Friday, September 9, 2011

Honey Butter Syrup

  • 1/2 stick (4Tbsp) of butter
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • dash of cinnamon and nutmeg

Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, turn the burner off and add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined and smooth. Serve warm.

Ginger bread Cake w/ Honey Cream Cheese Icing

Gingerbread Cake

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar ( I'm sure it could also be adapted for use with honey)
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 Tbsp. nutmeg
1 Tbsp ginger
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 cups flour
2/3 cup boiling water
1 Tbsp baking soda

1) Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and beat. Add molasses. Mix all well.

2) Stir flour, baking powder and spices together in a separate bowl.

3) Dissolve baking soda in boiling water.

4) Add water mixture and dry ingredients to creamed butter mixture alternatively (a bit of water, a bit of dry, etc.).

5) Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes.

Honey Cream Cheese Icing

1 pkg cream cheese (softened)
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 Tbsp honey (more makes it sweeter )

Add to mixing bowl, including a few Tbsp of milk. Start mixing with handheld beater, and slowly add more milk until you achieve the consistency you like.

Garlic Dill Pickles

Makes 1 quart.

4-5 pickling cucumbers, sliced
1 Tbsp mustard seeds
2-Tbsp of fresh dill

2-5 cloves of peeled garlic
(to your taste)
1 Tbsp sea salt
4 Tbsp whey
(if not available, use an extra 1 Tbsp salt) could make salty ,taste to see
1 cup water

Mix all in a quart jar, seal with a lid. Leave at room temperature for 2 days, before putting in the fridge.

Bread & Butter Pickles

( you can 1/2 or 1/4 the recipe, and use smaller jars, if you like.)

14 cups sliced cucumbers, preferably pickling cucumbers
3 onions, sliced

1/4 cup sea salt
3 cups raw honey
2 Tbsp celery seed
2 Tbsp mustard seed
6 cups apple cider vinegar

Put all ingredients in jar(1 gal with lid), stir, and put in the fridge. ready to eat in 2 weeks, and will last for months .

Honey barbecue beef jerky

Honey barbecue beef jerky is a popular homemade jerky flavor to make.


o 3/4 c honey

o 1/2 c ketchup

o 1/4 c butter (1/2 stick)

o 1 tbsp vinegar

o 2 tsp Dijon style mustard

o 2 tbsp brown sugar

o 1 tbsp soy sauce

o 1 clove garlic, put through a press

o chili powder optional, use to taste

o 1 lb of meat


1. Slice meat in thin strips.

2. In a bowl, combine all ingredients of marinade and mix well.

3. Simmer ingredients for about five minutes. Let cool.

4. Place meat 3-4 layers deep in a container, spooning sauce mixture over each layer.

5. Cover tightly and marinate 6-12 hours in the refrigerator, stirring occasionally.

6. Layout on trays, 24 to 36 hours in dehydrator (or follow directions for oven).

When done, the honey barbecue flavor will have been absorbed in every thread of the meat, giving the jerky a lovely blend of that honey barbecue taste our tastebuds have grown to like.

Homemade Cough and Cold Syrup

It comes from a book called 10 Essential Herbs by Lalitha Thomas.


1 cup freshly chopped onion

About 1/2 cup raw honey

Plus any of the following (optional):

1 tsp. Cloves (whole or powdered)- specifically good for pain relief

1-2 Tbsp. Comfrey or Slippery Elm (dried or powdered)- Comfrey is particularly good for healing, and Slippery Elm has more of a reputation for soothing and coating the throat

1-2 Tbsp. fresh chopped Ginger root OR 1 tsp. Ginger powder- Ginger increases warmth, circulation (important for healing) and the overall effectiveness of the syrup

**You can include all of these optional herbs, but at a maximum of 2 Tbsp. extra herbs total



Put chopped onions and any herbs of choice into a small stainless steel or glass pot (not alumnimum). Add enough honey to cover the onions ( for me, this seemed to be about 1/2 a cup, though I didn't measure exactly).

Turn the pot on low heat and slowly simmer. The honey will soften and become liquidy, and you want to keep the temperature very low while allowing the herbs to steep in the honey. It's best to keep a lid on to help keep all of the medicinal properties of the herbs in the syrup, and just take the lid off to give it a quick stir every few minutes to ensure it doesn't burn at all (though the temp. should be low enough to prevent this).

Give it 20 minutes of simmering, then remove it from the heat. Strain the onions and herbs out and store the remaining honey (which might have flecks of herb in it and this is fine) in a small glass jar with a lid and keep it in the fridge.

