Autumn Indeed

Autumn Indeed

Though I live on the cusp between Faery and human dwelling, it is indeed Autumn here in the Canyon. My apologies for the seemingly random resend of the Summer Solstice post by feedburner to my email subscribers. Perhaps feedburner objects to the coming cold season? In any case, we canyon folk are sadly watching the golden Cottonwood leaves be carried away by the Fall winds even as we enjoy the cooling days and downright chilly nights, and look forward to Winter’s fertility for planning and planting wild seeds that will grow in the next warm season. Our on-site helpers made a batch of gingerbread cookies today, and I’ve been restocking the masala chai jar in anticipation of many clay mugs full of spicy warmth as the days grow shorter. Tomorrow...

Rosemary’s Remedy!

Rosemary’s Remedy!

There aren’t many of us American herbalists not familiar with the beloved Rosemary Gladstar, whose work actively promoting and spreading herbalism has had an incredible impact on the accessibility of plant medicine! While most know her best from her books and teaching, Rosemary is also an activist, phenomenal networker, community creator, endangered plant advocate, gardener, and much more. I met her personally for the first time when she graced the very first Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference/Herbal Resurgence as a teacher and speaker. Rosemary helped create a huge resurgence in herbalism at a time when botanical medicine was neither popular nor accessible for most folks. She traveled to Europe in order to study, and brought back with her an...

Medicine Bear Novel Announcement – With Excerpt

Medicine Bear Novel Announcement – With Excerpt

www.TheMedicineBear.com …. It’s Here!  Fresh off the press, Wolf’s new novel THE MEDICINE BEAR www.TheMedicineBear.com …. The first boxes of this exciting book have arrived, and Wolf is currently signing copies for mailing out to all who ordered one.  I highly recommend it!  As I wrote for its pages: The Medicine Bear is a powerful novel of love, healing, devotion, coming of age, and sense of place, but more than any single element, it is a tapestry of the vital medicine that connects the people to the land, and all of us to each other. The skillful hands of the curandera heal even while the soldiers endure a bloody struggle. Through it all, the medicine of this tale is found in the power of personal transformation and bone-deep passion.  Readers of...

Fernflower and Blackberries: Celebrating the Summer Solstice

Fernflower and Blackberries: Celebrating the Summer Solstice

Vodu upav. Kupalo na Ivana! Happy Summer Solstice/Midsummer to all of you on this side of the hemisphere! And Blessed Ivan Kupailo/Kupala Day to all you Russians/Ukrainians/Poles/Belorussians who celebrate the old ways! Today is a lovely day for weaving flower wreaths, making food magic with berries, playing in the forest, and searching for that mythical Fernflower, Chervona Ruta. It’s a hot day here in the Canyon, and well suited to spending the whole day in the river underneath the Alders. This morning I made a Spiced Blackberry Kissel (a Russian berry custard), and we’ll soon be savoring it cold, and topped with local cream and a splash of dark red wine. However you celebrate, enjoy this longest day of the year !...

Summer First Aid for the Little Ones and You!

Summer First Aid for the Little Ones and You!

I like to periodically share offerings from other herbalists here and I couldn’t resist passing on the info for this free webinar being given by midwife, herbalist, doctor, Plant Healer columnist, and TWHC teacher, Aviva Romm. This 90 minute presentation will discuss first aid for summer, focusing on herbal treatments for the most common summer issues like bug bites, sunburn, and poison ivy. Aviva will also be covering how to build a first aid kit for your family and ways of getting the kids involved with the plants! The webinar is this coming Thursday, May 3rd, 8:30 pm Eastern time. Be sure to sign up beforehand, right here: Outdoor Kids: Herbal First Aid for...

Teaching Children About Herbs: Storytelling and Fairytales

Teaching Children About Herbs: Storytelling and Fairytales

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein Most of my readers realize by now what a love of fairytales and folklore I have. This affection is not born simply out of how I find  beautiful and interesting they are, but also because they’ve taught me so much. I struggled with rote memorization when I was in school, and found that the only way I could actually recall much of what I was supposed to be learning was by telling myself stories that included the information. Woven into the context of a tale of faery creatures, wild landscapes, and relatable characters, everything suddenly became so much more memorable and accessible. Twenty years...