Herbal Roots Zine: Jewelweed

Wild Greens Frittata

This recipe was inspired by kuku sabzi, a Persian frittata that uses a lot more greens than typically found in a frittata. The result is a light and delicious way to enjoy the gifts of spring especially wild greens like nettle and chickweed.

St. John’s Wort

St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is surrounded in plenty of herbal folk history. This herb has been recently regarded for it’s mild anti-depressant qualities, but it’s been known and used for many other remedies including sun burns, sore muscles, nerve pain, and burns just to name a few. This herb has so many ways that it can help heal the body it’s no wonder it’s been used for thousands of years!

The Geography of Health, by Phyllis D. Light

The geography of health, the health of place, is intricately tied to the health of the Earth. There is no spaceship coming to rescue us. This is our home, the only one we have. We can choose to take care of our home, or we can choose to disrespect the source of our life. It’s totally up to us. But unless we teach our children, much more will be lost.

June 2017: Oats

Oats (Avena sativa) offer us deep nourishment as a sustaining cereal grain and as a replenishing medicine for the nervous system. In this monograph you’ll explore the different oat preparations like fresh milky oats and dried oats to see the many benefits oats offers for the nervous system, for bone health and more.

Lovage Leaf Muscle Rub

We are in love with this organic muscle rub highlighting essential oils that are not seen in many recipes. It has a soft floral top note and a pleasant herbaceous scent that is slightly balsamic. Applying a muscle rub after a strenuous day of work and play can ease grumpy muscles that may be occasionally sore.

Herbal Roots Zine: Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger, Asarum canadense, is a wild native plant in North America. This plant has been used traditionally throughout Native American history and by Appalachian healers, as well as herbalists worldwide including Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners. Please note that wild Ginger contains aristolochic acid (AA), which might be carcinogenic. Read more about this plant and explore it through poems, recipes and more in this month’s Herbal Roots Zine.

Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) is a plant that has long been used for it’s affinity with menopause and women’s health, but it also offers more healing than that. Learn about how it can be used for sore and tense muscles, where it grows, and some folk history about this plants longtime relationship with our health and vitality.

Locavore Herbalism, by Natasha Clarke

It takes a while to establish a working relationship you cherish and then revisit, again and again. As you get to know the land, the land gets to know you and you get to know yourself, each providing strength to the others’ existence by entering into story. In this beautiful article Natasha shares her stories of rose, ghost pipe, teasel, and more.

Dandelion Pesto

This bitter dandelion pesto is tempered by the nutty, sweet flavor of pine nuts and the zing of lemon. It’s also filled with many herbs and spices to support heart health. I recently brought this to a potluck with about 50 people and I got countless compliments and requests for the recipe. I know your friends and family will love it, too.