Thursday, February 7, 2013

How to make Glowing Celestial Mason jars

How to make Glowing Celestial Mason jars





What you need is

Glow in the Dark Paint

Paint Brushes
Mason Jar
Glitter/ Epsom Salts ( Optional )
Glue ( optional )





Wash your mason jar out, really well. Mix your glowing paint up. Put tiny dots on the inside of the jar, or Patterns or Designs the possibilities are up to you Try Stars or Spirals or Swirls or Pentacles or Runes or Goddess and Gods Symbols or Elvish letters or Sigils or Constellation designs or any number of Design patterns its up to you how you wish to do this
you could try mix colors together

you could do Dots or Stars the more dots/ Stars , the better. Sit the jar under a lamp to allow it to charge. Put it in a dark room and let it glow. Have Fun and play with this idea

Try doing Designs Stars, Symbols , Runes , Sigils ,Constellations Spirals etc add Epsom salts and Glitter to cool Effects

























the Glue and Glitter and Epsom Salt is OPTIONAL
to help you make other Crafts
like the Epsom Salt Mason Jar Blog found here why not make Glow in the Dark Epsom Salt Mason Jars This Step is OPTIONAL and meant to inspire you to be Creative


According to the manufacturer of several brands of Glow in the Dark Paint
If the glow in the dark paint is maintained in a sealed container, it should remain stable and usable for at least 2 years without any performance degradation.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Homemade Natural Neosporin


Healing ‘Boo-Boo’ Salve, a.k.a Homemade Natural Neosporin
Yield: 16 ounces
Healing ‘Boo-Boo’ Salve, a.k.a Homemade Natural Neosporin
Ingredients
Instructions
In a medium pot - mix the coconut oil, olive oil, dried comfrey, & dried calendula. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Strain the herbs from the oil using a cheesecloth or coffee filter. Discard of the herbs.
Wipe any remaining herbs from the pot you used, and add the oil back to the pot. Turn the heat to medium. Stir in the honey (if using) until completely combined. Then, add in the beeswax - stirring until completely melted. Mix in the lavender essential oil, if using.
Pour the mixture into your jars. Stir it occasionally while it cools to ensure even settling. Seal once set.

Homemade 'Vicks Vapor Rub'

Homemade 'Vicks Vapor Rub'
Homemade 'Vicks Vapor Rub'
Ingredients
Instructions
Melt the olive oil & beeswax in a small saucepan on low heat until melted, stirring with a wooden spoon. Turn off the heat & stir in the essential oils - drop by drop (keep stirring until all have been added). Pour into a small glass or metal container. Store in a cool, dry place for up to a year.

Homemade Shower Soothers

Homemade Shower Soothers
Yield: 6 shower soother discs
Homemade Shower Soothers
Ingredients
Instructions
Combine the baking soda & water together with a spoon. Fill a silicone muffin liner or pan halfway with the mixture. Add a few drops of each of the essential oils, and then fill the rest of the way with the baking soda mixture. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Once cooled, add a few more generous drops of each essential oil to both the top & the bottom of each disc. Or, for maximum scent power - store the discs as is, and add the essential oils to both sides shortly before using. Store the discs in an airtight container or plastic bag for up to 6 months.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Rose Water

Rose Water






This is both a Food and an all natural Remedy
used in cooking and homeopathic remedies and even Spells and Rituals call for it

Using roses that have been sprayed with insecticides will result in the toxins being extracted into the water.
so please only use organic roses.

to make this

3 parts witch hazel extract, vodka, or gin
1 part distilled water
Fresh, organically grown roses or rose petals

Mix the witch hazel (or vodka or gin) with the distilled water. Place the fresh roses in a quart jar. Completely cover the roses with the alcohol mixture, adding enough extra that the alcohol mixture rises 2 to 3 inches above the flowers. Cover tightly and place in a warm, shaded area. Let the mixture sit for 2 to 3 weeks.

Strain out the roses and rebottle the water for use. Rose water does not need refrigeration, but storing it in a cool place will prolong its shelf life.

