When I was at home raising my son, I made fire cider every winter. As the years went by, I got out of the habit. I was working part-time and raising my son. I ramped up to full-time and just wasn’t at home as much as I used to be. I didn’t have time for the homemaking arts that I love. But, this winter season, I caught bronchitis twice. Once during the incredibly busy December of 2019 and once in February 2020! (Yes, I get a flu shot every year. Yes, I go to my PCP and get flu & strep tests, and yes, I take antibiotics if need be, etc.)
I’ve been making salves for my friends and family for a few years now. And I am still just winging it as far as measurements of beeswax and oil! I’ve had some people ask me about the ratios. In general, I think I do use a 1 – 4 beeswax to oil ratio, but then again, I don’t use exact measurements, so it may vary.
Hobby Corner: A lifetime of loving Lionel Trains!
America, reclaim your leisure time from social media!
Put down Facebook, TV and the shopping channels and reclaim your time and your well emotional well being! Hobbies are good for our mental health. Hobbies are creative outlets that exercise the creative parts of the brain. Time spent in an absorbing hobby promotes the healthy state of mind called flow, where you are so immersed in a creative process that time and space melt away. Hobbies provide a creative outlet, they make us more interesting, as new layers of knowledge and skill fill our developing selves our identities.
Hobby Corner: Fall Warming Salve for Pain Relief
This spring and summer, I wildcrafted some herbs to infuse in base oils for use in making some fall and winter salves. I made comfrey, dandelion and calendula oils. This November, I made my first fall/winter warming salve. Because, like any others, I do intense work as a psychotherapist, I tend towards hobbies that being me in contact with nature, such as hiking, gardening and herbal and aromatherapy studies.
Arnica Oil Infused Salve for Muscle Pain
My work can be very analytical and intense, so I offset this by exercise and engaging in pleasant hobbies.
Here’s another easy remedy for you to make for simple comfort in everyday life. Make this salve for use in your home and to give to friends, too! Making salves with plant essences is a lot like cooking. So, if you like to cook as a hobby this is a meditative fun way to pass a rainy day at home!