I’m following the colts foot trail right now. First the flowers appear, between end February and late March depending on your area, low to the ground and dazzlingly bright along the roadside, growing where there’s gravel in micro areas that are dry amidst the moistness that comes from being along the creek. The leaves come afterward.
Actea Racemose or Cimicifuga Rasemosa, also known as Black Cohosh, Squaroot, and Snakeroot is a bitter and cooling perennial herb whose roots are known for their effects on 'women's issues' and the female reproductive system. I first heard of it as part of a labor tincture in Susun Weed's Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing... Continue Reading →
Eighteen days ago, I thought to mix up some fire cider inspired by the profusion of parsley growing in our garden. I buried the jars in the garden, swaddled in old clothes, inspired by the magic this method worked on the garlic ginger syrup. I just dug it out to enjoy during the equinox yesterday... Continue Reading →
When I came across a recipe for garlic and ginger syrup in one of the lessons that are part of a herbalism correspondence course I'm enrolled in with Rosemary Gladstar, I couldn't wait to try it. Liquid garlic and ginger! My taste buds activated right away imagining the flavor, and then the best part:: Rosemary... Continue Reading →
Today in the kitchen: making face butter to work out proportions on request from my sister. Butters are quite simply a mixture of solid fats with a small quantity of liquid oil. No beeswax. Essential oils optional. I sometimes use only shea as the butter and leave out the cocoa butter, when I do that... Continue Reading →