Cinnamon Nutmeg Toothpaste


Cinnamon Nutmeg Toothpaste – Calcium Carbonate Base

2 tablespoons calcium carbonate (make your own by following this belowl)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional)
1/2 teaspoon xylitol
2 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil
1-2 teaspoons water (hydration rates may vary greatly according to region and personal preference – start with 1 and go from there)
3-4 drops cinnamon essential oil
2-3 drops nutmeg essential oil

Whisk together the dry ingredients: the calcium powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, and xylitol. Using a fork, blend in the coconut oil until uniform. Add the water and the essential oils and use a whisk to stir it very briskly. Make it as smooth as possible and add more water or calcium a bit at a time, if necessary. Spoon into a small pastry bag fitted with a screw-on cap, a small sandwich baggie with the corner cut off, or other squeezable container. You may also thin it with an extra teaspoon of water and place it in a pump bottle.

Cinnamon & Nutmeg Toothpaste – Clay Base

(This is my homemade version of Earthpaste – definitely check it out if you’ve never tried it!)

4 tablespoons bentonite clay
1 teaspoon xylitol, more to taste
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons hot water
3-4 drops cinnamon essential oil
2-3 drops nutmeg essential oil

Whisk together the clay, xylitol, and sea salt. Add the water and essential oils and whisk vigorously until a thick, uniform paste forms. Spoon into a small pastry bag fitted with a screw-on cap, a small sandwich baggie with the corner cut off, or other squeezable container. I’ve seen others use small mason jars, but I personally prefer something squeezeable. Be aware that the clay will thicken over the course of a few days.

The Ingredients

Calcium is an essential mineral for proper and healthy body function, as I mentioned above. By ingesting it, we ensure adequate amounts are available for proper body function. By using it in toothpaste, it is a mild-but-effective abrasive and it creates a lovely creamy base.

Bentonite clay is an edible clay that is not only chock full of essential minerals our bodies crave, but it helps rid our bodies of toxins. In toothpaste, it also functions as a gentle abrasive. (Read “Clay As a Natural Home Remedy (Yes, Really)”)

Unrefined sea salt & baking soda are both gentle abrasives. (If you’re worried they might be too abrasive, check out their RDA values here.) More than that, however, they are crucial for neutralizing the acids around your teeth. As bacteria grow through the day by feeding on the sugars of food debris in your mouth, their wastes create an acidic environment, which eats away at tooth enamel, creates halitosis, and can enflame gums. The salt and baking soda do the very important job of neutralizing those acids.

Coconut oil gives a nice “mouthfeel” to the toothpaste and provides a good consistency to the mixture, but more importantly, unrefined coconut oil has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties that help keep the bacteria at bay.

Xylitol is included as a sweetener to make the toothpaste more palatable. Typically sweetener in a toothpaste would be a big no-no, as we’re specifically trying to reduce the sugars on the teeth, but xylitol is a bit unique and I’ve seen a number of holistic dentists recommend it specifically to prevent tooth decay.

Xylitol is a slightly contentious ingredient, however, for how it is metabolized by the body when ingested, but due to my own research and decision-making process, I’m comfortable using it in this recipe. If you prefer to avoid it, you may use stevia, but be sure to check the stevia’s ingredient list for glycerin, as glycerin is highly undesirable in toothpaste. Glycerin coats the teeth to prevent stains, but it simultaneously prevents teeth from repairing themselves. It takes up to 30 times longer to brush off, as well.

Xanthan gum makes the paste more “gummy” and more like conventional toothpaste. It is optional and is included just for texture.

Essential oils are included not just for flavor, but for their antibacterial and healing properties as well.

