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Finding Hidden Beauty

Jan Skahl

NaturesTreasuresMN began in all to innocent of a way; a simple walk. Hank decided that he would share the art of discovering Agates with me during a walk in late Spring of 2015.

Well I started to see beauty in unlikely places and could not just settle for Agates. Don't get me wrong; Agates are very beautiful in their own way. However, I find beauty in Jasper, Chert, Quartz, Thomsonite, and so much more.

We started out with one tumbler, then added a double tumbler, then decided a lap grind and saws would be nice. Well the rock shop was born and has taken over our basement, garage and part of the yard.

Now when we go for walks we find ourselves discovering more beauty in places we both never realized that it existed.

We also collect raw materials, mineral specimens and fossils from a handful of suppliers from several other localities.

We enjoy going to rock, artisian, craft and other local shows to sell our unique hand crafted jewelry and the various specimens that we allow ourselves to pass on to others.

The Japer in the attached picture is just an example of the beauty that can be found, hidden in Minnesota "rocks". I found this one in a gravel pit, long abandoned. Hank cut and polished the stone. I then hand wire wrapped it to frame it's beauty.  

Obsidian

Jan Skahl

What do you think of when you see the word "Obsidian"? Do you think of coffee, the word "black", strong, vast darkness, or a volcanic rock?

I think of a jagged piece of volcanic glass that can be transformed into a beautiful treasure from nature.

In our first Newsletter we will be featuring this awesome, natural, volcanic glass and some interesting information about it.

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Transformation of an Ugly Stone

Jan Skahl

There once was a little ugly stone. A woman found it while taking a stroll one day. She saw something about that little ugly stone that talked to her and intrigded her, so she picked it up and took it home. The woman gave the stone a bath and saw some potential. She told the stone, "I will make you into something beautiful and you will have worth. Someone will find you some day a cherish you. She put the stone into a rock tumbler with a bunch of ugly stones. One week later the woman dumped out the tumbler and bathed the stones to see how they were starting to change. They little ugly stone was starting to show it unique blue gloss. Then it was off to stage 2 and 2 more weeks in the tumbler, another bath, and more beauty and character started to show on all of the stones. However, the little ugly stone was not so ugly anylonger and started to show it's potential. Now to stage three, another week passes and a cute little eye appears. Then stage 4 and onto several stages of buffing on the lap buffer. Wow! This stone looks so amazing. Who would have ever known? How many people walked passed this stone, or maybe even kicked it as they went passed it before the woman took it home.


Now this once ugly stone has become a little, rare blue agate gem with a unique eye. The woman thinks to herself. This would almost look like one of those cute little Minnons if it were yellow, but it is so much more beatiful in blue.


She decides to wire wrap it in a style that will secure the stone, but yet not hide the beautiful features of the stone. She makes 4 attempts then a 5th and puts several hours into trying to get this wire wrap just right. To get it in a way that best suits this beautiful blue agate. Unfortantely, it just was not working out just right and she throughs her hands up and tells the stone, "I am sorry, I just am not understanding how you want to be." She walks away and does other things about her home to work off her frustrations. She thinks to herself, "This is usaully such relaxing work, time consuming, but relaxing. What is it with this stone. This must be for a very special young lady." A few days later the woman is working on other stones and making them into beautiful jewelry and she happens to see the beautiful blue agate there in her tray of work to be done. It is almost as if the stone is telling her, "Try me now, I am ready to tell you what I will become." So, the woman picked up the stone and the wire and tools and listened to the stone in only a way a true artist of this type could understand. She spent a couple hours working the wire and tools around the stone and the stone was finally transferred into a beautiful pendant necklace. One-of-a-kind, beautifull, unique and ready to meet the you lady that was meant to cherish her. Months later at a craft and vendor show, the young lady purchased the beautiful unique necklace, much to her mother's dismay and disbelieve. The mother could not understand how a "polished rock wrapped in a bunch of wire" could be worth so much.

One thing I have learned as an artist, making unique jewelry, is that not everyone is going to get it. Not everyone is going to understand the hard work, long hours, care and love that go into each unique creation. They are not going to understand that this piece of jewelry is one-of-a-kind and cannot be purchased elsewhere. They are not going to understand that you put a lot of time and money into creating it. There are just some people who just will never get it, but for each of these people there are many more that do. I just try to forgive the ones that do not understand and pray that I never lose my love for creating. I keep in mind the ones who do get it and are out there waiting for that something special. I really hope that young lady enjoys her purchase and the labor of love that went into it.

Hawthorn Berries --- The "Heart Berry" and so much more.

Jan Skahl

Hawthorn Berries are pack with so many benefits and very few side affect. We as a culture, here in the USA, have forgotten so many things that our ansesters shared. In some comminities these precious memories remain in the form of plants, shrubs and trees that where planted in the old homesteads of long ago. One of these is the great old, almost forgotten stand-by, Hawthorn Berries ("Haws").


Benefits:

  • Reversing Heart Failure

  • Relieving Angina

  • Controlling High Blood Pressure

  • Impoved Immune System

  • Anxiety

  • Increased Blood Sugar Control

  • Digestive Health

  • Elimainating Intestinal Infactions

  • Better Control of Heart Rythm

  • Anti-Inflammatory uses

  • Reduce itching of healing skin wounds, Eczema and Psoriasis

  • Lower LDL ("bad") Cholesterol and Triglycerides

  • Increases Energy by improving blood circulation.

