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August gardens lookin' fine ❤️😃💯 #herbgarden #growyourownmedicine #resilience #milkandhoneyherbs
Carly's beautiful Sumac Berry Honey from class today❤️ The fall session starts in September and is currently enrolling! Link to more info in my profile😌
#staghornsumac #rhustyphina #bioregionalherbalism #herbschool #fromtherootsupapprenticeship #fromtherootsupseries #milkandhoneyherbs
Chopped Purslane Salad with Cilantro😍 Recipe below! 👇🏾 Purslane is a super common weed that pops-up in almost any garden this time of year- don't weed it! This unassuming weed has been identified as the richest known plant source of alpha-linoleic, an omega-3 fatty acid! Remember that omega-3's are the anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and heart-healthy "good fats", mostly concentrated in fish oil, so having access to a local, bioregionally abundant plant source of this is fantastic! Also, most people's ratios of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids is waaaaaay off, which means more inflammation! Researchers think that ancestrally our ratio of 3's to 6'a was a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio. The ratio in an average adult nowadays is a 1:20! So you can easily see how consuming ample amounts of purslane is beyond good for your health. It also contains high amounts of mucilage- a thick, moistening substance with an almost gooey consistency, which can be difficult for some people to get past. The good news is that mucilage is very nourishing and healing to the lining of our gut and intestines- a support many people need. And I've found that when its prepared as the salad pictured, it can be a lot easier to get down! It has a lovely sour flavor that goes especially well with tomatoes and herbs. I hope you'll try the recipe and think twice before you weed it from your garden!
Chopped Purslane Salad with Cilantro
2-3 cups Purslane (Portulaca oleracea), chopped leaves and stems
1 medium cucumber, chopped into 1-inch squares
1/2 onion, chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 1/2 cups Cilantro, chopped fine
Combine all the ingredients. If you have a salad-spinner, give the Purslane a quick spin as it's often dusty from its creeping growth habit. Toss with dressing of choice- I like a combo of nettle-infused raw apple cider vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt. Enjoy on its own or it's also delicious on a bed of quinoa!
#purslane #portulacaoleracea #eattheweeds #weedwifery #bioregionalherbalism #foodasmedicine #kitchenmedicine #cilantro #summerrecipes #instarecipe #paleorecioe #hearthealthy #goodfat #eatthewild #wildfoodlove #kitchenwitch #milkandhoneyherbs
Hey everybody! Just a quick shout-out that I'll be giving a free talk this Friday in Northampton as a part of the Herbalism in the Pioneer Valley Series organized by @clearpathherbals. The talk is from 5:30-6:30 at @hungryghostbread. Details below! 👇🏾 The topic is bioregional herbalism and local medicine. Pictured here is Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) an amazing local medicine and food. They are going-off right now! Look for them along sunny edges of local ponds and wet areas like swamps too 💙💙💙
Bioregional Herbalism & Local Medicine
Friday Aug 11th
Hungry Ghost Bread Amphitheater & Gardens
Many of us are familiar with the local food movement, but what about the local medicine movement? Jade will discuss Bioregional Herbalism- the practice of working with plant abundant in your bioregion- and talk about a few of her favorite local herbs. She will also share about the low-cost community herbal clinic she's been running at @blue_dragon_apothecary since 2013, as local medicine and health justice are quite intertwined!
#bioregionalherbalism #communityherbalism #healthjustice #localmedicine #wildblueberries #vacciniumcorymbosum #eatwildeveryday #wildfoodlove #milkandhoneyherbs
It was a great honor to be interviewed this spring for the beautiful @loammagazine and be in the company of so many powerhouse folks doing amazing work in their communities! The issue is now available for digital purchase for just $5, so check it out if you're looking for stories that inspire growth, positivity and activism. (You can order through the link on Loam's Instagram acct, tagged above!)☝🏾 #communityherbalism #bioregionalherbalism #everydayactivism #supportindiejournalism #milkandhoneyherbs
Wild Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria)✨ This is a plant that has fallen out of favor in modern herbalism that was heavily used by the Eclectic herbalists of early last century. It's a *low-dose* medicinal that exerts a powerful effect on the lymphatics and has a special affinity for the throat. It's a key ingredient in a formula I use for strep throat that I have seen work every time (a formula that has Eclectic roots)- along with Echinacea and Myrrh. This is an endemic plant to New England but it almost never grows in western massachusetts, preferring the sandy soils of Cape Cod, where it associates with Pitch Pine and Oaks as an understory plant. It's in the Fabacaea (Pea) Family and has the classic flower of this family, which is also home to Red Clover and Astragalus. The root is the part used medicinally, but its not common enough in my opinion to harvest from.
