Devil’s Club ~ Oplopanax horridum aka Oplopanax horridus
The following, while weighty in information, is in no way complete in the actions and uses of Devil’s Club. It’s a plant worth studying in depth.
I love making quiche from wild greens. When we harvest healthy wild greens from unsprayed areas, the plants are so nourishing to us and our loved ones. It’s another layer of getting the medicine to the people in a way that they will love to eat! Cooking for people is one of my favorite things to do. My man builds houses all day and comes home filthy and hungry. I like to pair up the quiche with a formidable salad full of ...Continue Reading → Share
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
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
A thread that continues throughout my community workshops and programs is how to “get the medicine to the people in ways that they will enjoy taking so that healing can occur.” There are times when an alcohol tincture can’t or won’t be ingested for a variety of reasons. People may not like ...Continue Reading → Share
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 ...Continue Reading → Share
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 ...Continue Reading → Share