Greetings of joy to you all.
‘Tis the season to celebrate evergreens.
Now that the deciduous trees have lost their leaves, the evergreen trees hold the day. Pines and hemlocks, firs and spruces, cedars, junipers, and balsam beckon us with their aromatic green needles. They seem to promise immortality.
Could it be more than a promise? More than a vain hope? Could the evergreens keep us ever green, that is, always young? All edible evergreens are loaded with vitamin C, a nutrient in short supply during the dark months. Before global transport of food, those who ate evergreens in the winter were at a real advantage: They certainly were healthier and they probably did live longer.
You, like I, can probably go to a nearby market any day this winter and choose from a variety of fresh fruits including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, bananas, apples, oranges, pomegranates,* and kiwis. No excuse for any of us to be lacking in vitamin C.
But even a hundred years ago, back when good girls and boys got an orange in their Christmas stocking (and bad children got a lump of coal), vitamin C rich foods were scarce in the northern climes all winter long. Unless you knew the secret of the evergreens, that is!
So invite some pine or cedar or spruce into your life and your home this December. Harvest a bowl of cedar berries and eat one or two everyday. Make some white pine, or pinon pine, or lodge-pole pine vinegar. Put up some balsam or cedar or spruce oil. Hang an evergreen wreath on your door. (American feng shui!) Swing a jumiper swag across your mantle. Toss some evergreen needles into a pot of boiling water and make the air smell like a forest. Burn cedar to attract healing energies.
Or even buy a small evergreen tree and live with it for a while. Decorate it. Hang your wishes upon it. Hang a star on it. Breathe with it. Open your heart to green blessings.
* Lots of info on the healing properties of pomegranate coming soon for mentored students.
~ Weed Walk ~