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Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum). My favorite spring ephemeral. Spring ephemerals are short-lasting spring woodland plants that flower before the deciduous trees leaf-out, taking advantage of the ample sunlight available in the forest this time of year. I think this is basically the most gorgeous plant ever! 😍
#troutlily #springephemeral #springwildflowers #plantmagic #woodlandmagic #milkandhoneyherbs
No greens in the fridge for dinner's frittata? No problem! A quick foray to the garden and wild edges yielded nettles, dandelion greens, chives and second-year garlic leaves and bulbs. This recipe is so easy and the best fast dinner I know when cooked-up with some sweet potato fries alongside it. Recipe below! 💚
SPRING GREENS FRITATTA
1/2 c milk of choice (we used coconut)
2 cups spring/wild greens (choices are numerous but a few ideas are nettles, dandelion greens, chives, garlic leaves and second year bulbs, garlic mustard, young mugwort tops, oxeye daisy leaves....to start!)
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
To make: Sauté the greens for 3-4 min (add extra garlic if desired), then set aside. In a bowl mix eggs (lightly) and then add the milk. Add the greens to the egg/milk mix. Put a cast iron deep dish skillet on the stove and warm 2 tbsp ghee in it, then add the egg/greens mix and cook on medium for 5-7 min until it sets. Then put it in the oven at 350 to cook an additional 15-18 min. Enjoy!
#eattheweeds #springgreens #wildfoodlove #whatsfordinner #recipe #frittata #forage #nettles #dandeliongreens #garlic #chives #kitchenmedicine #foodasmedicine #eatyourgreens #weedwifery #milkandhoneyherbs
So excited for the first Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) harvest of the season! Is it me or is spring galloping along this year!? I had some sautéed with garlic with my eggs this morning, and will now be making a batch of beloved Garlic Mustard Pesto for later. Recipe link in my profile 😉
#garlicmustard #alliariapetiolata #eattheweeds #weedwifery #wildcraftingeveryday #kitchenmedicine #foodasmedicine #springgreens #wildfood #wildfoodlove #forage #milkandhoneyherbs
Backyard foraging for the first wild salad of the season!💚💚💚 From left to right: Wild Garlic, Chives, Ground Ivy, Oxeye Daisy leaves, and Bedstraw.
#springgreens #foodasmedicine #eattheweeds #wildsalad #wildgarlic #groundivy #oxeyedaisy #bedstraw #foraging #wildfoodlove #milkandhoney
Young Wild Ginger (Asarum caudatum)💚💚💚 This plant has always been so incredibly magical to me....Found her today in a Oak-Tulip Poplar forest that also held Blue Cohosh, Dutchmans Breeches, Trillium, Trout Lily, and Bloodroot (( swoon )). And this park was in the heart of the city! Back home spring hasn't quite spring yet with the ephemerals, so what a treat!
#wildginger #asarumcaudatum #springephemerals #woodlandmedicinals #medicinalplantconservstion #botanizing #milkandhoneyherbs
Wild Cherry Bark (Prunus serotina). Now is the time to harvest barks! Ideal timing is before the trees leaf-out and while the sap is running. My preferred method of harvesting medicinal barks is to clip young, thin twigs like the ones pictured, and using these to make my medicine. The inner cambium layer (it's the green part under the outer layer, obvious when you scratch it) is the medicinal part. It's ok to get a little bit of the outer bark and some wood in your medicine- it will still work! Once the twigs start getting much thicker than the ones pictured though, I do prefer to scrape the bark off with a knife.
Wild Cherry has many uses, but it is most well-known for its specificity to the respiratory as an anti-spasmodic. I used it a bunch this last week for my daughter who had a spasming cough that was keeping her awake and as usual- it worked wonders!
This time of year it's a bit tricky to identify. It has alternate buds and a bitter and almond-y smell to it when scratched. The bark of the young trees is reddish when it grows in full sun....but can be a darker brown in other situations. The young trees also have obvious lenticels. When it gets older the bark is black and flakey! When in doubt wait, for the flowers in the spring and make a mental note to harvest in the following spring. Happy harvesting!
#treemedicine #wildcherry #prunusserotina #bioregionalherbalism #wildcrafting #forage #herbalism #milkandhoneyherbs
The last of last year's preserves✨ Wild Grape Juice, Autumn Olive Jam, and Apple Sauce made from Macintosh drops from the local orchard.
