The Exquisite Beauty of Nature

There are many more benefits to foraging plants in the wild than just the medicine they bring to us.

Before we pick our first plant, we are brought into the exquisite beauty of nature. It’s the peace and quiet that first draws attention. The utter calm that is so different from the jarring electricity of the urban or suburban areas where many of us live. After appreciating the freedom from disturbance for a few moments, we begin ...

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Quinoa, Veggie, and Herb Stuffed Pumpkin

Hello friends and happy holidays! Whether it‘s time with friends, family, or starting new traditions, this time of year means gathering together and eating savory food! I’ve put together a paleo friendly recipe geared towards health and great taste! May it become one of your traditional crowd pleasing sides.

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Drying Herbs and Tea Blends

Drying Herbs and Tea Blends

Drying herbs, and keeping their flavor and medicine intact, is a bit tricky in the damp Pacific Northwest. Herbs need to be dried as quickly as possible with low heat. 90 – 95 degrees F. is perfect. Too high heat and you run the risk of quickly drying the outside of the plant with the inside still containing moisture. This means plant material that will decompose and mold from ...

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Wild Greens Quiche

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 ...

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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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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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Cough and Cold Elixir

CoughandcoldremedyGreetings! 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 ...

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