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Summer

The kids were unfortunate enough to unintentionally discover a wasp's nest last week. During our road trip absence the wasps were busy building a nest under one of our deck chairs. We didn't realize this till the kids went to pick up the chair to move it.

There were tears and there was plantain, lots of plantain.

This reminded me that once upon a time I wrote about herbal remedies on the blog. These days, although I still use homemade herbal remedies (tinctures, poultices, and infusions), I don't write about it much.

Since this is the season for stings, rashes, and scrapes I thought it would be good to point you to a few of my herbal resource posts. Pin this page or bookmark it however you like. I am not a dispenser of vast herbal knowledge because I've only needed to use a few herbs to do the trick.

These posts go back a few years. Enjoy.

What herbs to grow (or buy)

What to make with those herbs

  • I always have on hand my herbal salve to rub on cuts, burns, scrapes, rashes, dry skin, and insect bites. We take a little container with us everywhere in the summer. I've never written a tutorial on making this particular salve but I have the ingredients listed here and a salve tutorial here. Put the two together and you'll have a healing herbal skin salve tutorial!

  • Herbal Insect Bite Relief: Mix up this powder and keep on hand to apply to itchy bug bites.

What about insect repellent?

I have not been successful at making an herbal insect repellent. After a few failures it's been a couple years since I've tried anything. In this blog comment I explain what we use for bugs.

What about sunscreen & burns?

I don't make an herbal sunscreen. As far as I know, herbs can't protect your skin from the sun (you'll need a real sunscreen or clothing to do that) but plant preparations can come to the rescue of burns.

Aloe vera gel, store bought or from your own plant, and a calendula salve are two herbs that come to mind for healing sunburn.

Herbal Teaching

Where to buy:

What are you using this summer for herbal skincare?

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Our first camping trip of the season on Memorial Day weekend always seems to kick off summer. This weekend we swam (well the kids did - have you noticed kids aren't the least bit affected by cold water), climbed mountains, slept under the stars (in the tent), ate every meal outdoors and sipped cool beverages on our "town" day. Summer, summer, summer. Even the rain we experienced wasn't the cold rain of spring.

At home this morning I planted the sunflowers and carrots because tomorrow it's supposed to rain. And it's unlikely we'll get anymore frost so later this week I'll pick up tomato seedlings. Little white strawberries are peeking out where blossoms once were and in the background we hear the grind and whir of the neighbor mowing lawn. Summer, summer, summer.

It's not all sunshine and blossoms of course. The kiddos and I also washed and hung four loads of sweaty, sandy, smoky laundry this morning. I swear we didn't take that many clothes camping so I don't know where it all came from!

Getting back into the groove after a long weekend away from the house is always a bit challenging for me. I lost 2 of my work days and I'm trying to pick up the pieces and fit them into this coming week.

But I'm getting better at this. After a couple years of camping once a month May through September and hiking almost every weekend all year round I've learned a lot. Like how to let go of unrealistic expectations while still holding onto the things I value most. And how to re-structure the schedule around the needs and wants of my family so we can truly enjoy and live summer while it's here.

I'd be remiss if I didn't say this: Damien, thank you for this gift of adventure, light living and all the work you do to get us out every weekend

Here's more photos of our weekend.

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