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Blessed Equinox (aka Mabon) all✨❤️✨ Can you feel the wheel turning??? With the full Harvest Moon almost upon us, now is the time to bring-in the final harvest, make the medicine, put-up your sauces and summer vegetables, pickle your cucumbers and eggplant, and get ready for the coming, restorative dark months. The fall is also a time of deep letting-go. Ask yourself what do you truly need to make it through the cold months- both spiritually, emotional, and physically? If you can identify things that are no longer serving you and actively work to release them, you will make space to be better able to receive the deep restoration and Dreamtime the winter has to offer. A simple equinox ritual is making a fire and burning fresh or dried mugwort stalks, while you think about all the things no longer serving you, asking the smoke to release any negative thought patterns, people, habits, you’d rather do without. The mugwort and the smoke will help release these things. Then, if you’d like (although this is optional) burn some sweet-smelling Juniper and call-in all the goodness and sweetness you want and deserve in your life 🌙🌙🌙 Also- these are plants that are traditionally used in my Italian ancestral traditions. If they don’t speak to you or aren’t from your culture, work with the plants that fit for you! #equinox #autumnequinox #mabon #wheeloftheyear #plantcestors #fireritual #mugwort #juniper #plantcestors #fallfeels #letitgo #callitin #strega #hedgewitch #milkandhoneyherbs
Reishi (Ganoderma tsugae) tincture 🌲🍄🌲 This tincture will be combined with a Reishi decoction to make a double extract- which captures more of a mushroom’s medicine than a tincture alone. To make- tincture the Reishi in 75% alcohol (you can water down grain alcohol to get it to this percentage). Steep for a month then strain, keeping the the remaining Reishi you pressed-out. Make a strong water decoction with that Reishi from the tincture. I like to add lots of water and cook it down slowly on a low temperature until the water is reduced by at least half. Strain again then combine the tincture and the decoction at a ratio of 50:50 so the final double extract is approx 25% alcohol, which is enough for it to be shelf stable. And there you have it- the basics of making a mushroom double extract 😌 The alcohol in the tincture captures alkaloids and terpenes in the Reishi and the water- based decoction captures those immune modulating polysaccharides that are such an important part of mushroom medicine ❤️🍄❤️ #reishi #ganoderma #medicinemaking #tincture #medicinalmushrooms #immunity #bioregionalherbalism #herbalism #foraging #mushroommedicine #ganodermatsugae #milkandhoneyherbs
Late season Reishi (Ganoderma tsugae) find today ✨✨✨✨ Along with soooooo many more medicinal mushrooms (see the medicinal mushroom takeover of my Stories for the abundance 🍄🍄🍄). This might look like it’s gone by and no longer good for medicine, but if the underside is white and not moldy, you’re good to go! So grateful for this gift from the forest today- I missed the main Reishi season here this year and was bummin’ but today was just an amazing mushroom foraging day❤️🍄🙏🏼🌲 Reishi is one of my favorite herbs for the emotional heart. I’ll be making this into a double-extract for clients and community ❤️❤️❤️ #reishi #reishimushroom #ganoderma #ganodermatsugae #forestmedicine #medicinalmushrooms #heartmedicine #plantcestors #milkandhoneyherbs
Chicken of the Woods Mushroom (Laetiporus sulpureus) find today! 😍🙏🏼🍄 Medicinal mushrooms are a huge part of my food-as-medicine approach to building strong immunity. They contain immune-modulating and stimulating polysaccharides and I especially start including them in my diet at least weekly starting in the fall months and going through the winter. I’ve found that for me eating about 1/2 lb a week is a medicinal dose. Other edible medicinal mushrooms that I rotate with are oyster, maitake, shiitake, and lion’s mane. And luckily they’re delicious too! 😋For any of you wanting to go deeper on medicinal mushrooms, we cover them in my winter kitchen medicine series, Spice Rack Medicine. It meets 1 Sunday/ mo January-March at @blue_dragon_apothecary in Greenfield. January may seem far away but class size is limited and registration is open and dates are up! More info in my profile 😌❤️🍄 #chickenofthewoods #laetiporussulphureus #foraging #wildfoodlove #foodasmedicine #wildmedicine #medicinalmushrooms #immunebooster #forestmagic #milkandhoneyherbs
🍂🌘✨Fall Renewal Giveaway!✨🌒🍂 In celebration of the bounty and renewal of autumn, I'm delighted to be part of this amazing giveaway, with THREE winners! 🍂
The giveaway includes:
A bioregional herbalism guidebook with recipes and essays from @milkandhoneyherbs
A copy of the Herbal Healing Deck from @theherbalhealingdeck
A Four Theives spritzer from @birchmoonherbals_farmshoes
A Dream Balm from @sweetbrier.farms
A Ghost Pipe flower essence, Joyful Boundaries spritzer, and Violet flower essence from @gladheartherbals
A handmade charm bag from @higgledy_piggledy_e
A 50 minute holistic health consultation with @gaianresonance_
A 60 minute coaching session with @_theskyinside_
There will be 3 winners of this incredible bounty!
