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Yarrow Wild Soda✨✨✨ We made this in class on Sunday and as my students can attest- it’s so easy! This is a wild fermentation recipe that relies entirely on the wild yeasts on the flowers and raw honey for fermentation to occur 🌸🍯 I’ve got an in-depth recipe on my blog (link in my profile) that calls for Tulsi, but any aromatic herb will work for the recipe 💦 And in the meantime here’s a fast version and see the blog post for a full description!
Yarrow Wild Soda
Put 6 tbsp of fresh Yarrow leaves and flowers into a quart jar with 4 cups of cold or room-temp unchlorinated water and 1/4 cup of raw honey. Cover with a layer of cheesecloth or thin towel so it still can breathe but bugs can’t get in and let it ferment! Stir every day and once it starts bubbling when you stir it fermentation has begun! I like to taste it every day during this phase, and once it tastes nice and sparkly and effervescent then its time to strain it and then build carbonation. To accomplish this put a lid on it for about 24 hrs and then taste for fermentation....a nice trick is to put some in a small jar and test that for carbonation. If it’s not as carbonated as you’d like after 24 hrs, then leave it out (capped) for another 24 hrs. Then refrigerate (up until this phase it should have been unrefrigerated) and enjoy! One of my favorite ways to enjoy wild sodas is an a “fairy cocktail” of wild soda plus some tincture/elixir/oxymel added, garnished with some flowers with maybe even sometimes some flower essences added💖✨💦🧚🏼♀️ #fairycocktail #herbalmocktail #mocktail #wildsoda #wildfermentation #fermentation #herbalrecipes #magicmaking #flowerpower #yarrow #achilleamillefolium #milkandhoneyherbs
California Poppy harvest💛💛💛 I have so much love and respect for this plant. I suffer from insomnia at times and you know what? This plant makes me SLEEP. It’s also an ally for a close friend of mine who has chronic musculoskeletal pain and California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is one of the only herbs that really truly takes down the timber of their pain🙏🏼 It’s powerful. Although this is generally thought of as a west coast plant, it’s actually pretty easy to grow here in the northeast once you get the hang of it. The first trick is to know that you have to sow it in the early spring while soils are cool and damp; the same time you’d ideally sow peas. Prep your garden bed then hand sow the seed, gently sprinkling it onto the bed. Then very lightly rake it in and then tamp down the soil with your hands (the seeds like that💛). Keep evenly moist until germination (we’re often blessed with lots of cool spring rains but water if need be) and once the seedlings are 2-3 inches tall, thin them so there’s about 4-6 inches between each plant. Thinning is hard, I know! But the results are worth it. An un-thinned bed will yield a plot of tiny little struggling plants, and a thinned bed will yield a bounty of 1-2 feet tall healthy vigorous plants full of medicine. Harvest in the late flowering stage when there are plenty of developed seed heads (early July in Massachusetts), being sure to get the roots too bc the whole plant is used as medicine. It’s quite bitter so I tend to tincture it. For fresh plant use 75% alcohol and 25% water. Herbs for pain and sleep are dose-dependent, meaning each person needs to find their dose that works for them and eases their pain and helps them fall asleep! But it’s a very safe herb (even kids can take it) and if you take too much it basically acts like the sedative that it is and knocks you out! Which in the case of insomnia, can be a good thing! And unlike its opium poppy cousin, California Poppy does not contain opiates and is non habit-forming.
#californiapoppy #sedative #anodyne #herbsforsleep #insomnia #medicinemaking #medicinalplantcultivation #homegrown #herbgarden #growyourown #herbalism #milkandhoneyherbs
Gathering herbs today to make my yearly batch of High Summer Salve. It’s an all-purpose salve that I make in the height of summer each year (hence its name) and I always wait for the Lavender and St Johnswort to bloom- 2 crucial ingredients in my opinion! This month’s online class on Patreon dives deep into this recipe and I also share about some of my other favorite herbs to include. You can join our online learning community starting at just the $5/mo level💗 Link to more info in my profile. Pictured here are Wormwood, Yarrow (our plant of the month on Patreon), Plantain, Violet, St Johnswort, Lavender, Oregano, and Sage. A few other herbs in there that aren’t visible bc they’ve been buried by the others 😌 are Comfrey Lf, Rosemary, Calendula, and Oxeye Daisy. What are some of your favorite herbs to include in your all purpose salve?💚💚💚 And I wish you all could smell this basket- it’s amazing!!! #medicinemaking #herbgarden #herbalsalve #accessibleherbalism #patreon #herbschool #milkandhoneyherbs
It’s summer and all my plant friends are here so I’m hanging at my moms with the ancestral honeysuckle vine that my great great grandmother planted when she immigrated here from Greece🙏🏼🧿💗 #herbalallies #plantcestors #ancestralherbalism #ancestralhealing #plantmedicine #herbalist #milkandhoneyherbs
Beachside Pink Yarrow✨💗✨One of my favorite flower essences for healthy emotional boundaries, particularly for folks who are highly empathic.
