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 ...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
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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
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 ...
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
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
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