Recipes for Salves

I am not an expert in gathering or making salves out of cottonwood buds, devils club, dandelion flowers and spruce tips. I am learning as I go and I will share the recipes that I plan on using once they have all infused in the extra virgin olive oil and are ready to be made into salves.

I didn’t grow up learning about them other than caiggluk, berries, wild celery, the grass that you pick in marshy areas and it tastes sweet, ayuq (tundra tea), the tasty pink flowers from the tundra, and the tasty bluebells.

And I am grateful for participating in the Ethnobotany  certificate program thru the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. It has been an amazing experience and I am three classes away from getting my certificate. I was lucky to be able to travel to Nunivak Island for a 2 week class in 2009 and it was amazing and really opened me up to a new world that I never really understood. And I talk to anyone and everyone who knows about using plants and medicine and try and soak up all their information. The internet is also a wonderful tool to find out recipes, and information about each plant. I also have some books at home and I will share those titles because they are also wonderful resources.

So far I have gathered cottonwood buds, devils club, spruce tips, and dandelion flowers. I usually pick them in a jar on my quick 30 minute lunch breaks and cover the tips, or dandelion flowers with extra virgin olive oil until they are completely covered and I let them sit in my car in the sun. I have heard and read different times to let them infuse in the sun and so I am just winging it. I check to make sure they are covered in oil daily and shake up the jar or add more oil if need be.

I have heard that you can use other oils like sunflower oil, almond oil, coconut oil. But I just extra virgin olive oil because it seems to be the cheapest and I get more for my dollar.

If I am going to use the spruce tips for jelly or tea I let them infuse in water in the sun. They are also good just to snack on and they are pretty citrusy and sour but you get used to the taste.

I also plan on making some dandelion jalapeno jelly and I will use this recipe and just add a couple jalapenos in the mix.

Dandelion Jalapeno Jelly:

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/dandelion-jelly

Dandelion Sunshine Jelly

Spruce Tip Jelly:

http://frontierfreedom.blogspot.com/2010/12/spruce-tip-jelly.html

Spruce Tip Jelly

http://www.pbs.org/food/kitchen-vignettes/spruce-tip-jelly/

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This is my jars at home now infusing in extra virgin olive oil and they get plenty of sun, maybe they are sunburnt 🙂 I jokes.

Here are the websites that I have been using as guides for when I do make the salves I will be using these websites and recipes for guidance.

Spruce Tip syrup:

http://honest-food.net/foraging-recipes/sweets-and-syrups/spruce-or-fir-tip-syrup/

Spruce Tip tea:

http://medcookingalaska.blogspot.com/2008/06/how-to-harvest-spruce-tips-with-recipes.html

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http://plants.gwichin.ca/node/6

Wild Foods & Medicine:

Fir, Hemlock and Spruce Tips

Spruce Tip Salve:

Spruce Tip Salve Recipe

Make a wonderful winter chest rub-From Spruce sap

Cottonwood Salve:

Cottonwood Bud

http://www.wildernesscollege.com/cottonwood-salve.html

https://feralbotanicals.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/harvesting-cottonwood-buds-for-medicine/

Make Balm of Gilead / Cottonwood Oil

http://bearmedicineherbals.com/harvesting-medicine-making-with-cottonwood-bark.html

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Devils Club Salve:

http://www.alaskafloatsmyboat.com/beachcombing/2013/5/15/making-devils-club-salve-and-tincture

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Healing Qualities of Devils Club:

http://herbs.lovetoknow.com/Devils_Club_Salve

And this video is Ahhhhhmazing! If you haven’t already you should check out all the UAMuseumOfTheNorth film series on YouTube. They are all wonderful and informational so grateful for videos like these to learn from.

Dandelion Salve:

Dandelion Salve Recipe

How to Make Dandelion Salve

DIY Dandelion Salve

http://www.freshbitesdaily.com/dandelion-salve/

http://littleseedfarm.com/to-be-a-farmer-blog/kitchen-witchery-dandelion-salve.html

Dandelion Salve

Happy Harvesting!

