Old Ways Herbal: Juliette Abigail Carr, RH (AHG)

Women & Children's Herbal Clinic, Vermont Herb School, & Ramblings on Family Herbal Wisdom

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School of Plant Medicine Registration Open

Sign up now for Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine Courses!

The Home Medicine Maker, Home Herbalist, and Medicinal Gardener Courses start in May.  As of today, there are 8 spots left in the Home Medicine Maker Course, and 9 in each of the others; these courses are open enrollment.

The Traditional Apprenticeship starts at the end of April, and the High Summer Apprenticeship starts in July.  These competitive programs are by application only.

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Plant a Bug Spray Garden

Check out my new article in Heirloom Gardener Magazine, a publication of Mother Earth News!

Plant a Bug Spray Garden: Plant herbal allies to defend your family from bites and your garden from pests

Here’s more information on Herbal Infused Oils

Here’s a bunch of things about Herbal Gardening

Let me know what you think!

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Discount Tickets to Good Medicine Confluence 2019

Join me in gorgeous Durango, CO, May 15-19 for one of the best, most unique herbal gatherings in the country!

I’m so excited to be teaching three classes:

Birth Trauma: Healing with Herbs

Essential Herbs for Toddlers and their Families

Botanical Sanctuary: Learning from the Land, Teaching from the Land


Buy your tickets from me at a discounted price, to help support my journey to teach at the Good Medicine Confluence with baby and toddler in tow!

$399 for one: this will cover more than half my flight

$375/each for two: this will cover my whole flight and taxi from the airport

Ticket buyers will receive a fabulous HERBAL GIFT in the mail from me personally!  Contact Us to reserve.

I’m so thrilled to be invited back to this vibrant event and I hope to see you there!



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Registered Herbalist!

Big news!  I’m honored to announce my acceptance into the American Herbalists Guild as a peer-reviewed Registered Herbalist, the highest level of credentialing available to herbalists in the US.  I look forward to participating in all the opportunities for professional development afforded by this honor, as well as expanding clinical hours for long-distance clients, and continuing to offer the usual courses and apprentice programs through the Old Ways Herbal School of Plant Medicine.



Infused Herbal Oils

Infused Herbal Oils

Uses & Sample Formulas

Muscle rub & massage oil: warm oil before using.

Willow, arnica, Solomon’s seal, cayenne for pain; rose & damiana for love.

Decongestant: add to a bath or to boiling water as a steam.

Eucalyptus, cayenne, goldenrod, yarrow, thyme.

Skin soother: for chronic conditions like eczema and psoriasis, or acute itchiness like poison ivy or heat rash. Add to bath water; do not apply directly to skin, as oil clogs pores.

Oat, calendula, comfrey, plantain.

Beauty masks & scrubs: blend with clay, sugar, or corn meal.

Chamomile, calendula, rose, thyme.

Aromatherapy: much better for the environment than essential oils and should replace them in the medicine chests of conscientious people.

Lavender, rose, eucalyptus, thyme.

General Tips

  • Do not consume infused oils unless the herbs are safe to eat.
  • Oils mold! Check them regularly and prepare them well. The main reasons oils mold are that the jars or tools were wet, the plants were too fresh, or the marc stuck up out of the menstruum.
  • Oils go rancid if they’re not stored properly. Smell them, and discard if they smell like onion rings.
  • Keep records of when you start your oils so you know when to press them. The sooner you press them, the less likely they are to mold or go rancid.
  • In a pinch, you can heat the oil and herbs in a double boiler on low heat for 4-6 hours, then put it in a jar for a few days before making a salve. I don’t recommend this because many constituents are not heat stable, and oil oxidizes when you heat it and doesn’t last nearly as long.

Oil Selection

Choose an oil that is nice on your skin and doesn’t smell strongly. I usually use olive oil, but sometimes I’ll blend olive & jojoba (actually a wax). Some people use safflower or almond oil, too. Generally, the fancier oils oxidize at lower temperatures.

Plant Selection

Choose plants that are useful externally, for skin, mucous membranes, aromatherapy, etc.

Generally, plants that are sticky (calendula) extract best, followed by plants that are gooey (comfrey).

Make oils when the plants are ready, since oil maintains its integrity longer than fresh plants.

Plant Prep: mold is the enemy

Fresh: Some plants can be put straight into the oil from the garden, like St Johns Wort or mullein flower, but many plants will mold.

