Using Dandelions in my second ferments (water kefir & kombucha tea)

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A DIY Life: Lets Get picking and get Merry about Marigolds

A Marigold

Just the name Marigold invokes images of happy warm colored flowers of reds, marigold Collageoranges & golds.

But did you know some of these flower garden favorite varieties are edible & have health benefits? And other varieties have great uses such as pest control?

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Marigolds are sunsets that are right in your garden. Marigolds are one of my favorite flowers to grow & are also a favorite when teaching children about growing plants & about watching them grow. So they are also a favorite of my kids to plant the seeds every year & watch them grow & to claim those plants as theirs, We also save the seeds to regrow them year after year. Marigolds & sunflowers might just be the only non vegetable flowers in our vegetable garden. And because I love everything to have multiple uses in my DIY life marigolds fit well into the foraging & DIY life for sure.

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Other names : Caltha, Ganda, Gols bloom, Garden Marigold, Gold bloom, Holligold, Marybud, Pot Marigold are the other names used for the Marigold.

Other Species : Calendula arvensis, Calendula bicolor, Calendula eckerleinii, Calendula lanzae, Calendula maderensis, Calendula maroccana, Calendula meuselii, Calendula stellata, Calendula suffruticosa, Calendula tripterocarpa, Calendula officinalis are some of the other species of Marigold.

Marigolds & you:

research shows that marigolds improve blood  circulation & marigolds 1speed the body’s ability to heal itself. Marigold  oil has anti-bacterial & anti-inflammatory properties. When eaten  fresh the petals offer a source of  vitamin C & flavonoids.

Marigold is used for stomach upset, ulcers, menstrual period problems, eye infections, inflammations, & for wound healing. It is antiseptic. If the Marigold flower is rubbed on the affected skin area, it brings relief to pain & swelling caused by a wasp or bee. A lotion or water made from the flowers is most useful for sprains, wounds, fever & sore eyes. Marigolds 2

Marigolds have long been known for their ability to deter bad bugs, attract beneficial insects and destroy soil nematodes. Certain types are more beneficial, and marigolds should not be planted near certain vegetables.

The best types of marigolds to use for pest control are French marigolds and Mexican marigolds. French marigolds are good for controlling whiteflies around tomato plants and Mexican marigolds 3marigolds are good for deterring Mexican bean beetles.

While marigolds can deter some harmful insects, they are more helpful in attracting beneficial insects such as parasitic wasps, ladybugs and lacewings.Marigolds should not be planted near beans or cabbage plants because they act as a herbicide toward these plants.

Check out the 7 Uses for Marigolds by Little House in the Suburbs article with unique uses for marigolds here

Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses (from this article)

  • One of the health benefits of marigolds is that it is used in the treatment of minor burns when used in the form of ointments or a tincture.
  • On account of the anti-inflammatory properties of marigold it is also used in the treatment of allergic reactions, eczema and bruising.
  • Health benefits of marigold oil also include it being used in the treatment for plantar lesions that tend to occur on the feet.marigold 5
  • Another one of the benefits of the marigold flowers is that it is very beneficial in getting rid of an oily complexion naturally. In this treatment, fresh flowers need to be soaked in warm water and then applied to the skin at least once a day and allowed to remain for 10 minutes before washing it off.
  • Marigolds are also known to have plenty of health benefits on account of their high content of antioxidants. These antioxidants are known to be effective in combating the damage that may b caused by free radicals which are typically the by-products of environmental factors such as pollution or cigarette smoke or even normal body functions. The lycopene present in marigold is also known to lower the risk of heart disease and prostate cancer. The antioxidants present in marigolds are also known to protect the eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Health benefits and therapeutic uses of marigold flowers as well as the leaves of the marigold include it being beneficial in minimizing the number of tumors in the case of breast cancer as well as in the prevention of the development of new cancer cells. Besides breast cancer , Marigolds are also known to be effective against colon, leukemia and melanoma cancer cells.
  • One of the medicinal uses of marigolds is that it promotes the growth of both new blood vessels as well as new skin tissue and hence it is used in the healing of wounds such as burns, scrapes as well as irritated skin.
  • When consumed internally , marigolds are also known to help against digestive inflammation in the form of duodenal or gastric ulcers on account of its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Marigold tea is also known to be effective against painful mouth and stomach ulcers as well as colitis. Marigolds are effective in this aspect because they tend to stimulate the lymphatic system and thereby minimize the swelling as well as cleanse the body of toxins which may be contributing to the ulcers.
  • Marigold is also used in the form of an ointment for women who are suffering from breast cancer to minimize the dermatitis  that is usually caused by chemotherapy.
  • The  petals of the marigold flower are also used in sitz baths as they are effective in healing vaginal infections, bladder infections, healing of stitches post child birth as well as haemorrhoids. To prepare a sitz bath the petals of the marigold flowers should be boiled for some time and then added to the warm bath water.
  • One of the health benefits of marigold juice is that it is very effective in healing scabies and warts.