Remember not pick spruce tips from the young trees because it will stunt the growth.

Do not over pick one tree, one area, and always leave a token of thanks to the plant or tree that you harvest from.

Go out and pick with your friends, family, niece, nephew, son, daughter or whoever and keep spreading the knowledge that plants are medicine. We are surrounded by plants and they all have strong medicinal qualities that could be better for you than any pharmacy or prescription. Be sure to consult with your physician or provider if you are on any types of medications as some of the medicinal qualities in the plants or trees can affect your medication.

Quyana and happy harvesting!

Qaspeq Class & May Fun!

My qaspeq class at Bearly Threaded Quilting Too was ahhhmazing! There was two gals Barbara and Nikki and it was wonderful! They both made beautiful qaspeqs! And I got to sew and make a couple qaspeqs for my amazingly patient customers 🙂

I love how Alaska is such a small world! I used to work for Nikki’s son Luke in Bethel over 10 years ago. And she knew alot of people from back home 🙂

And! I finally busted out Janome Memory Craft 500E Embrodiery machine and put it to good use! I cant believe it took me this long to brave it and try it out! Now all I want to do is embroider 🙂

Its going to be another busy week I have quite a few orders to fill and need to gather more spruce tips and dandelion flowers before its too late!

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Busy Busy Month

Its already been such a busy busy month of May already! I snuck home for a weekend for some good maqii’s, my nephews, auntie, and my Conwads graduation, and lots of cenirtaqs!

Its also been a busy busy sewing month! I have been getting orders in left and right and am trying to keep up with all of them between work, gathering devils club, dandelion flowers, and spruce tips! All are medicinal and I am hoping to make them into salves 🙂

I just had a wonderful weekend teaching a small two person sewing class at Bearly Threaded Quilting Too which was great! I got to sit and sew with the gals and had fun!

I will share some photos 🙂

A Recipe for Spruce oil

I have started gathering spruce tips, dandelion flowers, devils club and am going to attempt to make salves, teas, tinctures, and much more. I am saving this recipe for when the spruce tips have infused in the oil for at least month and then I will make some salve 🙂

A Recipe for Spruce oil, a fragrant, medicinal cough and chest rub. Tree oleoresins and oleogumresins are full of healing phytochemicals, often discarded in favour of their more well-known and popu…

Source: A Recipe for Spruce oil

Mothers Day Giveaway

Go over to Bearly Threaded Quilting Too’s website and enter to win a Mothers Day goody bag 🙂 The giveaway ends at 6pm today! Hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday!

Bearly Threaded Quilting Too

In honor Mothers Day we are having a surprise giveaway 🙂

The item pictured below is not the giveaway but we will be giving away a surprise bundle of goodies 🙂

To enter to win the giveaway please comment your favorite mothers day memory OR your favorite sewing pattern or project 🙂 Or tell us both!

Giveaway will end Monday, May 9th at 6pm.

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Its almost Christmas!

 

Can you believe it?! We are half way to Christmas! You better start your Christmas shopping and maybe Memorial weekend will be the best time to start and hit up all the sales 🙂

Its already been a busy month! I have been trying to whip out orders as fast as they are coming in. There will be some happy mothers rocking their new qaspeqs 🙂 Good job husbands and gentlemen for getting in your order for that special lady in your life.

On another note my nephew is graduating! Eeeeeks! My first cutest stinkest fattest nephew will be graduating from high school next Friday! I cant believe it seems like just yesterday I was rushing home from grade school to visit my cousin. And my first paid job babysitting the cutest stinker Conwad! Gosh! Now I really feel old. I am excited to be heading home next weekend for that to see all my family and friends.

I won a beautiful Iphone 6 case from Julianna Engler of Fort Yukon. She does wonderful beadwork and if you haven’t already go like  her Facebook page Engler Designs.

I have a pile of bags, wallets and qaspeqs to finish 🙂

Happy Sewing!

Happy Wednesday!