Sunday, June 26, 2011

Time to Work toward a Change - July 2011 is "Money Bags" Month

While this was supposed to be our final move, it looks like we're beginning to work towards another one. I have mixed feelings. I truly love this place. The view is awesome; we've done so much to make it even prettier; the chicken coops hubby built for me; my woods, creek, & pastures are a pleasure to walk through; and the my gardens that Dragons, Wood Spirits, and Fae have helped flourish. This is a home.


However, during the 3 yrs of living in TX I only had 3 migraines! Until then I didn't know what life could be like without them. Growing up & living a total of 27 yrs in FL, I had migraines several times a month! Its just the way it was, I didn't know it could be any different. While living in GA they lessened a bit, but not drastically. But once we were in TX they were gone! I couldn't believe the difference.


But then we decided to move. We settled on KY because it was close to his sisters and my boys. All of whom lived in GA. Well, now my boys are back in FL and he doesn't feel the need to visit his sisters, so he's looking for us to move. If it wasn't for the humidity causing my migraines I'd be far less inclined to concede.


But, after speaking with the Ancient One and asking for guidance from him, Galinor, & Jung'ro I think it may be what we're supposed to do. I'm always hesitant to believe what I'm thinking is guidance and not my own mind telling me what's what, so I wait for specific signs and feelings. The feelings waffle between "YES!", and "but I love it here!". But when Briggs makes definitive statements of specifics we will need, in essence a "want & need list", then I know that things are moving in that direction, that we are putting it out there what we are needing and looking for. That's how we got this place and the income we have. It is exactly what we put out there. This time we need to be a bit more specific, especially a bit more expansive!


We had asked for "at least $1500/mo income", we receive $1541/mo from his disability. We wanted lots of free time - his accident made that possible, but he also can't work any longer! Thus the very limiting disability income. We definitely must be very specific regarding our wants & needs this next time. 


Together we are always able to acquire exactly what we want and in very short order. So, its now time to work toward a change that will be complete and permanent and have on-going growth potential. We had left out "continued growth" when working toward this place. I think we now know exactly what we want. Its now time to begin putting the work together to bring it to manifestation.


This blog post will be updated as I begin to bring it all together. There will be many aspects. And July will be the best time to bring it all about!


This July is full of awesome time frames for working toward our goal:


1) July will have 5 Friday's, 5 Saturday's, & 5 Sunday's. An event that occurs only once in every 823 years! I am NOT about to miss this! 


2) June 30th, the Dark Moon, will be for the destruction of all known & unknown obstacles.


3) July 1st (Friday), the New Moon, will begin the phase toward growth of our goal.


4) July 15th (Friday), the Full Moon will be the completion of the "bringing" phase.


5) July 29 (Friday), the Dark Moon will be for the final destruction of any obstacles toward obtaining our goal.


6) July 30th, the Black Moon, is a relatively rare occurrence. It is the opposite of the Blue Moon. The Blue Moon is a 4th Full Moon in a season and/or the 2nd Full Moon in a month. The Black Moon is a 4th New Moon in a season and/or the 2nd New Moon in a month. Very, very powerful for completely obliterating all negative aspects of the chosen intent. This will actually take place for a 48 hour period of time, through August 1st: Lughnasadh/Lammas, and one of the Fae's Moving Days! How perfect is that?!


The timing for all of this couldn't have been more perfect. I can't wait to begin!


As a rootworker, timing is not always used. However, when something of great importance is at stake, any & all aspects may be more likely to be taken into consideration and utilized. For this, I will be pulling out all the stops! Every work I can do, I will.


Time to begin the research and make the plans. I have 4 days to get ready for the first event.


Blessings!


6/26/2011 4:35 pm
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Our National Anthem - the way it SHOULD be sung!

I'm a Witch. I'm a rootworker. I'm a wife, mother & grandmother. But I am also a PATRIOT - and this will give you goosebumps! Sung by children!


http://www.allproudamericans.com/The-Cactus-Cuties-Sing-The-National-Anthem.html

Goddess Bless America! And these beautiful little girls.
I just had to share. I hope y'all enjoy it as much as I do.


