After simplifying my herbal uses, I then noticed that the same was true for my essential oils. These are the ones that I use on a weekly basis.

  • Lavender: Also for headaches and to promote restful sleep.

  • Wild Orange: Added to my laundry detergent for great smell. Also a fantastic addition to cake batter. Mmmm.

  • Lemon: Used for de-greasing in our mop bucket and cleaners. Mood lifting.

  • Eucalyptus: Used to clean our floors. Add a small amount to coconut oil for a decongesting chest rub.

  • DigestZen: Excellent for upset stomachs or any other digestive issues.

Read more about these and other essential oils here.

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Supplies for Your Herbal Medicine Cabinet

When you're determining which herbs and their uses you'll most need and begin to stock your medicine cabinet accordingly, you'll also want to consider some supplies.

  • Carrier oils: Olive, coconut (Coconut oil is my favorite carrier oil for its antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. You may need to decrease the beeswax if your recipe calls for it when using coconut oil as a carrier.)

  • Muslin bag/mesh strainer: Use either one for steeping teas. A muslin bag can be used when poultices.

  • Medicine dropper: Preferably one that measures up to 30 ml, which is a common dosage for many tinctures.

  • Labels: Make a note of what the remedy is to be used for, as well as the ingredients and date you made it.

  • Storage containers: Glass mason jars, amber bottles, or other containers for storing your remedies.

  • Mesh strainer/cheesecloth: These are for straining herbs and their uses are mostly for making ointments and tinctures.

  • Raw, local honey or brown rice syrup: Necessary for making lozenges and syrups for little ones. Raw honey can also be used as a topical healer.

  • Scale: To measure ounces and preferably grams - great for making remedies.

In addition to the above items, be sure to seek out some good books for your herbs. I suggest having a minimum of three because different books cover different remedies. Choose a trusted natural health resource with lots of recipes so you can have fun creating your own remedies and learning more about herbs and their uses. Be sure to follow dosage suggestions and precautions for pregnant and lactating women and children and also learn about their contraindications (when herbs and their uses may cause harm).

green leaf Nina Nelson is a natural wellness coach, unconventional mom and writer determined to live a life of adventure and purpose. She helps moms simplify natural wellness at Shalom Mama.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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