How To Make Pine Resin Salve – Herbal Academy

Learn how to make pine resin salve for wound care to add to your first aid kit! Source: How To Make Pine Resin Salve – Herbal Academy


COMMON NAME:  vinca GENUS:  Vinca SPECIES:  V. major, V. minor; both perennial FAMILY:  Apocynaceae BLOOMS:  spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Perennial vinca is a fast-spreading vine with blue flowers. V. major is a more vigorous grower and has larger leaves and flowers. The annual bedding plant vinca {actually Catharanthus roseus} has attractive five-petaled white and pink-to-red flowers … Continue reading Vinca


COMMON NAME:  tulip GENUS:  Tulipa SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: The most commonly used hybrid tulips are Darwin, Darwin hybrid, cottage, breeder, multi-flowered, and lily flowered. Popular species tulips include T. kaufmanniana, T. fosteriana, T. praeslaus, T. greigil, T. kolpakowskiana, and T. pulchella. FAMILY:  Liliaceae BLOOMS:  late spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Though there is tremendous variation in … Continue reading Tulip


COMMON NAME:  peony GENUS:  Paeonia SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: P. lactiflora {Chinese peony}-many hybrids; single or double. P. suffruticosa {TREE PEONY}-shrub; does not die back in winter. FAMILY:  Ranunculaceae BLOOMS:  late spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Peony greets spring with offerings of very large, beautiful blossoms in pinks, white, and shades of red. The foliage is neat and … Continue reading Peony

Moving Out After Living with an Abuser

No one deserves to be abused.  If you are reading this page, you have likely already taken steps to end the abusive relationship.  Unfortunately, the risk of danger does not always end after you've left an abuser.  Ending an abusive relationship comes with a different set of dangers, and you still need to take steps … Continue reading Moving Out After Living with an Abuser

Domestic Shelters

Staying at a domestic violence shelter can be a very positive experience. You will possibly have a chance to meet and share your experiences with other women and children who have experienced domestic violence. You can learn more about resources such as assistance, addiction recovery programs, and parenting support. There are toys, games, and books … Continue reading Domestic Shelters

How Survivor Advocates Can Avoid Burnout

Secondary traumatic stress can affect those who help for a living There are few things more rewarding than being able to provide the type of support and assistance to change, and maybe even save someone’s life. It’s easy to become invested in your clients’ safety, success, and well-being; often their joys and victories become yours. … Continue reading How Survivor Advocates Can Avoid Burnout

Second New Moon of Spring – Elder Mountain Dreaming

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greetings Dreamers, Artists and Moon Lovers! Our second new moon of Spring arrives on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 and brings forth fullness of this second of three moon… Source: Second New Moon of Spring – Elder Mountain Dreaming

New Moon in What?

BALSAMIC WISHING MOON ~ NEW MOON IN TAURUS We are entering the New Moon in Taurus this Wednesday, April 26th at 5:16 am (PST). Moon in Taurus slows us down and creates an earthy, sensual time. I cannot think of a better time to connect to my creative and sensual self ~ to plant the … Continue reading New Moon in What?

Beltane Celebrations

Near the end of April and beginning of May, halfway between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, you will find the Sabbat of Beltane. The Earth has awoken and is bringing forth new life and new growth to abound. Depending on your tradition, there are a number of ways you can celebrate this Sabbat: … Continue reading Beltane Celebrations