Blessings!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Living a Witch, Rootworker's Life


Living a Witch, Rootworker's Life

A rootworker spends a great deal of time working with plants, and herbs. Gardening is a favorite pastime, walking in the woods finding odd things - of both plant and animal form - to use for amulets, in ritual works, in crafts, or just to set on the window sill are also favorites.

We watch the passing seasons, enjoying the always changing view. Never the same from one day to the next. Personally, my favorite "watch" is to observe the sun rising in the morning sky, each day being slightly moved from the day before. I've marked my fence with colored metal stars for the location where the sun rises on the Sabbats. It was a year long project that was so fun to do! So now I have 8 pretty 5" stars across the top of the fence on the east side of the property.

I collect zoological items from dead animals in the woods, or found (fresh) roadkill. The furs, feathers, feet, teeth, etc. are blessed and the creature honored for their life and the giving thereof. I've been told my home looks like a museum because I have so many "interesting" things! :D

Using the plants & zoological items in rootwork is also important. Each having their own energy to lend to the work. A rootworker will perform works for just about any situation, its up to the person requesting the work to worry about the morals or ethics of what they want to accomplish. A Witch is not responsible for the actions and choices of others.

Many misconceptions exist about Witches, which were spread and propagandized by those who fear the unknown. Rather than learning from those who are Witches, they prefer instead, to listen to and continue to spread all the misinformation. If you want to fix your car, you don't take it to the grocery store. You take it to the auto repair shop. The same adage can be applied to those who need to learn to speak educably on a subject they know nothing about, in this instance that being Witches and Witchcraft. They absolutely must speak with those who live and practice the Craft. They need to read that which a Witch reads and learn from the sources a Witch learns from. This will not "convert" them, but it will allow them to hold a fair conversation with others regarding the subject.

So, if someone wishes to hold an intelligent conversation with me, I welcome the opportunity!
Blessings!

Defining Rootwork & Who or What a Rootworker Is


Defining Rootwork and Who or What a Rootworker Is

While a description may be relatively easy, as defined below, the actuality of who a rootworker is, can be very difficult. First, we'll start with the historical and (relatively) clinical definition:

Rootwork:
This African-American Folk Magick system (also referred to as Hoodoo or JuJu) is a traditional magick system that originated in the southern United States. It is a mystical art founded in botanical knowledge passed on hereditarily through the family, but it may also be practiced by solitaries. The goal of rootwork is to allow people access to spiritual forces to influence their daily lives. Rootwork is an informal system that draws its influences from Appalachian, traditional African practices, Native American folklore and some elements of Christian, Jewish and European folk practices. It is not a religion and it is not to be confused with Voodoo, or more correctly, Vodun.

Rootworker:
One who practices rootwork, a form of American Folk Magic. Other names, depending on geographical area, include: Uncle, Auntie, Granny, Witch Doctor, Granny Woman, or Witch.

Historically, she is the "old hag" of northern & western Europe, the "granny witch" of the Appalachia's, the "conjurer" of the Hoodoo in the southern United States. There are various "types" who practice specific works according to geographic location. The conjurer's work is influenced mainly by the French, Haitian, and southern Black slaves. Melding into a style all their own. The granny witch of the Appalachia's has strong European (English, Welsh, Scots, Germanic) influences, including that of the Black slaves that lived among them after they were freed. The herbs & roots they use are all very much the same, but in many instances their application may be different or in some cases other plants may be used.

For example, the Louisiana Voodoo doll is shaped from moss from the trees (maybe 2 crossed twigs for arms & legs), herbs may be wrapped inside with pretty fabric, and then tied. The Appalachia dollbaby is a cloth, generically human shaped doll that is stuffed with what ever is available; fiberfill stuffing, herbs, scrap material, etc.. These are very general descriptions, but the basic idea is obvious....each has their own style.

Ok, with that out of the way - WHO or WHAT is a rootworker?

The rootworker is a rare find. They are usually not one to advertise their presence. With the internet, there are younger rootworkers now online, but the old "down in the holler" Granny Witch certainly won't be! She lives a fairly solitary life, maybe married, often widowed. She works in her garden, gathers specific roots & plant parts in the woods, collects "odd" things while on her walks; stones, feathers, bones, bark, flowers, what ever catches her eye. Each having a purpose, whether known or unknown at that moment.