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The giveaway ends at midnight PST on September 16. Check the @gladheartherbals page for the winners! 🍂✨🌘GOOD LUCK!🌒✨🍂
Harvesting Goldenrod today to send to an herbalist friend in Southern California. She loves this plant and frequently uses it and it doesn’t grow in her bioregion. She’s sending me some Prickly Pear in exchange!❤️ THIS is how practicing herbalism can be an act of resistance. Trading with friends and bowing-out of the capitalist-driven paradigm when we can. Plant medicine can provide this! I love love love a good trade💛💛💛 #goldenrod #latesummerglow #bioregionalherbalism #resist #plantswap #milkandhoneyherbs
Echinacea Flower Honey🌸 🌟🌸 I’ve got an article in the August edition of the FREE monthly online herbal magazine Herbaria and it’s ALL about making your own herbal honeys with tons of my favorite recipes! Get your free download at the link in my profile ✨🐝🍯 #echinacea #immunebooster #herbalhoney #rawhoney #medicinemaking #herbalmedicine #herbalism #diy #localvoremedicine #planthealermagazine #herbaria #milkandhoneyherbs
Late Summer Harvest✨ I love how the Tulsi is still so exuberant in the garden while so many other herbs are coming to an end. I just posted a new blog piece on making your own Tulsi Wild Soda with just Tulsi, raw honey, and water. Link in my profile!✨💖✨ And if you’re wondering what to do with your Echinacea flowers check-out my post on here a few days back on making your own Echinacea Flower Honey!
#tulsi #holybasil #sacredbasil #ocimumsanctum #instarecipe #localvoremedicine #rawhoney #fermentedsoda #wildsoda #fermentationismagic #freshfromthegarden #bioregionalherbalism #brewyourown #milkandhoneyherbs
Tulsi and Bumblebee magic in the garden✨🐝✨ #tulsi #holybasil #ocimumsanctum #adaptogen #nervine #herbalallies #pollinatorlove #herbgarden #milkandhoneyherbs
I just got my fall issue of @loammagazine and I am just blown away! So honored to be a part of this creative force (I’ve got a piece in it on nourishing resilience through kitchen medicine) along with so many artists, thinkers, creatives and change-makers✨✨✨ @community.roots.clinic @cordillera.apothecary @mollyccostello @diasporaco @beinggreenwhileblack @onestripechaico @littlenows @waihooluu.ola @earthisohana @jessdee @madeleinewelsch @twohandsfull_ @dominiquedrakeford @wildacorn @louisianalica @harnessyourbreath @sweethollowfarm @belowground_activity
#loammagazine #independentjournalism #collaborationisbeautiful #milkandhoneyherbs
Back from the ocean feeling refreshed and recharged and picked this gem up at a *seaweed-themed* shop in Portland, Maine @heritage.seaweed ❤️🌊❤️ See my stories for Maine pics 😍And I’m psyched to dive into this cookbook- I’m a self-professed kitchen witch and always looking for new inspiration in the kitchen and I love love seaweeds! There’s a whole section on them in my winter class series on kitchen medicine, Spice Rack Medicine. I’ll be announcing the dates and opening registration for that class series soon! ❤️🌊❤️ #seaweedmedicine #kitchenwitch #spicerackmedicineseries #bibliophile #youcanneverhavetoomanycookbooks #milkandhoneyherbs
Making Echinacea flower honey today ✨🍯✨ The gardens are in all their late summer glory and the wheel of the year is palpably turning towards fall, which inevitably always gets me thinking about how stocked-up my apothecary is for the winter immune season....and Echinacea Flower Honey is a staple that I wouldn’t be without! To make: Harvest the most vibrant flowers on the plant. Be sure they’re not covered in dew or any residual water from rain. Chop as finely as you can, put in a glass jar and cover the plant material completely with local raw honey, mixing well. Let sit at least 2 weeks before use. To use take a spoonful of the honey/flower mix and add to hot water for the perfectly sweetened cup of immune/stimulating tea! You can choose to chew on the potent Echinacea flowers or simply strain them out once the tea has infused💞
#echinacea #echinaceapurpurea #medicinemaking #herbalremedies #rawhoney #herbalhoney #localvoremedicine #herbalwheeloftheyear #wheeloftheyear #flowermedicine #herbalallies #milkandhoneyherbs
Send your submissions in to @noddingthistleandrosemilk and @spellboundherbals for queer, trans, and BIPOC centered herb schools ⚡️⚡️⚡️ You can find the link to the google form to submit on both their pages. They’re creating a zine. With all the info that’s come to light about Susun Weed and the white cis herbal community upholding this abuse and transphobia its time to organize ourselves 💖 I’m so excited for the collaborations and community that will come out of this work and the connections we will build as a result of this breaking-down of power.
Putting fresh Wild Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)in my Chili tonight in place of Oregano! This is one of the bioregional herbs we worked with today in class. I love leaving my classes feeling refreshed and inspired 💚Oregano and Bee Balm share a similar chemical constituent profile, including the essential oil carvacrol, which is what gives them both a distinctive “oregano” smell. Some other names for Bee Balm are Wild Oregano and Oregano de la Sierra and addition to the obvious culinary switch with Oregano, it shares the same antimicrobial and antifungal properties too! And yes you can use the Bee Balm from your garden too😊 The fall session of class is enrolling and I currently have only 5 spaces left so register asap! We meet 1 Sunday/month September-November. Details and register from the link in my profile!