Edible?

Since there is a lot of conflicting information on what Marigold varieties are or are not edible, I suggest you do a lot of your own research & have a firm understanding before starting any internal routine.

My main uses of marigolds in the past was because I love growing them & planting them aroundmarigold 4 the edges of our garden not only repel certain bugs & larvae but also seem to deter rabbits, this is not fool proof because some places we have lived rabbits seemed to go to the marigold first & eat them & other places they stayed totally away from them.

So I mainly use marigold as pest control & externally.

Marigold water:

Gather the marigold blooms, wash with cool water to remove any dirt or pests, try to at least start off with 1 cup of firmly packed blooms. You can use different colors of marigolds if desired.

The ratio is 1 part blooms to 2 parts boiling water, so if you gather one firmly packed cup of blooms you will need 2 cups of boiling water & so on. Use only distilled water, filtered water or pure spring water, add the washed rose petals to a heat-resistant bowl & pour the hot water over the blooms.

Then just cover the bowl with a lid or plate & let the blooms steep for 30 to 40 minutes. Then simply scoop out as many of the blooms as you can with clean hands, making sure to squeeze them to get as much moisture out as possible. then strain the eater through a coffee filter into a jar. (or if not drinking the water just leave the blooms in the water for added strength.

Marigold water will last about a week to 10 days if stored in the refrigerator when not in use. to help extend its shelf life either add 1 tbsp. of colloidal silver per 2 cups of marigold water, or add 1 tbsp. rubbing alcohol, grain alcohol or Vodka per 2 cups of water.

Interesting fact about Marigold water making:

When making marigold water with my Aunt in FL (because I got her hooked on floral waters during my FL vacation). She added the blooms to a jar & poured the boiling water right into the marigolds 6heat-resistant jar (pictured)& sealed the lid, after a couple of hours she would add colloidal silver to the jar. We noticed all the flowers hung at different levels in the jar & looked so fresh even though they had been boiled, they looked well-preserved & beautiful, I just figured that was because we were seeing them through a clear jar. Then she did a batch where all the blooms after a few hours looked lifeless & floated in a mass at the top, so we had a mystery, when she suddenly remembered she had forgotten to add the colloidal silver, the difference was amazing, the water even looked kinda cloudier not as sparkling. So I highly recommend adding the colloidal silver to preserve your water & to make a beautiful display until you remove the blooms.

Uses of Marigold water:

Once cooled Marigold water can be sprayed on pests, used in your no poo routine (in the shampoo or conditioner depending on your hair), sprayed on cuts, bruises, swelling, skin issues, eczema, psoriasis,  acne, pimples, blackheads & so much more, used in a paste with baking soda to clean your face, in a soaking bath for relief of swelling or as a stress reliever. It can also be added to a spray bottle with Essential oils like Eucalyptus & Citronella (or other essential oils marigolds 1that repel insects, bugs & spiders) & used as a bug spray, or mix with Olbas oil for a skin moisturizing spray that doubles as bug spray. It can also be mixed with peppermint essential oil to repel & kill spiders. Mix with rubbing alcohol to repel & kill gnats & fruit flies. Mix into your favorite body butter recipe & use on bites, scrapes, bruises & wounds.  Mix with clay & use as a face or hair detoxifying mask. Just get creative you will love all you can do.

