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Look what I got today! ✨💚🙌🏽 I have been anxiously awaiting this book every since I learned that Brittany Wood Nickerson of @thymeherbal was writing a cookbook.....every recipe in here is so nourishing to the body and soul. If you love herbs, cooking, and the magic of food as medicine, or are simply looking for ways to incorporate the culinary herbs into your cooking, then this book is a must!
#herbalistskitchen #thymeherbal #kitchenmedicine #foodasmedicine #herbbook #goodreads #bookreview #recipesfromtheherbalistskitchen #milkandhoneyherbs
Violet flower soda garnished with Wild Rose petals to get me through this hot and muggy day! Thanks @gladheartherbals for the recipe and violet-picking company💜
#fairycocktailhour #mocktail #heartmedicine #herbalsoda #fermentedsoda #diy #fermentationismagic #notcoffee #localvore #milkandhoneyherbs
Wild Rose and me💞
#herbalallies #plantcestors #rosamultiflora #milkandhoneyherbs
Rows of beautiful baby herbs coming along at @nextbarnoverfarm! Speaking of the amazing culinary herbs....I'll be teaching a class at @fullkettle farm this Thursday from 6-7:30 on the medicinal uses of the common kitchen herbs and ways to incorporate them into your diet and daily meals! Consuming these herbs on a daily basis is one of the best (and tastiest!) forms of preventative medicine we can practice! We'll learn harvesting practices, drying and preservation methods, easy recipes, and more. Plus we'll get to hang out with them in person at the lovely Full Kettle Farm that specializes in growing medicinal herbs💚. Details below!
The Art of Kitchen Herbalism
Thursday June 22nd. 6-7:30pm.
At Full Kettle Farm- 111 N Silver Ln. Sunderland, MA.
Sliding scale $10-20
Pre register in link in profile or just show-up day of!
#growyourmedicine #kitchenmedicine #herbclass #culinaryherbs #basil #cilantro#dill #parsley #fullkettlefarm #milkandhoneyherbs
One of the many perks of my herbal educator position with @herbpharm is that sometimes I get to visit the most incredible gems of establishments! Today I went to @merzapothecary in Chicago that has been open since 1875😱 and has original tinctures from the Eclectic Physicians! These are the herbal doctors from the turn of last century who brought us the invaluable King's Dispensary, Felter's Eclectic Materia Medica, and more. If you don't know about these lost texts of American Herbalism- look them up! They are scanned and available for free on herbalist Michael Moore's website. The Eclectics were driven out of existence by-you guessed it- the American Medical Association (AMA)-and the last graduating class of herbal physicians in the country was in 1939, after which that school (the last existing one) closed. Can you spy the Arnica, Calamus and Chenopodium (aka Sheperd's Purse) in the pic? What I wouldn't give to being just a tiny sample of these back to the Herb Pharm lab to be analyzed for medicinal activity! I bet they still work 😍
#eclecticphysicians #eclecticherbalism #herbalhistory #supressedhistory #herbalism #apothecary #merzapothecary #herbalroots #tinctures #herbpharm #milkandhoneyherbs
Wild Rose (Rosa multiflora) harvest today💞.....it was intoxicatingly sweet medicine for the soul. This is quite possibly my (dare I say it?) favorite of our bioregional medicines. Among other things, Wild Rose is a powerful nervine and deeply relaxing and works, like, immediately. It's also amazing for the spiritual and emotional heart. My favorite preparation for this might be the elixer, but you could build a whole apothecary with just this plant it's so versatile. Wild Rose works as a tincture, elixer, honey, oxymel, vinegar, infused oil, glycerite, soda, mead, bath salt/scrub, tea, flower essence, and probably many more things I'm forgetting! If you'd like to learn more about her medicine check-out the full materia medica I wrote about her. Link in my profile!
#wildrose #rosamultiflora #herbalallies #plantcestors #heartmedicine #nervine #herbalism #bioregionalherbalism #milkandhoneyherbs
I had such a wonderful time at the International Herb Symposium this weekend, filling-up my brain and heart studying with wise teachers and connecting with community. I was also psyched to join a health justice conversation on how we can incorporate the principles of health justice more fully into the culture and context of the symposium (which will hopefully overflow into the larger herbal community). And pictured is an huge and ancient Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) tree from the campus, which is an arboretum! This tree has been around since the time of the dinosaurs (literally the Cretaceous period!) and is considered a living fossil. It's a great reminder that the plants truly are our ancestors and our greatest teachers. After-all, as one of the teachers I sat with this weekend said- "you wouldn't be an herbalist without the plants!" 💚🙌🏽🌿 #internationalherbsymposium #healthjustice #dawnredwood #respectyourelders #communityherbalism #milkandhoneyherbs
Lady Mugwort :: Cronewort doing her thing. Can you see her silver hairs? The Latin name is Artemesia vulgaris- named for the goddess Artemis. She's goddess of the hunt, the wilderness and wild things, the moon, protectress of virgins, childbirth and birth workers. An apt namesake for Cronewort! Blessed Sagittarius full moon all! 🌙✨🌝 #cronewort #mugwort #artemesiavulgaris #artemis #myfavoritegoddess #moonmagic #milkandhoneyherbs
Today the From the Roots Up apprentices learned about the oh-so-amazing Green Drink! Pictured here is Violet. To make these I fill a blender about 1/3rd full with plant material and then fill it the rest of the way with water until the blender is full. Then you blend for about 2-3 minutes and you're done! You can strain immediately and serve, or let it sit a bit if you'd like. These taste amazing and are bursting with vitality! I make these with violet, dandelion lf, plantain, mint, lemon balm, alfalfa, chickweed, and evening primrose flowers and leaves- to name a few! I love to mix plants too 🌿 If you'd like to learn to make your own medicine and about the wild medicinals abundant in our bioregion, registration is open for the summer (and fall) sessions of the From the Roots Up seasonal class series! 💚 Summer session meets for 1 Sunday/ month in July and August at local organic farms✨ Link to more info in my profile!