  • Antioxidant Properties


Helpful links with tips on how to use this wonderful berry:


https://www.thealternativedaily.com/health-benefits-of-hawthorn-berries/


http://www.health-care-clinic.org/alternative-medicines/hawthorn-berry.htm


https://www.livestrong.com/article/126295-benefits-hawthorn-berry-tea/


https://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/hawthorn-berry/


https://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-hawthorn-berry.html



Quote:

Potential side effects

Although modern drugs are effective in preventing cardiovascular disorders, their use is often limited due to their side effects. Most of the adverse effects from using hawthorn berries are mild to moderate. However, most studies indicate that oral hawthorn is well tolerated. One study, which included 29 clinical studies consisting of 7311 patients reported 166 adverse events.


Side effects may include upset stomach, sweating, fatigue, nausea, agitation or dizziness. More serious side effects include shortness of breath, severe allergic reactions, heart irregularities and mood swings. Therefore, before adding hawthorn to your diet, speak with your doctor.

Balsam Pine Tea

Jan Skahl

Balsam trees have many more uses than just Christmas trees. It's branches can be used to make a shelter and a warm bed to lie on. However, the most important use is that it is a good source of vitamins. Balsam contains the highest source of Vitamins A and C. This source comes from the needles and the pulp that is in the middle of the outside bark and the wood. The pulp you can eat or use with the needles to make a tea . To make balsam tea boil the needles until you smell the sent of the balsam. Strain into a filter and enjoy. The best way that I have found is to this is to add a pinch or two of needles in with my coffee grounds in my coffee maker in the morning along with chaga. This makes a nice aromatic coffee. Balsam also helps with diabietes as well. You can also use it in tea and ice tea. You can dry the needles and store them in a coffee can. Just label the lid. I hope everyone finds this useful and enjoys the tea as much as Jan and I do.

Hank


Helpful links:

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/fir-needle-essential-oil.html


https://herbpathy.com/Uses-and-Benefits-of-Balsam-Fir-Cid2475


http://survivaltopics.com/balsam-fir-pitch/

Sweet Fern

Jan Skahl

Sweet Fern is one Minnesota grown plant that I start every day with. Without this plant it is very unlikely that I would be able to create the beautiful jewelry that you see on this website. I have  Osteoarthritis in every joint of my body; including my fingers and toes. I wake up in tremendous pain every morning, and due to several food a medicinal allergies, there is very little modern medicine can offer me to ease this pain. 

Sweet Fern is a God-send. It eases the pain and allows me to not just create jewelry, but also work a full-time job that requires a lot of sitting and typing. 

The company I work for helps disabled individuals to get Social Security benefits, if they qualify. I have no doubt that without the help of Sweet Fern and some of the other natural plants and herbs that I brew into tea daily (or that Hank brews for me so it is ready before I even try to get out of bed) I would most likely be a client of this awesome company. 

Online notes and links:

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=c240

 Comptonia peregrina, commonly called sweetfern, is an upright, deciduous shrub (typically growing 2-4' tall) which features simple, narrow, lustrous, pinnatifid, deeply notched, olive to dark green leaves (to 4" long). Insignificant, yellowish green flowers appear in spring and give way to greenish brown, burr-like nutlets. A native shrub of eastern North America which most often occurs in poor, sandy or gravelly, infertile soils, such as along roadsides. Fixes its own nitrogen.

Genus name honors Henry Compton (1632-1713), Bishop of London, dendrologist and patron of botany.

Specific epithet means exotic or immigrant.

Foliage is aromatic and resembles that of ferns, hence the common name of sweetfern. 

http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/c/comptonia-peregrina=sweet-fern.php

 

Medicinal use of Sweet Fern: 

Sweet fern was employed medicinally by several native North American Indian tribes who used it especially as a poultice to treat a variety of complaints. It is still used for most of the same purposes in modern herbalism. The leaves are astringent, blood purifier, expectorant and tonic. A tea made from the leaves and flowering tops is used as a remedy for diarrhoea, headache, fevers, catarrh, vomiting of blood, rheumatism etc. The infusion has also been used to treat ringworm. The leaves have also been used as a poultice for toothaches, sprains etc. A cold water infusion of the leaves has been used externally to counter the effect of poison ivy and to bathe stings, minor haemorrhages etc. The leaves are harvested in early summer and dried for later use. 

 

Edible parts of Sweet Fern: 

The young fruits are eaten as a pleasant nibble. The aromatic leaves, fresh or dried, are used to make a palatable tea. The leaves are also used as a seasoning.

Other uses of the herb: 

The leaves are used as a lining in baskets etc in order to preserve the fruit. The crushed leaves repel insects. They can be thrown onto a camp fire to keep mosquitoes away. The dried leaves have been burnt as an incense. 

 

Known hazards of Comptonia peregrina: 

None known 

How I use this plant is simple. I go out into the woods and harvest mature leaves, bring it home and hang it in my basement to dry or dry it slowly in my kithchen oven. Once the leaves are completely dry I rub them between my hands to seperate the twigs from the leaf materials, while crushing the leaf material. This is good enough to make tea. However, I like to go one step farther. I then put the leaf material into my coffee grinder and then grind it into a fine powder. To make tea it only takes about 1/2 tsp of this fine powder to make one 10 to 12 cup coffee pot full of tea. I put the powder into a coffee filter and brew it as you would brew your morning coffee. 

My arthritis is only one of my medical conditions that I am treating, so I mix my sweet fern with several other herbs to get the daily help I need. My tea contains Sweet Fern, Golden Rod, Yarrow, Cinnamon, Ginger, Chag and a little coffee. 

My hope is that by sharing this information someone may read it and find relief from debilitating pain as I have. I do not sell these herbs or teas. I only share my knowledge freely to help others. 

If you should have questions, feel free to comment here or email me at naturestreasuresmn@yahoo.com.

by Jan