Hawthorn ~ Crataegus spp. is the “hope and faith that everything will be ok” plant. A tall shrub in the rose family, hawthorn grows in open meadows, on roadsides, along streams and forest edges at low to mid elevations. In my area, the conservation district people planted scores of hawthorn trees in wet areas. They’ve since replaced hawthorn with more effective water drinking plants, but us regular folk get to reap the benefits of ...Continue Reading → Share
While you can find as many ways to make herbal medicine as there are blogs on the internet, the following is a short plant medicine making tutorial based on my more than 30 years of making herbal remedies.
Herbal remedies. It’s important to know how to make the basics and to have many options to accommodate ...Continue Reading → Share
Mite infestations in chickens, turkeys, and game birds can run from a nuisance to a health hazard to death, depending on the severity of the infestation. While mites can accumulate due to poor coop and pen management, even the most fastidious poultry keeper may find mites in the hen house. Mites can be brought in by wild birds, rodents, even on the shoes and clothes of people returning home from visiting other ...Continue Reading → Share
The nervous system is the control center of the body. It interprets what the body senses and directs responses via movement and glandular activity. It governs the running of our systems such as heart rate, immunity, digestion, and respiration without us having to think about it. The nervous system is responsible for our moods and thoughts. Emotional health, therefore, is a function of nerve health.
The nerves are made up of cells called neurons ...Continue Reading → Share
In the Pacific Northwest, we’ve been enjoying a relatively warm and very wet winter. Nettles are up, wild mustard is flourishing, I’m hearing bird song that I haven’t heard in a long time. Oregon grape has flower buds on it already. As I nibble on plant bits, I can taste their strong medicine, which means sap is flowing. What I can tell you is that it’s going to be an early spring and there is a lot of mold and ...Continue Reading → Share
Willow – 90 species of Salix here in the Pacific Northwest and all work the same as far as their medicinal content goes. The bark of the willow canes is what is used.
Willow works so well to relieve the pain and inflammation of toothaches, spasming muscles, tension headaches, strains, sprains, arthritis, ...Continue Reading → Share
Elder is probably the most well-known antiviral herb on the market at present. It can assist in reducing inflammation in the sinuses to relieve congestion, eliminate metabolic waste products, stimulate sweating to remediate fevers, and reduce flu and cold symptoms. Elderberries contain shikimic acid, an intermediary in the production of Tamiflu, an anti-flu pharmaceutical. While commercial production of Tamiflu uses the shikimic acid in Star Anise, elderberries also contain this valuable substance. Cool beans, Elderberry!
The Truth About Elderberries:
While vitamin A, ...
4.5 lbs. hawthorn berries
1 qt. apple cider vinegar
22 oz. organic brown sugar
2 tbsp. ground ginger
1 tbsp. ground nutmeg
½ tbsp. ground cloves
½ tbsp. ground allspice
2 tbsp. sea or mineral salt
½ tsp black pepper
A few sprigs of fresh thyme
Remove the leaves from the hawthorn sprigs (stems are okay). Put the berries in a 6-qt. pot, add the Cider Vinegar and salt to the ...Continue Reading → Share
Nettle Lasagna. It’s one dish I make several times in the spring. Nettles are high in iron and many micronutrients including calcium, manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, and potassium. As I’m a big fan of getting the medicine of plants to the people in a way they will take them, nettle lasagna is a tasty way to get the health giving benefits of nettles into your family and friends. It’s always a ...Continue Reading → Share
Potage is a French word for thick soup. Just the thought of a bowl of hot nourishing soup as we head into autumn evokes thoughts of blankets wrapped around us to ward off the chill, fun with friends in front of an outdoor fire. Our roots and herbs potage is perfect for this time of year. So tasty and nutrient dense, it supports digestive, nerve, and immune health.
Roots and Herbs Potage
1 fresh ...Continue Reading → Share