#localvoremedicine #bioregionalspices #bioregionalherbalism #herbschool #fromtherootsupseries #beebalm #wildoregano #monardafistulosa #carvacrol #essentialoils #milkandhoneyherbs
Ghost Pipe (Monotropa uniflora) in the woods✨✨✨ I’ve been thinking a lot about this platform in terms of sharing about plant medicine. One the one hand, it’s easy to share about the magic of the plants on here- about uses, ID, harvest, and medicine-making. And I’ve met so many wonderful kindred herbal spirits on here 💞 But in the other hand, it’s hard to impart on here the ethics of wildcrafting, what it means to truly be in right relationship with the land and plants we harvest for medicine....so I wrote a blog post about it that I’m hoping you read! Especially if you’re new to herbalism and want to be in your integrity as a plant person if you’re doing any wild harvesting. Link in my profile!☝🏽☝🏽☝🏽 And pictured here is Ghost Pipe, a plant that is best honored and revered when found in the woods. Sit with it, make a flower essence, take pictures, but it should only be harvested in the rarest of occasions. This is a slow-growing and rare medicinal. Here’s to the online platform being about both sharing about our love for the plants and ways we can be in reciprocity with nature and the plant worlds as a part of our wildcrafting practices ❤️🙏🏼🌲 #wildcrafting #wildtending #sustainableharvest #ethicalwildcrafting #reciprocity #herbalism #herbalmedicine #wildharvest #medicinalplantconservation #unitedplantsavers #ghostpipe #monotropauniflora #milkandhoneyherbs
Making Wild Lettuce (Lactuca spp) today 💚 This is the time to harvest the plant- when it’s just budding and going to flower. This is when it concentrates the white latex that is so medicinally active and mostly responsible for this plant’s sedative, analgesic, and anti-spasmodic action. I’m making it in the tradition of my teacher, @7songsevensong, who blends it in 95% ethanol (I’m using pure organic cane alcohol) and then concentrates the tincture by steeping new plant material in the strained menstruum with a new batch of herbs after its macerated overnight. See my stores for a bit of this medicine-making in action! It’s seems folks have all different ways of preparing tinctures if this plant. Would love to hear some of your experiences with it!
#wildlettuce #lactuca #bioregionalherbalism #medicinemaking #sedative #analgesic #painrelief #antispasmodic #tincture #milkandhoneyherbs
The NOFA Summer Conference is just 10 days away- have you registered yet!?! I’ll be teaching a class on making Wild Herbal Sodas💞. And there’s an amazing keynote speaker this year, @rowenwhite, a seed keeper in the Mowhawk tradition and founder of the Sierra Seeds Cooperative 🙌🏾 #nofasummerconference #sierraseeds #seedsovereignty #seedstewardship #livingmedicine #wildfermentation #wildsoda #milkandhoneyherbs
Hummingbird Moths on the Bee Balm 😍😍😍 Sound on! 👂🏽! #gardenvibes #pollinators #medicinalherbgarden #highsummer #milkandhoneyherbs
We dove deep into Yarrow medicine today in class ✨⚡️✨⚡️✨Yarrow has long been used as protective talisman and my favorite version of how it got its Latin name Achillea (after the Greek hero Achilles) tells that Achilles’ mother, Thetis, dipped him in a Yarrow bath, which gave him protection everywhere on his body except the part she was holding- his heel- leading to the saying of your “Achilles heel” being your weakness or vulnerability. In herbalism today we still work with Yarrow for protection, particularly as a flower essence, but little bits of the actual herb (dried or fresh) can be carried, slipped in your pockets, kept in a medicine pouch, and so on as another way of accessing that protection. The flower essence can be taken internally by the drop (1-3 drops is enough) or a few drops can be diluted in water and put into a spray bottle and sprayed around a room. Yarrow flower essence also supports healthy boundaries and is useful for empaths or anyone who takes on other people’s energies and emotional baggage too easily. Such versatile and important medicine, especially recommended for folks who work in healing professions and need to maintain healthy energetic and emotional boundaries 💖💖💖 #yarrow #achilleamillefolium #herbalallies #plantstories #plantlore #floweressences #energeticherbalism #vibrationalhealing #flowermedicine #plantcestors #talisman #milkandhoneyherbs
Beach Rose : Rosa rugosa : Witches’ Briar : Triple Goddess ⚡️⚡️⚡️ Has anyone else ever noticed how Beach Rose simultaneously has flower buds, flowers, and hips all at the same time??? This has always made me think of the Maiden:Mother:Crone/Triple Goddess archetype and to me-at least in part- speaks of Roses’ profound ability to help us dance through transitions in life with more ease. Such important medicine 💗 How does Rose Medicine speak to you?
#beachrose #rosarugosa #triplegoddess #maidenmothercrone #rosemedicine #heartmedicine #herbalallies #doctrineofsignatures #energeticherbalism #milkandhoneyherbs