Category Archives: perfume

Back to Orris Root

Harvested considerably more Iris germanica root today, and left enough roots on each set of leaves for an increase. I peeled and grated them and left them open on a flat plate to dry. The first batch is already dry … Continue reading

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Preparing Orris Root for Perfumes

Orris root used in many perfumes is the dried rhizome of German Bearded Iris (Iris germanica). This is a photo of mine blooming in the spring. I promised my neighbor about 30 rhizomes so today I dug them for her … Continue reading

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Honey Clover (Melilotus albus)

Honey Clover is an import from Europe/Asia and has spread throughout the US. It is a member of the pea family and has edible pods, beans, and fresh leaves. I had Honey Clover in Texas and ate fresh  leaves and … Continue reading

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Prickly Wild Rose (Rosa acicularis)

I do hope these itsy bitsy plants coming up are Prickly Wild Rose. They are small, and I haven’t seen Prickly Wild Rose since my mom and dad were camping, hunting, and fishing in Alaska. I was camping with them, … Continue reading

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Visiting my Property

The Dog Head Forest Fire is 61% contained and they are putting more reinforcement on my northeast side.  It has spread east and they are trying to contain that as well.  The smoke was noticeably down this morning but they … Continue reading

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Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Lemon Balm is a soft name for a powerful medicinal herb. While doctors tell us there is no treatment for viral infections, research studies say otherwise… or until they figure how to make money on something unpatentatable. Lemon Balm is … Continue reading

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Twisted-Spine Prickly Pear Fruit and Seed (Opuntia macrorhiza)

In researching my Prickly Pear fruit and seed, I encountered some generic information that does not seem to have been applied to my specific species, but which does apply. Although Twisted-Spine Prickly Pear is a member of the Cactaceae family, … Continue reading

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