Spring Roads Ahead

looking out my window… spring has sprung, and the Biblical Feasts have begun, but out my window are hills ~ of ireland green and blossoms abounding. The weather is warming up nicely, with days sometimes reaching the seventies and the nights still cool and perfect for sleeping.

in my thanksgiving... employment! My husband was offered a job! Which makes the six months of our unemployment season coming to an end, and oh have we learned a ton of what to do's and definitely, what not to do's. Praising God for His for provision and providence over our family!

I'm reflecting on... this Pesach and Unleavended Bread season, the Biblical Holidays are so fulfilling when seen through the Fathers plan of Salvation. Our family reckons the beginning of the biblical new year as the 'sighted sliver moon & barley in aviv'... but you can read more about that.

from the pages... our current family read aloud is – Rescued From Egypt ~ A.L.O.E/Lamplighter Book – and it is so fitting. Through our Redeemer we are rescued from our own Egypt...

A snippet from the book's back cover:

“Arthur wrestles with inner conflict of living for himself and the approval of others or living for Messiah in spite of the rejection and ridicule he'll most like endure...”

of hearth and home... since we were blessed with a new job. We will be moving – and looking forward to the new season that is being opened up for our family. This move will require a long distance drive from the South to the North, and landing us near our families... where we hope in the next year to have a place of our own and begin the much anticipated journey of homesteading.

seeking simplicity... life can seem so stagnant sometimes, moving ever so slowly and I must recognize that slow moving streams can breed discontentment. Then at other times life can flow like a rapid river, twisting and winding through boulders and banks, not knowing what lays around the next corner... this moving again, brings me to seeking simplicity with my whole heart. Resting on the fact that He has this even in the eddies.

cultivating our souls... “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which is in Messiah Yeshua.” ~ Philippians 2:3-5

building community and sustainability... again relocation, brings sweetness and sadness. It is sweet to remember upon the hearts of the Body who have been there for us. Extending so much love and kindness... it is also sad to think we will be moving – leaving behind this home. But in reality we are not leaving community, we are extending it by another seven hundred miles.

in sowing and reaping... we are looking forward to a new season, the beginning of the biblical new year, the first feast season... a new job, a new state... and one day a new home. I pray these seeds are sown well... and that our family can walk through this honoring to the Almighty.

creations for the apothecary... actually the apothecary is packed up, with a small tote available for traveling needs. I already miss the jars of oils, tinctures and herbs displayed in the corners and cupboards of our small home on wheels. 

~ Blessings! 

Uses For and About Black Drawing Salve

I have been making a Black Drawing Salve for over a year now, and I often still think it has a mind of its own. Having not quite reached the point of 100 percent consistency each and every time a batch is created. However that doesn't stop me from creating it, using it or even sharing it.

Truly, there are many wonderful recipes out there for you to choose from, I know... I spent months searching, reading and learning how to utilized this wonder in my own home apothecary arsenal. My struggle was that some recipes called for a long list of ingredients that I was either unfamiliar with at the time or that I did not have on hand. Others included cross over ingredients, which are not necessarily wrong, but I was really looking for something simple and effective. With as few ingredients as possible... 

And after much consideration ~ here are my chosen participants blended with bee's wax:

  • Activated Charcoal: detoxifier & drawing agent – for poisons, toxins and impurities. 
  • Castor & Olive Oils: full of skin benefits, a cleanser, skin softener & skin conditioning agent. 
  • Calendula: calendula officinalis – a wonderful herb, known for promoting skin cell repair and for it's antiseptic properties. Used for a variety of skin related concerns. 
  • Bentonite Clay: traditional detoxifier & drawing agent – toxins and impurities – acne, stings, boils. 
  • Lavender Essential Oil: lavender augustifolia – acne, allergies, burns, boils, bites, poison ivy & oak. 
  • Melaleuca Essential Oil: melaleuca alternifolia – historically used for a variety skin infections, cuts and wounds.

Now traditionally Black Drawing Salve is used for splinters, boils, insect bites, skin impurities and pimples or the like. But more recently I have added 'tick bites' to my list of what I use drawing salve for. You see my husband discovered a rather large tick a little too late, and in all honesty it was not removed with care. In pulling the nasty from his body, the head was left in unintentionally... and the area became inflamed and infected.

So I went for my Black Drawing Salve and after washing the area well, I applied the pea sized amount of the salve to the dried area. Covered this with a band-aid and repeated this process every 8 to 12 hours.

Knowing the body will do what it was designed to do, encase and expel foreign bodies to rid it self of an invader. And knowing that the tick head left in, could still release bacteria, that really could cause illness to my husband. I was diligent in application, and though it took some time, the tick bite healed completely and I was thankful for my Black Drawing Salve.

~ Blessings!

P.S. The measurements can vary but here is my most basic recipe: 6 Tablespoons of Calendula infused olive oil, 2 Tablespoons castor oil, 2 teaspoons bees wax, 3 teaspoons of activated charcoal and 3 teaspoons bentonite clay powder. Add roughly: 30 drops lavender and 15 drops tea tree essential oils. ***Add a drop or two of Vitamin E oil. {bee's wax - add a little more for a more firm salve if desired.} Play with it... put yourself into your creations. :)

*Please note: This information has not been evaluated by the FDA, and it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Please see my Disclosure policy for more details.

Is it a Balm or a Salve?

Like most things, I think it depends on where your from... where you received your training and what 'school' of thought you adhere to. For me it's kind of like tom-a-to and tom-A-toe, however there seems to be slight differences between balms and salves.

A Balm is a blend of herbal oils, wax and essential oils, the aroma being what gives the balm its different name from salve. To some a balm is different than a salve because of its consistency or solely by the essential oil content.

Balms are best suited for external use and are often more firm than salves...

A Salve is a blend of fats, herbs {solid, semi solid or herbal infused oils}, wax and sometimes essential oils. Consistency varies greatly due to the wax - oil ratio and they are best used for external applications.

Salves seem to contain less aromatic essential oils and have a more herbal make up... and fat?

Either way ~ I think they are wonderful fun to create and of course to use. But I must ask you to forgive me a head of time, because I most likely will call it a balm when it's really its a salve...

Although I am curious... what are your thoughts? What makes a balm and what makes a salve?

~ Blessings!