So a new development with me (yes, other than my complete inability to blog in the summer, apparently, thanks for pointing that out…) is that my lactose intolerance has reached a new high. Yippee!
I’ve gotten to where I can’t even tolerate milk baked into anything, so for favorite foods like quiche, I needed a different way to do it.
Enter my new best baking friend, yogurt.
Yogurt, thanks to all that lovely active bacteria in it, predigests the lactose so I don’t have to. Unfortunately, baking it kills the active bacteria, but it at least allows me to make food that would otherwise be off limits thanks to the milk content.
So when a good friend of mine dropped off a beautiful carton of fresh eggs from her hens, I thought, it’s time for a quiche recipe! And, yes, this was last night’s dinner. Paired with breakfast potatoes and a steamed veggie or salad, it’s plenty hardy enough for that all important night-time gathering.
I love calendula and chamomile, and combined, they might just be the yummiest smelling thing ever! And I combined them with coconut oil and some other yummy and nourishing ingredients (namely extra virgin olive oil, beeswax and vitamin E oil) to make my all time favorite (so far!) hand salve. It’s both soothing and healing, making it possible for me to work in the kitchen right now. My eczema is quite inflamed at the moment, and I just apply a bit of this after pretty much every time I get my hands wet and it makes it bearable.
Okay, so as promised, here’s a brief how-to on herb infused oil and my new hand salve recipe…
I actually double infused this oil… so just like for the Bum Salve I made the other day, except I took the strained oil and poured it over a fresh batch of herbs. Same ratio: take 1/2 cup of herbs, in this case I did a whole cup, half chamomile and half calendula, and then the same amount of olive oil (extra virgin, cold pressed), or in the case of a double infusion the same amount of the already infused herb oil. Pour the olive oil over the herbs in an oven proof dish. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and then turn off. Leave for about four hours. This time I actually re-heated the oven half-way through and left the light on for a bit of added warm because I felt like my oven cooled off too fast the last time.
The oil turns a lovely golden brown:
and then we make the salve.
4 Tbs Coconut Oil
4 Tbs Calendula/Chamomile Oil (or if you want to infuse them separately for other uses, then 2 Tbs of each oil)
2 Tbs Beeswax
1/8 tsp Vitamin E Oil
Melt the first three ingredients together in a double boiler on medium heat until beeswax is melted. Remove from heat, dry your measuring cup so no water gets in your salve preparation. Stir in Vitamin E Oil and pour into sterilized container(s). This recipe makes 4 oz.
And this makes a firmer salve, firm enough you could pour it into lip balm tubes also if you wanted it to be a lip balm.
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Based on a simple recipe from Vintage Remedies new YouTube Channel, I concocted my own bath salts or foot soak this afternoon to give as a gift to a newly pregnant friend. I went with an Orange Eucalyptus theme, but if you want the original recipe, see the video at the bottom of the post.
2/3 cup Mediterranean Course Sea Salt
Dried Orange Peel from one orange
5-6 Tbs Chamomile
1-2 Tbs Calendula
1 Tbs Coconut Oil
6-8 drops Sweet Orange Oil
2 drops Eucalyptus Oil
First up, I needed dried orange peels. To do this, I peeled three organic oranges, broke up the pieces of peel into sort of similar sized pieces and spread them out on a cookie sheet.
For this recipe, you only need the peel from about one orange.
Note: if you dry orange peel to eat, you want to scrape out as much of the white from the back of the peel as you can as this tastes bitter. But for my purposes, which is bath salts, I skipped this step.
Set the oven on 150 or 170, whatever your lowest setting is, and then leave for about 2 hours, but check it frequently to make sure it doesn’t get burnt.
When dry, the pieces will have shrunk and shriveled and be brittle. Make sure they’re completely brittle and dry before adding to your salts.
Meanwhile, take about a tablespoon of coconut oil and add essential oils to it. I added 2 drops of Eucalyptus (seriously, only two, otherwise it will overpower everything!) and about 6-8 drops of Sweet Orange Oil. Mix well to blend essential oils throughout the coconut oil.
Then, add 2/3 of a cup of course Mediterranean Sea Salt and mix mix mix until the oil disappears into the salt.
Add 5-6 tablespoons of Chamomile flowers and a sprinkling of Calendula petals for color.
Then when your orange peels are dry, throw a small handful in and mix.
You get this beautifulness:
Pour into pint-sized mason jar or other 2 cup glass container, label and enjoy!
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