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  • Wednesday, May 05, 2021 4:26 PM | Anonymous

    Dandelion wine time!

    Violets are smiling at you

    Glechoma is good in salads.
    Great as a vinegar.
    And why not try an oxymel this spring?

    Mustard family plants have “upright and elongated seed pods” as we can see. All plants in the family are edible.
    This cress is yummy before it flowers. 

    The seed pods of this mustard family plant are not erect and upright. Instead they look like hearts. Thus the name: shepherd’s purse. Entirely edible. In hard times, seeds were gathered to grind as a flour extender. Tincture flowering plants and you have an excellent remedy to check menstrual flooding. 

    It’s not too soon to start eating plantain in salad. A little early for making plantain oil though.

  • Wednesday, May 05, 2021 3:55 PM | Anonymous

    Welcome Arnold and Ashay

    Ashay on the goat tower

    Purple dead nettle - (Lamium purpurea) - is a scentless mint.
    Here it is very young.


    Purple dead nettle in full bloom. Sure is pretty.

    ~ Page 2 ~

  • Monday, May 03, 2021 9:58 PM | Anonymous

    Dandelion Italiano
    This makes about a quart of intense, delicious marinated greens.
    It keeps in the refrigerator for 7-10 days.
    So I make a lot at once (doubling the recipe) and eat it bit by bit.

    You will need:
    * a “bunch” of dandelion leaves
    * a kettle and a 2-quart (or larger saucepan) or 2 large saucepans
    * a gallon of water
    * a stove or other heat source
    * a 2-quart storage dish with a tight lid
    * tamari
    * powdered (or granulated) garlic or fresh garlic, finely minced
    * extra virgin olive oil


    Harvest a pound of dandelion (or chicory) leaves.Or buy them in the produce department of your favorite store.

    Fill the teakettle (or saucepan) with water and put it on a high heat.

    Pick out any yellow, brown, or blackened leaves. Rinse well. Cut into 1-inch pieces.

    Put the cut dandelion greens into the empty (cold) saucepan.

    When the water boils, pour it over the greens, just enough to cover them. Refill the kettle and return it to a high fire.

    Stir the greens in the hot water. You may taste the water if you wish. It is bitter. We are leaching the bitterness out (but not the nutrition) out of the dandelion.

    When the kettle boils, drain the greens, then cover them with boiling water. Refill the kettle and return it to a high fire.

    Put a fire on under the dandelion greens and bring them to a boil.

    Drain the greens and again cover with boiling water from the kettle.

    You may taste the water if you wish. It is less bitter than the first.

    Cook greens until fairly soft, about 20-30 minutes. Put hot greens in storage dish.

    Add 2 tablespoons tamari and stir.

    Add 2 teaspoons garlic powder or 3-4 cloves fresh minced garlic and stir.

    Add ½ cup olive oil and stir.

    Taste. Add more tamari, more garlic, or more oil as your taste buds decree.
    Serve warm or cold. Store, tightly lidded, in the refrigerator.


    green blessings,

    Susun Weed

  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021 3:16 PM | Anonymous

    Sage the Savior
    by Susun S Weed

    Does the odor of sage evoke warmth, cheer, and holiday feasts for you? Sage has long been used to add savor, magic, and medicine to winter meals. Culinary sage is available at any grocery store, and sage is one of the easiest of all herbs to grow -- whether in a pot, on a windowsill, or in the garden. So, grab some sage, inhale deeply, and let me tell you more about this old friend.

    Sage is Salvia, which means "savior." As a member of the mint family, it has many of the healing properties of its sisters. Of special note are the high levels of calcium and other bone-building minerals in all mints, including sage, and the exceptionally generous amounts of antioxidant vitamins they offer us.

    Everywhere sage grows -- from Japan to China, India, Russia, Europe and the Americas -- people have valued it highly and used it as a preservative seasoning for fatty foods and a medicine for a variety of ills. The volatile oils in sage are antimicrobial and antibacterial and capable of countering a variety of food-borne poisons, as well as other infections.

    A tea of garden sage can help

    prevent and eliminate head colds

    soothe and heal sore throats

    clear the sinuses

    speed up immune response to the flu

    ease asthma and heal the lungs

    aid digestion, especially of fats

    improve sleep and ease anxiety

    insure regularity

    invigorate the blood

    strengthen the ability to deal with stress

    counter periodontal disease and tighten the gums

    reduce profuse perspiration

    help wean baby by reducing breast milk

    The easiest way to use sage as medicine is to make a tea of it. The addition of honey is traditional and wise, as honey is a powerful antibacterial in its own right and magnifies sage's ability to ward off colds, flus, and breathing problems. If you have dried sage, a teaspoonful brewed in a cup of boiling water for no more than 2-3 minutes, with an added teaspoonful of honey, ought to produce a pleasant, aromatic tea. If it is bitter, the tea was brewed too long, or the sage was old or too-finely powdered, or you have the wrong sage. If you have fresh sage, use a handful of the leaves and stalks, brew for about five minutes, and add a spoonful of honey. Fresh sage tea is rarely bitter. Or, you can make a ready-sweetened sage tea by using your own home-made sage honey.

