☀️✨🌵✨💛 from the desert
oh hello Comfrey, good to see you old friend 💚 This was the plant ally who really got me into herbalism. When I was 16 I tore my rotator cuff in a skateboarding accident which is when I discovered the healing power of this plant. . . . This was a turning point in my life path where some doors closed and others opened. One of the key doorways that opened for me in this experience was deepening my relationship with plant medicines. . . My mom had taught me I could make poultices from fresh Comfrey leaves to apply to my shoulder to help heal the torn ligaments & tissues. It was amazing - suddenly I was picking Comfrey and making medicine for myself as a teenager. . . . I felt the healing was happening through more than just the medicinal constituents of the plant - it was through the relationship and interaction with this botanical being that brought me healing. It was through truly participating in my own healing by preparing those poultices that awakened something profound within me. That feeling has been with me ever since. And it’s that feeling that’s fueled and guided me to this day. . . . I’m so grateful that I had someone in my life that helped open that doorway for me into the world of plant medicine. It empowered me with the skills I needed to know how to take care of myself as an adult today. It taught me to turn to nature, to trust that Mother Earth has the medicine to heal any wound. . . Never doubt that the small things you can share with a child could open up doorways that can shape the course of their life 💚
When I was a little kid, I remember thinking it was the coolest thing in the world that I could pick a plant growing in my yard to take away the pain and swelling of a bee sting. (I still think that's pretty amazing!!) . . Knowing I could take care of myself and my younger sister with a Plantain poultice in situations like a bee sting or scraped knee filled me with a sense of confidence in myself and the healing power of nature at a young age. . . . The thing is, picking plants and using them as food or medicine comes so naturally to kids! This really reflects how our relationship with plants is deeply wired within our DNA from thousands of years of interacting with nature in this way. . . . Children are more in touch with that intuitive sense, which comes alive when they’re playing in nature and spending time with the plants. All we have to do is provide the space for them to explore this connection & discover the wonderful healing power of the plants that grow all around them. .
🌬✨💖🌸 from the forest
M I N E R A L I Z E ✨🌿 whenever I drink a tea or eat a plant that's loaded with minerals & nutrients (like this Nettle infusion) I feel my body wake up & come alive. I feel a deep level of nourishment - like all my little cells are getting fully saturating with everything that's good about the Earth. . And I don't think I'm imagining this sensation. Mineral and vitamin deficiencies are a total epidemic in our culture. People are starving for nutrients! And when you get what your body really needs, you can feel something lights up in recognition. . Why is that? I've been thinking about it as I'm working in the garden and have been reflecting on our modern system of agriculture. The practices of commercial agriculture have effectively stripped the life from the soil. There's a lot that could be said here, but to paraphrase a massive issue - our food is seriously devoid of nutrients. . . Here are some stats I got from Paul Bergner: He says a majority of people have suboptimal zinc, B6 & magnesium. Between 1948 and 1997 2/3 of the trace mineral content had disappeared in 5 major foods that were studied. By 1997 Broccoli lost half the amount of Calcium it had in 1963. The Calcium in Collards was reduced by 80%. . . We need trace minerals and vitamins for healthy cellular function and to create enzymes, hormones, bones, tissues, fluids and more. These nutrients are essential for health and deficiencies of them can cause so many health problems I don't really even have room to write here. . . I know I got all scientific on you this morning, but alas it's another reason to drink up your Nettle tea!! Mineral-rich infusions are a foundation you could add to your cup of daily nourishment. I make long infusions (I let them steep overnight & then reheat to drink for a strong tea) of herbs like Nettle, Milky Oat tops & straw, Raspberry leaf, Alfalfa 💚 . ALSO this is another reason to grow your own food so you can build up the soil to be rich & alive = more nutrients & health for you. AND support local farmers who use regenerative practices to enhance the fertility of the soil. 🐑💩🌱🍑👩🏼🌾
“Gentian is a powerful tonic, it improves the appetite, strengthens digestion, gives more force to the circulation, and slightly elevates the heat of the body. . Used in cases of debility and exhaustion, and in all cases where a tonic is required, as dyspepsia, gout, amenorrhoea, hysteria, scrofula, intermittent diarrhoea, worms, etc. . Gentian is valuable to relieve irritation and increase the appetite after protracted fevers, where the powers of life are depressed and recovery depends upon ability to assimilate food.” . . -Felter & Lloyd's Kings Dispensatory 1898 . . . . In this month’s issue of Materia Medica Monthly, we dive deep into the medicine of Gentian - one of the supreme bitter remedies of Western herbalism. . To get a free issue of our monthly subscription program, head over to the link in our profile ✨🌿 You’ll get a 3 hour video class + 25 page herbal monograph to download for free! Enjoy! . . . . . Photo of our local wild Gentian from the Pacific Northwest, Gentiana sceptrum, taken by our friend & assistant Elisha Storey on Vancouver Island, BC 💚 . . . . #gentian #gentianasceptrum #herbalism #materiamedicamonthly #theplantpath #herbalmedicine