New Plant! Cancer Weed

Does this plant look like a lyre to you? (click on the photo for a larger image) Uh-uh, doesn’t to me either.  Never-the-less, I learned this week that it was named Salvia lyrata because of its striking resemblance to a lyre.  I don’t get it.  It is also known as cancer weed, because it has Read More

Meet Pennywort

I just returned from a relaxing vacation on the beaches of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and met some sweet new plant friends.  Although I saw many herbs that were new to me, a couple really caught my attention and inspired me to get to know them better. I wanted to share my research Read More

More Tree Medicine: Making Ogham Sticks

After my recent post on Tree Medicine my friend, Sarah Head, suggested I make my own set of Ogham Sticks.  She was even kind enough to send along detailed instructions from the classes she teaches on the topic.  I had not heard of Ogham Sticks before, but was immediately intrigued when I learned they were Read More

Sassafras Rainbow

We’ve had our first few light frosts this week!  This morning I went looking to see if the Sassafras roots would be ready for harvesting anytime soon. Nope. Not yet.  But I did learn something about the true colors of Sassafras. Some Sassafras is yellow… Some Sassafras is orange… Some Sassafras is red… And some Read More

What To Do With Poke Berries

For the “harvest” blog party, being hosted by Darcey Blue at Gaia’s Gifts… My poke bush (Phytolacca americana) is heavy with ripe fruit, so I’ve been gathering my winter supply. These pink-black berries are great for addressing body aches and rheumatism, stimulating a slugglish thyroid, stimulating the immune system, fighting off the flu, clearing swollen Read More

Equinox Gift

This exquisite flower was my gift from Mother on the fall equinox.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  Its flowers have the most divine scent, not quite like anything I’ve experienced before. I was walking and enjoying a beautiful equinox day outside when I unexpectedly spotted her.  She called me down to sit a while and visit.  Literally.  Read More

Poke Leaf Salve for Psoriasis

There is a huge Poke (Phytolacca americana) bush in our field that I have honored all summer and allowed to grow as big as it wants to be.  I’ve been focusing on this plant this year, learning all I can about it. From my vantage point, it has a tough, stoic, decidedly male, personality, sort Read More

The Utterly Amazing Butterfly Weed

I’ve been sick for the past three weeks.  A cold that passed quickly down into my throat, giving me a croupy laryngitis, and then finally settled in my chest… to stay, it seemed.  It hung on and on and on.  The incessant, mostly dry coughing, the headaches and muscle strains from coughing, the tight, painful Read More

Blackberry Leaf Tea for Diarrhea

When hubby asked me to go to the store and get him some Immodium, I started wracking my brain for a suitable herbal alternative. He was feeling pretty bad and needed quick relief, so whatever I came up with needed to be effective. I remembered that blackberry is a specific for this condition so off Read More

Crabapple Delight

I made the yummiest apple crisp for dessert last night, with crabapples. These little beauties taste like a cross between cherries and apples. So delicious! I got them from a tree in my mother-in-law’s yard. She didn’t know what they were and had been telling the kids not to eat them because they were poisonous! Read More

Goldenrod Invasion!

They have arrived! Standing tall and strong all around the edge of the yard and all over the meadow, with tiny little flower buds just forming. I crushed a few of the buds this morning while I was out walking to sample the sweet, heady fragrance and be instantly reminded why I love this plant Read More