Preparing Fire Cider

This batch of fire cider was lovingly prepared with my friend Sandy, following a fairly straightforward recipe. It’s still cooking but will very soon be strained through cheesecloth, stirred with honey, and bottled for sipping. Because it is recommended to shake the batches daily, I found it best to have them stowed in an accessibleContinue reading “Preparing Fire Cider”

Winter Gardening

We started a garden in our backyard at the beginning of September, shoveled out, spread with compost, and encircled in bamboo fencing. Our neighbors had a large tree from their yard chopped into mulch, and we were able to cover the entire plot with the most local of garden toppings. The heat of Austin summerContinue reading “Winter Gardening”

Dyeing with Plants

I first tried natural dyeing with avocados since this dye requires very few materials and very little time to produce a lightfast, wash fast vibrant color. The pale, dusty pink came out beautifully and quickly led me towards other dye materials. Edible and Useful Plants of the Southwest Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona by DelenaContinue reading “Dyeing with Plants”

Making Mugwort Tulsi Salve

We harvested fresh Mugwort and let is sit in avocado oil for a full moon cycle or about a month. The tulsi blend was added to some olive and coconut oil and let it slowly heat without boiling for at least an hour. These two oils were strained and melted together with beeswax so itContinue reading “Making Mugwort Tulsi Salve”