The syrup can be used as often as needed, up to every half hour. Here are the dosages:

1 tsp. for a younger child

1 Tbsp. for anyone 10 years and older

Cold Kicker recipe

  • 1/4 c. ginger root, freshly grated
  • 1/4 c. onion, freshly chopped
  • 1/4 c. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 c. fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 c. grated horseradish
  • 4 cloves of garlic (you can up it to 6, if you feel adventurous)
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • organic apple cider vinegar to cover

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a quart size mason jar, and fill to the top, leaving 1 inch headspace.
  2. Shake daily for two to four weeks, then strain, squeezing out all the liquid.
  3. Heat gently over heat, and add 1/4 c. of honey, stirring to dissolve.
  4. Rebottle, and use as needed to kick any feeling of sick right out of you!
2 tablespoons in a cup of hot water, and sip it as needed. Can also used it in chicken broth as well, to give an extra boost of nutrition when you feel up to eating anything.

Flavored Honey

Aromatic Honey
Source: Herbs For Health Sept/Oct, 1999

1 drop culinary essential oil (1-2 drops)
1/4 cup honey

Pour the honey into a glass jar and add 1 drop of essential oil. Stir well.
Add a second drop if desired. Cover and store away from heat and light.
These honeys will keep forever, but some may crystallize. To reliquify,
loosen the lid and place the jar in hot water until the honey melts. Never
heat these honeys in the microwave.

NOTE : Some good oils to use are ginger, cardamon, rose, peppermint or bergamot. You can also use the oils individually or in combination. Try combining peppermint and ginger, rosemary and lemon or cinnamon and orange.
These honeys are delicious added to coffee or tea, and are effective digestive aids taken after a meal. Or use them to make an instant tea when traveling; just add 1 teaspoon to a cup of hot water and enjoy.

Raspberry Jam Honey Butter

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam

Beat softened butter, honey, and jam together until smooth and fluffy.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Honey Butter

Strawberry Cream Cheese Honey Butter

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup honey
3 tablespoons cream cheese
1 teaspoon strawberry flavoring
I drop red food coloring, if desired

Beat softened butter, honey, cream cheese, and strawberry flavoring together until smooth and fluffy. Stir in the food coloring, if desired.

You can add cream cheese to most honey butters for a little richer spread.

Banana Pecan Honey Butter

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon banana flavoring

Beat softened butter and honey together along with the pecans and banana flavoring until smooth and fluffy.

Cinnamon Vanilla Honey Butter

Cinnamon Vanilla Honey Butter

This is a very good honey butter. Be sure to use a good quality vanilla.

1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup honey
3/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Beat softened butter and honey together along with the cinnamon and vanilla until smooth and fluffy.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Recipe for Plantain Oil & Info

Recipe for Plantain Oil:

Harvest the green plantain leaves, clean them in cool water and dry off all moisture. Tightly pack the leaves into a clean, dry jar. Completely cover the leaves with olive oil. Place the jar out of direct sunlight and keep at room temperature for six weeks. Every day for the first week, top off the oil so that it completely covers the leaves. After six weeks, strain out the plant material and the plantain oil is now ready for use. Transfer the oil to brown bottles, preferably, or a glass jar away from direct sunlight.
Note: You should always consult with your health practitioner before undertaking any new herbal or alternative course of treatment.

plantain grows on most lawns, along with common dandelions.Plantain does not have a blossom, it only has a compact seed head that shoots upward and turns from green to brown as the seeds mature.Plantain is both edible and medicinal, and it is a first-choice remedy for many skin ailments. All parts of the plant, including the seeds, are usable.It is an excellent astringent to stop bleeding and promote the healing of cuts, skin infections and poison ivy. The root of plantain can be chewed to ease the pain of toothaches.It is safe and effective for bee stings, bleeding, bruises, insect bites, hemorrhoids, and itchy skin. When used as an appetite suppressant, it may even lower cholesterol.

Plantain can be used as poultice, you can chop a plantain leaf with a knife or other sharp instrument, add a little water and apply it to a wound. For an emergency treatment when camping or at the park you can make a poultice for insect bites and bee stings from the leaves of the plantain plant by chewing a plantain leaf, placing it on the wound, and covering it with a band-aid or strip of cloth to hold it in place. A plantain poultice can also be used for drawing out splinters or thorns.

Natural Insect Repellent info & recipe

It's very easy to make your own natural mosquito repellent. These natural products will effectively repel mosquitoes, but they require more frequent reapplication (at least every 2 hours) and higher concentrations than DEET.
Because of the differences between types of mosquitoes, products that contain multiple repellents tend to be more effective than those containing a single ingredient.

