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Jack-in-the-Pulpit gorgeousness reminding us of the spiral path of healing 🌀🌀🌀 I never really liked this name for this plant and read that another common name is Dragon Turnip which I think is way better so I’m going to start calling it that 🐉✨🐉✨ #wildflowers #jackinthepulpit #dragonturnip #arisaematriphyllum #sacredgeometry #spiralpath #wisewomantradition #milkandhoneyherbs
Making Peach twig elixir 🌟 This is *amazing* medicine to help soothe the deep grief of losing a loved one and the panic and simultaneous shock that goes with it. It’s no coincidence that the plants that we need show-up when we need them most...Instead of traveling to teach at the Good Medicine Confluence as planned, I will instead be traveling to Florida to be with family in the wake of losing a beloved family member, who passed the same weekend my brother did 14 years ago. Its unthinkable really for our family. I’ll be bringing heart herbs for myself and loved ones. Grief so is complicated and personal and it’s not often that I feel called to be so vulnerable on here, but I feel we don’t talk enough about death in our culture, which can often leave grieving folks feeling isolated. Myself included. And of course everyone grieves and processes their own way. For me it’s a process of constant renewal and shedding and transmutation that never seems to be over...more of the spiral path wise woman style. And talking about it helps. When my brother died I was just getting into herbs and I remember harvesting Lemon Balm from my mother’s herb gardens and making fresh tea and we all took so many baths in it too...I no idea at the time that it was a specific for grief and sorrow, I just read that it was calming in the only herb book I had (my first)- The Herb Book by John Lust that I got at a tag sale in college. It was my gateway herb into herbalism and it’s a testament to the power of intuition and how much the plants are always talking to us and I’m telling you they *want* to help. Lemon Balm helps us access our grief when we’re frozen or scared or don’t know how to “feel” our feelings. Peach calms and relaxes the panic and anxiety. And of course flipping back and forth between these places and everywhere in between us a part of the grieving process. Here’s to taking about our grief and death even when it’s scary and hard 💕💕💕
#lemonbalm #peach #herbsforgrief #herbalallies #goodmedicineconfluence milkandhoneyherbs
Japanese Knotweed photo essay (scroll left to see all the pics) from this weekend’s class😌 It’s so nourishing to harvest and make medicine together. What a blessing to be doing what I love and to have the privilege to share the plants with so many folks💚💚💚 #japaneseknotweed #herbschool #bioregionalherbalism #medicinemaking #milkandhoneyherbs
Garlic Mustard rapini 💚 This is my favorite stage for eating this amazing wild food. Think of it like broccoli raab aka rapini....this is when the plant is in its budding/flowering stage, and it’s so so good! And super bitter. Bitter is the forgotten flavor in the American diet (which leans heavily on salty and sweet) but it’s crucially important to our over-all health. The bitter flavor supports cardiovascular health and proper cholesterol levels, it balances blood sugar levels and can help with insulin resistance and pre-diabetes, it supports healthy elimination and treats constipation, gas, and bloating, increases your metabolic fire and aids in nutrient absorption, and is tonifying to the liver- a major organ of elimination in our body. What’s not to love? Well some of you will say the tase, of course 😝 but actually the more you dislike the bitter taste the more you probably need it! And over the course of time, from eating bitter foods, your palate will adjust and you’ll come to love this life-giving flavor! And then you’ll start adoring Garlic Mustard and all it’s bitter (and garlic-y) goodness. At this stage I love to sauté the flowering tops with garlic, olive oil and sea salt and have as a side or add to eggs and pasta dishes, but really the possibilities are endless!
#garlicmustard #alliariapetiolata #opportunisticplants #weedwifery #eattheweeds #wildfoodlove #bitters #digestivehealth #hearthealth #insulinresistance #loveyourliver #foodasmedicine #milkandhoneyherbs
Irish Nettles Soup😍 Recipe on my blog. Link in my bio!👆🏽 #nettlesseason #nettleslove #nettlessoup #nettles #wildfood #eattheweeds #wildfoodlove #foodasmedicine #kitchenmedicine #milkandhoneyherbs
In my happy place picking Nettles in @thymeherbal’s epic patch! I’ll be eating Nettles all week 💚💚💚 It’s just the most gorgeous spring here right now and it’s hard to believe that a week from today I’ll be heading to Colorado (by way of New Mexico) to teach at the Good Medicine Confluence. Lucky for any of you attending, I’ll be bringing some of Brittany’s (@thymeherbal) and @chelseairisgranger’s herb books, posters, and zines, and @dorimidnight’s incredible potions too! They’ll be available at my table in the marketplace. We had to show-up and represent with some of western mass’s finest!✨✨✨ #goodmedicineconfluence #herbaltravels #nettleslove #dorimidnight #thymeherbal #herbalcommunity #milkandhoneyherbs
Foraging for dinner 💚Japanese Knotweed (the purple shoots next to the Nettles and Chives) is such an under-appreciated wild food and mostly seen as a maligned “invasive” (I prefer the re-frame “opportunistic”). But this plant is insanely good for you- the highest known source of the antioxidant resveratrol in the world, which is the same compound red wine gets its heart-healthy benefits from. It’s basically a super-food and instead of putting herbicides on this, we should be eating it! The young shoots and leaves are the edible part, and the root is an incredible medicinal often used in Lyme protocols that manifest with joint pain and lots of inflammation. For eating, the shoots are sour and a little bitter and also mucilagenous. Lots of folks use them as a rhubarb substitute in their cooking bc of their sour flavor, but I like them more savory and cook them like I would asparagus, with a little olive oil, garlic, salt, and lemon. I like them as a side dish, but the possibilities are really endless. Here’s to re-framing this plant from a scourge to the amazing medicine and wild vegetable that it is!
