Monday new Rhythm

So I gave it a good go, I really did. I’m just not much of a baker. Also I don’t feel like baking when its 85 degrees and beautiful out.  I shall try it again when the wheel turns again and the air starts to have that lovely autumn chill. As I have more experience with this rhythm thing I find out what works best for us. I think we will be having different plans for the light half of the year and the dark half of the year.

So I have decided that for this half of the year I will be using Mondays to “put up” food and herbs. For me it just makes more sense as the herbs, vegetables and fruits are abundant right now. Last year I made my Four Thieves vinegar and Oils as well as enough Jam to last our family the year. The year before that I made a fair amount of tomato sauce, though much to hubby’s disappointment not enough to last the year. I really like the process of it all. I like having quality control. Sadly as much as I enjoy it, I was not planning for it and so it happened sporadic at best.  Which brings us back to our new Monday activity! Also doing a little at a time will get a lot done without me feeling overwhelmed!

This week I made a plantain astringent which I of course found on pinterest.

http://mexicanwildflower.blogspot.com/2010/02/plantain-astringent-tincture-and-herb.html

I choose this because for one I have a tone of plantain in my yard. It is one of those plants that my husband calls a weed. I being of the same mind as my mother find very little weeds in the world.  Also apparently it has a ton of good uses. The astringent has drawing properties and as the bugs and poison Oak are becoming rampant with the warmer weather I thought it was a good thing to have on hand.

http://www.lepetitherboriste.net/plantesus/plantain.html

Here is my washed leaves sticking out of my jars.

I then decided it would work better if I cut it up.

One of the common or folk names for plantain is ribbed grass and you can see why.

Once cut up I filled the jars about 3/4s of the way full with the plantain and then filled up the jars with apple cider vinegar.

Caps on and labeled with the date. Up into my cupboard for about 6 weeks. I will make sure I shake it about once a day.

 

What do you keep in your herbal medicine cabinet? What should I make next week?

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