#pinkyarrow #herbalallies #healthyboundaries #plantmagic #floweressences #milkandhoneyherbs
Beach time bliss in my favorite patch of coastal Yarrow✨✨✨ This is our July plant-of-the-month over on Patreon! Yarrow is such a magical and medicinal herb. My favorite backyard medicine/herbal first aid use for Yarrow is an amazing and unparalled hemostat. I’ve seen it stop bleeding upon contact so many times and the more intense and clean of a cut the more of an indication for Yarrow. The leaves and/or the flowers work. Simply chew them up and put them right on the cut (only do this on yourself) or bruise it enough with your hands so it releases its juices and apply to the cut. It will stop bleeding almost instantly and ease the pain too. This is just the tip of the iceberg for this plant’s amazing medicine. Join us on our Patreon learning community to learn more as we dive into Yarrow Medicine this month ✨Link to more info in my profile!
#yarrow #achilleamillefolium #herbalallies #herbalfirstaid #hemostat #vulnerary #patreoncreator #milkandhoneyherbs
Rose Petal Oxymel💗✨💗✨This is one of my all-time favorite Rose preparations (recipe below) that’s a go-to for me all summer to cool down that firey Pitta/Fire energy🔥 or when I just want a delicious and refreshing beverage that also makes me feel amazing! I love mixing it into iced herbal tea, sparkly water, and sometimes a combination of the two for a truly special summer bevy (I especially love it with Lemon Balm iced tea and seltzer!). It’s so easy to make, and you can make it with any aromatic Rose, although true-to-species Roses, like Rosa multiflora and Rosa rugosa will always be the strongest medicinally. Pick your Roses in the morning for the most concentrated essential oil content- it really makes a difference!
ROSE PETAL OXYMEL💗
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Put your Roses in a glass mason jar. You can choose to chop them if you’d like but it’s not necessary. Then cover them about 75% of the way with raw apple cider vinegar and the remaining 25% of the way with raw honey. It’s ok if you’re using crystallized raw honey that doesn’t dissolve right away. Don’t worry, it will dissolve in a few days! Put a layer of wax paper between the lid and the jar (bc vinegar can corrode the lid), shake well, and let macerate for 2-4 weeks, shaking daily if you can remember to. It’s easy in about 2 weeks but if you don’t strain it it’s fine- the rose petals can stay in there indefinitely really. This is shelf stable and does not need to be refrigerated! Add to your favorite drinks, iced tea, drizzle on salads and fruits salads, add to seltzer, or just have a spoon full straight! Ride is amazing heart medicine for both the emotional and physical heart, cooling inflammation and irritation both in the cardiovascular system and also our mental state and emotions. Basically it’s the best! If you want to read more about the medicine of Rose check out my Wild Rose Medicine post on my blog! Link in my profile. Enjoy all!
#rosemedicine #roselove #roselover #roseoxymel #oxymel #medicinemaking #rawhoney #rawapplecidervinegar #traditionalherbal #herbalism #herbalist #herbalists #pittadosha #milkandhoneyherbs
Some of my very favorite summer herbs in my basket✨🌞🌿This weekend in class we made a summer salve with these herbs pictured💚 Although you can definitely make salves with specific focuses, like a burn salve, bruise salve, and so on, I tend to make the classic herbal “All Purpose Salve.” There are any number of herbs that can go into an All Purpose Salve, but at the very least I make sure I add a vulnerary (wound-healer) and an anti-microbial, especially ones that are rich in essential oils. Keeping these factors in mind there’s really no limit to the different herbs that can go into your All Purpose Salve!
