This year I decided to dry some and see if it still worked after being dried. I just hung it up in the rafters, it dried in about a week.
Well, I got my chance to try it out!
Earlier in the week I was digging plants and got into poison ivy, ending up with a 3 inch spot on my left hand. Oooooh, it was itchy!
I took about a heaping tablespoon of the dried jewelweed, mixed it with enough water to make a poultice, and put it on the spot of poison. What a relief! The itching stopped and the spot is just about gone!
So, you can dry jewelweed! This will be great for this winter as my husband gets into it occasionally when he cuts trees. I just wish I had dried more.
Jewelweed grows all over here in East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains. It's found in shady, woodland areas, usually growing alongside poison ivy. We have it all along the creek and it seems to do better in moist, mostly shady areas.
Don't have wild jewelweed?
You can order jewelweed seeds from Horizon Herbs or Prairie Moon Nursery. If you're going to order some, I would do it now and plant them immediately. In the wild, the seeds are scattered when the seedpods explode and they don't come up until the following spring. A lot of wildflowers need the chilling requirement of winter before their seeds will germinate. Maybe next year I'll have some seeds to share. :)
Do you see the little button at the bottom of my sidebar with the numbers on it? That is from Blog Patrol, a free blog counter service, and it tells me how many people have visited my blog. When I sign on to my account with Blog Patrol, I can also see; how people got to my blog, what time of day they visited and even what country they are from! I think that's the neat part, seeing how many people from different places have stopped by. :)
Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and welcome to everyone, I'm glad you stopped by and I hope I've helped you in some way. :)
First, from Homeschool Freebie of the Day, The Path of Praise. This is a wonderful audio "history” of the celebration of Thanksgiving, first broadcast on the old radio show, “Cavalcade of America”, in 1951. This is available today only. Thank you Erskines. :)
So, I took the plunge and bought my own domain! www.pawpawhollerhome.com (This was something I had intended to do from the beginning, I just kept putting it off. Thanks go out to Penny Raine for reminding me.) It wasn't expensive, I bought mine through GoDaddy for $7.49 a domain (code ZINE3 at checkout).
Anyways, when I get my site up and running, I'm going to transfer my blog to there, so watch for updates!
Would you like to start a blog but don't know where to start? Why should you even start a blog? Do you need a domain name? Penny Raine is posting a series for beginners starting a blog, you can find part one here. Very good information.
Don't forget to get part two of "Pilgrim Stories" from Homeschool Freebie of the Day. This second part tells about the Pilgrims' arrival in the New World and the dangers they faced, the making of new friends and the first Thanksgiving. This freebie will be available through the end of the week.
I found a couple more e-books about the Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony.
I found another old-timey recipe in our family cookbook, an old way of preserving apples. Before there was electricity and before canning jars became more widely available, apples were preserved by drying or sulphuring. Sulphuring the apples prevents them from turning brown. This recipe is also from my husband's Aunt Minnie.
Peel, core and slice apples.
Put 1 thick layer of apples in a big stone jar or a wooden barrel.
Make a little hole in middle of layer of apples and set a little pan or saucer in it.
Put some hot wood coals in the pan; then put in 1 Tbsp. of sulphur on the hot coals.
Put a heavy blanket or old quilt over the jar or barrel to hold in smoke.
Keep repeating layers until you have as many as you want.
Make a new hole for each layer.
Take the amount of apples you want to cook out and soak in water for just a few minutes.
Then fry or bake or just plain cook them.
What is left in the jar or barrel can be left there until all is used up; or you can put in fruit jars and seal and set in a cool place.