May 022008
 

If you’re new to my blog and haven’t read my many previous posts on the wonders of Nettle seeds, just do a search in the little bar on the left to read up on its properties. So I’ve been using Nettle seeds straight up and Nettle seed tincture, both with dried, hand harvested seeds from [...]

Apr 112008
 

The Peach trees in the village just burst into bloom these past few days, all radiant pink and headily fragrant. From a distance, the trees look to be on fire with a soft magenta light that draws the eye in like a spotlight, obscuring the image of the empty fields beyond, the cars on the [...]

Apr 062008
 

The Elm trees (Ulmus pumila) are covered in gorgeous green disc shaped fruits just now. It’s like the fruits in the picture, but when they’re fatter and greener and the seed is less developed. Loba and I were so entranced by the pretty papery green that we pulled over onto the side of the (remote) [...]

Mar 272008
 

Taking a hint from indigenous peoples throughout the West, I use Moonwort for damn near everything.  Yes, I’ve written about it before (here and here, for example)  but I do like to repeat myself so I’ll go on about it a bit more now. Nearly every herbalist seems to have a favorite topical cure all [...]

Mar 162008
 
First Spring Medicines: Corydalis, Usnea & Cottonwood

Yesterday while planting my newest influx of native trees and shrubs, I noticed the season’s first blooming Corydalis, the Canyon’s usual second Spring flower who usually arrives just before or on the Spring Equinox. This sweet little relative of the West Coast’s Bleeding Hearts has many similar uses for chronic pain, tremors, various neuralgias combined [...]

Mar 102008
 
The Magic of Monkeyflowers

Common Name: Monkeyflower Botanical Name: Mimulus spp. Energetics: Neutral to Cool, Sl. Moist Actions: Relaxant nervine, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary, anodyne I’ve talked about Monkeyflowers before, and am loving them just as much now. I really wish I’d made more tincture or least dried more of the plant for infusions, seeing how abundant they are especially [...]

Mar 012008
 

For the March Blogparty on Nettles hosted by Julie at Crow’s Daughter. Stinging Nettle’s has a remarkable ability to rebuild and restore. Part of this comes from the fact that it is intensely nutritive, being dense with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Nettle’s nourishing properties have been discussed at length by many authors, perhaps most notably [...]

Feb 242008
 
Alder & Headaches

Headaches are a curious ailment, they can stem from nearly any kind of imbalance or disorder, and their symptoms can vary hugely in consistency, symptoms, length and other factors. I’ve talked about headache differentials previously, and will probably expand even more on them in the future. For now though, I’d like to briefly discuss a [...]

Feb 132008
 

Earlier this last Autumn I made an oil from dried leaves, bark, catkins and twigs of Alder. After reviewing much of the available ethnobotany on this multi-purpose herb I thought it would at least make a nice wound healing salve if not a downright pain relieving one. I also talked to an herbalist from the [...]

Feb 012008
 

Name: Prunus persica Energetics: Cooling, moistening Primary Organ System Affinities: Upper GI, uterus, nervous system Specific Indications: dryness, heat, irritability and tension in sensitive, emotionally brittle individuals with a tendency towards inflammatory conditions and hyperimmune conditions such as allergies. It soothes nausea (especially if accompanied by a red tipped tongue or symptoms of heat) better [...]

Jan 272008
 

The temperature of herbs varies from very cold to neutral to very hot. This is fairly obvious in some herbs, and the hot bite of Cayenne or the cool, slippery taste of Plantain doesn’t require too much consideration. However, some herbs can confuse even the most experienced practitioner with their apparent contradictions. The simple way [...]

Jan 192008
 

Wild Rose Elixir 1 pint jar enough fresh wild rose petals to fill the jar everclear or vodka/brandy to fill the jar 3/4 (I prefer a lower proof alcohol for this preparation, I might make a 50% solution with water and everclear) glycerine or raw honey to fill the jar 1/4 (I generally prefer glycerine [...]

Jan 182008
 

I mentioned in a previous post that jim talks about how Slippery Elm helps prevent herbal oils from going rancid. Well, another thing I’ve noticed is that Elm bark in infusions keeps them from going bad, for days and days…. I recently drank a five day old infusion (I don’t have refrigeration so it was [...]