May 12, 2016

Elder and Violets

As much as I hate to admit it, I tend to get stuck in ruts and confined to the comforts of the known.
Then I see something new.  It intrigues me and makes me wonder, "Why didn't I know that?"
It makes me question how much I don't know and haven't learned about yet.

Take plants.  I've studied for so many years, decades, and still feel I know barely the tip of the iceberg.

I've used elder flowers and berries for years, but never thought to use the leaves.  I had a learned that the leaves and stems/woody parts were not to be used internally years ago, and never thought of using them topically.
That hasn't changed.  Don't use elder leaves/stems internally or near the mouth, but are perfectly fine to be used on the skin.
Violets... I love the flowers, but didn't recognize that the leaves that are literally everywhere had value as well.
Often it isn't just the flowers that have benenfit, but the aerial parts that may be used.

This salve was inspired by this view in my yard.  I'm not a photographer and it definitely looked better in person.

There is elder with a rose and vervain that volunteered. (Ignore the poison ivy).  I had been looking at using the elder leaf since hearing about their ability to soothe and heal bruises, and it just seemed like something was telling me these plants all belonged together.

Elder and Violet Salve

Elder leaf
Violet leaf
Olive Oil
Wheat Germ Oil
Lavender essential oil

This formula is meant to be healing, soothing and nourshing.
If you need help figuring out what to do, I have a tutorial for making salves.

Please educate yourself on the use of herbs as there can be some contraindications and caveats.
Some great places to start online would be Jim's Violet monograph, Kiva's Elder article.  Both of these herbalists are great teachers with many articles for the herbalist to delve into.
My go to book for herbs is usually Medical Herbalism by David Hoffman, Henriette's blog, and Guido Mase' is also a favorite.

For those who don't know me, please realize that I am a homeschooling mother with a job outside the home as well.  I blog to keep track of thoughts and recipes while sharing what I've learned.  Any links are just links with affiliates expired years ago as I don't have time to deal with it.

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