A rootworker blends potions for medicinal purposes, as well as for spiritual works. She may be called upon for matters of the heart or matters of the stomach. Regardless of which, she'll always have something to help you out with. You may be given an amulet to carry with you, or a potion to drink, or a dust or powder to sprinkle around for what ever purpose necessary. Make sure to be respectful and to pay for her services. This may be monetary if she so asks, or it may be an action returned in kind.

If you find one nearby, don't be afraid to speak with her. Develop a rapport and a relationship. She may just decide you're worth teaching. And what she knows will be far greater than what you'll find only in books! Practical knowledge beats book knowledge every time.

Blessings!

Getting Ready for the Harvest

I know its early, but yesterday I spent 5 hours weeding the garden. The sun was warm and the breeze was cool. Perfect day to spend in the garden! Yes, I'd let the weeds get out of hand. It won't happen again. I don't care how nice a day it was, 5 hours was waaaaaay too long! But I still had an great time getting Lugh's garden in order. He blessed me by finally showing me what to do with an old iron spoke wheel that I'd found buried in the woods last year. And the idea came from a completely outside source - very cool, and obviously meant to be!


Part of my gardening yesterday involved getting the cucumbers up on their trellis. Actually its a section of cattle fencing. Nice sturdy stuff! I always have tons of cucumbers and can't eat them all. So I went on a search for recipes, which I'll share here for anyone else who may always find themselves inundated with those wonderful cukes!


*Please note, these are not my recipes, I've had them for a while and have no idea where I got them - online, family, friends, etc..


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Cucumber Recipes

PICKLES:
Bread and Butter Pickles
1 ga Thin sliced cucumbers
6 Medium onions
3 cl Garlic
1/3 c Canning salt
2 tb Whole mustard seed
1 1/2 ts Celery seed
3 c White vinegar
5 c Sugar
1 1/2 ts Tumeric


Mix thin sliced cucumbers and onions and garlic with salt. 
Cover with ice and let sit for 3 hours. 
Then drain and add remaining ingredients. 
Bring to a boil and can in sterile pint jars. 


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Cold Cucumber Pickles
7 c Sliced -- unpeeled Cucumbers
1 c Onion
1 c Green pepper
1 c Vinegar
1 tb Salt
1 tb Celery salt
2 c Sugar


Mix all together cold and store in covered container in refrigerator. 
Will keep for months.


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Crisp Cucumber Pickle (Diabetic Pickles)
6 firm cucumbers
1 1/2 tbsp. liquid sweetener
2 c. white vinegar
1/4 c. salt
1/4 c. water
2 tbsp. mixed pickling spice


Wash and dry cucumbers; cut into strips to fit half-pint jars. 
Place in large bowl; sprinkle with salt and let stand overnight. 
Rinse and drain well several times. 
Combine sweetener, water and vinegar in a large kettle; bring to a boil. 
Add pickling spice tied in a cheesecloth bag. 
Add cucumbers. 
Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes. Pack cucumbers into hot sterilized half-pint jars.
Heat liquid again to boiling; pour over pickles in hot jars.
Seal at once.
Process for 10 minutes in simmering water to cover jars. 
Makes 6 half-pints.


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Crock Cucumber Pickles
1 ga White vinegar
1 c Sugar
1 c Salt
1 c Dry mustard
Sm to med. whole cucumbers


Make a paste of sugar, salt and mustard and stir into vinegar. 
Drop in washed cucumbers. 
Stir every time you add cucumbers. 
Put a plate on top to keep cucumbers in the brine.


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RELISHES:
Country-Style Cucumbers
2 large waxed cucumbers
1 small red onion
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon snipped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
Tabasco sauce or pepper -- to taste


Peel waxed cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and slice thinly. 
Or wash and thinly slice small unwaxed cucumbers without peeling. 
Peel and thinly slice onion, separate into rings, combine in mixing bowl with cucumbers. 
Bring vinegar, water and sugar boil, stir in dill weed and pour over cucumbers. 
Toss well, cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight, to blend flavors. 
Serve as a side salad or a relish.