#wildindigo #baptisiatinctoria #fabacaea #plantgeek #beachbotanizing #bioregionalherbalism #medicinalplantconservation #unitedplantsavers #eclecticherbalmedicine #herbswork #milkandhoneyherbs
SO cool to find our native Prickly Pear Cactus (Optunia humifusa) while exploring an old cemetery today. It's actually endangered in massachusetts and is only found in sandy, coastal areas. 😱🌵💚⚓️ #plantgeek #botanizing #medicinalplantconservation #pricklypear #optuniahumifusa #beachflora #cemetarybeauty #milkandhoneyherbs
#summertimes #lammas #milkandhoneyherbs
Sassafrass "Gum" is a favorite of my kids❤️ The leaves of the Sassafrass Tree (Sassafrass albidum) are incredibly demulcent, and delicious, satisfying, and hydrating to chew! Perhaps our premier bioregionally abundant moistening and mucilagenous herb- such a treasure!
#sassafrass #sassafrassalbidum #kidsinnature #teachthemyoung #rewild #wildfoodlove #herbalenergetics #bioregionalherbalism #milkandhoneyherbs
My honey collecting Wild Rose for mead one moon ago✨💖🦄😘 @dionyisis_kitchen @anatomyforthehealer
#bae #10yearsthisspring #portrait #milkandhoneyherbs
Getting ready to make our own Sumac Lemonade☺️. To make your own: Gather 10-12 berry clusters from Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina). Do not rinse them, as this would wash-off some of the malic acid that gives them their sour flavor. Mash them in a bowl with a bit of water and then put the berries and water into a glass gallon jar. Fill the jar the rest of the way full with cold water. Let it all steep for at least 4 hours and then strain very well (through multiple layers of cheesecloth) to avoid getting any of the tiny hairs from the berries into your drink! The resulting beverage is a sour and refreshing, vitamin c-rich wild drink extraordinaire!
#sumac #rhustyphina #sumaclemonade #wildfoodlove #rewild #forage #wildedibles #summerrecipes #summercuisine #milkandhoneyherbs
Ancient lore tells that if you peer through Yarrow flowers, you can see into the land of the fairies✨. Every year there are plants that speak to me in new and unexpected ways.....and this summer I'm having a moment with Yarrow! When you're courting a new herbal ally, you want to hang-out with it in any way possible. Eat it, sleep with it, take baths with it, harvest it and spend time with it in the wild (or wherever it grows), take the flower essence, make medicine with it, read-up on lore with it, listen to what the plant has to say- basically, immerse yourself in that plant completely! That's pretty much been me and Yarrow this summer😌
#yarrow #achilleamillefolium #achilles #fairyflowers #plantallies #herbalallies #plantlore #bioregionalherbalism #milkandhoneyherbs
French toast with fresh Blackcaps (Rubus occidentalis)- our local wild black raspberries❤️ #blackcaps #blackraspberry #rubusoccidentalis #eatwild #wildfoodlove #summerbreakfast #summercuisine #eattherainbow #foodasmedicine #kitchenmedicine #milkandhoneyherbs
First day of the summer session of From the Roots Up! We made Mugwort bundles, tincture and elixer/cordial, Yarrow honey and oil, and Chickweed vinegar. It was such a fun day!🙌🏾💚🌿 #medicinemaking #homeapothecary #herbschool #weedwifery #weedlove #fromtherootsupseries #bioregionalherbalism #herbalism #mugwort #chickweed #yarrow #milkandhoneyherbs
Mermaid Bath Salts recipe is up on the blog! Link in my profile✨
#beachrose #roselove #rosarugosa #summertime #summerrecipe #bloggerlife #beachlove #oceanmedicine #herbalallies #medicinemaking #bioregionalherbalism #nofilter #milkandhoneyherbs
High Summer Herb of the Sun💛 ✨😍. One of my first and dearest plant allies.
#stjohnswort #stjoanswort #hypericumperforatum #herbalallies #plantcestors #bioregionalherbalism #herbalism #highsummer #milkandhoneyherbs
It's Elder Flower season! Go out and harvest some of these sweeties before they're gone! Elder flowers are wonderful in a cold and flu tea, since they're both anti-viral and diaphoretic. They're also a lovely relaxing nervine, especially for folks prone to the "tense" tissue state of western herbal energetics. Elder flowers also make a delicious ale, soda or mead- new englanders used to drink hundreds of gallons of elder flower ale a year, per person! This year I'm feeling drawn to preserving my flowers in local raw honey, to be added to my winter teas when my immune system is feeling a little low. Elder is also steeped in tons of ancient lore- basically it's fairy tree!
#elderflower #fairyflower #flowerpower #plantcestors #herbalallies #bioregionalherbalism #milkandhoneyherbs