    As the cold comes on and frosts threaten, I make my major mint-family harvests of the year, including pruning back the sage. Where I live, the frost won't kill the sage, but it will blacken the leaves and cause them to fall off. Before that happens, I take my scissors and cut the plants back by at least half. I coarsely chop the stems and leaves and put them in a jar. (For best results, I choose a jar that will just contain the amount of herb at hand. If there is unused space in the jar, oxidation will occur, and components of the herb can be damaged or altered.) Then, I slowly pour honey over the chopped herb, poking with a chopstick to eliminate air bubbles, until the jar is nearly full. A SAGE HONEY label completes the preparation. All that is left to do is to store it in a cool, dark place and wait for six weeks. From then on, or sooner if you really need it, the sage honey is ready to use. Just dig in! Put a heaping tablespoonful in a big mug of boiling hot water, stir and drink. Or let it brew for a few minutes, strain and drink.

    Be sure to use Salvia sages, the ones with pebbly-fleshed ovate leave, not Artemisia sages which have white hairs on the backs of the ferny leaves. White sage, frequently sold as a "smudge" herb (that is, an herb whose smoke is used to create a protective field around a space) is a Salvia sage but it is too strong for use as a food or medicine.

    I make honeys of other fresh mint family plants, too. (No, dried plants don't make good honeys.) Besides fresh sage honey I often make peppermint honey, lemon balm honey, rosemary honey, thyme honey, oregano honey, marjoram honey, shiso honey, and bergamot honey. They all help me stay healthy throughout the winter, and they all taste ever so good.

    Although the tincture and essential oil of sage are available, I find them too concentrated and too dangerous for general use. Households with children do best when there are no essential oils on hand; fatal accidents have occurred.

    I do make sage vinegar: by pouring room temperature apple cider vinegar over a jar filled with chopped fresh sage. Sage vinegar is not as medicinal as the tea but, with olive oil and tamari, it makes a delicious and healthy salad dressing. Two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily can reduce your risk of adult onset diabetes by half; two tablespoons of sage vinegar daily might just keep you alive forever, as the saying goes: "Why die when the Savior grows in your garden?".

    Using herbs as allies to stay healthy and to counter life's ordinary problems is simple and easy, safe and effective. Herbal medicine is people's medicine. Green blessings grow all around you.

    Green Blessings.
    Susun S Weed

  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    Chickweed is a Joint Oiler
    by Susun Weed

    Those experiencing burning, hot, searing pain from arthritis, rheumatism, stiff neck, sore back, sore legs, gout, backache, and bursitis find relief, often in a few hours, with hot chickweed baths, soaks, and poultices.

    Those with chronic rheumatic pain can use Wise Woman ways and 20-30 drops of the fresh plant tincture (taken in water several times a day for several months) to restore joint mobility and ease pain.

    To heal, stretch, and restore elasticity and strength to your tendons and ligaments, eat fresh chickweed freely, and treat with poultices or hot chickweed oil packs.

    Read more about chickweed in Healing Wise:

  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    Serenity Medicine to Remove Trauma

    by Susun Weed



    For relieving both acute and chronic trauma.
    excerpt from Abundantly Well: Seven Medicines


    A woman injured in a car accident 25 years previously
    found it relieved her chronic pain.

    Someone who fell off a cliff remembered to do this
    and walked away without a bruise.

    Repeat as often as desired.

    ~ Sit comfortably, with your back supported and upright.
    ~ Relax more and more with each breath. Be at ease. Sink.
    ~ Let go of your belly, your jaw, your throat. Relax more and more deeply with each breath. Be embraced.
    ~ Trust the breath. It is breathing you. Relinquish control.
    ~ Do nothing. Be vast. Be spacious.
    ~ Allow your mind to be open and soft. Recall the incident that traumatized you.
    ~Focus on the impact. Remember the contact. The hard part.
    ~ Then, say: “I am made of atoms. Everything is made of atoms. Atoms are mostly empty space.
    ~ Emptiness impacted emptiness. Nothing hit nothing. Spaciousness invaded spaciousness.
    ~ I am untouched.

    “I am spacious. I am serene. I am empty. I am spaciousness breathing spaciousness.
    I am breath arising from nothing, and returning to nothing.
    I am the vast open space of Nothing.”