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SALADS & DRESSINGS:
Avocado and Cucumber Salad
2 lg Cucumbers
Salt
2 Avocadoes
1/4 c Vegetable oil
1 Lemon
1 sm Garlic clove, pressed
Black pepper
Large lettuce leaves


Peel the cucumbers, cut them in half lengthwise, & core with a melon cutter, discarding the pulp & the seeds. 
Slice thinly & place in a bowl. 
Salt the slices & refrigerate for an hour. 
Cut the avocadoes in half along the narrow side & remove the seed. 
Peel & dice. 
Combine with cucumber. 
Mix the oil with the lemon, garlic, pepper & additional salt if needed. 
Stir together with the avocado & cucumber & store in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. 
Serve cold on the lettuce leaves. 


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Cool Cucumber Pasta
8 oz Tube pasta
1 tb Vegetable oil
2 md Cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 md Onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 c Sugar
1 c Water
3/4 c Vinegar
1 tb Prepared mustard
1 tb Dried parsley flakes
1 ts Salt
1 ts Pepper
1/2 ts Garlic salt


Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water.
Place in a large bowl; stir in oil, cucumbers and onion. 
Combine remaining ingredients; pour over salad and toss. 
Cover and chill for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. 
Serve with a slotted spoon. 
Yield: 8-10 servings.


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Creaming Cucumber Dressing
1 c Lowfat yogurt
1/3 c Finely chopped cucumber; peeled and seeded
1/4 c Lowfat mayonnaise
2 tb Chopped green onions
2 tb Fresh lemon juice
1/4 ts Salt
1/4 ts Dried whole dillweed
1/8 ts Pepper


Combine all ingredients in a bowl; stir well. 
Cover and chill. 
Can be served over mixed salad greens. 
Makes 1 3/4 cups. 


Cucumber and Onion In Sour Cream
1/2 c Sour cream
1 tb Sugar
1 tb Vinegar
1/2 ts Salt
2 md Cucumbers; thinly sliced
2 sm Onions; thinly sliced


Combine sour cream, sugar, vinegar, and salt; add cucumbers and onion, tossing gently. 
Cover and chill 24 hours, stirring occasionally.


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SIDE DISHES:
Cheese-filled Cucumber Slices
1 lg. cucumber (about 9 1/2 oz.)
1/2 oz. Swiss or Gruyere cheese, shredded
1 tbsp. chopped scallion (green onion)
1 tbsp. chopped fresh dill or 1/4 tsp. dill weed
1 tbsp. whipped cream cheese
Dash each salt and white pepper


Cut off ends of cucumber. 
Using tines of a fork, score peel of cucumber. 
Cut cucumber in half crosswise and using a melon baller or small spoon, remove and discard seeds from both halves; set aside. 
In small mixing bowl thoroughly combine remaining ingredients. 
Spoon half of the cheese mixture into cored section of each cucumber half. 
Wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. 
To serve, remove plastic wrap and carefully slice each cucumber half into 6 equal slices. 
Makes 2 servings, 6 slices each.


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Cold Cucumbers with Garlic
1 lb Cucumbers
2 ts Salt
2 ts Sugar
1 tb White rice vinegar
1 1/2 tb Peanut oil
1 tb Coarsely chopped garlic


SLICE THE CUCUMBERS in half lengthways. 
Using a spoon, remove the seeds. 
Cut the cucumber halves into 3-by-1/2-inch pieces. 
Combine the cucumber pieces with salt and allow to sit in a colander set inside a bowl for 10 minutes. 
Rinse them in cold water, blot them dry and toss with the sugar and vinegar. 
Heat a wok or large frying pan until it is hot and add the oil and garlic. 
Stir-fry for 15 seconds until it is lightly brown. 
Mix with the cucumbers and serve.


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Cool Cucumber Dip
1 c Lowfat cottage cheese
1/2 md Cucumber; remove peel and cut into pieces
4 Radishes
2 Scallions with green tops
1 tb Fresh lemon juice or lime juice
1/4 ts Dried dill
1 ts Seasoned salt
1 ds Hot pepper sauce


In the container of a blender combine cottage cheese, cucumber, radishes, scallions, lemon or lime juice, dill, seasoned salt and hot pepper sauce. 
Process until smooth. 
Cover and chill. 
Makes about 1 1/2 cups. 