How To Marigold Oil & Marigold Vinegar.

Go here for info on making floral infused oil including Marigold oil.

Go here to learn how to make infused vinegar.

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A DIY life: Rose of Sharon / Hibiscus – Heres to your health & Beauty

A Rose by any other name might be a “Rose of Sharon”

OK that’s just a play on words because a Rose of Sharon is really in the Hibiscus family & not the rose family. Because the Rose of Sharon is in the Hibiscus family itrose of sharon Collage also has the same healing benefits, nutritional benefits & health benefits as any other Hibiscus flower & plant. Rose of Sharon being the common name & Hibiscus syriacus being the scientific name.

So a Hibiscus by any other name might be a “Rose of Sharon”

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Do you have a Hibiscus or Rose of Sharon bush or 2 or 10 in your yard? Did you know these plants have great health benefits? And did you know they are easily preserved & prepared & have great uses fresh as well?

Rose of Sharon’s come in bright vibrant colors & even some varieties have a double bloom, I have multiple bushes with the double pinks, one bush with a double white & a single pink (more like fuchsia) & a single lavender (my favorite one). When you make tea or water with the petals the color comes off the petals & turns the water the color of the petals you used leaving the petals looking like white tissue in water.

Hibiscus: In Florida almost every yard has brightly colored flower bushes & many are the 004aHibiscus, I have always known the flowers were edible & that Turtles & other animals loved them, & dogs will eat them when they fall on the ground. I even know people make the prettiest salads  & other treats with Hibiscus flowers. (Hibiscus – Name of the Rose). But I did not really think too much about how healthy it was, OK maybe I did but just did not dwell on it 🙂

Wikipedia: (/hɨˈbɪskəs/[2] or /haɪˈbɪskəs/[3]) is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known simply as hibiscus, or less widely known as rose mallow. The genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, as well as woody shrubs and small trees. The generic name is derived from the Greek word ἱβίσκος (hibískos), which was the name Pedanius Dioscorides (

Rose of Sharon: Then I move to TN & there are these large tree like bushes with what looks rose of sharon Collagelike miniature Hibiscus flowers blooming all over them. These bush trees with beautiful fresh flowers on them all summer long I was told where Rose of Sharon & I would be mocked if I even mentioned Hibiscus when talking about them. When we moved into our current home 7 years ago it came with about 15 Rose of Sharon’s some doubles, but always beautiful & blooming all summer & a great place to get photos of Bees, Bumble bees, butterflies, ladybugs & the flowers themselves (Yup the photographer in me loves them). But I was intrigued by how similar even the leaves were to Hibiscus so I started researching & low & behold they are photos by chereebasically a Hibiscus, so the mocking shall now stop on this Florida girl! LOL the mocking was always in fun so whatever 🙂 But I also found that Rose of Sharon had amazing health benefits & was also great for skin (It is all that amazing Alpha Hydroxy for sure). And I had an almost never-ending supply from July till Sept sometimes longer of flowers. So I became a Rose of Sharon gatherer & lover of all things Rose of Sharon DIY. When we did our addition 3 years ago we lost some bushes & we had 1 die so now we have 10 bushes but they are so large I can not reach the tops without tall ladders. So I have a wealth of flowers not to mention all that bark & the leaves.

Wikipedia: Hibiscus syriacus is a species of flowering plant in the family Malvaceae, native to much of Asia (though not, as Linnaeus thought, Syria, in spite of the name he gave it).Common names include Rose of Sharon (especially in North America), rose mallow (United Kingdom) and St Joseph’s rod (Italy).

