Ladies’ Homestead Gathering Herbal Medicines and a Loom

I went to a meeting of the Ladies’ Homestead Gathering of Statham Georgia a few days ago.  It was so much fun.  There were about 40 women there and we all made two tinctures and one salve each.  I really liked that it was hands-on and not just a lecture or even a discussion.

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One tincture is a wound wash and one is for stress relief.  The salve is sort of an all-purpose skin cream for bug bites, dry skin, ect.  Beyond these great herbal medicines, I’m really excited to have found this group.  There’s so much knowledge that these women have, I’m so excited to learn as much as I can!

There was also one woman who was trying to get rid of a few looms and gave me one.

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I’m going to try to figure it out (with lots of help!) and weave something on it.

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Lemon Mint “Tea”

Lemon mint is a type of mint that smells very lemony when you tear a leaf in half.

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It also makes a light and summer-y beverage.    My dad grows lemon mint and he decided to try this today.  Take a couple handfuls of leaves and haphazardly crush/tear them up in your hands.  You probably would get a stronger flavor if you ground them up more in a mortar and pestle.  Take the leaves and stems and cover them with just enough water so they are mostly covered and put it to a boil.  Keep the water boiling for about 10 minutes and then strain out the liquid.  Add sweetener of choice to taste.  We used agave nectar, but you could also try sugar, honey, maple syrup, maybe even molasses.

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Pour over ice and enjoy.  It was good, we think the very slight lemony flavor needs something to compliment it.  Maybe a bit of orange zest or something.  We don’t know but suspect other mint that doesn’t have the lemon flavor might not need that.

You could also try making this as sun tea, where you place the leaves and water in a clear container (preferably glass) and leave it in direct sunlight all day.  By dinnertime, you have a yummy drink.

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It would be interesting to try various mixtures of herbs such as peppermint and basil.  Or maybe cilantro.  What ideas do you have?