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Cream Cheese Stuffed Cucumbers
3 md English cucumbers, scrubbed
1 pk (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 c Pimiento stuffed olives, chopped (optional)
1/4 c Chopped chives


Remove ends from cucumbers and cut in half lengthwise. 
Using a melon baller or grapefruit spoon, remove seeds from both halves. 
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, olives, and chives. 
Blend until well mixed. 
Stuff each cucumber half with cheese mixture and reassemble halves, pressing together gently. 
Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Cut into 1/4 inch slices to serve. 


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Cucumber "noodles" with Tomato Salsa
2 lb (about 2 large) seedless
Cucumbers
1 tb Salt


For the salsa:
1 lb Plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1/4 c Thinly sliced scallion
1 lg Garlic clove, minced
1 Pickled jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 tb White-wine vinegar
1/4 ts Sugar


With a sharp knife cut cucumbers lengthwise into 1/8 inch thick "noodles" about 1/2 inch wide. In a bowl toss with salt and let stand for 10 min. 
Make the salsa while cucumber noodles are standing: stir together the salsa ingredients. 
Serves 6.


SOUPS:
Cream of Cucumber Soup
2 c. peeled and coarsely chopped cucumbers
1 c. chicken broth
1 c. light cream
1/4 c. chopped chives
1/4 c. chopped celery leaves
3 sprigs of parsley
3 tbsp. soft butter
2 tbsp. of flour


Cover the container and blend in mixer until smooth. 
Season with salt and pepper. 
Serve either hot or cold. 
If served hot, garnish with a very small amount of dill weed. 
If served cold, garnish with finely chopped cucumbers and a bit of grated lemon rind. 
Serves 4 to 6.


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Cream of Cucumber Soup
3 (8 inch) cucumbers
2 tbsp. butter
1/4 c. chopped shallots or scallions
4 c. clear chicken broth
1 tsp. wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. dried dillweed or tarragon
3 tbsp. quick-cooking farina cereal
Salt & white pepper
1 c. sour cream
1 tbsp. dillweed or parsley for garnish


Peel cucumbers, cut 12 to 14 paper thin slices and reserve in bowl for decoration later. 
Chop rest into 1/2 inch chunks, about 3 cups in all. 
Melt butter in heavy saucepan, stir in shallots. 
Cook 1 minute. 
Add cucumber, chicken broth, vinegar and dill. Bring to boil. 
Stir in farina gradually. 
Boil slowly, uncovered, 20 minutes until farina is tender. 
Puree in blender. 
Thin with milk. 
Season with salt and pepper. 
TO SERVE COLD: Add salt and beat in sour cream. Top with cucumber slices and dill or parsley. 
TO SERVE HOT: Bring soup to simmer and beat in sour cream just before serving. Top with cucumber slices and dill. May be frozen before adding sour cream.


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Cucumber and Red Onion Soup
5 c Cucumbers
3 c Red onions
6 c Sour cream
2 tb Salt
3 tb Sugar
1/2 c Fresh dill weed- chopped
1/2 c Lemon juice


Peel and slice cucumbers as thin as you can. 
Peel and slice red onions thin as you can. (It's easier if you cut the onion in half and slice cut side down).
Use a deep 1 gallon bowl or crock. 
Alternate layers of cukes and onions with sprinkles of the salt and sugar between each layer.
This will draw out the juices that make it soup. 
Pile sour cream on top. 
DO NOT STIR. 
Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours or more. 
To serve, add the fresh dill weed and lemon juice and stir it up. Add more lemon juice or sugar to taste. 
Cool and refreshing, this is just perfect when it is too hot to cook, and cucumbers are running wild. 

Wildcrafting: Aster

Aster





Latin: Aster alpinus


Other Names: Bushy Aster, China Aster, Michaelmas Daisy, Starwort


Magickal Attributes: Calming, Faery magick, Feminine magick, Love, Soothing, Water magick


Medicinal & Other Uses: Animal poisoning, Bleeding, Colds, Coughs, Dysentery, Dyes, Ear ache, Epilepsy, Fevers, Hangover, Hemorrhages, Malaria, Pulmonary ailments, Teas


Deities: Faeries, Venus


Gender: F
Planet: Venus
Element: Water


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Harvest Time: Late Spring - Early Summer


Garden Uses: Edging, Clumps


Culinary Uses: N/A


Other Uses: N/A


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Parts & Their Uses


Flowers: Dried and steeped in boiling water for tea. Tincture with flowers & grain alcohol calm the nerves (more so than the root tincture).


