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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.


(image from Traditional Cooking School )


For this badge bit, you will create cottonwood bud infused oil (also known as Balm of Giliad):
 - Make a journal page about a recipe for a cottonwood bud infused oil along with dosage information.
 - Make a cottonwood bud infused oil, with a picture of it being made, and of it being finished.

Optional:
 - Make a journal page about the uses and attributes and and how to ID and how to grow cottonwood. Add it to the herb section.

Here are some links to guide you in researching cottonwood and in creating your cottonwood bud infused oil:
  How to Make Balm of Gilead or Cottonwood Oil- LearningHerbs
  Cottonwood • NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF AROMATIC STUDIES
  Cottonwood Bud Oil – How to Make an Easy Cold-Infused Herbal Oil - SURVIVE AND THRIVE with NICOLE APELIAN
  COTTONWOOD AND WILLOW: NATURE’S PAIN RELIEVERS - Cedar Mountain Herb School, LLC
Balm of Gilead: The “Do-It-All” Poplar Salve {it’s spring in a jar!} - Traditional Cooking School      

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
 - a picture of your journal page about your recipe and dosage information for cottonwood bud infused oil
 - a picture of your cottonwood bud being harvested
 - a picture of your cottonwood bud in a oil
 - a picture of your completed cottonwood bud infused oil in a labelled container

Optional:
 - a picture of your journal page about cottonwood bud's attributes
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I'm super depressed. I spent all year waiting for the cottonwood buds, took a bunch of pictures when I harvested it, and now they're missing.

I'm going to just post the pictures I have, so I don't lose those, too.
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Taken April 20th: Cottonwood buds, in coconut oil and cocoa butter, staying warm on the hood of the car under and old black shirt, so the oil stayed liquid
Taken April 20th: Cottonwood buds, in coconut oil and cocoa butter, staying warm on the hood of the car under and old black shirt, so the oil stayed liquid
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May 24th: Straining the cottonwood buds into the jar
May 24th: Straining the cottonwood buds into the jar
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Labeled jars--one has beeswax (salve) and the other does not.
Labeled jars--one has beeswax (salve) and the other does not.
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Recipe
Recipe
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Uses/side-effects/location
Uses/side-effects/location
Staff note (Mike Haasl):

Since you're the first to attempt this BB, I'll approve it. Congratulations!

 
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