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Hello,
I am in Oregon and just love the idea of homesteading and living off the land!  Recently I started making natural home remedies for different ailments.  I need organic herbs to use in some of the carrier oils I use.  Does anyone here grow and sell Herbs like Oregano, Comfrey calendula or other?  I's rather buy it from a homesteader

Matt

PS I am new here so learning my way around
 
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Thinking of doing the same here in Northern Spain.wkll watch your thread with interest. Good luck!
 
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Would you like to buy a few hundred pounds of comfrey?  

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Trace Oswald wrote: Would you like to buy a few hundred pounds of comfrey?  

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Hello and thank you for the offer.  I just purchased comfrey and  a few hundred pounds would be way too much.  I am just now experimenting with my own salves and ointments.  Any herbs I would buy would most likely be in the "1 pound" realm.  Do you sell small quantities of other herbs as well?
 
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Trace Oswald wrote: Would you like to buy a few hundred pounds of comfrey?   😊



What would be the cost of that much comfrey? How hard is it to keep alive? What would you do with that much if you had it?  
 
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I think Trace was being funny.  Once you have comfrey growing, you can get lots of leaf harvests off of it.  

It's propagated or sold usually as root fragments.  Just get some and stick them in the ground.  In two years you'll have too much comfrey as well (as if you could have too much).  It's good dynamic accumulator, compost addition, chicken food, mulch material and chop and drop candidate.  Plus possible herbal uses but I'd seen some caution in that department.
 
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Never too much comfrey. Mulch, tea and animal fodder. And great weed suppressing.
 
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Amanda Launchbury-Rainey wrote:Never too much comfrey. Mulch, tea and animal fodder. And great weed suppressing.



Yeah Comfrey has great medicinal properties.  We use it to infuse oil with and then use that to make salves out of.
 
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I get these chap splits on my fingers, made a rosemary comfrey root salve, put it on yesterday, it was closed this morning. Nuts. Had it for nine days, nothing helped as much as comfrey salve. You have to make sure the wound is clean though, otherwise the dirt just gets enclosed.
 
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Cool Hugo, what's your recipe for the salve?
 
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Cut rosemary leaves, put them in a jar, add oil, let it sit for about 5 weeks. Keep the substrate covered under the oil to keep from rotting, i use a piece of muslin and a rock. I use sun flower oil, because it's cheap and it soaks into the skin quickly. If you cannot wait 5 weeks, people warm it up au bain marie style and shaking speeds exchange of oils up as well. The comfrey root has to be three years old, cut it in small bits put them in a jar etc., same story.

Then mix the two oils in equal measures. For every 7 ml of oil i use 1 gram bees wax. So 70 ml of oil equals 10 gram of bees wax. Got confused converting it into gallons. The more beewax the harder the salve. You can always melt the salve again and add more beewax or oil if it's not to your liking. There is a lot of variation, i guess it depends on what you like in a salve. I used the oils that i had, next to my bed ,until i tipped it over in the bed, that's what got me into salves/balms.

Heat the beeswax slowly in an old pan/tin you don't want for anything else later. Slowly is important for a clean salve. When it's melted add the oil. It will make the beeswax go hard immediately, but not everywhere equally. Keep heating this mix slowly, stir, until it's all a fluid. Put it in a little, fingerdeep jar with a good lit, let it cool of. Label,voila!
 
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Thanks Hugo, that sounds like something I could do :)  And my comfrey is 2 years old now so it should be mature enough for a batch next year.
 
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I use beef suet for my bases, the butchers here throw it way so its free. They work superbly well but you have to stop dogs following you.
 
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Amanda Launchbury-Rainey wrote:I use beef suet for my bases, the butchers here throw it way so its free. They work superbly well but you have to stop gogs following you.



Is beef suet the same as beef tallow or beef lard?
 
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Gail Gardner wrote:

Trace Oswald wrote: Would you like to buy a few hundred pounds of comfrey?   😊



What would be the cost of that much comfrey? How hard is it to keep alive? What would you do with that much if you had it?  



As Mike said,  that was just my feeble attempt at humor.  Comfrey has to be one of the easiest things on earth to grow,  so if anyone needs it, I suggest buying or bartering for a few cuttings.  Soon you will have as much of it as you would ever need.  I'm certain I am growing enough to harvest thousands of pounds a year but much of mine isn't cut. I allow a lot of it to grow out and flower because the bumble bees love the flowers.
 
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