Monday, May 26, 2014


We harvest the leaves from some fallen branches out back...

We cut them up into small pieces and made a tincture...

...and some eucalyptus-infused honey. Maybe tomorrow we will dye wool and silk with the dried leaves.

While we cut the leaves I told the girls some eucalyptus stories. We talked about what kinds of remedies we could make and what ailments they would cure. They retain more than I imagined they would: yesterday Isla had a splinter in her foot and she said, "We need plantain! I have to make a poultice to pull the splinter out of my foot!" Today she said she had a stuffy nose, "But I don't want to breathe in eucalyptus steam!"

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