“Every year an abundance of jewel weed grows along side our stream. I cut down to about 4 inches of the root, pack as much as I can into a few quart-size jars and pour in as much witch hazel or vodka as the jar will hold. Let it steep at least a month, the longer the better. Eventually I strain it and keep a few jars stored in the basement. It will get used up in a hurry if someone encounters ground hornets, yellow jackets, or poison ivy or oak. It takes the hurt out of the stings and by the end of the day all that is left of the stings is a small welt that is usually gone in a few days.”
Jewelweed blooms are still going strong around my house. Their bright cheery color really stands out as the green of summer turns to brown. I need to gather some before it’s too late and make some of Cheryl’s remedy.
Last night’s video: Making a Fall Garden in Appalachia