#yarrow #redclover #plantain #medicinemaking #communityherbalism #herbalsalve #oliveoil #beeswax #herbalist #milkandhoneyherbs
Japanese Knotweed, one of my very favorite herbs✨ This month for our Patreon class I shared my tick bite protocol and dove deep into the materia medica of this plant! I shared about this some at my plant walk today....first-off always treat a tick bite with a poultice of Plantain (Plantago spp) and I also lean very heavily on taking Japanese Knotweed tincture (and Echinacea too) for at least a week (and 2 weeks if you can!) after a tick bite to help stimulate the immune system and help prevent infection. It’s a complicated subject- much too much to share in an instagram post- but you can access the full class on my Patreon page starting at the $5/mo level, which if you ask me is very accessible herbalism 😌💚🌿 You can learn more at the link in my profile!
#japaneseknotweed #fallopiajaponica #accessibleherbalism #communityherbalism #tickbite #plantain #herbalfirstaid #patreoncreator #milkandhoneyherbs
I’m leading a Summer Solstice Herb Walk THIS coming Saturday 6/22 in Northampton, MA! We’ll be talking about this sweet herb of high summer, Red Clover💗💗💗, along with many other beloved plants! Details below. Link to register in my profile 😌 Join us if you can!
Summer Solstice Herb Walk
Saturday June 22nd
Northampton, MA (address will emailed to you when you register !)
$10 (children free)
Register for the herb walk in link in my profile or email me at email@example.com
Join us for a walk around the farm as we identify and learn about the medicinal herbs of high summer. We’ll learn field botany and plant ID, learn to read the herbal landscape, talk about making your own medicinal preparations like tinctures, oils, and elixirs, and get to know our locally abundant medicinal plants!
#herbwalk #summersolstice #herbsofhighsummer #flowerpower #redclover #trifoliumpratense #northamptonma #milkandhoneyherbs
How often do we forget that busy-ness is a trauma response??? Sitting with Wild Rose this year her message came through so loud and clear- “It’s safe to rest.” Damn. I needed to hear that! There are always life’s responsibilities of course, but Rose is just asking us to remember to take those sacred pauses whenever we can. It’s incredible how restorative a 5 minutes nap beneath a Rose bush can be. It got me thinking about the saying in our culture “Take the time to stop and smell the Roses,” which is just another way of saying make time to stop and appreciate the beauty in the world. See!? We already know what her medicine is- we just have to slow down enough to remember!🌹 And of course it’s all well and good to know *intellectually* it’s safe to rest and another thing entirely to actually bring it into embodiment. Enter Wild Rose flower essence✨ Essences are vibrational medicines that help us shift old patterns, stories, and work on our psyche and emotions, waaaaaaay beneath the layer of the physical. Take 1-3 drops a day to start leaning into this special medicine of Rose. They’re very accessible and easy to make- @dorimidnight has a great tutorial on making them on the @healingjustice podcast that I strongly recommend!💗🌿💗 #wildrose #roseseason #rosamultiflora #emotionalsupport #herbalallies #floweressences #plantmagic #bioregionalherbalism #milkandhoneyherbs
Friends, the “For the Love of Nettles” ebook is almost here!!! I’ll be releasing it in about a week and it will be available to order on my website and, remember, anyone who joins us as a member on Patreon (thank you everyone who’s joined so far!🎉) as a supporter and/or for our monthly online classes by *June 15th* will get a free copy as a special thanks! It’s going to be so amazing with recipes for everything from flower essences to frittata ☺️ I’m so excited to share this compendium of everything I’ve learned about Nettles since I first met them and they became one of first herbal allies over 15 years ago💚🙏🏼 I’ll have the link up for ordering the ebook soon and you can join and learn more about our Patreon learning community at the link in my profile! And pictured above is a Nettles sauté!
#nettles #cookingwithnettles #fortheloveofnettles #nettleslove #patreoncreator #ebook #milkandhoneyherbs
I had such a sweet time the last 2 days at the International Herb Symposium (@herbsymposium)....I picked-up this zine I’d been wanting by the rad Mandana Boushee of @wildgather (you can also get it at @goodfightherbco and on their website too!), connected with old herb school friends I hadn’t seen in a decade from across the country, spent nourishing time with other kindred spirit herbalists, caught-up with lots of my beloved teachers, and spent 2 days in conversations revolving around un-doing systemic racism within the herb world and making it more welcoming to trans, non-binary, and queer folks in the herbal community🌟 The keynote was by the incredible Leah Penniman of @soulfirefarm - check out their work like RIGHT NOW if you’re not familiar with them! Herbal conferences and the herb world at-large are changing! And I feel so hopeful and encouraged by the important work being done at this conference and the New England Woman’s Herbal Conference too. There’s still of course SO much work to be done and it’s definitely an uphill battle- this is just the beginning-but I’m so here for it and so beyond thrilled that it’s happening🙏🏼 And now I’m off this morning to spend the day teaching my apprenticeship about some of our beloved, local weeds!
