and greed, then there will be no more out there for any of you to hunt. So, protect your hobby or your business. Hunt during Season only and bury the berry. Please.

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The Wild Strawberry

e00c719e570f50bb1bb3a796fe370a8cHow’s things cluckin’ and a crowin’, my Herbicidal Hens?

We just did an article on Raspberry Leaves. One of the recipes called for Wild Strawberry leaves. So, of course, that meant  we would have to get around to doing one about Wild Strawberries. Well, since I have an extra big case of Spring Fever, here I am getting’ round to it. And, sine it wont be long before Wild Strawberries start poppin’ up, I want you to make sure you grab all you can grab from all the parts needed!


How bout we get down to some facts?


 

Like the Raspberry shrub, the Wild Strawberry is also apart of the “Rose” family. You should start seeing the berries around June. However, bet you didn’t know this one…It’s the seeds that are actually the fruit. Yep, that threw me for a loop too.Go figure. When you harvest the Wild Strawberry, you want to take the leaves, berries, and roots. When you dry these out, keep them out of humidity and dampness.

Tannins live in the leaves and roots. Remember we talked about those with the Raspberries? Let me do a quick copy and paste in case you missed it.

Tannins are pretty cool things and can be found in most vegetables and fruit. The leaves, when dried, are when Tannins pack a punch. By definition, Tannins are various complex phenolic substances of plant origin; used both in tanning and in medicine. The Tannin in leaves have astringent effects – as do most tannins elsewhere. It’s the astringent that aids in the antidiarrheal and anti-inflammatory super-powers of the leaves.

 


 

www.bluffviewnursery.orgNow, get a load of this….The berries have 60 milligrams of Vitamin C per 100 grams of fruit. Not to mention the Minerals, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc, Manganese, Calcium, Zinc and Fruit Acids. The leaves of Wild Strawberries also have:

  • Triterpene Alcohols (Anti-Inflammatory)
  • Flavonoids (Powerful Antioxidants)
  • Citral (Lemony Scent)
  • Essential Oils

 


 

What to do with it?

  • red-wonder-wild-strawberry-75-seeds-3.gifAmerican Indians used the root for jaundice, stomach ailments and and heavy bleeding during menstruation—again, much like Raspberry Leaves.
  • For sore throats, gargle 1/4 cup chopped leaves to 1/2 cup boiling water. Steep for 30 minutes.
  • For sunburn, apply crushed berries. Leave for 10-20 minutes.
  • For diarrhea, add 1 gram root to 1/2 cup cold water. Heat and steep for 30 minutes. Drink 2 cups daily, 1 before each meal.

 

 


 

Now, what sort of Mountain Lore surrounds the strawberry?

  • It was known for two things: Love and Luck. Perhaps one of the reasons Strawberries are a must durin’ a romantic interlude is because back in the day, if someone was in love with you or if you were in love with someone else, you would give or serve them strawberries.
  • If you wanted luck, stuff your pockets with the leaves.
  • And like Raspberry Leaves, pregnant women often carried a small packet of the Strawberry leaf to help ease pain.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raspberry Leaf Tea

file00023530744Welcome back to all my Herbicidal Hens!

My favorite time comes around late Spring till midways through Summer. Why? My husband takes us up to his secret Raspberry patch that grows wild in the mountains. He picks the berries so I can have one of my favorite summertime treats—Raspberries and Vanilla ice cream. Okay, it’s not all about me. He knows that if he picks enough, I make him some homemade Jam.

While he is pickin’, though, I am snappin’ off Leaves. Those, to me, are a girl’s best friend. Mind you, not just a cure for women. If you keep readin’, you will see that these leaves have a way of fixin’ quite a few other things as well. But first, let’s get some of the technical stuff out of the way. Shall we?

The raspberry doesn’t get very creative where Folk Names are concerned. It’s called either European Raspberry or Red Raspberry. No creative tongue- twisters there. And as far as Mountain Lore goes, it wasn’t nothin’ to bat an eye at if you happened to see a Granny Woman or Mountain Momma hang a few of the branches along the doorways or windows. This meant a death had come and with all that sittin’ up with the Dead stuff and the coverin’ of mirrors, no one wanted to see a “Spirit” re-enter a home. That’s where the branches came into play. Protection.