    Breath arises and passes away. Thoughts arise and pass away.
    Sensations arise and pass away. Emotions arise and pass away.
    Life itself arises and passes away.
    Breathing in and breathing out. Arising and passing away.
    Arising out of emptiness and passing into emptiness. Alive with emptiness.
    When you are ready, stretch, yawn, and sigh.
    Open your eyes.
    Say your name out loud. Reenter the world.

    excerpt from Abundantly Well: Seven Medicines

  • Tuesday, April 06, 2021 9:13 PM | Anonymous

    Anemia Prevention Brew
    excerpt from: Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year

    ½ ounce dried Nettle leaves

    ½ ounce dried Parsley leaves

    ½ ounce dried Comfrey leaves

    ½ ounce dried Yellow Dock root

    ¼ ounce dried Peppermint leaves


    Measure herbs and put them into a glass half-gallon juice jar.
    Pour boiling water in until the jar is totally full; cover tightly.
    Steep for at least eight hours.
    This brew contains three excellent sources of iron: Nettle, Parsley, and Yellow Dock.
    It provides folic acid from the Parsley and vitamin B12 from the Comfrey.
    The green herbs all contribute vitamin C which aids iron absorption.
    The Mint makes it tasty.
    Drink freely, up to four cups a day , for one week each month.
    excerpt from: Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year

  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021 2:09 PM | Anonymous

    Tis the time for spring cleanses.

    Seems like everywhere you look, there are ads for cleanses. So Heroic!
    The Wise Woman Way nourishes, rather than getting rid of things. We add, trusting the new to push out the old.

    But what if there is so much old, so much old trauma, that there is no room for the new? Isn’t that the idea behind cleansing? With that in mind, I offer these spring cleanses, to make room for spring renewal.

    Eliminate the news. Stop drinking water. And toss the oil.

    Eliminate the News.
    Stop watching the news, stop reading the news, stop looking at the news. There is endless tragedy and strife between and among life forms. There is also endless joy. The news focuses on the tragedy and strife, according to one Buddhist wit, because we expect goodness, so we must report on the bad. It is not necessary to know the details to send kindness and compassion to all of life. When you eliminate the news, you open up the space for the joy of life. Focus on gratitude and delight in life.

    Eliminate the Water.
    While it is true that we are mostly water, every one of your watery cells is surrounded by fat. As you know, water and fat do not mix easily, so drinking water does little to hydrate the cells. Cells are designed to take in nutrient-rich liquids. Nourishing herbal infusions are nutrient dense, thus they hydrate infinitely better than plain water. Contrary to popular belief, water brewed with coffee, which is an herb, is more hydrating than plain water, and that is also true for water brewed with black tea, green tea, tea twigs, and herbs. Drink nourishing herbal infusion every day.

    Eliminate the Oils.
    Every cell in your body is surrounded by a protective film of lipids (fat). Your brain is mostly fat, including large amounts of cholesterol. Your hormones are specialized forms of fats. Just as the liquids we consume have a dramatic impact on our health, the fats we choose and use have an impact on our ability to thrive and enjoy life. (Studies show that the most hydrating liquid is full-fat milk.)

    The worst oil in your life is essential oil. Essential oils are drugs, and, as such, have their place as anti-infectives. But you wouldn’t brush your teeth with antibiotics nor burn them to “cleanse” the air, and these aren’t good uses for essential oils either. Replace all products containing essential oils with your own herbal products.  Use yarrow tincture on your toothbrush. Choose unscented beauty products. Give any essentials oils that you have to someone else.

    Sally Fallon reminds us (in “The Oiling of America”) that, with the exception of olive oil, humans have traditionally not used oils in their diets. Our primary fats are the fat we are: animal fat (yup, we are animals). The case for animal fats, including butter, eggs, full-fat yogurt and cheese, fatty fish and meats (organic or wild when possible, grass-fed meat and dairy absolutely) is a strong one and growing stronger each year. Eat less oil, and more animal fat, for a healthier cardio-vascular system, sturdier blood sugar, sharper mental functioning, stabilized moods, and more.

    Green blessings
    Spring Equinox 2021

  • Tuesday, March 09, 2021 3:47 PM | Anonymous

    Slippery Elm Balls

    No photo description available.

    * Combine slippery elm powder and honey.
    * Roll into balls about the size of a hazelnut.
    * Roll balls in slippery elm powder to coat.
    * Store in a metal tin.
    * They stay good for a long, long time, maybe decades.

    Slippery elm balls are great for digestion.

    Slippery elm is so safe that you can dissolve a ball in your mouth as often as you want, any time you feel any distress. If you’re working with an ongoing condition, at least two a day is good.
    Slippery elm restores the lining of the intestines, prevents any agents within the body from disturbing the intestines, and neutralizes any poisons that are present in or around the intestines.

  • Wednesday, March 03, 2021 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    Anemia  Prevention  Brew
    by Susun Weed
    excerpt from: Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year

    ½   ounce  dried  Nettle  leaves
    ½   ounce  dried  Parsley   leaves
    ½   ounce  dried  Comfrey  leaves
    ½   ounce  dried  Yellow  Dock  root
    ¼  ounce  dried  Peppermint  leaves

    Measure herbs and put them into a glass half-gallon juice jar.  
    Pour boiling water in until the jar is totally full; cover tightly.  
    Steep for  at least eight hours.

    This brew contains three excellent sources of iron: Nettle, Parsley, and  Yellow Dock.
    It provides folic acid from the Parsley and vitamin B12  from the Comfrey.  
    The green herbs all contribute vitamin C which aids iron absorption.  
    The Mint makes it  tasty.
    Drink  freely,  up to four cups a day , for one week each month.

    excerpt from: Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year

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