Rose of Sharon uses (Or Hibiscus): Besides loving this herb for its aesthetic charm and its appetizing culinary goodness, Rose of Sharon also has medicinal uses. Rose of Sharon is used rose of sharon 3externally as an emollient to soften and soothe the skin, as well as used internally for digestive disorders.
A tea made from the leaves and flowers are diuretic & expectorant.  The essential oil is believed to smooth wrinkles, stop itching &other skin conditions.  The bark contains several medically active constituents, including mucilage, carotenoids, sesquiterpenes & anthocyanidins, the root bark has anti-inflammatory, soothing, calming, fever reducing abilities. It is used in the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, abdominal pain, leucorrhoea, menstruation cramping.

Culinary uses of rose of Sharon: Make one wonder why we don’t see them more on the rose of sharon 1plate. Besides the obvious use as a garnish, the flowers of rose of Sharon can be chopped and added to dishes, or left whole for salads. They make colorful, edible, presentation cups for dips. The leaves are edible when cooked, and can be added to quiche or greens. The leaves and flowers also can be brewed as an antioxidant tea.rose of sharon 2

Medicinally, rose of Sharon’s flower buds contain mucilage, a gooey medicinal compound made of polysaccharides, found in most species of the mallow family. Mucilage can be used to heal burns, wounds, gastric ulcers, inflammation & irritation, such as sore throats or urinary tract infections.

Some benefits of using Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus): lowering blood pressure, lowering
cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease, helping to treat liver disease, helps to dilate blood vessels, works as a blood purifier, high in Vitamin C, contains flavonoids, contains minerals and other nutrients, natural diuretic, prevents oxidation of  low-density lipoproteins, treatment for premature ejaculation

Safety of Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus): The safety profile of hibiscus is excellent, with no proven adverse reactions.  (Article & safe dosage here)

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus) tea: Many describe  it as a sweet-tart tasting tea kinda similar to cranberries. Refreshing  hot or cold.

Edible parts of Rose of Sharon: Young leaves can be eaten or used for tea, .Tea can also be made made rose of sharon 9rose of sharon (2)from the flowers & flowers are great to use raw or cooked & eaten.

Rose of Sharon Bark: (article here)

Hibiscus (or Rose of Sharon) tea: also offers the benefit of lowering  cholesterol.

Preparing Rose of Sharon

So what are the best ways to use the flowers? You can eat them fresh, make a tea with them, make Rose of Sharon water, Rose of Sharon powder. For other uses you can also make Rose of Sharon infused oil. & in this blog I will give you info on how. (Warnings: With any herb, there is rose of sharon 4the risk of an allergic reaction.  Small children and pregnant women should use additional caution    when considering the use of herbal remedies.)

Powder from dried Rose of Sharon flowers:

So you can use them all year in teas, drinks, smoothies cooking etc. Pick flowers that are already rose of sharon (3)starting to dry out, close up & die,. Pull the petals off & wash & either pat dry or lay out to dry, they can now be dried by laying in the sun on a screen, in a dehydrator or on a cookie sheet on a very low temp in the oven (for more info search dehydrating flowers). After they are totally dry, some of these methods can take a few weeks to a few hours. Add to food processor & grind up, store in a seal tight jar for later use. This powder could also be used in your DIY tooth powder recipe or in your DIY deodorant recipes & even mixed with baking soda & water in a paste to exfoliate your skin/face. It can also be mixed in your favorite body butter.

Rose of Sharon tea:

Add the petals from a flower or 2 to your mug & pour your boiling water over the petals & let steep. You could even use white, green or black tea to add the petals to & let steep. It is especially tasty & recommended to add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice from a wedge in the finished tea. You can even leave the petals in the tea, they look pretty & have added health benefits. You Rose of Sharon powder can also be added to water & drank as tea or you can add it to white, green or black tea, add the amount to taste desired.

Rose of Sharon water:

Gather the fresh Rose of Sharon flowers, wash with cool water to remove any dirt or pests, try torose of sharon 5 at least start off with 1 cup of firmly packed flowers.

