There’s fungus among us!

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 ...

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Salix ~ Willow

 

Willow

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, ...

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The Truth About Elderberries

Elderberries are powerful medicine to have on hand, and there is so much controversy surrounding this plant. To heat or not to heat? Are elderberries poisonous? Those are the questions for which I do my best to give thoughtful and well researched answers.

 

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Recipe: Hawthorn Chutney

Hawthorn Chutney

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

 

Instructions

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 ...

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Nettle Lasagna Recipe – It’s Freaking Amazing!

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 happily take them so that healing can occur, nettle lasagna is a tasty way to get the health giving benefits of nettles into your family and friends. It’s always a crowd pleaser! Nettle ...

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Recipe: Immune-Boosting Roots & Herbs Potage

potage!

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 ...

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Recipe: Herbal Truffles

 

Herbal truffles are super yummy, healthy, and carry the medicine of plants to people in a way that they will happily eat! The truffles can be adapted to accommodate needs and what you have available in your apothecary.

 

 

Basic truffle ingredients:

7-8 dates or a dozen dried apricots
1/3 cup nut or seed butter of choice
1/3 cup oats – powdered in a coffee grinder
1/3 cup coconut – ground in ...

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Winter Herbal Remedies

 

It was a dark and stormy night. That’s how all exciting stories begin, isn’t it? Our story begins with the advent of the cold and flu season. Dark and stormy days turn to dark and stormy nights, with us fragile folk heading indoors for warmth and comfort. As we breathe in the warm inside air, we also breathe in each other’s colds and flu viruses. What to do? What to do? Come with me, as we delve into simple remedies ...

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Cottonwood and Willow: Nature’s Pain Relievers

Cottonwood, Populus balsamifera, is the largest broadleaf deciduous tree in the Pacific Northwest. It is a member of the Salicaceae family, which makes it willow’s cousin. Cottonwood trees exist near rivers and lakes. They grow to be very tall and are on the narrow side. I’m not talking about Lombardy poplars, Populus nigra, the super skinny trees you’ll find in prairies and open ranges used as windscreens on farms ...

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