Greetings! After a hot long summer, the rains, cooler temperatures, and early nights are here, and in my humble opinion, are very much appreciated. I can’t remember the last time I actually looked forward to a wet rainy winter. We’ll see how it goes this year. The plants had a very interesting growing season. I was talking with one of my long time apprentices just today about this. We’ve been out in ...Continue Reading → Share
One of my apprentices had a severe histamine reaction which caused hives on her bactrimsale arm. She applied bruised plantain and nettle tincture to the affected area and within 5 minutes, the hives receded. Now that’s fast acting herbal medicine! Both plantain and nettles are best used fresh.
Nettles are very effective ...Continue Reading → Share
It’s that time again, folks! Mosquito, spider, ant, and biting pest season. Sitting outside at a BBQ, camping, and just trying to relax and enjoy the nice weather outside can be a bit frustrating when you become the object of dining for the insects that come around this time of year. How bad are they where you live? The commercial products ...Continue Reading → Share
Vinegar extracts the vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, essential oils, and some alkaloids from plants as well flavors. The acidic nature of vinegar assists in the uptake of calcium and iron into our cells. For those dealing with health issues such as anemia, arthritis, and bone loss, herbal vinegars can be helpful in restoring health.
Drizzle your vinegars on cold noodle salads, stir fry, fruit, spinach and/or field green salads, cooked greens.
Marinate seafood, pork, ...
Use these pickled buds as a condiment like any pickle; mix into tuna, egg, green or potato salad; and enjoy straight from the jar!
When making pickled dandelion flower buds, you’ll want to make sure the flower buds have not opened yet. Check out the picture on the right. The top is a dandelion flower bud that has not opened yet. The bottom is a flower that has opened, been pollinated, and ...Continue Reading → Share
The entire dandelion plant is a primo liver healer and strengthener. We can live without our fingers, we can lose an arm and still keep going, but we can’t live without our liver! Dandelion nourishes and strengthens our immune system. It is a digestive bitter, as it heals and nourishes the entire digestive tract. It helps us to get full nutrition from the foods we eat, and tones and nourishes the spleen, skin, nerves, kidneys, glands, urinary, circulatory, lymph, and gallbladder. It ...Continue Reading → Share
The lushness of spring is breathtaking here in the Pacific Northwest. The soil warms and the plants are lift their leaves and flowers to take in the sun, water, and the breath of all life around them.
Spending time in the garden, prattling about weeding, hoeing, planting are all first steps to healing with herbs. Breathe in their scent and the oxygen they give. ...Continue Reading → Share
Spring is (finally) in the air here in the PNW; buds are popping open, and plants are emerging. The herbs in my garden are arising healthy and rarin’ to go after a cold winter’s sleep under mineral rich rotting leaves. It seems that everyone has spring fever!
Lately I’ve been talking with a lot of ...Continue Reading → Share
Nothing says, “See ya, winter!” like harvesting nettles in the early spring for food and medicine. After a long dark winter, harvesting nettles is a very welcome treat. For me, the abundance of chlorophyll, antioxidants, macro and micro nutrients, and other healing constituents in nettles provides the quintessential shot of life that is so badly needed.
Not only are nettles incredibly nutrient rich, especially in iron, selenium, niacin, zinc, and the nerve feeding, muscle relaxing trifecta of calcium/magnesium/potassium, ...Continue Reading → Share