The snowdrops have bloomed at last. The peepers are peeping in the marsh. A pileated woodpecker visited this morning, with a loud “thwack, thwack, thwack!” And the days are ever so much longer. Ah! I took off my shoes and went barefoot today. How about you?
My eyes are eagerly searching out the early spring greens, those wonderful spring tonics. If you’d like to know more about identifying and using spring tonics, join me for a day or a weekend filled of glorious spring blessings. We’ll make nettle soup and gather wild salad, bite birch buds and hunt bloodroot, and encounter the special fairies of spring and some marvelous surprises. I know all of you can’t come. If you make nettle soup, we can all eat some together. Here’s my recipe.
We’ve been enjoying ourselves in the blue zones, where people live long, healthy, happy lives, in the hopes that our lives can be longer, healthier, and happier. So far, we have found that those who live in blue zones take time for family and friends, eat beans daily, and know how to relax. What else do they do, those blue zone folks?
They eat lots of vegetables, mostly well-cooked, and they eat lots of fruit, mostly fermented. You will not find blue zone folk making green drinks or juicing or eating raw produce. They turn those grapes into wine! They pour rum over their fruit and let it sit for months. They lacto-ferment and yeast ferment and wild ferment! They use fire; it is sacred. They wait until the berries are frozen; then harvest them. They dry and preserve. They turn ordinary fruits and vegetables into power produce by baking, boiling, stewing, braising, marinating, and roasting.
This is surprising and shocking to many health-conscious folks, who have been led to believe that fresh and raw is somehow better. If you haven’t already watched it, look for the Raw vs Cooked Debate with Brigitte Mars and Susun Weed on YouTube, and learn why even animals cook their food. You will also find lots of amazing information on the spiritual and nutritive value of fermentation in Stephen Buhner’s book: Sacred Herbal Beers.
Have you made an herbal wine? Make it a goal this year to ferment some herbs. You can use the dandelion wine recipe in Healing Wise, substituting any flower you fancy. The apprentices and I have make red clover wine, rose petal wine, wild carrot wine, even yarrow wine.
Green blessings are everywhere.
~ Trauma Care, Part 7 ~