#communityherbalist #herbalife #fromtherootsupapprenticeship #internationalherbsymposium #changeiscoming #accessibleherbalism #tickmagic #zinelove #wildgather #goodfightherbco #milkandhoneyherbs
Autumn Olive flowers✨✨ They smell amazing....like Jasmine. In the fall they’ll give way to the most delicious red, silver-speckled berries! I would imagine the flowers are edible although I’ve never come across a source saying so. Anyone here eat the flowers?? Are you know I’ll be picking these berries come fall!
#autumnolive #eleagnusumbellata #eattheweeds #wildfoodlove #fieldbotany #plantID #milkandhoneyherbs
Prepping for today’s @herbstalk class, Nettles in the Kitchen💚 We’re making Nettles Vinegar/Pickled Nettles, Spring Greens Dressing with Nettles and Violet, and Nettles & Chive Pesto! I’ve got loads of Nettles recipes on my blog and I’ll also be sharing so much about Nettles-including lots of recipes- in my forthcoming ebook, For the Love of Nettles, which will be available as a gift to all my Patrons who join our new Patreon learning community by June 15th. We have online monthly classes, plant study groups, and more on our Patreon page! And if you’re already overwhelmed by all the content on the internet (I hear you!)- joining us on Patreon is also just a sweet way to support my work💚 Link to more info in my profile!
#nettles #nettleslove #firstebook #plantmedicine #herbstalk #patreoncreator #milkandhoneyherbs
Hanging with the seaweeds and the sea on this fine morning in Maine🧜🏼♀️ The close-ups are of a northeast native seaweed, Bladderwrack (Fuchs vesiculosis), which is very very common and we’ll be learning about in my seaweed class next week! It grows along rocky shores attached to rocks in the northeast US and up into Canada (and in northern waters across the globe). It’s easily identifiable by the air bladders, which look like little bubbles in the fronds, which tend to (but not always) occur in pairs. It’s a seaweed that’s not always textbook perfect in terms of ID bc the more turgid and active the waters the fewer bladders they’ll have. It’s in the class of brown seaweeds (which also includes kelp and wakame)which are known for their high mineral content, immune-boosting and gut-healing polysaccharides, and benefit to the thyroid. Bladdewrack is perhaps the most well-known seaweed for the thyroid bc of its impressive Iodine content and, in-fact, Iodine was first discovered back in 1911 in Bladderack, which was the original source of Iodine! You can put it into soups, stews, cook it into your grains, make medicine with it (oxymels are soooo good!) and more. Next week we’ll be learning all about seaweed medicine of the northeast and beyond! Join us if you can!
Seaweed Medicine 🧜🏼♀️
Wed June 5th
At Blue Dragon Apothecary
Register by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or see link in my profile!
#seaweedmedicine #bioregionalherbalism #oceanforaging #bladderwrack #fucusvesiculosus #oceanmedicine #macroalgae #wildfoodlove #milkandhoneyherbs
Such a sweet day of class yesterday working with Mugwort, Yellow Dock, and Garlic Mustard. Pictured is Mugwort and a Mugwort-infused vinegar we made which can be used a digestive bitter or in your foods, dressings, and so on for a digestive and metabolic boost! Making vinegars is so easy- simply chop-up your plant, put in a jar and cover with vinegar (raw apple cider vinegar is my fave), let sit for 2 weeks, strain and use! For any of you wanting to learn more about our locally abundant medicinal plants, the summer session of From the Roots Up is currently enrolling! And I also offer monthly classes and plant study groups online through my Patreon learning community 😌 Link to more info on both in my profile!
#fromtherootsupseries #herbschool #medicinemaking #bioregionalherbalism #foodasmedicine #herbalvinegar #mugwort #yellowdock #garlicmustard #patreoncreator #milkandhoneyherbs
I’m so grateful to have been interviewed by the lovely @yarrowmagdalena for the Daydreaming Wolves Podcast!💜💜💜 We talk about what brought me to herbalism, running a community clinic, simple herbal self-care strategies, giving back when you’re in a profession that takes from the earth (wildcrafting), a day in the life of an herbalist, teaching a building community through Patreon, bioregional herbalism, and more. Link to listen in my profile or you can find it in iTunes or Soundcloud!
#herbalism #clinicalherbalist #communityherbalism #patreoncreators #daydreamingwolves #milkandhoneyherbs