Wild Woman Primer 3: Savoring the Summer

Wild Woman Primer 3: Savoring the Summer

This month’s blogparty is all about staying cool this summer, and it’s hosted by Alchemille’s Garden. I’ve always loved summer, I was born in early July in the deep South and have ever since thought of it as my own personal season. When I was very little I lived for a time on an island and spent much of my time jumping in and out of the Atlantic, eating fruit and running really fast to let the moving air pull the heat off of me. The hot, heavy nights were filled with the sweet scent of Japanese Honeysuckle and hummed with the buzz of houses full of window fans. Now that I live in the mountains of NM, I’m always amazed by how much the nights cool off and that by three in the morning, I’m pulling up the down comforter, even in...

The Greeness of Spring: Celebrating Canyon Grape Leaves

The Greeness of Spring: Celebrating Canyon Grape Leaves

For this month’s Spring Greens blogparty, hosted by Darcey Blue of Gaia’s Gifts. Every year Loba and I gather pounds and pounds of fresh wild Grape leaves. From the time the first tender heart shaped leaves unfurl until the oldest, toughest leaves turn color and fall we spend a little while nearly every day gathering these tart, tasty greens. We love them fresh, chopped or diced and added to stews, salads, chili and any number of other savory dishes. When they get big as the palm of my hand we use them to wrap up spicy curries, lentils, freshly grilled wild meat and whatever else we can scoop up. As the summer unfolds and the canyon is deeply shaded by the prolific vines, we gather even more leaves and add them to a gallon jar of salt water. Brined...

Success at Last: the Cellulitis Followup

Remember the Cellulitis from hell post? You probably thought that was long since resolved, right? Wrong. Right after I wrote that, the client cut that same foot again on the same bit of weirdly venomous metal. One long ragged cut across the top of the foot. I could have cried. Despite nearly immediate treatmen the foot proceded to blow up bigger than it ever was, and the red rash spread rapidly up the leg. At this point, the toes were cold and numb, the pain intense enough to warran the use of crutches and color of the skin a disturbing purple/brown/scarlet. As it continued to swell (in spite hourly treatment, internally and externally) the skin started to split in places, leaving angry and inflamed wounds. Veins popped all over the leg and foot, resulting in...

Healing Insulin Resistance and Digestive Function with Food

So I’ve had this really annoying digestive issue for a long time: every time I ate much protein or anything high in animal fat, I’d get ungodly ill. I mean, I couldn’t even take a tsp of fish oil without feeling like I’d swallowed a swamp for at least 24 hours. If I ate a steak, it stuck in my gut for two days and I turned a bit green around the edges. Yeah I know, my liver, more poor liver. But the thing is, all the liver treatment in the world even with specific protein digestion enhancers like Mahonia wasn’t doing me a bit of good. On some level, this isn’t a surprise since I don’t fit the normal pattern of protein intolerance combined with allergies, dry skin, arthritis and so on. I was a vegetarian for seven years...

The Omnivore’s Delight: Reasons to Enjoy Meat

Check out this great post by Paul Bergner regarding the wonderfulness of eating meat, and here’s a quote to whet your appetite: A very large trial showed that meat eating was protective against heart disease, and a large and growing body of evidence shows that meat eating is protective against osteoporosis and its worst endpoint.  This is in stark contradition to the neo-naturopathic theory that it causes the bones to melt down in acidified blood. I say neo-naturopathic, because in the history of naturopathy, starting in Germany and up until the 1970′s, among several dozen major figures and teachers, we find only two vegetarian advocates, both of whom died 15-20 years before the meat eaters. For arachidonic acid (an oft-maligned component of beef),...

Beebalm: Notes on Burn Treatment

First things first: I don’t recommend ever putting a salve on a fresh burn. It seems to hold the heat in and aggravate the burn. Once the heat is gone from the burn, salves can be very healing. Second, don’t put ice on burns, especially severe burns, you run the risk of increasing tissue loss and increasing scar damage. A hospital once did this to my little sister’s hands when they were badly burned and it was a mess. Use cool or lukewarm water to help pull heat from the burn. A very popular first defense for acute burns is Lavender essential oil, which is indeed quite effective in reducing pain, lessening the chance of infection and speeding healing. The downside is that you can’t make it yourself, everything then reeks of Lavender (ok...