Our caveat and disclaimer: Since essential oils in this application are used in a medical capacity, be sure to source pure oils – avoid fragrance oils that are more appropriate for cosmetics, such as making soap. Since we’re not ingesting the toothpaste in large quantities and only use a small amount of this recipe at a time, the amounts we call for here are designed to be safe even for young children, but keep in mind to use essential oils sparingly and carefully. Pure essential oils are extremely potent and can have serious side effects if ingested in large amounts (“large amount” can even be a teaspoon or so, considering their potency). For example, nutmeg oil is on par with certain heavy drugs and can cause delirium and hallucinations when taken in large doses. If you have any questions about your personal health, the efficacy of using pure essential oils, or are pregnant, contact a certified aromatherapist or other knowledgeable professional to help you decide which to use.

All the Flavors of the Rainbow

I’ve had a lot of fun playing with flavors as I’ve tested and tweaked and used these toothpastes over the last few months. Here are several I found especially invigorating… or at least interesting!

Update October 29, 2012: I recently discovered the company from which I previously purchased cherry essential oil no longer exists and I cannot find another company that makes it! So…. I’ll reformulate and post my updates when I’ve come up with something new for those popular kid-favorite flavors. Stay tuned!

Remember to use pure essential oils with any of these formulations, and please adjust amounts to your family’s preference!

Vanilla Peppermint – 10-12 drops peppermint essential oil + 4-5 drops vanilla essential oil (pure vanilla extract may be substituted occasionally for the water in the recipe, but considering vanilla is extracted in alcohol, a form of sugar, be sure to rinse well afterward and don’t use with every batch)

Cherry & Chocolate (a kid favorite!) – 12-14 drops cherry essential oil + 6-8 drops cocoa essential oil

Alternatively, cherry + almond can be really lovely – 12-14 drops cherry essential oil + 5-6 drops sweet almond essential oil (avoid both bitter almond oil and sweet almond carrier oil in this application)

Green Tea & Wintergreen - substitute strongly brewed green tea for the water in your recipe + 10-12 drops wintergreen essential oil

For a stronger green tea flavor and additional plaque protection, you can add 1 teaspoon dry matcha powder to either recipe, but due to the high cost of pure matcha, it’s definitely an optional ingredient!

Bergamot & Cardamom – 8-10 drops each of bergamot essential oil and cardamom essential oil

Sweet Orange & Cocoa – 8-10 drops each of sweet orange essential oil and cocoa essential oil

Licorice & Clove – 10-12 drops of anise essential oil + 4-5 drops of clove essential oil

Juniper & Tea Tree Oil – 10-12 drops of juniper essential oil + 8-10 drops of tea tree oil

Clary Sage & Chamomile – 6-8 drops of clary sage essential oil + 8-10 drops chamomile essential oil

How to Make Eggshell Calcium (and Why You’d Want to)


Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body.

While most of our calcium resides in our bones and teeth, it’s also important for muscle contraction, nerve health, enzyme activity and cell formation.

In fact, our bodies need ample, daily amounts of calcium… and if we don’t get what we need, our bodies have no problem pulling excess stores from our teeth and bones.

So, let’s just say we want to be sure we’re consuming PLENTY of calcium, especially if we are a pregnant or nursing mama!

In my experience, I do best consuming approximately 2,000mg of calcium a day. I feel the most calm and balanced and don’t suffer from muscle soreness or body stiffness. High-quality organic, and preferably raw, dairy products are phenomenal sources of calcium as are bone broths, fish bones, and even almonds.But since I would need to drink 2 quarts of milk to hit this quota, I sometime rely on a calcium supplement, especially when I’m nursing or pregnant.

Which one to chose? Calcium citrate? Hydroxide? Gluconate? Aspartate? Or Coral Calcium? And, I could go on!

But as natural mamas, we know that the best source is FOOD since it’s the mostly easily accessible for the body.

Did you know that eggshells are a great, inexpensive, natural source of calcium?

Yes, EGGSHELLS!

High-quality eggshells contain 27 essential microelements but they’re mostly composed of calcium carbonate, a form and structure that’s very similar to our bones and teeth.

In animal and human tests, eggshell calcium shows increased bone density, less arthritic pain, and even stimulates cartilage growth.

Sounds great, huh? And it’s really easy to make. Special thanks to Josh Rubin from East West Healing for the recipe .

