Back in September the 5th graders began gathering herbs and healing plants from our garden. They learned which parts of these plants were to be used for salves and the properties of each. After being dried and processed, calendula, lavender and chamomile flowers were added to olive oil and soaked for several weeks. Each of the four soaking jars were dutifully cared for by 5th graders who took the jars home and turned the mixture daily. Upon returning from Thanksgiving Break Ms. Swigris and Ms. Nance helped the children strain the oils, melt beeswax, add vitamin E oil and pour salves into containers.
If you see a 5th grader be sure to ask them about their experience making these little pots of gold!