#violet #violaodorata #greendrink #fromtherootsupapprenticeship #fromtherootsupseries #bioregionalherbalism #eattheweeds #notcoffee #nourishyourself #milkandhoneyherbs
I had such a wonderful time teaching yesterday at @herbstalk about my beloved Wild Rose! ✨
#wildrose #wildrosemedicine #rosamultiflora #herbstalk #herbstalk2017 #communityherbalism #bioregionalherbalism #milkandhoneyherbs
Hemlock tips! From our local conifer Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), not Poison Hemlock. These are incredible rich in vitamin C and a make a delicious trail-side snack- they are sour and piney with a trace of lime! They can also be infused in vinegar for dressings, added to wild salads, made into forest tea, or infused into oil for creams, salves and body scrubs. Also, no filter. The New England forests are really just this emerald green right now! 💚💚💚 #easternhemlock #hemlocktips #tsugacanadensis #wildfood #wildfoodlove #wildedibles #treemedicine #forestmedicine #foraging #green #milkandhoneyherbs
First Rosa Rugosa of the year! 💞 I'll be teaching an entire class on her cousin, Wild Rose (Rosa multiflora) this coming weekend at @herbstalk, and Rose is the featured Plant of the Year, so Rose classes abound! So come on down if you love Rose as much as I do!
#rose #rosarugosa #roselove #beelove #herbstalk #communityherbalism #milkandhoneyherbs
Roasted Dandelion Root-Cinnamon Coconut Latte ✨
1 tsp ground roasted Dandelion Root
3 dashes cinnamon pwd
1 cup coconut milk + fat (from the can)
Combine all the ingredients in a pan and bring to a simmer for about 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat, pour into a mug, add a dash of raw honey, and serve!
#dandelion #roasteddandelionroot #dandelioncoffee #notcoffee #morningbeverage #recipe #paleorecipes #paleokitchen #foodasmedicine #milkandhoneyherbs
Processing beautiful Dandelion root tonight. Ever since quitting caffeine, my morning beverage situation has sometimes been a little sad...I'm planning on roasting these to make my own roasted dandelion root faux coffee ☕️ ☕️☕️ #dandelion #dandelioncoffee #roasteddandelionroot #notcoffee #loveyourliver #adrenalhealth #springroots #newmoon #forage #wildfoodlove #milkandhoneyherbs
Final delivery of medicinal plant starts headed to @rivervalleycoop! Plants available this year include Tulsi, German Chamomile, Calendula, Nettles, Hops, Meadowsweet, Ashwagandha, Greek Mullein, Mugwort, Coltsfoot, White Sage, Hopi Tobacco, Virginia Smoking Tobacco, Spilanthes, and Comfrey, and more. Doing my part to spread the herbs to the masses!
#communityherbalism #grassrootsmedicine #nursery #growyourown #herbalove #herbfarm #milkandhoneyherbs
Wrapping-up another beautiful day with the apprentices @nextbarnoverfarm 🌞
#dandelion #bioregionalherbalism #materiamedica #herbschool #fromtherootsupseries #fromtherootsupapprenticeship #dreamjob #milkandhoneyherbs
This might be one of my best ideas ever- Lilac bath salts ✨💜😍 This is super easy to make- just layer lilac flowers and sea salt in a jar, being sure to start and finish with a layer of salt. Strain in a few weeks. Use as bath salts or add oil to it to make a body scrub. This incredibly simple method works for most aromatic flowers and herbs!
#lilac #bathsalts #diy #homemade #herbalspa #diyspa #treatyoself #milkandhoneyherbs
Sea of Violets 💜💜💜 The cooling, soothing, and moistening nature of Violet is perfect for these scorching days we've been having! Both the leaves and flowers are edible and wonderful in salads, in sandwiches, and smoothies. They're also really lovely in a bath. Every year I make a big batch of Violet leaf and flower, that I combine with Dandelion flower oil, to make a wonderful lymph-moving oil that is heavenly applied to breasts and chests. It's so vital to keep that lymph moving! This is also one of the famous nourishing herbs of the wise woman tradition- especially rich in vitamin A and C. For folks that run dry, Violet is a wonderful nourishing herb and you can make a nourishing infusion with it by steeping 4 heaping tbsp in 1 qt of water overnight. Drink 3-4 cups/ day. Or it can be added to a more drying formula to balance out the energetics!
#violets #weedwifery #lymphatic #herbalenergetics #wisewomantradition #nourishingherbs #herbalallies #milkandhoneyherbs
Magical Apple Blossom 🍃 The garden is currently awash with their sweet perfume.