Ingredients and equipment:

1 carton of organic pastured chicken eggs

If you can get fresh from the farm, even better and try to get eggs from chickens that don’t eat soy. Pay the extra price since this will serve as a supplement and is much cheaper than buying calcium tablets. Confused how to find or know if eggs are good quality? Here’s a tip… the thicker the shell, the more nutrients. I don’t have a good source close to where I live so I order mine from Tropical Traditions and their farms in Wisconsin. I love theirs because they are SOY-FREE, something very hard to find in store bought, even organic eggs.
1 stock pot
1 coffee grinder
1 small Mason jar with secure and clean lid

Directions
Use up your eggs as you normally would, keeping the shell in the carton to make your supplement

When you have your dozen shells, rinse them well in water. Remove any whites that might be stuck but don’t remove membrane as these have extra nutrients.

Fill a stock pot with approximately 6 cups of filtered water and bring to a boil.
Carefully put your eggshells into water. (This will kill any harmful pathogens)
Let cook for 10 minutes.
Drain shells.
Spread the shells on glass or stainless steel baking sheet and let dry overnight. In the morning, put in a 200 degree oven for about 10 minutes to completely dry out.

Once completed, put a few shells into a coffee grinder and run until they are pulverized into a granular form. Continue until all of your shells are powder.

Store in a tightly sealed Mason jar in the cupboard away from heat or moisture.

How to Consume
1 tsp. contains approximately 800-1,000 mg. of calcium. Consume by mixing in a small amount of water with a meal. Consume 3/4 to 1 tsp daily, divided in 3 servings with meals. Don’t consumer more than 1 tsp a day as it can irritate sensitive digestive tracks.

 

Valentine Ladybug COOKIES

Ladybug Cookies
You will love decorating and eating these cute ladybugs
1
package (16 oz) Pillsbury® Ready To Bake!™ refrigerated sugar cookies (24 cookies)
1
container (12 oz) fluffy white whipped ready-to-spread frosting
12
Mini Rolls™ Betty Crocker® Fruit Roll-Ups® Strawberry Craze™ chewy fruit snack (from 6.6-oz box)
24
small round chocolate-covered creamy mints
Small white heart-shaped candy decors
Black string licorice, cut into 48 (1/2-inch) pieces
Large colored heart-shaped candy decors
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Bake cookies as directed on package. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  • 2 Frost each cookie with 1 tablespoon frosting.
  • 3 To decorate cookies: Unroll fruit snack rolls. Cut 24 rounds, using 2 to 3-inch cutter; cut each round in half. Place 2 halves, points overlapping slightly, on top of each frosted cookie to look like wings. Using small amount of frosting, decorate each cookie with 1 creamy mint candy for head, small white hearts for eyes, licorice for antennae and large colored hearts for spots on wings. Store loosely covered.

Cellulite Scrub

DIY Cellulite Scrub



I
know the dreaded word cellulite, none of us ladies want it.

We
call it orange peel syndrome or cottage cheese skin.
The
secret ingredient in this scrub is the caffeine in the coffee.
Caffeine
is effective for promoting circulation and treating cellulite,
that
is why many high end spas use it in skincare treatments.
This
scrub consists of a wonderful concoction from the coffee,
a
powerful exfoliate and caffeine,
which effectively treats
and fights cellulite.
DIY
Cellulite Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:
  • ½ Ground
    Coffee
  • ¼ Cup of Sea
    Salt
  • ¼ Cup of Brown
    Sugar
  • ¼ Cup of Sweet Almond
    Oil or Olive Oil
Directions:
Mix
together the coffee, sugar, and salt.  Then pour in the sweet almond oil, and
stir until mixed well. Spoon the scrub into a clean jar with a tight fitting lid
and store in a cool dark place.

How
To Use:

While
in the shower, massage the scrub into your skin in a circular motion, focusing
on the front and back of your upper thighs or bum.  Rinse off well with warm
water.

