Roots to Swoon For: Bear’s Claw and Wild Ginger

Is it absurd that I get so excited about a box of fresh roots that I can’t even get from the truck to the cabin without opening the package and that I don’t even want to eat until I fully explore, taste and admire each plant bit? If it is, I am a deeply absurd woman. An apprentice and friend sent me the most lovely package of Bear’s Claw and Wild Ginger. It was so sweetly packed, the bundles of roots carefully wrapped in moist paper towels then sealed in plastic and accompanied by a poetic account of her journey into the mountains to find the plants. Somehow the package took a miraculous WEEK from the NW to the SW via priority mail. I think there’s a strange faery warp somewhere between there and here. Nevertheless, the roots smelled and...

Exotic Exceptions – A Few Rocky Mountain Roots I Love

Ok, so none of these are actually exotic at all, they just come from a little bit further north than I can easily get to. Wild Ginger (Asarum caudatum) – One of my less common allies. This plant is amazing, all the benefits of domestic Ginger but with an extra wild deep forest feel. I only get this plant from wildcrafters I know personally, since its delicate rainforest habitat is in danger of being eradicated. Wild Ginger is just so warm and yummy, it’s a great addition to many formulas and does tons on its own as well. A great plant for any cold condition that needs some local energy and blood to initiate healing. Fresh Wild Ginger Elixir is a wonderful addition to Elderberry Elixir, and warms it up for colder constitutions too. If you need to...