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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.


(image from Traditional Cooking School )


For this badge bit, you will create cottonwood bud infused oil (also known as Balm of Giliad):
 - Make a cottonwood bud infused oil, with a picture of it being made, and of it being finished.


Here are some links to guide you in researching cottonwood and in creating your cottonwood bud infused oil:
  How to Make Balm of Gilead or Cottonwood Oil- LearningHerbs
  Cottonwood • NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF AROMATIC STUDIES
  Cottonwood Bud Oil – How to Make an Easy Cold-Infused Herbal Oil - SURVIVE AND THRIVE with NICOLE APELIAN
  COTTONWOOD AND WILLOW: NATURE’S PAIN RELIEVERS - Cedar Mountain Herb School, LLC
  Balm of Gilead: The “Do-It-All” Poplar Salve {it’s spring in a jar!} - Traditional Cooking School      

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
 - a picture of your cottonwood bud being harvested
 - a picture of your cottonwood bud in a oil
 - a picture of your completed cottonwood bud infused oil in a labelled container

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I'm super depressed. I spent all year waiting for the cottonwood buds, took a bunch of pictures when I harvested it, and now they're missing.

I'm going to just post the pictures I have, so I don't lose those, too.
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Taken April 20th: Cottonwood buds, in coconut oil and cocoa butter, staying warm on the hood of the car under and old black shirt, so the oil stayed liquid
Taken April 20th: Cottonwood buds, in coconut oil and cocoa butter, staying warm on the hood of the car under and old black shirt, so the oil stayed liquid
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May 24th: Straining the cottonwood buds into the jar
May 24th: Straining the cottonwood buds into the jar
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Labeled jars--one has beeswax (salve) and the other does not.
Labeled jars--one has beeswax (salve) and the other does not.
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Recipe
Recipe
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Uses/side-effects/location
Uses/side-effects/location
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

Since you're the first to attempt this BB, I'll approve it.  Congratulations! 

 
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I went out today and got another branch to take an action shot.
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Lovely Cottonwood tree
Lovely Cottonwood tree
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Harvested buds
Harvested buds
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Buds in a jar, topped up with oil
Buds in a jar, topped up with oil
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Labeled jar
Labeled jar
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Harvest action shot
Harvest action shot
Staff note (gir bot) :

Someone flagged this submission as not complete.
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Note: Unfortunately, a picture of harvesting is required for approval. If you can pick a few more and add the photo (maybe next season) we can approve it.

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Someone approved this submission.

 
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I have been making this salve for a few seasons now! I love it on my face and as a belly oi to resist stretch marks. (I'm super pregnant now, and still don't have any!) However, I didn't pick enough buds this spring to keep me supplied in buds til my due date. So imagine my excitement when I found them in Yellowstone National Park (before the big road flooding!) they hadn't budded out yet, since it's colder there. So no I have all I need. YAY! My little 6-graders helped me gather the buds, and I added beeswax to the hot infusion, along with rose and lavender and myrrh to make my belly rub.
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Cottonwood tree, dormant. Yellowstone National Park
Cottonwood tree, dormant. Yellowstone National Park
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Buds up close
Buds up close
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buds in a jar
buds in a jar
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Buds being strained from heat infusion
Buds being strained from heat infusion
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adding beeswax
adding beeswax
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completed balm, in a salve jar, labeled
completed balm, in a salve jar, labeled
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Megan Palmer approved this submission.

 
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