Drying Flowers: These turn to fluff and go to seed almost immediately, so drying must be done by placing the heads in a bag before hanging, to catch the seeds & flower heads.


Leaves: Dried, may be smoked or used for smudging.


Roots: Macerate for several months in grain alcohol. Tincture drops placed under the tongue have a calming effect on the nerves (less so than the flower tincture).


Whole Plant: Burned for smudging.


Tinctures: Half dozen roots to tincture, 1:2, in grain alcohol. If the upper lungs seem very tight, hot & dry, use it combined with fresh Wild Lettuce tincture. Combined with Plantain, it addressed irritation in the windpipe that’s causing irritating coughing & throat clearing. It works well with Mullein also.


Oils: N/A


Infusions: A hot tea will promote perspirations to help address colds, flus, & fevers. 


Infusion Recipe: Handful of flower heads placed in boiling water for Aster Tea, add honey if needed.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wildcrafting: Dandelion

Dandelion



Latin: Taraxacum officinale

Other Names: Blowball, Cankerwort, Common Dandelion, Dandelion Root, Dent de Lion, Lion's Tooth, Piss-a-Bed, Priest's crown, Pu Gong Ying, Puffball, Swine's Snout, Tooth of the Lion, Urine, White Endive, Wild Endive


Magickal Attributes: Divination, Healing, Messages, Purification, Repel negative energy, Spirit calling, Wishes


Medicinal & Other Uses: Anemia, Blood cleanser, Digestion, Diuretic, Gallbladder, Kidney stones,Liver


Deities: Belenus, Brigid, Hecate, Helios, Yemaya


Gender: M
Planet: Jupiter, Mars
Element: Air


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Harvest Time: Almost year round. Gather the edible flowers & leaves any time, and the roots in spring. Dry for medicinal use.


Garden Uses: Fertilizer


Plant Feed Recipe: Dandelion root & leaves make an excellent liquid plant food by filling a milk jug or other container with the leaves and adding some water. Let mixture steep in the sun for a week or two and then dilute the smelly dark liquid in water using 1 part mixture and 10 parts water.


Culinary Uses: Leaves are great in salads & on hamburgers, or lightly steamed. The roots make a very good vegetable coffee.


The young leaves are less bitter, and flowers are eaten raw in salads, all leaves also cooked or boiled as a pot herb, flowers are often dipped in batter and fried, dried roots are used as a coffee substitute. Herbal Wine is made from fermented flowers said by some to be very flavorful and medicinal.


Other Uses: Placing unripe fruit in a paper bag with Dandelion flowers & leaves will ripen the fruit quickly, due to the Dandelion’s release of ethylene gas.  Dandelion root makes a beautiful dark red dye. Distill in water the appendages at the base of the leaf blades will make a good cosmetic skin lotion used to clear the skin and is also effective in fading freckles.


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Parts & Their Uses


Flowers:
1) Alzheimer’s
Dandelion flowers are one of the best sources of lecithin, a nutrient that elevates the brains acetylcholine and may play a role in stemming Alzheimer's disease.


2) Warts & Corns
Gather a Dandelion flower or leaf and squeeze the stem until a drop of milky juice appears, touch the wart or corn with the milky fluid and leave it to dry. The latex contained in the plant sap can be used to remove corns and warts. Repeat as often as is convenient. The wart or corn will turn black, and later  drop off leaving perfect skin.


3) Wounds
The fresh juice of the Dandelion can be applied externally to fight bacteria and help heal wounds. The plant has an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of Staphococcus aureus, pneumococci, meningococci, Bacillus dysenteriae, B. typhi, C. diphtheriae, proteus. 


Drying Flowers: Dandelion Wine
http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/dandelion.asp Lots of great Dandelion Wine recipes here!


Leaves:
1) Female Problems: Bloating, PMS, Breast tenderness
Dandelion leaf is highly effective for menstrual bloating, PMS, and the breast tenderness associated with water retention.


