Wild Rose & Chokecherry Liniment

Down by the river, the mud is skimmed with ice — crisp spectral lace that forms, transforms and disappears in the midday sun. We’ve had a few hard frosts in the past week, yet the green things on the riverbank keep on growing. There’s Yellowdock, Watercress, Violets (just a few), Sweet Clover, Horsetail, Landcress and even a few vibrant Lobelias. These reliable green patches keep me sane and happy til the Spring explosion many months from now. Snow is threatening on the horizon but I’ll believe it when I see it. Rhiannon has a little sign outside the kitchen door that says, “Let it snow!” so that Mama Nature will know we’re good and ready. Yesterday Loba and I tore down a great big beaver dam that was flooding the road....

Soothing Compress for Sore Eyes

Soothing Compress for Sore Eyes

    I’ve been working on my newest Sagewoman piece and I’m a little over my deadline, so I’ve been doing long hours. As a result my eyes are all bloodshot and scary. And they hurt like hell. I was gazing thoughtfully (or agonizingly, take your pick) in the mirror earlier and thought to myself that I should really do something about that. So I made a nice and soothing compress for my poor eyes. Just make a simple tea, my favorite is Elderflower, Rose petal and Mallow flower/leaf, but any number of soothing, anti-inflammatory herbs will work very nicely. Let steep and then strain well. Allow to cool to just warmer than room temperature. Dip a soft cloth of cotton, muslin or similar into the liquid. Wring out, fold into a rectangle big...