A MID-SUMMER CELEBRATION

The young maid stole through the cottage door, And blushed as she sought the Plant of pow’r; — “Thou silver glow-worm, O lend me thy light, I must gather the mystic St. John’s wort tonight, The wonderful herb, whose leaf will decide If the coming year shall make me a bride.” In addition to the … Continue reading A MID-SUMMER CELEBRATION

Creative Ways to Use Dandelions – Organic Gardening – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Dandelions grow just about everywhere in the world, dotting lawns and defiantly sprouting through sidewalk cracks.  Though dandelions are incredibly common, they’re also powerful herbal medicine and tasty edibles at the same time. Medicinally, whole dandelion plants are often made into a dandelion tincture, which has traditionally been used for skin and urinary tract problems.  Herbalists use the … Continue reading Creative Ways to Use Dandelions – Organic Gardening – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Homestead News: Cleaning and Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware

The Care and Feeding of Cast Iron: Cleaning and Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware Cast iron pots and pans are the basis of a well-stocked kitchen and will last a lifetime if you learn the methods for cleaning and seasoning cast iron cookware to maintain the cured surface. The hallmark of any country kitchen is an … Continue reading Homestead News: Cleaning and Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware

Full Moon in Scorpio ~ The Spiral of Life

We enter a Full Moon in Scorpio this evening at 5:11 pm PST (2:11 pm EST). I am always one to fall deep into the preparation for a Scorpio Moon and find that it is a few days before this particular Moon that I can truly find what I need to release. Scorpio is a sign that … Continue reading Full Moon in Scorpio ~ The Spiral of Life

Full Blue Moon Meditation & Shower Ritual for Renewal — Spirit de la Lune

This full blue moon offers us a unique opportunity for inner and outer renewal and healing with the energy of Taurus & Scorpio as our guide. The blue moon always offers us the unique opportunity to step into renewal and rebirth if we are willing to go within. Renewal means a new you and a … Continue reading Full Blue Moon Meditation & Shower Ritual for Renewal — Spirit de la Lune

Blackcurrant, prosecco cheesecake becomes ice cream | ice cream magazine

    Thermals under a swim suit, water wings, sou’westers, mismatched wellies, crinoline skirt, factor 50 (obviously) on trend today. A joyous orrery alignment occurred as we rocked the cryptic… Source: Blackcurrant, prosecco cheesecake becomes ice cream | ice cream magazine

Foraging for Pigments from Local Rocks: Making Watercolors, Oils, and Egg Tempera Paint from the Land!

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Local Iron Oxide taken from a mineral spring, crushed, ground, sifted and made into paint! Local Iron Oxide taken from a mineral spring, crushed, ground, sifted and made into paint!

When I walk along the landscape here, I am greeted with the deep oranges and yellow oxides of our soils laden with heavy amounts of clay and iron.  These colors are reflected each time I dig into the subsoil, and as I drive through the countryside where mountains were cut through for roads. In other places, I might be greeted with reds, blues, or greens, all reflected in the geology of the land. Each region carries its own colors, and you can find the palate of the land in every stream bed.  Even an hour drive in any direction puts one in a new geological region–and this changes the colors of the stones and the soil.   You might think about these colors like a language–each landscape has its own language that you can learn to…

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Herbal Bouquets for Mother’s Day – Traditional Medicinals

In the English and European Victorian era, gifting herbs and flowers were used to relay secret messages. When you received a flower bouquet, you would sit down with your dictionary and try to decipher what it meant; honeysuckle for devotion, aster for patience, and roses for love.  Fast forward to modern times, important life milestones … Continue reading Herbal Bouquets for Mother’s Day – Traditional Medicinals

Best Herbs for Women – Traditional Medicinals – Herbal Wellness Teas

  In May we honor mothers, the best herbs for women and share the handicrafts of women working to make a difference in their rural communities. Womanhood means something different for every woman, but one thing is universal: as daughters, mothers, spouses, friends and coworkers, our default mantra is often “give, give, give.” At times, … Continue reading Best Herbs for Women – Traditional Medicinals – Herbal Wellness Teas

May 2019 Newsletter, The Oregon Lavender Association invites you to enjoy lavender all year round!

Announcements and Events   May 2019 This is an exciting month for lavender lovers and farmers!  Our plants are greening up and sending up shoots!  We will even see flowers from our featured lavenders this month, Lavandula stoechas, and maybe flowers from the early blooming L. angustifolia varieties, such as French Fields, toward the end … Continue reading May 2019 Newsletter, The Oregon Lavender Association invites you to enjoy lavender all year round!