Tips:
  • Cellulite is a very
    common, and is something that affects all ages, shapes, and
    sizes.
  • You can see improvement
    in cellulite by avoiding fatty foods and junk foods.
  • Cellulite forms when fat
    cells beneath the skin enlarge, restricting the blood flow and circulation, thus
    causing fluid buildup that enlarges the fat cells. Causing a
    bumpy
    lumpy appearance under the skin
    . I know, no one wants
    it, yuck cellulite.
  • Using this caffeine
    scrub to exfoliate twice a week will visibly smooth out your
    cellulite.
  • Caffeine
    reduces redness of the skin. It also firms and tightens surface of your skin
    through constriction, that is why it reduces the appearance of cellulite.
  • Another effective way to
    treat or prevent cellulite is to dry brush your skin.  Use a soft bristled brush
    and gently press on your skin in circular motion.
  • Take a hard look at the
    ingredients in the soaps, body washes and moisturisers you use daily. Do you
    know what each ingredient is?  Avoid toxins that can be found in most commercial
    skincare products.  Toxins encourage water retention and the result is
    cellulite, uneven
    bumpy skin that can be found
    on our bottoms, hips and thighs.
  • Daily exercise also
    prevents cellulite from ever forming, get up and start moving.
  • Drink a lot of water,
    daily.  It does wonders for clearing your skin, naturally flushing toxins from
    your body, hydrating and giving you a natural glow.
The
great thing about using this DIY cellulite scrub is that it is made at
home
with
common household ingredients, and practically free.
The
downside to using coffee grounds cellulite cream is that it can be
messy.
I
truly believe that it is so worth the effort and mess.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Phenomenal Woman

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
... They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

by Maya Angelou
 
Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me. 

by Maya Angelou
photo: Google
~Angel <3

14 Ways to Use Ground Ginger

14 Ways to Use Ground Ginger


I know when I was first learning about herbs, I would excitedly read a new recipe or tutorial only to find out it needed some exotic-sounding special ingredient that required an internet order to obtain. I remember that feeling of frustration and thought that today, I’d share with you fourteen ways to use a single bottle of ginger, easily obtained from the spice section of your local supermarket.
Optimally, you’d want an organic brand, but these recipes should work with whatever type is available to you. For this post, I went to my local WalMart and spent $3.98 for a 1 ounce bottle of ground ginger. Normally, I use ginger purchased in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs, where 4 ounces of fresh, high quality, organic ground ginger root only costs $3.50. The savings really add up when you buy all of your herbs & spices at a price like that!

Before we get started, a quick rundown on some of the potential benefits of ginger:
  • anti-inflammatory, useful for rheumatic & arthritic conditions that feel better when heat is applied
  • helps warm & energize the body when you are chilled and/or sluggish feeling
  • helps with colds & flu when chills & congestion are among the symptoms
  • and it really stars in alleviating upset stomach, nausea & vomiting
It’s important that if you have high or low blood pressure, have any bleeding disorders or are on blood thinners or other such medications, that you consult your health care professional before using a lot of ginger in therapeutic doses. Eating a piece of ginger candy here and there will not hurt you, but taking large concentrated doses of ginger very well may exacerbate your symptoms or alter how your medication works. Only your doctor or naturopath, with the knowledge of your medical history, will know this for sure, so always seek out their wise council first.

Okay, now that you’ve got the basic info and disclaimers, let’s get started!

1. Tea

Ginger tea is easy to make. Measure 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger into a heat proof mug or glass and pour 1 cup of boiling water over it. Cover with a saucer and let sit until cool enough to drink before straining. Sweeten with honey or sugar as desired. The dose for children: 1/4 cup every two to three hours and aim for no more than 1 to 2 cups total per day.


2. Compress

A compress, or fomentation, is helpful for painful joints, muscle sprains or stomach aches. Make a tea (see #1 for directions), soak a piece of flannel or washcloth for about 5 minutes, wring out and immediately place on painful area. Cover with a towel, then a heating pad or hot water bottle, then another towel. Leave on for 20 minutes. Repeat if needed.


