In a new world of chemicals and global warming we are becoming more and more aware of the fact that we need to take care of the Earth for sustainable future. To make sure that the future looks bright lets take a look back in thyme… to a safe feeling that our Grandmothers & Grandfathers had when they used ingredients straight out of the soil for home and skincare. Try to find things in Nature and in your own backyard to use around the home…and let us know what other eco-friendly things you can think of to use in our homes and skincare…
Here is a more eco-friendly way to do laundry:
water. Bring to boil, and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. The boiling process
extracts the saponin from the nut shells and combines with the water. Let it steep
overnight. Strain into appropriate container and compost the remaining shells. You
now have a concentrated, chemical free detergent that can then be used as a laundry
detergent, shampoo, all-purpose cleaner, car wash, liquid soap, pet shampoo, washing
up liquid or any other things you would normally clean with a liquid. Experiment with
longer boil times and water to shell ratios for stronger and weaker concentrations.
You can also save up soapnuts used in your washing machine and use them to make
the liquid – there is still a lot of saponin to be extracted by boiling after they are no
longer useful for laundry.
Soapwort was once used in the wool industry for cleaning new wool. Museums still use it to lift surface dirt gently from fragile antique textiles and paintings. It is a good cleaning product for delicate silk garments, upholstery and tapestries
Herbal medicine practitioners today usually focus on dried plants and plant extracts, and recommend a wide variety as single herbs or in prescriptions sometimes containing ten or twenty herbs. A well-trained herbalist might be familiar with the traditional uses and safety profiles of one hundred, and in some cases as many as 300 different herbs. Increasingly, many herbalists are also versed in the published scientific literature detailing the efficacy and safety of dozens of popular herbal remedies.
All parts of plants are used for medicine, including fruits, leaves, bark, and roots. The knowledge of exactly what part of a plant to harvest and what time of year is best is considered one key to successful practice, and this knowledge has been passed down in written form, or by word of mouth, from generation to generation.
Dried or fresh plants are harvested from the wild or on farms, then dried, and processed into many different types of herbal medicines, including teas, alcoholic extracts called tinctures, creams and salves to be applied externally, and a large array of tablets and capsules. Today herbal medicines can be found in convenience stores, supermarkets, health food stores, and most pharmacies.