#eatthewild #wildfoodlove #preservetheharvest #wildgrape #autumnolive #milkandhoneyherbs
Look who I found! A sweet, tiny, little baby Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacae) peeking-up! I love this plant. It's a wonderful anti-catarrhal, especially useful for blockages in the ear, and helpful for upper respiratory congestion in general. In Europe it's widely used as an expectorant and for respiratory troubles of all kinds (esp old coughs) and at one time was a premier treatment for tuberculosis! It's also a nice digestive bitter and a wonderful pot herb. Soon I'll be putting those young tops in every salad I make- yum! We'll be learning about this locally abundant plant and many others in my bioregional herbalism series, From the Roots Up. Spring session starts April 30th! (Link to register in profile) Happy foraging!
#groundivy #glechomahederacea #weedwifery #eattheweeds #forage #wildfoodlove #bioregionalherbalism #fromtherootsupseries #herbschool #milkandhoneyherbs
I have to admit that as much as I love spring; it's a hard transition for me. I *love* the deep coziness of winter and revel in early bedtimes and restorative time. But I'm finally getting excited! Plenty of movement helps a lot, and these warm days and plants bursting through the snow are such good medicine too💚
#readyforspring #seasonaltransitionsarehard #daffodilsinthesnow #milkandhoneyherbs
My beloved, beautiful, ancient and rusted seed box✨ Going through my seeds on the snowy March day.
#seedinventory #springdreaming #artnouveau #surroundyourselfwithbeauty #milkandhoneyherbs
Today's herbal escapade: wild fermented soda, with Elderberry, Tulsi, Hibiscus and raw honey 💓 Can't wait to see how this comes out!
#wildfermentation #fermentation #herbalsoda #kitchenmedicine #foodasmedicine #elderberry #tulsi #hibiscus #milkandhoneyherbs
TREE MEDICINE PLANT WALK
Sunday April 9th
At The Bower Studio-Pelham, MA
*by donation $0-$10
*Pre-registration required! Pre-register @thebowerstudio website- www.thebowerstudio.com
Early spring is an excellent time to harvest medicinal barks! Learn many of the common northeast medicinal trees, winter tree ID, how to harvest bark, and spend some time in the woods!❤️✨🌲 #whitepine #pinusstrobus #treemedicine #communityherbalism #plantwalk #milkandhoneyherbs
Ashwagandha-Spiced Ghee✨ I was inspired to share this recipe after sharing it with a client this morning. This is my favorite way to take Ashwagandha and great for folks who are weary of taking tinctures, tablets, and capsules. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an adrenal tonic and adaptogen, harmonizing and strengthening nervous system, endocrine system, and immune system function, while increasing our ability to cope with stress. It is known to promote restful sleep, calm the nerves, improve energy and stamina, and help with hormonal imbalances. The addition of the spices supports assimilation and digestion, and add a nice flavor too!
1 2/3rd cups ghee
1/2 cup Ashwagandha powder
2 tsp Ginger pwd
2 tsp cinnamon pwd
2 tsp cardamom pwd
2 tsp rose petal pwd
Raw honey to taste (optional)
Combine the herbs and ghee in a pan. Put on low and mix the herbs into the ghee as it melts. Be careful not to burn the herbs. Heat gently for 4-5 minutes. Then pour into a heat-resistant jar, like a mason jar. Add raw honey to taste if desired. Stir occasionally as it cools to ensure that the herbs are evenly mixed into the ghee. A medicinal dose is 3 tsp/day. Eat straight, put on toast, add to warn grains, put in coffee or tea, or use for cooking. Enjoy!
#ashwagandha #withaniasomnifera #ghee #herbalghee #nutrientdense #grassfed #ayurveda #recipe #spices #cardamom #cinnamon #ginger #rose #foodasmedicine #eatyourherbs #spicerackmedicineseries #communityherbalism #milkandhoneyherbs
Book Alert: for all you wild food foodies this new book by @pascalbaudar is amazing! I can't wait to start making wild sodas and forest spice blends and all the other creative recipes laid-out in here. This is a new instant classic and a beautiful contribution to the wild food movement. ❤️ #wildfood #wildfoodlove #wildfermentation #bookreview #bibliophile #milkandhoneyherbs
The sap's running! 💙💙💙 #equinox #spring #mapleseason #treemedicine #milkandhoneyherbs
Hearty lentil soup with fennel, thyme, basil, cumin, coriander, turmeric and bone broth 😍
#foodasmedicine #spicerackmedicine #kitchenmedicine #kitchenherbalism #nourishyourself #winter #milkandhoneyherbs