Sample :

Natural Insect Repellent
app: 2 ozs.
20 drops eucalyptus oil
20 drops cedarwood oil
10 drops tea tree oil
10 drops geranium oil
2 oz carrier oil ( jojoba , sweet almond, olive etc.)
Mix together in a 4 oz container. Apply to skin as needed.
Avoid eye area.
Test on a small area of skin.
You can try different oils to your liking .

different Oils to maybe try are:

Citronella Oil
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
Cinnamon Oil
Castor Oil
Rosemary Oil
Lemongrass Oil
Cedar Oil
Peppermint Oil
Clove Oil
Geranium Oil
Possibly Oils from Verbena, Pennyroyal, Lavender, Pine, Cajeput, Basil, Thyme, Allspice, Soybean, and Garlic

If you are making large amounts of insect repellent, a good rule of thumb is to mix the repellent so it's 5-10% essential oil, so mix 1 part essential oil with 10-20 parts carrier oil or alcohol. For a smaller batch use:
10-25 drops (total) of essential oils
2 tablespoons of a carrier oil or alcohol

The essential oils that work well against biting insects (mosquitoes, flies, ticks, fleas) are:cinnamon oil (mosquitoes)
lemon eucalyptus or regular eucalyptus oil (mosquitoes, ticks, and lice)
citronella oil (mosquitoes and biting flies)
castor oil (mosquitoes)
orange oil (fleas)
rose geranium (ticks and lice)
Safe carrier oils and alcohols include:olive oil
sunflower oil
any other cooking oil
witch hazel

Natural Insect Repellent Recipe
Mix the essential oil with the carrier oil or alcohol.
Rub or spray the natural insect repellent onto skin or clothing, using care to avoid the sensitive eye area. You'll need to re-apply the natural product after about an hour or after swimming or exercise. Unused natural insect repellent may be stored in a dark bottle, away from heat or sunlight.

Itch Relief Salve Recipe

Itch Relief Salve

( Good for posion ivy, posion oak etc.)

1 pint Olive Oil

2 ounces Beeswax

1 tablespoon Chickweed Powder

1 tablespoon Comfrey Powder

1 tsp. Vit E

Put chickweed and comfrey powder into olive oil and simmer 3 hours.

Strain and add beeswax and Vit E . Pour into salve jars or tins.

Many other Herbs can also be infused into your olive oil that aids in itching and also soothing

examples are chamomile, calendula,thyme, marshmallow rt.,lavender as well as many essentail oils can be added for soothing properties also..the list is endless and the more you work with slaves and herbs the more you learn to adapt to what your needs are..

EO list of possible uses

Bayleaf Essential oil for relieving rheumatism.
Bergamot Essential oil for colds, bronchitis systems, i.e. chest rub.
Caraway Essential oil for antiseptic quality.
Cardamon Essential oil for aphrodisiac quality.
Clary Sage Essential oil for anti-ainflammatory, aphrodisiac and scalp problems
Cedar Essential oil for relieving Chronic anxiety and stress.
Citronella Essential oil for making a insect repellent salve.
Eucalyptus Essential oil for chest rub, relieves congestion, eases breathing.
Frankincense Essential oil for asthma and other respiratory problems.
Gardenia Essential oil for chest rub, said to relieve flu conditions, fever, hypertension and palpitations.
Juniper Essential oil for emotionally cleansing effect. Calms the nerves.
Orange Essential oil for a lighter body lotion, said to relax, relieve sexual apprehension, and is antiseptic and antibactericidal.
Patchouli Essential oil for antiseptic, aphrodisiac qualities.
Rosemary Essential oil for relieving tired muscles.
Tea Tree Essential oil for Antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral qualities.

base lip salve

You can very easily make your own lip salve by combining 5 parts olive oil with 1 part melted beeswax. You can adjust how hard your salve is by adding more oil to make it softer or adding more melted beeswax to make it firmer.

Comfrey Salve

The Most useful Herbal Salve to have on Hand is Comfrey , especially when you have children around.Comfrey is a cell regenerative herb which promotes superfast healing, helps relieve pain on contact. Comfrey Salve is excellent for scrapes , burns,cuts,abrasions, and any number of general wounds. Wounds tend to heal extremely fast and most times with no scars.. Add Golden Seal to the mix and it is also good to help fight infection while it is healing

Homemade Salves

Made some new batches today,which include, Plaintain Salve- Itchy Salve - Calendula Salve-Comfrey Salve-Drawing Salve (black) Healing Salve...Many more to come...Got a Honey Propolis Bar of soap almost ready , Lots of other soaps still available, along with homemade lotions and our newest lotion which is made with beeswax and goatsmilk. Com on By and Give local and natural a try....

Monday, February 28, 2011

Line of Homemade soaps Available now

shaving / shampoo bar

lilac breeze

goats milk spa bar

aloe vera

citrus honey bock

lavender/patchouli honey beer

warm creamy cinnamon

cinnamon apple peach

pink grapefruit


exotic coconut

pumpkin pie

tropical paradise


green tea / lemon grass

strawberry fields

fresh irish springs

pineapple mango


fishermans soap

peaches n cream

grandmas lavender




pearberry mist

grandma idas old time lye

ocean breeze

coconut cream

coconut milk

green apple blast

clover & aloe


apple pie smoothie

apple pie w/ grit



amber swirl

peppermint patty

Ikes creamy berry





lavender/calendula tea tree goats milk

newest additions :


Karen's cinnamon spice

lemon biscotti

maple walnut fudge

maple sugar

sea side kelp spa bar