Wilting: This prevents mold for almost all plants. Instead of putting the marc straight in the oil, lay it in the sun for a few hours—not long enough to dry it, but long enough to wilt it.

Partial Drying: Some very mucilaginous plants need to be dried for several days, like comfrey root or mullein leaf. Prepare your marc and dry it in a dark, cool place for 3-4 days. If the weather is humid, wilt it first and finish the drying inside.

Dried: If you need to, you can use fully dried herbs, but fresh is stronger. Adjust the amount of oil so that it will be more concentrated, since many of the constituents have evaporated with the water.

Infused Oil Recipe

  1. Pick your herbs & prep them (fresh, wilt, partial dry, dry). The fresher they are, the stronger the oil.
  2. Jar and all tools must be bone dry or you risk mold. Each oil simple gets its own jar; you can blend them later if you want to. This lessens the chance of mold & increases usefulness.
  3. When the marc (prepped herbs) is ready, put it in the bottom of the jar and cover it with oil until there is at least an inch of oil over the top of the marc. If you want a replicable recipe, weigh the marc and measure the oil first—the ratio is often something like 1:8 or 1:10.
  4. Put wax paper under the lid. Label the jar and cover the label with packing tape. Make sure to include the date. Write yourself a note on your calendar to check it in 4 weeks.  Store the oil in a cool, dark, temperature-stable place. You don’t need to shake it.
  5. Marc (prepped herbs) will usually soak up a lot of oil, so check it for the first 24 hours and add oil if necessary to keep the marc completely submerged.
  6. After 4 weeks, check your oil. It should smell like herbs and have changed color. If the herb is safe to eat, you can taste it too, but be careful not to taste anything potentially toxic. If it’s not ready, check it weekly until it is.
  7. When your oil is ready, strain. Press strained herbs in a potato ricer to extract the last of the oil.
  8. If you want to store your oil more than 2-3 months, add a preservative, like:
    • A few drops of vitamin e oil
    • About ¼ volume of your oil of an infused oil with a lot of antioxidants and antimicrobial activity, like lavender or eucalyptus
    • A few drops of essential oil of an herb with a lot of antioxidants and antimicrobial activity, but these are environmentally unethical
  9. If you’re planning to blend your oil, this is a good time. I recommend adding each oil as either 1 part or 2 parts of formula (2 oz comfrey, 2 oz plantain, 4 oz calendula) to keep them effective.


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Herbal Ice Pops for Sick Kids

Herbal ice pops are a great variation on the infused ice cube theme, specifically helpful with the cranky toddler and kid crowd.

This is a great anti-dehydration remedy, as well as a tasty, fun treat that makes it easier to get herbs into sick kids.

  1. Make a strong infusion or decoction (instructions).
  2. Sweeten generously with raw honey for electrolytes, probiotics, and immune-boosting properties, as well as palatability.
  3. Add a taste of lemon or orange juice for vitamin C and electrolytes.
  4. Freeze and store as for the regular infused ice cubes, sticking toothpicks into each ice cube cell as a handle, or use silicone popsicle molds for extra fun.


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Frozen Yogurt Infusions: Toddler Magic

Turn infusions and decoctions into delicious, fun remedies that go down easy!  Frozen yogurt infusions are a fantastic trick to get medicine into kids who don’t eat when things go awry, and they’re especially nice for kids prone to tummy trouble.


  1. Make strong tea out of your choice of herbs, using either the infusion or decoction method (instructions here).  The infusion needs to taste good, so choose herbs accordingly.  Sweeten with ample honey for electrolytes, probiotics, and immune-boosting properties.  Make sure you can taste the honey.  Allow to cool.
  2. The best yogurt is organic, unsweetened, whole milk yogurt, either plain or in a flavor your child likes.  If you’re using flavored yogurt, make sure it won’t be disgusting with the flavor of the tea.
  3. Start with twice as much yogurt as tea.  Combine cool tea and yogurt in a blender until smooth.  Add more tea slowly until you have a consistency about halfway between tea and yogurt.  If the texture is a little liquidy that is okay.
  4. Pour into silicone popsicle molds (ice cube trays also work, but popsicles are more fun).  When frozen, they can be popped out and stored in freezer bags to make space for another batch, or just keep them in the molds.

I mostly use this trick for immune formulas (like elderberry, thyme, and hyssop), and digestive formulas (like ginger, fennel, catnip).

What combinations work for your family?