It came as no surprise to me when I read that Raspberry leaves were carried by women to relieve them of some of the pain and discomfort durin’ pregnancy. From a medicine standpoint, Raspberries and the Leaves have quite a bit of an affect on women. But before we get to that, let’s throw one more fact out there.  Most people don’t know it but the raspberry is actually part of the “Rose” Family. The leaves from this shrub can help with a good many things—intestinal problems such as diarrhea, sore throats, menstrual cramps and problems…even bronchitis. The tea can also ease flu symptoms, tonsillitis, strengthen gums, stomach upset and nausea.

The best way to preserve the leaves is by drying. Once dried, for use in a tea, simply crush and soak them in cold water. (1 tsp. per cup). Let it soak for a few hours and then boil for ten minutes. Strain and drink.

Never drink the tea while pregnant.

This is one of the reasons the ol’ wives tale of carryin’ the leaves while pregnant to relieve some of the pain during pregnancy was interestin’ to me. Seems the more and more I dig into Mountain Lore, the more linked it is to actual medicine—in some way or another. Could it be, women carried the leaves in case Contractions began? See, the leaves are said to stimulate the uterus and bring about labor. One may use the tea once contractions begin but only under a Doctor’s supervision. 1 cup.

That being said, was that the real reason women carried the leaves and not because of some superstition? Or did the medical aspect become hidden within’ silly, superstitious lore? I often wonder about that. History cries endless and unknowable numbers of the horrific murders of women, who were punished for things like witchcraft. When in truth, they simply had a knowledge to use the things in Nature many overlooked in order to heal. In certain communities, like those of the Appalachian Mountains, how many would have died if it were not for these Mountain Crones or Granny Women and their knowledge of plants? Doctors were not fallin’ from the sky in abundant buckets. They were few and far between. And with so many women burned, drowned or tortured for their “knowin’ of things” did they protect that knowledge by camafluagin’ it with silly little absurd things like carryin’ a leaf in one’s pocket? Just a thought.

Raspberry leaves have been used in medicine as far back as 37 A.D. Written documents date all the way back to Rome.

file000396551993Raspberry leaves have something in them called Tannins. Tannins are pretty cool things and can be found in most vegetables and fruit. The leaves, when dried, are when Tannins pack a punch. By definition, Tannins are various complex phenolic substances of plant origin; used both in tanning and in medicine. The Tannin in Raspberry leaves have astringent effects – as do most tanins elsewhere. It’s the astringent that aids in the antidiarrheal and anti-inflammatory super-powers of the leaves. Did you know it can also help stop bleeding? Who knew all that existed beyond what we normally focus on—the sweet, delicious berry?

Raspberry Leaves contain Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Phosphorus and Calcium.

So, let’s get down to the healing section, shall we?

By drinking the tea, in cases of Diarrhea, it’s the astringents which aid the most. They relieve the irritation on the intestinal walls, which means they help with the irritation brought on by the diarrhea. You must make sure the tea is super-packed with tannins, though, for this to work, which means, soak the leaves in water for at least 10 minutes. For cramps that sometimes come with diarrhea, use 2 oz. of the Leaves and 1 1/2 oz. of Peppermint.

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

  • 2/3 oz. Raspberry Leaves
  • 2/3 oz. Oak Bark
  • 1/3 oz. Yarrow
  • 2/3 oz. Wild Strawberry Leaves

Use 1 tsp. of this mixture per cup of hot water or hip bath. It is supposed to normalize bleeding and the leaves may also help with cramps.

Inflamed Skin

Wash face with 3 tbsp. of leaves that has been added to 1 quart of water and boiled for 10 minutes. (Allow to cool of course) and then wash area several times a day. The tannins are said to shrink blood vessels and prevent bacterial infections. Can also stimulate skin regeneration.

Sore Throat

1 tsp. of raspberry leaves to 1 cup of water. Let steep ten minutes. Gargle several times a day. Add calendula flowers and sage leaves to pack an extra punch.

Eliminate Toxins from the body

Equal mixture of Dandelion Root, Raspberry Leaves and Fumitory green parts. Add one tsp. to 1 cup of boiling water – steep 10 minutes. Drink 3 times a day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor nor do I have any training as such. I simply combine information I have researched based on Herbs, Herbalists, and Lore. I am not advising anyone to use anything. If one does, they do so at their own risk.

 

 

 

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We’re Talkin’ Basil

Alright, all my Hericidal Hen,

Today, we’re talkin’ Basil. So plop a squat, kick up the feet, whatever, just chill.

