It's coming...and a bit early! No problem...we'll take it! Spring is always a joy to behold. Clearly the energy is rising up, and on March 12, daylight savings time will begin. It is, by far, my favorite season!!!
My walks around the yard, and in the
woods, are providing an early glimpse of very young wild plants, clearly the harbingers of spring. Baby nettles are showing through the compost pile. In another month or so they will be harvested and ready for soup, frittata, and teas. Nettle is definitely a super food...a nutritional bonanza which is off the charts! If you have a patch close by, try these recipes. BIG NOTE...always be certain of what you are harvesting, and don't eat nettles without cooking.
Spring is a transitional time for our bodies to move from the cold winter, into adjusting to the warmth of summer ahead. Nettles lend themselves well as part of a gentle detoxing, by supporting both our liver and kidneys. Interested in plant peeping this spring? Join me for plant identification walks in May and June, as well as one of the foraging full day programs!
Recently a family member travelled to Ecuador and was kind enough to seek out a special wood...
Palo santo. Making connections with indigenous people, she came back with some beautiful pieces. It is important to note here that the wood was sustainably harvested from trees and
branches already fallen.
One of the daily rituals many have in their home, treatment space or office is something called "smudging". Basically, this is an intentional clearing, or cleansing, of a space, person, or object. A variety of different plants, resins or woods are used for this purpose. Locally, I have harvested mugwort, sweet fern and cedar to be bundled and dried for smudging. Some time ago, I was introduced to a wood coming from South and Central America called, Palo santo, Holy Wood. When burned, the scent of this wood is defined as "sweet and citric". Used with morning prayers, the aroma fills my home, and through it's divine vibration, lifts the space to a peaceful and calm environment. There is also an essential oil which can be obtained from the heartwood of the tree. It is great for grounding, uplifting, reducing stress and meditation. It is also good to note that the oil, as well as the wood used for burning
is only collected from trees which have fallen
rested for at least two yea
rs. In other words, no live trees need to be taken for this purpose.
2017 HERBAL ALLIES PROGRAM
BEGINS APRIL 23
Registration is still open for this program. Explore wild plants in fields, backyards, woods, and seaside...forage, make medicine, learn how the plants connect to different body systems...connect with the spirit of the green beings...learn medicinal actions and terminology...natural skin care...flower essences...wild foods...formulation for specific wellness support...herbal first aide...lots of hands on and field trip.
This program provides a great foundation for anyone wishing to provide simple wellness for self and family or to go to further more advanced studies.
Read what some former students have to say about their experience in this program
These locations and dates:
It's My Health
1099 Mendon Rd
Genesis Fitness for Women
1882 Fall River Ave
ALSO COMING IN SPRING...
SPRING'S COMING...TIME TO REBOOT
Back to Basics
East Greenwich, RI
PLANT IDENTIFICATION WALKS
Sunday, May 14
Saturday, June 3
BRIDGING HERBS AND SPIRIT
HOLISTIC SKIN CARE