With all my posts on moustache this and moustache that, I don’t mean to marginalize or ignore beards. I sport a beard along with my Stache and I try to give it the same kind of attention..Alas, I think we all get a little lazy at times and can take our beards for granted.. . While […]

Civet Perfume Tincture 2014

Though I hate to open on a negative note.  I’m going to anyway :-). I’m still shaken up by the small fire in my lab the other day. Small being a relative term. It is a small space and could have been much worse given all the high-proof alcohol tinctures and essential oils crowded in […]

Distillation of fresh Spruce sap with pressure cooker pot-still and Allihn condenser.

How to make a pot still  Likely the simplest and most versatile distillation apparatus that one can make at home, is a pot still. With a pot still one can Distill essential oils from aromatic herbs, flowers and seeds, oleo-resins like Frankincense, Myrrh, Pine and Spruce via hydro or steam distillation. Make grappa or moonshine from wine, mash or other […]

BabylonianBeard Wax

Here is a product I have planned for a long time. I hope it will open up many new possibilities for my bearded brothers.  Babylonian Beard Wax A beard and moustache dressing for creative grooming and everyday use. Made with fresh Beeswax, Frankincense Frereana oleo-resin, Labdanum and Lanolin, this medium-weight beard dressing will tame, shape and […]

Harvest and make  medicine from local and organically grown Calendula flowers at the Apothecary’s Garden this Sunday Calendula is likely one of the best  known, easiest to grow and use medicinal herbs in the Western world. With a strong affinity for healing the skin, Calendula is used fresh or dry, in an infusion, oil or salve. It quickly soothes […]

Frankincense oleo-resin extracted from Boswellia Neglecta.

Though we rely heavily on essential oils to deliver the therapeutic properties of plants in our medicine and cosmetics, many of Frankincense’s therapeutic properties reside in the resin portion of these oleo-resins and are not available to us through steam or hydro distilled essential oils. Here is how to to utilize their full healing potential.