The ratio is 1 part flowers to 2 parts boiling water, so if you gather one firmly packed cup of flowers (add in a few leaves) you will need 2 cups of rose of sharon 6boiling water & so on. Use only distilled water, filtered water or pure spring water, add the washed flowers to a heat-resistant bowl & pour the hot water over them.

Then just cover the bowl with a lid or plate & let the flowers steep for 30 to 40 minutes. Then simply scoop out as many of the flowers as you can with clean hands, making sure to squeeze the petals to get as much moisture out as possible. then strain the Rose of Sharon water through a coffee filter into a jar.rose of sharon 7

Rose of Sharon water will last about a week to 10 days if stored in the rose of sharon 8refrigerator when not in use. to help extend its shelf life either add 1 tbsp. of colloidal silver (safe to drink) per 2 cups of Rose of Sharon water, or for beauty products only (do not drink with alcohol added) add 1 tbsp. rubbing alcohol, grain alcohol or Vodka per 2 cups of Rose of Sharon water.

Rose of Sharon water can be used to drink, in coffee, smoothies, slushies’, protein shakes, in tea, used in a soaking bath or a foot soak in DIY cleaners, in skin care, body care, in your no poo routine as conditioner or a final rinse, & in other DIY ideas, get creative! A favorite use I already found was mixed with baking soda to wash my face & skin. (you can also use Rose of Sharon water in your morning oil pulling routine info here)

Rose of Sharon floral infused oil:

Go here to learn to make floral infused oil.

Love of “Rose of Sharon”

In closing I have loved Hibiscus & now Rose of Sharon as long as I can remember, we have fed the flowers to horses, goats, turtles, lizards, cows, chickens, finches on & on & to eat them 015ayourself might become an addiction.

I love photography & love photographing these bright vibrant flowers & love also using these beauties for health. So get out your camera & take a photo then pluck some petals & leaves & get creative & enjoy yourself.

Photo credits: Photos by Cheree

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A DIY Life: Honeysuckle infused oil – A honey of an idea

Honeysuckle not just a fragrant flower & not just for eating!

Honeysuckle oil, hmm: A few days ago I did a blog post on making floral infused vinegar & I honeysuckle oilused honeysuckle (posted yesterday) To do a blog I tend to work on the draft several days to several weeks depending on my creative juices & mood. While I was working on the (infused)honeysuckle vinegar honey suckle8blog Annie’s Homestead/The Holistic Homestead on Facebook shared that she had just started some honeysuckle oil, & she shared her blog post on making infused oils (here). I have made herbal oils before & even some with flowers but for some reason I had never considered honeysuckle oil. So thank you to Annie for adding a new oil to my list for me to make. I love so many of Annie’s posts because they are great, but the fact that my second daughters name is Annie, makes me love her name 🙂

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So just like with the vinegar I sent my kids out picking honeysuckle, & this time I am pretty sure they ate more of the honeysuckle than they brought me, but it is all ok because I got enough to do what I needed & they all got to eat honeysuckle, so we are all happy.

Lets get to making infused oil!

Gather & wash: As I said in my other posts, I prefer to gather flowers & petals for infusions first honeysuckle 2thing in the morning when dew is still on them & the ground, these flowers seem to make a better infusion, but many gather anytime of the honeysuckleday. Wash the flowers in cool water to remove any dirt or unwanted pest. gently crush flowers in your hands as you add them to the jar you will be using. Do not crush them beyond recognition just one gentile squeeze with your hand to remove the excess water as you pull the flowers from the wash & add them to the jar is plenty. I also decided to add the little bit of rose petals I had left after picking my bush rose water 2bare in with the honeysuckle. So this is really honeysuckle rose infused oil.

Add to jar: So I filled my jar 1/2 full, because mainly the jar I used had more room than I needed, so for actual directions I will quote Annie: Fill the jar with herb. If you’re using dried herbs, fill 2/3 full. If you’re using fresh, fill until there is 1 ½ in head space.