3. Herbal Jello

I recently covered this in the posts Herbal Jello and Healthier Herbal Jello. If you use regular jello, lemon or orange are fabulous flavors to blend with ginger!


4. Candy

Ginger candy is a yummy way to help alleviate the queasiness that sometimes accompanies pregnancy or traveling. To make herbal candy you will need: 1 cup of prepared ginger tea (you may want to increase the amount of ginger if a stronger flavor is desired) and 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Stir together well in a deep, heavy saucepan. Boil over medium to medium-high heat, without further stirring, until mixture reaches 300 to 310 degrees F, periodically wiping the sides down with a wet pastry brush to prevent crystallization.
I like to use homemade corn-free powdered sugar as molds. You can see more details about that method and this recipe at my Rose-Petal Peppermint Drops post. It is essentially the same recipe, only the “rose petal tea” is changed to ginger tea. You can use this method with virtually any herb or edible flower you’d like! (Elderberry is another favorite!)


5. Ginger Ale Fizz

This is a fun drink, especially for kids. The recipe comes from A Kid’s Herb Book by Lesley Tierra. This is a wonderful book that both my daughter and I have poured over many times. It’s a highly recommended resource for your home library! Make a tea, as directed in #1, only use twice as much ginger. So the ratio will be 1/2 teaspoon ginger to 1 cup boiling water. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes to reduce it a bit, then let sit for ten minutes before straining. Stir in 2 teaspoons of sugar/honey (adjust to taste) then gently add up to 1/2 cup carbonated water. Drink right away to preserve the fizz factor. You can also omit the sugar/honey and replace the carbonated water with 1/2 cup ginger ale or other light tasting natural soda. (This is a useful alternative for those accustomed to a “soft drink” type taste, but still gets the helpful herb in them.)


6. Foot Bath

A ginger foot bath is invigorating! It helps warm up and stimulate the entire body by increasing circulation to the feet and legs. Persons with diabetic retinopathy may find this helpful, however, it would be wise to double check with your health care provider first.
Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil then add up to 2 tablespoons of powdered ginger and a pinch or two of sea salt (optional.) Let this cool quite a bit before pouring into a basin or tub that will fit your feet comfortably. For your first ginger footbath, start with a smaller amount of ginger then work your way up. Soak feet for ten to twenty minutes at a time.


7. Oil

Ginger root oil can be rubbed onto achy joints to help relieve some of the pains associated with arthritic conditions. Another use is placing 2 to 3 drops on a piece of cotton or cotton ball and placing in an aching ear for several hours. I like to use it in salves and balms that I make intended for sore muscles. See my Aches & Pains Balm recipe for an example of this.
To make the oil, place several pinches or spoonfuls (you don’t really have to be exacting on this) of ground ginger in a small jar. Pour olive oil or sweet almond oil over the spice. Shake well and allow to infuse for several weeks in a cool, dark place. Shake every couple days or as often as you remember. After about four to six weeks, strain out the oil and store in a sterilized jar with a tight cap. This will keep about a year if stored properly.


8. Salve

While you can use the ginger root oil directly as is, sometimes it’s more convenient and less messy to apply in salve form. To make a salve from the oil you made in #7 above: Measure out 1 tablespoon ginger oil and 1/2 teaspoon of beeswax. Combine together in a heat proof small jar such as a jelly jar. Set this into a pan with a few inches of water. Slowly heat the water (not to boiling!) until the beeswax melts. Pour into a small 1/2 ounce tin. Allow to set up then cap and store in a cool, dark cabinet. Apply as needed.


9. Capsules

Capsules of ginger are great to take right before a trip, if you are prone to motion sickness. They’re also helpful for when you’re feeling a bit icky, run down, or your stomach feels yucky. I make my own capsules two ways. The first is by using encapsulation tools I bought from Mountain Rose Herbs.
My other, really cheap way that I often employ is to reuse tiny supplement capsules that we only take a sprinkle of at a time. For instance, germanium is excellent to take when you’re sick. But, I don’t like to take large amounts of any one vitamin or mineral because that’s a good way to upset the balance of its cofactors; I’m a micro-doser. So, if someone is under the weather, I might mix a spoonful of honey with a tincture or a bit of herb like olive leaf and I will also add a sprinkle of germanium. I save all of the capsules once they’re empty and toss them back in the bottle. I repry them open and use a tiny measuring spoon to refill with powdered ginger. Then, I have an easy-to-swallow sized pill perfect for kids and those with a sensitive gag reflex.


