Directions

  1. Mix together all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Put a small amount of the mix in the yogurt cup, and add the essential oils.
  3. Shake well to mix.
  4. Return the mix to the bowl and mix again.
  5. Pour the mix into a shaker container. It will keep indefinitely.

Yield: About I cup of herbal toot powder

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It's great to feel the warm earth between your toes while you garden. But it's no fun when your bare feet meet with sharp or hard objects in the soil. Keep this simple yarrow tincture on hand for times when your feet (or other parts) need a little first aid.

"Yarrow is my all-purpose remedy for cuts, scrapes, and bruises," says herbalist Margi Flint of Earthsong Herbals in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Margi makes yarrow tincture from the white flowers of the plant and keeps it handy in a plastic spray bottle.

Fill a 1 -quart glass jar loosely with fresh yarrow flowers, then add vodka (the cheapest you can buy) to the jar to cover them, allowing for 2 inches of clear alcohol at the top. Let the jar sit for two to three weeks at room temperature, then strain out the yarrow. Fill a quart-size spray bottle with the yarrow tincture and add 20 drops of lavender essential oil. To use, shake the bottle well and spray directly on bruises, cuts, and scrapes. Repeat every several hours until healing is evident. This tincture will keep for at leas' five years.

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