And here come the plants! (Again, as always.)
Look, the snowdrops are blooming. (Actually, they were blooming last month for my birthday, but I only caught a quick glimpse of them before they were buried by snow and so I didn’t get a photo for you until today.)
Time to take off your shoes and go for your first barefoot walk of the year. (Even if you only take three steps; do it!)
This week we are continuing to explore one of my favorite herbs (and one of the safest herbs in the world to use): Grandmother Slippery Elm. If you haven’t already tried the oatmeal cooked with slippery elm from last week, here’s another chance to change forever how you eat your oats. (And if you did try my “value-added” oatmeal, let us know how you liked it.)
I know you thoroughly enjoyed watching my granddaughter Monica Jean make slippery elm balls
. Have you (and the children in your life) made some too? If not, now you have another chance. Make the time to make this sovereign remedy. And take it with you where ever you go.
I never leave home without my slippery elm balls. They are there for me and for anyone I meet along the way who needs a nourishing, soothing, healing herb. (That is all of us at one time or another, isn’t it?) Acid indigestion flees. Sore throats are banished. Bladder is happy. Guts are relaxed. Oh yes, we all need some slippery elm.
Since slippery elm is native to the northeastern parts of North America, it is not found in the classic herbals of the European and Russian traditions. But both the Native Americans and the New Americans used it extensively, for food, medicine, cordage, bandages, and more.
Ancient fabrics found in Ohio, dated to around 300 BCE, were made of slippery elm bark.
This is one fascinating tree.
Green blessings are all around us.