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Echinacea (Echinacea spp.) has long been revered for it’s immune building properties. This plant is on the United Plant Savers at risk list, find out why and also how to make sure you’re getting your echinacea from sustainable sources. Also learn about how to harvest and tincture this amazing plant, while learning about it’s folkloric history at the same time.
This article is the the opening chapter to Kiva’s first book: “Changelings: An OtherWorld Herbal”. “Mythopoetic plant medicine is engaging with the green world in such a way as to create, grow, heal, and live from a mythic dimension. It is the work of understanding life through the lens of adaptive myth, and contributing to the birth of new stories from the living land. This, in turn, can result in the healing of people in their connection to plants and planet.”
Summertime is here and it’s the perfect time to get kids out of the house and into the garden! School is out, days are lazy and the heat and rain of summer do wonders for growing herbs. Kids love to feel empowered. Giving them a chance to grow the herbs they can use when they are sick gives them ownership and pride.
While experimenting with this recipe, I brought in samples for my office mates to enjoy. I could tell by how quickly they were snatched up, that they loved their chocolate-y goodness just as much as I did! Enjoy!
Ground Ivy is commonly known by many names including Gill-over-the-ground, Gillover-the-hill, Lizzy-run-up-the-Hedge, Gill-go-by-the-Hedge, Robin-run-in-the-Hedge,creeping Charlie, catsfoot, cat’s paw, turnhoof and alehoofe. Herbalist use ground ivy for the respiratory system, for the liver and gallbladder and for digestion. In this month’s issue of Herbal Roots Zine you’ll explore this lovely mint through recipes, games and stories.
Facial serums are silky and light oil-based preparations that are used to nourish and protect the skin. A few years ago, I created a self-heal serum recipe that I used for years. Last year I decided it was time for a new recipe.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has been used for centuries worldwide. This delicious and very aromatic plant has been revered for it’s ability to sooth depression, fight viral infections (even herpes), calm the nervous system, and relax the body. This is a very important herb to get to know and to plant in your gardens as well as keep in your own apothecary.
Learning how to grow these at-risk plants is a venture that is rewarding on many levels. There is something gratifying about experiencing a plant in person and shepherding its growth from the ground up. It also enables you to create potent and valuable medicines for your personal or professional apothecary.