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Friday, September 19, 2008

Full Harvest Moon

Last Monday it was full Harvest Moon, time to harvest my oils. I used the cold or long method: bottles with herbs/plants in a base oil, put them in the sun and let it stay there for the summer. The result is called a macerate. Monday I filtered the oil and put it in little blue storage bottles. On the picture above you can see my harvest. I want to make nice labels later. I have oils with lavender, mint, St. John's wort and camomile. I still have viola tricolor to harvest. I store my oils in a wooden trunk Ron gave me.

With Ostara (March 20) I had planted an acorn in a flowerpot. It grew pretty good and had leaves in no time. Unfortunately the cats discovered the leaves tasted good... Nothing left but a pitiful stem... I wasn't prepared to give up though. Ron thought I was being silly. I watered the stem and talked to it, even gave it reiki. It helped! Last week I noticed a little green sprout and today it looks like this! Ha!

11 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for your comment on my blog :)

    Do you always harvest your own oils? Do you have recipes? :)

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  2. You're welcome! I hope everything will be okay in time.

    To be honest: this is my first harvest, haha! The recipe is easy, just as I wrote it: bottles with herbs/plants in a base oil, put them in the sun and let it stay there for the summer, then filter and put in storage bottle. :) You can grow your own herbs, buy the whole plant or buy a bag of cut herb. It's easy.

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  3. That's a great way to celebrate the harvest moon. I have always wanted to make my own oils but worry about them going bad/rancid. I guess if you removed the herbs early enough it'll be fine.

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  4. Awessssooooooooome! Ostara is my daughter's middle name, so I guess Sept 22 is her day here in Oz! I might mark the occasion by planting a tree just as you did (but I'll keep the cats away) :-)

    xx
    Anita

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  5. Hi Tink,

    Good luck with the harvest ... sounds fascinating. Wish I had the patience !!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Take care, Meow

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  6. What wonderful oils! I haven't done that is so long...I have to admit to slacking off the past few years but it's time to get with the program again!
    Love the sprout...our cat does the same thing.

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  7. Sounds like a lovely time!! I have neglected my garden too much lately, thank you for inspiring me to get back to it:)

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  8. Oh Tink, that little sprout looks so cute - and tasty, though I won't touch it! :)

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  9. Now you just have to keep the cats away from the new leaves ....

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  10. Haha! That's why I've put it upstairs where the cats don't come! :)

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  11. What a great way to take care and use natural resources - the bottles looks very nice too :-)

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