Peddler’s Wagon Gets “Most Huggable” Nod from TreeHugger

“Urban eco-pioneers, Path to Freedom, launch an online trove of green goods…”{Via TreeHugger} 

:: New Wares of the Week :: To Go Ware®

In addition, the PW has a new url

Swedish Bitters

Around the urban homestead, you’ll find lots of empty vodka bottles. No, it’s not that we’ve been drinking or anything like that but such spirits are needed to make assorted batches of herbal tinctures.   With winter coming on and threat of sore throats, the dreaded cold or flu, we have a bunch of Echinacea tincture to boost our immune system.
Swedish Bitters are a new addition to the MIY (make it yourself) medicine cabinet. Right now, the container of SB is in the kitchen window sill, steeping in the southern exposure.

Swedish Bitters help keep the stomach and intestines in working order and it especially nips that little tickle in your throat when you gargle the herbal mixture straight.
Thanks to a generous UK reader, we have two packets of dried Swedish Bitter herb mix. 

The recipe 10gr Aloe 5gm Myrrh 0.2gm Saffron 10gmSenna leaves 10gm Camphor 10gm Rhubarb root 10gm Zedvoary root 10gm Manna 10gmTheriac venezian 5gm Carline Thistle root 10gm Angelica root This mixture is put into a wide-necked 2 liters bottle and 1 1/2 liters of 38% to 40% rye or fruit spirit are poured over it. The bottle is left standing in the sun or near the stove for 14 days and shaken daily. The liquid is then strained and poured into small bottles, well stopped and stored in a cool place. This way it can be kept for many years. The longer it stands the more effective it becomes ! Shake well before use ! Alternatively some of the liquid can be strained into a small bottle and the rest left in the large bottle until required.

The Directions Internally : Prophylactics are taken according to the “Old Manuscript ” in the morning and evening, 1 teaspoonful diluted with water. For indisposition of any kind, 3 tablespoons diluted with water can be taken. For serious diseases, 2 to 3 tablespoons are taken as follows: 1 tablespoon diluted with half a cup of herbal tea, half of it is sipped half an hour before and the other half an hour after each meal.

Compress : According to area, a piece of cotton wool or gauze is moistened with Swedish Bitters and applied to the affected area which has been well covered with lard or Calendula ointment. A slightly larger piece of plastic is put over it to prevent the clothes from getting stained. Then a cloth is wound around or a bandage is used.

The compress can be left on, depending on illness, for 2 to 4 hours. If tolerated, the compress can stay on overnight. After removal the skin is powdered. Should people with sensitive skin still develop a rash, the compresses have to be used for a shorter period only or omitted for a time. People who are allergic to plastic should leave it off. Never forget to grease the skin beforehand. If an itching rash has already developed it can be treated with Calendula ointment.

On the Homefront

The first frost of the season should sweeten the almost ripe oranges. The broccoli are growing tall and strong, sweet snow peas hang from the delicate vines. A colorful assortment of greens carpet the raised beds. The stone fruit trees are slowing losing their leaves, the berries are going dormant along with a few perennial herbs.   The year’s slowing winding down as the garden slowly goes into semi hibernation.

The first frost also brings out the pungent flavor of the horseradish. So, we’ll be digging up the roots pretty soon.

City Farmer Adds PTF

We received an email from Michael fromCity Farmer (thanks for the link btw!) who added PTF to their “just added links” For those of you who haven’t already discovered this site City Farmer is a great resource for urban farmers.

Urban Homesteaders Grow 6000 Pounds Annually, Pasadena, California

See videos on site! “Our homestead supports four adults, who live and work full time on a 66′ x 132′ city lot (1/5 acre). The yard has over 350 varieties of edible and useful plants. The homestead’s productive 1/10 acre organic garden now grows over 6,000 pounds (3 tons) of produce annually. This provides fresh vegetables and fruit for our family’s vegetarian diet and a source of income. We operate a viable & lucrative home business that supplies area restaurants and caterers with salad mix, edible flowers, heirloom variety tomatoes and other in-season vegetables. In addition, we share our homestead with a menagerie of animals — chickens, ducks, three rescued cats, red wiggler worms (which compost garbage) and our summer of 2006 addition of a dwarf nigerian and pygmy goat.” Posted November 30, 2006