10. Tincture

I can’t make this list without mentioning tinctures! To make one, put a generous pinch or two of ground ginger in a small jar then cover with 80 proof or higher vodka or brandy. Cap and shake well then store in a cool, dark place like a cupboard. After six weeks or so, strain out the herbs and rebottle the tincture in a sterilized jar. Label clearly with the date and ingredients. These will keep for years!
A general dosage for adults is 3 dropperfuls, three times a day, half as much or less for a child. I usually dispense tinctures to my children about 3 drops at a time. I like to dose ginger tincture in a glass of ginger ale. But, you can also mix some with a spoonful of honey. Some brave souls even take a dropperful directly in the mouth, followed by a swig of water. (I am not so much a brave soul!)


11. Liniment

When I was a kid, my parents had this bright green, minty smelling alcohol I would rub on my legs when I had growing pains. Now I know that this is called a liniment and is easily duplicated at home. Depending on which herb you choose, your liniment will be warming or cooling. A ginger liniment is warming and can increase blood circulation and help when you’re feeling stiff and achy – especially if the discomfort is a result of cold weather.
To make a liniment: place several pinches of ground ginger in a jar. Cover completely with rubbing alcohol (you can also use witch hazel extract or vinegar) then cap. Let this sit in a cupboard for a couple of weeks, shaking whenever you remember. After this amount of time, strain out and discard the ginger. Rebottle the liniment in a (preferably dark) bottle. Make sure to clearly label that this is for external use only and keep out of reach of children. If you have any concern at all about children getting into this, then use vinegar as your menstruum instead of rubbing alcohol. Rub this on strained muscles and areas of arthritic pain.

12. Medicinal Vinegar &/or Oxymel

I covered this in the post How to Make Medicinal Vinegars & Oxymels. Ginger Oxymel is helpful for chest congestion and queasy tummies.


13. Ginger Syrup

Before I found out my issues with gluten, I almost constantly felt sick. It was reminiscent of the morning-and-all-day queasiness I felt when pregnant. For a few years, Maalox was my lifesaver and I went through bottle after bottle of it. (Eek! I know!) Then, I became more health-conscious and switched to some tiny, expensive bottles of ginger syrup from the health food store. Eventually, I figured out that food can be the root of many illnesses, dropped the gluten and queasiness became a thing of the past! I now also know that I could have saved a ton of money by making my own ginger syrup.
While there are several methods of making ginger syrup, I’ll share an easy honey-based one with you now.
First, make a very strong tea (see directions on #1 of this list.) Use twice as much ginger or half as much water when making your tea – you may want to experiment to find what strength works best for you, but that’s a good starting point. Measure out a small amount of tea and put into a saucepan. Next, measure out two to three times as much honey, as tea. I can’t recommend raw, local honey highly enough, but use what you can get. Stir this together and heat gently over low heat. You don’t want your syrup to get over 110 degrees F in order to preserve the benefits of the raw honey.
Once the ingredients are fully incorporated, remove from heat and pour into a sterilized jar. Store for up to six months in the refrigerator. Dosing: 1 to 2 teaspoons for children, 1 tablespoon for adults up to five times per day, as needed.


14. Honey Mixture

Finally, the last way you can use ground ginger is the quickest, easiest and my most favorite way. Just put a spoonful of honey into a tea cup or small bowl, put in a tiny pinch of ginger, stir together then eat! Can’t beat the simplicity of that!

I hope these fourteen ways to use a bottle of ground ginger from the grocery store helps you realize that you don’t have to wait until you can buy expensive, exotic sounding ingredients to start experimenting with herbs. Use what you have handy, right now!