#japaneseknotweed #fallopiajaponica #eattheweeds #reframe #weedwifery #opportunisticplants #wildfood #wildfoodlove #wildharvest #nettles #whatsinmybasket #foraging #resveratrol #hearthealthy #superfood #foodasmedicine #kitchenmedicine #eatwild #lymedisease #inflammation #milkandhoneyherbs
The Bloodroot is up.✨🙌🏾✨ #bloodroot #sanguinariacanadensis #springephemeral #plantcestors #milkandhoneyherbs
Beauty medicine from this weekends From the Roots Up class. From left to right: Cleavers Tincture, Ground Ivy Oxymel, and Chickweed Vinegar 💚💜💚 #medicinemaking #herbalmedicine #bioregionalherbalism #herbschool #chickweed #groundivy #cleavers #herbalvinegar #tincture #oxymel #fromtherootsupapprenticeship #fromtherootsupseries #masonjarlove #milkandhoneyherbs
Trout Lily✨😍✨ Quite possibly my favorite spring ephemeral..... #erythroniumamericanum #troutlily #springephemeral #plantmagic #flowerpower #milkandhoneyherbs
It’s time to make my yearly public service announcement: DON’T HARVEST RAMPS! There was someone speaking about foraging this morning on the local The River 93.9 radio station saying to harvest the whole plant- leaves and bulb😵 These plants are at real risk of over-harvest here in Massachusetts and beyond, especially as wild foods become more and more trendy. Ramps take 7 YEARS to reach reproductive maturity and simply cannot withstand wide scale harvest. We CANNOT sustainably harvest and supply grocery stores with huge quantities of a plant that has such a slow reproductive cycle-the populations simply cannot regenerate themselves quickly enough to keep-up with that level of harvesting. These pictured are from a patch I started in our woods by rescuing Ramps being sold at Whole Foods with their bulbs intact and planting them. If you see these for sale, particularly with their bulbs, please try to educate the store! And spread the word, especially if you love foraging and wild foods! @unitedplantsavers has a great article on the issues around Ramps on their website.
#ramps #wildleeks #alliumtricoccum #wildfood #wildfoodlove #foraging #forage #medicinalplantconservation #unitedplantsavers #eattheweeds #plantlove #milkandhoneyherbs
Planting Calamus as an act of reciprocity. I found this clump washed-up on the shore of the Connecticut River, bare-rooted and drying-out. Likely displaced from its home by the winter storms and ice. If we practice wildcrafting, then it follows that we should also practice wildtending. I’ve planted this in a wet meadow on our land, where it will flourish. I’m sure I’ll harvest from it eventually, but for now my main goal is to give back to the earth and show my gratitude by rescuing this plant and slowly populating this wet meadow with endemic wetland medicinal plants 💞
#calamus #acoruscalamus #wildtending #wildcrafting #reciprocity #bioregioanlherbalism #milkandhoneyherbs
The last of our frozen Elderberries going into our dutch baby today 💜Wild foods are such medicine for our bodies and souls- I can hardly wait for all the spring greens about to pop any minute (fingers crossed!), but this spring has been seriously slooooooow, and weird! Seriously every time I think its finally spring, I wake-up to snow! 🤦🏽♀️ Like today, for example. So in the meantime, while I wait for those baby wild greens to grow, I'm gonna use-up the very last of my winter stores! #wildfoodlove #elderberry #foodasmedicine #eatyourmedicine #kitchenherbalism #dutchbaby #milkandhoneyherbs
So freaking excited to break this baby in today. If you are a gardener and/or wildcrafter and you don't have a hori hori, GET ONE. It's the most versatile tool ever. I picked this up at @thebowerstudio. Support them, they're great. Plus they have these for such a sweet price!
#horihori #myfavorite #gardeningtool #herbgarden #springisfinallyhere #milkandhoneyherbs
The beginning of some kitchen medicine for my sick daughter⚡️When we get sick in our house we go back to the basics- chicken soup and broths, tea, rest, and fluids. So simple yet our culture seems to have forgotten so much!
#foodasmedicine #oldways #chickensoup #kitchenmedicine #milkandhoneyherbs
Another one of our early spring medicinals....the yellow-orange latex it exudes when you break a leaf is a dead give-away with this one. It's Celandine (Chelidonium majus) and it's a member of the Poppy Family (Papaveracaea) 💕Late great herbalist Juliette De Bairacli Levy taught that this latex could be applied on warts to remove them, although I admit I've never tried. There is even some research in Europe being done on the latex's effect topically on skin cancer, which is very excited. The whole plant is used for medicine (roots and serial parts) and can be tinctured. It's a *low-dose* botanical known primarily for its powerful choloagogue action on a sluggish liver. Use carefully- this is heroic medicine!
#celandine #chelidoniummajus #papaveraceae #tetterwort #lowdosebotanicals #cholagogue #bioregionalherbalism #weedwifery #julietteoftheherbs #juliettedebairaclilevy #milkandhoneyherbs
Sowing Osha, and some other very special seeds today- Lomatium, Black Henbane, Belladonna, and Angelica. These are all seeds that require cold-conditioning, also known as stratification, before they'll germinate. Many folks recommend keeping them in the fridge for 30-60 days before sowing, but I'm never organized enough to do that 😝 and I've found another method that works just as well- sowing them in outside flats in the early spring! This still gives them the period of cold that they need (the idea here is to mimic their growing conditions in the wild) and also the temperature fluctuations of early spring back and forth from warm to cold that they need to wake-up and germinate! @strictlymedicinalseeds
#protip #medicinalherbgarden #medicinalplantcultivation #seedstarting #growyourown #herbgarden #osha #lomatium #belladonna #blackhenbane #angelicaarchangelica #plantseedsandsingsongs #milkandhoneyherbs