Deep As Root & Song: In Rambling Praise of Wildcrafting

Deep As Root & Song: In Rambling Praise of Wildcrafting

This is for the July Blog Party on Adventures in Herbalism, hosted by Darcey Blue of Gaia’s Gifts. I’m all about the up close and personal.  I learn best through my senses and direct experience. This is perhaps more true in the way I practice herbalism and relationship with the plants than almost anything else. While I enjoy reading and hearing about herbs, my most significant learning happens when they’re about two inches from my face, or when ingesting or actually applying them. I cherish the tactile, the sensual, the immediate. Nearly all of the herbs I work with in my practice are wildcrafted, and so I have myself a fair number of plant adventures. Whether fording shoulder deep, fast-moving floodwaters with Darcey Blue to harvest Hops stroibles,...

The Forager’s Basket Series

The Forager’s Basket Series

For those who don’t regularly read the Anima Lifeways and Herbal School blog, you might be interested in my newest series of posts over there called The Forager’s Basket. Mostly made up of concise profiles of common wild foods, this series aims to give people an ongoing look at the wide array of easily available edible wild plants as well as suggestions on how to harvest, process, preserve and prepare them. Yes, that’s right, free information about free food, what could be better? You can take a look at the series so far right here, and if you enjoy them, you might want to subscribe to the blog via a feedreader or email to receive updates about new posts. Enjoy!...