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Rosemary for Everything

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Rosemary is such a fabulous plant I use it for numerous things. I’ve also been infusing it into numerous mediums because, well, it’s so multifunctional and it smells absolutely fabulous.

Pictured: a few stalks from a mature plant that are getting ready to become part of an oil infusion. The stalks have loads of scent and are quite suitable for oil infusion.

What can rosemary infusions be useful for? Depends on whet you infuse it in!

A rosemary glycerite is a great addition to a refreshing skin tonic

Rosemary-infused oil is a great addition to a hair and scalp oil, or an invigorating mask.

Rosemary-infused vinegar is fabulous as a hair rinse with no need of additional ingredients.

Alcohol infusion makes a rosemary tincture that can be added to scalp stimulating products or products for oily skin.

You can even infuse it into honey for an all natural cleanser. There’s a how-to right here on the main blog.

You Can Too

Want to make your own extracts and don’t know where to start? I’ve written a book that may help you decide what you want to try making first.

Glycerite Season is Here

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That title is a bit misleading. In my book, glycerite season is pretty much year round, but when the warmer seasons approach, there is definitely a bigger selection of fresh materials to work with.

Pictured is a batch of lavender glycerite from last year. Just looking at this color makes me all excited about the coming lavender harvest.

Why?

Because my lovely friend who grows organic everything gifted me with a bucketful of fresh lavender last year, and she has promised me a fresh batch this year.

If you’re curious about making your own glycerites, I’ve written a book about it that you can get right here.

What Calendula Adds to a Balm

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Here’s another ‘wordification’ from my Instagram feed: Soothiness

Calendula Officinalis has an amazing natural built-in power of soothiness that it happily imparts when infused into an oil and is added to a balm.

It has demonstrated this many times to me over the years, but science is also starting to catch up and has an increasing amount of documentation of the many traditional medicinal uses of calendula.

Want to learn more about what calendula has to offer? I’ve written about it on the main blog:

Extracting the Medicinal Powers of Calendula

Calendula, the Healing Flower

Infusion Straining Tip: Double Filter

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Pictured: a small batch of vanilla infused oil ready to strain on left and stacked filters on right. By using a tea filter (the small one) inside a coffee filter (the bigger one), you double up straining effect in one pass. This method is especially useful for vanilla-infused oil and has become my go-to method for small batch straining.

What to do with the vanilla after straining? Don’t discard it just yet! Add it to a coffee-in-oil infusion for a warm and extra rich dimension to the scent (and flavor). What to use the infused coffee oil for? Think naturally flavored lip balm.

You’re welcome.

Suffering From Tincturitis and Making Up Words

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Above: the definition of Tincturitis: a condition I have ‘suffered’ from for quite a while and which continues to increase with no end in sight. (The pictured tincture is with fresh, wildcrafted cleavers).

My Instagram account has a few more posts with these ‘wordifications’.

Wordifications? That’s my term for making up words. This is another affliction I have had for years and something I have only relatively recently come to terms with. Making up words happens a lot while I am working (many botanical ingredients seem to want to chat and some can even be quite vocal about providing input and inspiration).

I have sometimes wondered if this kind of thing is more commonly found in people who speak more than one language. I will sometimes get ‘stuck’ between languages and suddenly a brand new term will present itself out of the blue.

If you are a word-maker-upper too, I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on the matter!

Find more wordification fun on my Instagram account.