Monthly Archives: September 2012

Fall Seed & Plant Swap

You are invited to attend the fall Ozark Seed & Plant Swap to be held Saturday, October 13th at the Yellow House Community Arts Center, 209 Trish Knight, West Plains, Missouri.  The swap will begin at 12:00 and end around 2:00.

Bring your extra seeds and plants and if you like, and a snack or drink to share.  This event is free and open to anyone who would like to attend!  If you are on Facebook, visit the Seed & Plant Swap Events Page for all the details, more information on seed swaps and how they work and little tips and tidbits to help everyone have a successful swap!  To read more about seed swaps and how they work check out these two articles right here on Show Me Oz:

Share the Seed: How a Seed Swap Works
A Successful Community Seed Swap

Hope to see you there!

The Beauty of Fall

Leaf & Moss - copyright Jill HendersonBy Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz
A Journey of Seasons

Since life began on our watery-blue planet, the sun has ruled the seasons. It is a calendar by which all living things keep time. The Autumnal Equinox occurs when the sun crosses the celestial equator in its southward march towards winter. As the days grow shorter, the northern hemisphere begins to cool. I have always been in awe of the effects the sun has on life and how fast nature responds to it’s movements. The changes that occur once we pass the fall equinox happen so fast, that if you close your eyes for only a moment you will surely miss something wonderful!

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Making Herbal Tinctures: Part II

Mortar and Pestel - Copyright 2012 Jill HendersonBy Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz

Last week, in Making Herbal Tinctures: Part I, we discussed the different types of solvents (menstruum) used to make high-quality herbal tinctures, including alcohol such as vodka, Everclear, brandy and wine, as well as non-alcohol solvents like vinegar and vegetable glycerin.   But choosing the right solvent is only a small part of the equation.  Indeed, measuring your ingredients properly is the critical key to creating reliable and consistent tinctures.

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Making Herbal Tinctures: Part I

Mortar and Pestel - Copyright 2012 Jill HendersonBy Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz

In the world of herbalism, tinctures are the star of the show.  For those who grow, gather or use herbs for healing purposes, learning to make tinctures is one of the most important – and easiest – skills to learn. Continue reading