Wild Ginger 2012 harvest. Dried

Winter Wow, Spicing up the season with Wild Ginger, Asarum Canadense   Wild Ginger, or, Asarum Canadense, is a wild growing forest herb native to eastern north America from Quebec and Nova Scotia, down to Georgia and Tennessee. As a culinary spice, Wild Ginger has a bold distinct character, both in its fragrance and flavour. Though it […]

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No one is as excited and surprised as I, to be nominated for this awesome award! Thank you Steve of Gardening in Greenwood, for nominating me! There are few awards in the blogosphere, and I come across them here and there, always wondering how it would feel to receive one. O.K., it feels pretty cool!!. The […]

Distilling essential oil of Wild Ginger

Distilling Wild Ginger Essential Oil Distillations, mistillations and musings No matter how much experience and knowledge we have, how much care and control we exercise, we will still, on occasion, make critical mistakes. We are quick to record and share our successes, but usually, slow to share our failures. However, if we adhere to a […]

Closing the Apothecary's Garden for the season 2013

After a bountiful season, we have put our Apothecary’s Garden to bed. Thanks to all those that came out on Saturday and made quick work of cleaning the garden and wrapping it up for the season. They qualified the old adage, “Many hands make light work”. Thanks to Jacqui, Michaela, Linda, Martyn, and Shelly for […]

Carnauba Wax

How to Use Carnauba Wax in Moustache Wax and Beard Pomades There has been a lot of interest in “A Solid Mustache wax recipe”, and I hope many of you have made your own Mustache wax tailored to your own needs. Over the past year there have been questions about adding Carnauba wax to Mustache […]

An Easy, Natural 2 part Mustache Wax Recipe (With instructions for creating a personal fragrance) This is the ” Mustache Wax Recipe”  from the post “A Mustachio Twirl to save the world”. The post, in essence, gives some history about Vaseline and our destructive relationship with petroleum products. It presents Lanolin, a natural oil drawn from sheep’s […]

Fresh Frankincense oil extracted from Boswellia Neglecta.

I have, over the past few days, slowly succumbed to a head/chest cold. Stuffed up, scratchy rough throat, and a cough. Yuch!! On the bright side, it motivated me to finally make a Frankincense Oil, or rather a Frankincense Neglecta Cough and Chest Rub. Since My first whiff of the rare and unusual Frankincense Neglecta […]