2) Alzheimer's
Dandelion leaves provide Vitamins A and C, beneficial to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.


Roots:
1) Diabetes
Dandelion root has been used in European herbal medicine for centuries to treat diabetes. In the spring, dandelion root contains levulose, a sugar easily assimilated by diabetics. By fall, this sugar has changed to insulin, a starch also easily assimilated by diabetics.


2) Acne, excess Hormones
Dandelion root helps the body dispose of the androgens that trigger acne breakouts, unwanted skin bacteria, toxins and excess hormones.


3) Liver tonic, Female system tonic
A specific herb for the liver. Dandelion root regulates and normalizes female hormone production.


4) Liver & Kidneys
Roasted dandelion is a gentle laxative that helps the liver & kidneys to work properly by keeping the bowels healthy.


Whole Plant: The whole plant is used both internally and externally as a medicinal herb.


Tinctures: Use on cotton pads as a skin lotion to clean the skin.


Oils: Boil down the flowers to make the essential oil.


Infusions: Dandelion roots are prepared as a decoction and often combined with burdock, comfrey and cinnamon bark. 


Infusion Recipe: 
Ingredients:  Dandelion Root, Stinging Nettle, Alfalfa
Additions: raw Honey, Lemon, dash Cinnamon
Decoction : Add equal parts of each herb to cold water and bring to a slow boil.
Variations: Combines well with Chicory, Cinnamon, and Ginger
Cautions: Drinking dandelion at night may cause some middle of the night trips to the bathroom


Dandelion Root Herbal Tea
Recipe #1
Use 1 to 3 teaspoons of chopped dandelion root per cut of water, adjusting for taste. Drink 1 to 2 cups daily.


Recipe #2
2 oz. of the dried Herb or Root
1 quart of Water


Boil for 30 minutes
Take in ½ cup doses every 3 hours for stomach, kidney, gallbladder, and liver problems. 
Use as a spring tonic.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

So much news for the last month!

Wow, hadn't realized it had been almost a month since posting! Bad me!


Well, quite a bit has happened around here. We started the large chicken coop, got it framed out and hubby tells me to pick up my side and we'll carry it 300' up the hill to its place. HA! What was he nuts?! Geez, louise! There was no way in hell I was going to be able to help pick up and carry a 4' x 8' x 6' tall framework that was VERY well built. We have high winds up here so it had to be built extra sturdy. Its screwed together, not nailed. Hubby hates nails. I've learned to agree with him on that, for sure!


Anyway, we had to take the roof off, and the floor base and then place each part on the top of the Escapade and drive it up the hill. Sooo much easier.


He got the door on and I laid the vinyl flooring. I did a great job for my first time with vinyl & glue - it came out perfect, no bubbles. Of course a very heavy marble rolling pin helped with that task! Great exercise too!


Well, the next day I get a call from my (almost) stepmother, Song. She said she'd like to meet me (they've been together 5 yrs and we hadn't met yet - my Dad & I didn't exactly have a "relationship" - hadn't seen him in over 10 yrs, and 10 yrs prior to that - long story). Anyway, I told Song that I'd love to meet her too. She said (in her really cute Korean accent), "Oh, good! We here." "HERE WHERE?" "Here in Kentucky." "WHERE IN KENTUCKY?!!!" "We here in Edmonton". 


OMFG!!! So typical of Daddy. He did this to my first husband & me all the time. But since he travels only out west - hates humidity - we never saw him again. And I thought "Fine!". Well, here he was. Here. In my town. Three miles down the road. I was in a panic. Until he said they were going to go into town to do laundry - and our little town doesn't have one! Woohoo for me! So, right there I had a minimum of 2 hours to get ready.


I've never cleaned house so fast in my life. Hubby's never mowed the lawn so fast either. Holy shit what stress. They live in their motorhome, so I knew they wouldn't be staying in the house, but I knew they'd be coming in, so I wanted everything at least relatively perfect. (Part of that long story).


They arrived and we had an AWESOME time! He said my home was "beautiful, comfortable, and a pleasure to be in" and my property was "very beautiful" and we've done great things with it. He loves my husband, they never stopped talking. I don't know if it was to see who could out talk the other or what, but they had never-ending conversations. Daddy took over my position in helping to finish the chicken coop. (Boy was I glad of that!) 