My favorite herb to add when I’m tryin’ to type somethin’ up for Herbicidal Hens are the ones that are easy to get. While I have a pretty impressive Seasonin’ Cabinet, (if I say so myself), I really don’t work with Herbs I can’t grow, can’t hunt and find myself, or can’t, well, easily, get my hands on. Meanin’, if I have to drive to ten buck two, I’m not gonna use the Herb and I haven’t quite gotten to the point where I buy them offline yet—except for things like Frankincense. So in spirit of that, today, we are gonna talk about Basil. If you don’t have it, you can easily grow it. Can easily find it. Its some pretty common stuff.

One of the most interestin’ things I dug up about Basil was actually some mountain-lore. The story goes, if someone wanted to diet, Basil could help them do that but NOT if the they know about it. If you know a guy or gal who wants to lose a few pounds, all you have to do is secretly place some basil beneath their plate. The ol’timers used to say, they wont be able to eat a bite if you do. Curiously enough, that’s partially true from an herbalist standpoint. Basil Seeds can be used in a drink – with water —to stimulate hunger. You will have to use a plant you grow yourself and allow to blossom. Collect the Seeds from those. Seeds done commercially have chemicals on them. At least this is what I’ve read. So, no mountain-lore about it, simply let a tablespoon of the seeds soak a bit in some water and drink.

As far as foods go, basil is a flavor enhancer. It also aids in Digestion. Basil is an antispasmodic. Herbalists use it to sooth muscle spasms, intestinal problems, motion sickness, flatulence, induce sleep and can treat nausea.

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Now, while the seeds can be used to stimulate hunger, eating Basil itself can increase appetite and the flow of bile—which is why it aids with digestion.

Flies & Mosquitos do not like Basil’s scent. So growing it can help keep those things away.

The different types of Basil are: Sweet & Dwarf Basil. Red, Cinnamon, lemon and anise Basil.

 

 

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Some Basil Recipes for Healing

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Basil Snuff

  • One can make a fine snuff out of dried Basil. Snorting it is said to offer relief from respiratory diseases. Basil can help clear nose passages and rid of bacteria that can cause diseases.

Basil Wine : Used for Digestion

  • Steep a small bunch of basil in a bottle of your favorite bottle of white wine for 24 hours. Strain. Store wine in the refrigerator and drink 4 ounces after meals.

Basil Tea : Used for Irritated & Inflamed Bladder & Kidneys

  • Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of fresh basil and 2 teaspoons of Birch leaves. Let steep for ten minutes. Drink 3 times a day between meals until symptoms are gone.

 

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Want to know what else the Granny Women and Mountain Mommas used to say?

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  • Carry Basil leaves in your pocket to attract wealth or hang some on the door of a business or in a cash register to attract customers.
  • Basil is used to keep Goats away from one’s property (Not sure how that would work.
  • Anyone got a Goat so we can test this out?) Give Basil as a housewarming gift and it will bring luck to a new home. It also brings a home protection.

 

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It’s Almost Time to Hunt Ramps!

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This, is a Ramp and if you live in the South, you already know what these are. If you don’t, they’re a cross between an onion and garlic. You find them in the woods. And believe me, there are lots of folks out there findin’ them!

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So, maybe you’re wonderin’ what to do with them? Anything and everything. People fry taters with em. Grill trout with em. Anything that you would normally put onions or garlic in, well, that’s what folks use a Ramp for.

They are strong, though and not many people can handle them. My father-in-law’s wife, who is from up North, won’t even allow him to cook em in the house, lol. Our Uncle Eddie, though, will cook them from sun-up till sun-down and most folks will dry em or preserve them tryin’ to make em last throughout the season and even into the winter.

Like I said, they are a cross between an onion and garlic and will start to pop up in the Spring. They’re easy to find and easy to dig.

Ramps are high in in Vitamin A, C, Selenium (antioxidant), Chromium (important to metabolize fats and carbs).

For those of you who are ready to go, happy Ramp huntin’! Maybe we’ll see ya out there!

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Lemon Skin Toner

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Most toners cost around six bucks a bottle. This one whips up for just pennies. 😊

2 oz Lemon Juice (Fresh is Best Ya’ll!)

4 oz Distilled Water

3 oz Witch Hazel

Mix in a clean bottle or container.

Shake before using.

Apply with Cotton Balls.

KEEP REFRIGERATED.

Shelf-Life – Indefinitely