Oil: You can use most any natural carrier oil, I made a mixture of 1/4 of melted at room temp raw honeysuckle oil (2)coconut oil, 1/4 olive oil, 1/4 Sweet almond oil, & 1/4 Wheat germ oil, in my other oil infusions this is the combo I liked best, it makes a slightly thicker oil & it can be added to DIY beauty products or used alone on skin & hair. It can also be whipped with raw coconut oil for a body whip (future blog post). So I added the oil to just above my petals in the jar, again for this info I will quote Annie: Cover the herb with your carrier oil. Leave about ½” headspace. Make sure there is at least 1 inch of oil covering the herb. Cover and label! Make sure you use the plant name and the date of when it’s started.

Sit in sun & Shake: For this method sun is your friend, sit in a sunny warm window, & shake the oil once daily, it will take 4 to 6 weeks to be finished (worth the wait). Then strain out the flowers, add the oil to a jar & label & date, Annie says it will last at least a year (so dating is important). But check out Annie’s blog post for an even faster method here.

Honeysuckle benefits.

Info I found online in various places by researching, I suggest you also research honeysuckle: Honeysuckle is edible & highly medicinal. Honeysuckle is very useful in various ailments & diseases. It has a sweet & calming floral scent. Honeysuckle is known honeysuckle oil for detoxing toxins from the blood & liver. The oil is great for treating a sore throat, fever, honeysuckle oilskin & scalp issues.(For sore throat it can be used as a gargle or used in oil pulling). Honeysuckle oil has antibacterial & anti-inflammatory properties. It makes a great hair oil treatment in your nopoo routine helping stop dryness & brittleness of hair. Adding some honeysuckle oil to your bath water can be relaxing after a stressful day. Honeysuckle is a natural antibiotic & is used to treat infections caused by staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria. The oil can be added to your  DIY toothpaste &/or DIY mouthwash. The oil can be rubbed on the chest of those with sinus issues, colds, allergies, chronic coughs, asthma & related respiratory issues for relief. Add a little bit of the oil to a  hot tea (or beverage) as an expectorant. Yup so much more can be learned of the uses of honeysuckle & how making this oil harnesses the honeysuckle greatness.

Hot oil treatment for hair: Add the amount of oil you will need to a heat safe jar, add the jar into a small pot or bowl of hot water & let the oil get hot, (not to hot, just above room temp, not boiling). Apply to dry hair making sure to cover all areas of scalp & hair, wrap a hot wet (wrung out) towel around your head, leave 10 to 20 minutes then wash out. (no poo) I think this just might be my Teenagers favorite use for this oil.

Whip, body whip & other uses: Mix 1 part honeysuckle oil with 2 parts solid raw coconut oil, mix by hand, with a hand mixer, blender or food processor & whip into a cream. This mixture will stay cream like if not to warm in your home. Use as chest rub, cream deodorant, scalp & skin treatment, as a night cream, moisturizer, massage oil, for feet, hands etc.

Using straight: I like to use these oils strait also, just to rub on rashes, skin issues, as a chest rub, for dry feet, to heal wounds., massage oils.

Deodorant: you can add this oil to one of your DIY deodorant recipes, simply mix with 1 part with 1 part baking soda & 1 part cornstarch, add extra raw coconut oil if needed mix to consistency you desire. Simply rub on clean underarms

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Face mask: Mix honeysuckle oil with clay powder for a moisturizing detoxing face mask, usually around 1 part oil to 2 parts clay, but you can make it the consistency you desire, apply to wet face & allow to dry up to 20 minutes, if you wish to leave on longer simply mist with water, colloidal silver or rosewater etc. as it starts drying. Once done simply wash off with warm water.

Get creative & enjoy this infused oil, & experiment with other infused flower or herb oils & their uses. I am happy to be adding honeysuckle oil to my infused oil list.

And a special thank you to Annie’s Homestead/The Holistic Homestead

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