Vera Vil

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I don't know if anyone has mentioned this yet but I have a well insulated bag with a drawstring top that I have been using as a crockpot for a few years. I just bring whatever I want to cook to a boil and let it boil for a few minutes, Then seal it up in the bag. It works beautifully, even on unslaked dry beans. I found a pattern on etsy I believe because I wanted to give some as gifts. It is called HopeSaC on etsy.
2 days ago
The soup looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. That will be part of dinner tomorrow night since we have tons of Jerusalem artichokes.
1 month ago
I would like to second the request for instructions to weave a straw hat. I would also love to learn the process of shearing an alpaca or sheep and processing it into yarn.
Oh darn! I will work on that later. I don't know how I messed that up.
Ginger decoction done. Wow! That stuff will put hair on your chest!
Yay! I'm so happy to get started on this! This wasn't my first time making a chamomile infusion and this time I took the advice from the link posted and added orange peel and a broken cinnamon stick in the hopes that it would improve the taste. It actually did improve the taste quite a lot. I know that some people like the taste of chamomile but I am not one of those people. So, I weighed 1 ounce of dried chamomile flowers and added the peel and broken cinnamon stick. Then I filled the rest of the quart jar with boiling water. 8 hours later I strained it, stuck a label on it, poured myself a glass and put the rest in the fridge. It tastes pretty good.
That looks great! I have my binder and I'm ready to get started.
1 year ago
Here is my thought on how to make the natural medicine  badge very useful without potentially doing harm. I will first start off by saying that I have no knowledge on this subject so I am just speaking as someone who is very motivated to learn about it. Considering that about 210,000 people die each year from medical mistakes, learning how to make our own medicine from plants growing organically on our property seems like a worthy goal. It needs to be emphasized that we should consult with a doctor when in doubt and not take any recommendations made here as actual medical advice.

So, as part of the Sand badge, to be continued with each level, one should have to start a journal to be split in four? sections. The first section should have a page for each herb used including parts of plant to be used, what it can be used for, can it be used internally or externally, dosages, contraindications, etc. The next section can have formulas for tinctures, then a section for teas, another for salves and whatever else we will be making. So if for instance we have to make a calendula salve, we would have to add two pages to the journal. One for directions to make the salve, including review on how it worked, when and for whom. The other page would have all the information on calendula and what parts can be used, etc. So we would take pictures of making the salve and pictures of each page in the journal.

We could also be assigned all or part of a book or website to be read with a quiz.

Just my two cents. This is what I will be doing anyway, I just love getting credit for stuff!
1 year ago