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Herbal Fire Starters

 
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This is probably more useful outside, where loose newspaper and kindling can be tricky to light in windy conditions:


Here’s the perks of making my herbal fire starters:

Waste not, want not, right?? These are very frugal and they leave you with a “look at this totally cool thing I made” feeling!
There’s no petroleum jelly or wax or other funky chemicals that you really shouldn’t be breathing.
Herbal smoke purifies the air if you’re inside– during times of plagues, people used to burn rosemary all the time!
It keeps the mosquitoes away if you’re outside! Not a bite on us, in spite of a very healthy mosquito population, this year!
The smoke smells AMAZING! I’m one of those people who gets around any kind of smoke and gets an instant headache. That didn’t happen and I actually enjoyed the smell!

 
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Dry Scotch broom burns like gasoline and is a great fire starter. Dry cedar leaves also take right off, for a quick fire.(what are they, leaves or needles, or neither ? I'm going with scale like leaves)
 
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Herbal smoke purifies the air if you’re inside– during times of plagues, people used to burn rosemary all the time!



Doesn't mean it worked! People used to tout cigarettes as a healthy option.
 
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Dry birch bark is also an awesome firestarter. I would caution against breathing smoke in general - even "herbal" etc - no matter what the source, it'll contain all sorts of volatile organics, tars and carcinogens simply by virtue of the combustion process. This is what carbon *does*. Better going for a nice clean complete burn in a RMH or TLUD and venting it to the Great Outside. Still, those are cool wee kindling bundles
 
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Whoops, I forgot to put the link in to the original site!
Was supposed to go below the quote.
Here it is:
http://creativechristianmama.com/fun-things-friday-herbal-fire-starters/
 
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