Today I made an emollient lip salve with marshmallow! I was inspired by Rosalee de la Floret who talked in her blog about the topical uses of marshmallow. After nurturing my plants over the last two years I am looking for more and more ways to utilize the amazing emollient properties of Althaea officinalis. I used freshly harvested leaves and a little dried marshmallow root from last year’s divisions, and added some dried calendula petals (Calendula officinalis) and dried lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and warm infused it into safflower oil (Carthamus tinctorius L.) over a 24 hour period, very gently warming it and then letting it cool down (about 5 times). I was myself surprised that the plant material retained such vibrancy through the process. The picture shows the plants before I squeezed out every drop of oil I could get. Lastly, I added beeswax, cocoa butter and spearmint essential oil.
Today we harvested and distilled sage for the second time this summer. Our Salvia officinalis is thriving this year.
Sage hydrosol is one of our favorties; it has both floral and strong medicinal aromas.
The summer solstice is an important point in the year at our latitude. There is light in the sky all night, and the plants seem to reach a critical point in their lifecycles; virtually everything wild blooms, and cultivars seem to double in size overnight.
This year on the solstice we walked all around the area where we live collecting wild roses (Rosa dumalis). These roses can be found all over the Swedish countryside, and they clearly love the solstice sun. We harvested and distilled the fragrant flower petals, and are very thankful for this midsummer gift from nature.
After a spell of sunny weather, today we harvested Arnica montana flowers. Arnica is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and it is a welcome addition to our garden. We sun-infuse the fresh flowers in organic safflower oil, then blend with essential oils to make our Arnica Body Oil.
Angelica bursts into life in the spring, and by the end of May the plants are enormous and beginning to flower. Last week we made candied Angelica stalks, and today we harvested flowers from two of the giants in our garden, and are distilling them as I write this and the smell of Angelica floats through the air.