Briggs told Daddy about the attempt to move the coop from the barn and that I had tried to lift and my "arms were getting longer, but nothing was happening". He referred to me as a "forklift" so thought I'd have little or only slight problems with picking it up with him. He seriously thought I could do it! He considers me almost as strong as him (he's 6' 2", 145 lbs, I'm 5' - weight is none of your business ;) )! Damn! LOL Cool, but....damn, seriously?!


I visited with Song. She's such a cutey. Love her to death! She helped me with my garden and gave me this incredible Korean garden tool that beats anything else I've ever used. I made her a hexencraft sign for their motorhome - forgot to get a picture of it - bummer. I looked up "happiness" in Korean and added it to the center of the design. She read it immediately and said I'd gotten it right! Thank goodness! I'd checked several sites to make sure the symbol was the same. Whew! Would've sucked if it had come out wrong.


She made a Korean dinner for Briggs' birthday. I had a sudden migraine hit and missed all of that day. I was so upset because she worked so hard (over 9 hours) to get everything ready & made. They left after a 5 day visit. But before leaving we took pictures. Once I had it up on my computer and was looking at it, I realized that it was the first picture taken of Daddy & me since he walked me down the aisle in my first wedding in October 1982!!! Damn! I treasure the picture.


Another treasure of their visit was when Daddy stood next to me as I was watering the garden and told me "Your Mother would be very proud of you. I'm very proud of you. You've done very well for yourself." (My mother passed in '96 of lung cancer.) I cried. It was the first compliment Daddy has ever given me. I have finally received what I've wanted for so long - my Daddy back. I'm 50 yrs old and I still need "Daddy's approval". Sad? or...What? I don't really care. I'm very happy.




After they left we took a few days' break. Briggs was totally over chicken coop building. Understandable. LOL


But finally we started on the little chicken coop. Damn. I thought the big one was built good. This sucker is incredible. The Banties will love it!


And the wild duckling hubby found on the way home one day. Yep, we now have a duck. Not sure what kind, Wood or Muscovy. We'll know once it feathers out. This little sucker is FAST! So probably a Wood Duck. We named it Speedy Doodle (cross between Speedy Gonzalez & Yakky Doodle cartoon ducks from the '60's). Its mother & 3 siblings were dead on the road and he/she was hiding under her wing. He/She couldn't have been more than a day or two old. He's growing fast!


And the bummer news is that The Old Man passed. We found him in the east pasture. He must've had a heart attack or something. He was our favorite horse. Such a good, sweet old guy. I cut the tail hair off and will collect his bones once they're relatively clean, place them under wire so they can't be run off with by wild animals, but the ants & other bugs can "do their thing". The buzzards are beginning to take notice. They'll be feasting soon. The skull will be displayed in his honor somewhere around the house. The other bones I already have plans for as well.




As for the garden, I've been eating huge radishes for a week. The corn never grew, so I planted more. It didn't grow either. WTF Brocolli looks awesome. Melons are beginning to flower. Carrots - lots of carrots! Wasn't sure if the potatoes would grow, they are so I'll transplant them in the corn rows that never grew and maybe get even more potatoes. Just when we're cutting potatoes from the diet. Yippee.


The picture of my Dad & me got me realizing how FAT I have gotten. So, I'm on SparkPeople and have already lost 4 pounds. Kind of slacked off and didn't lose as much the second week (1 lb) as the first (3 lbs), so have to get back on track. Sitting here at the computer isn't helping! I've written out a better "schedule" for me to help me stay motivated. I really do need to lose all this weight (56 lbs minimum!!! yuck!)


Ok, I think that about covers the last month! Busy month for sure. And to think we want to move to Idaho in the future. Talk about a busy-ness then! ugh - hate moving. But I would be close to my sister & nephew in Sacramento, and hey! Daddy can just pop in when ever! LOL At least we'd be out of the humidity. Its really bad this year. Not handling it well. Dry air sounds so nice! TX was great in that respect. Should've thought about it more and realized it before jumping ship. Oh well, its done.


My next post will be less personal. Probably herbs or a craft. Time to go clean house!


Blessings!