Correctly Preparing Immune-Boosting Mushrooms

We are all doing our part to practice social distancing, but that doesn’t include social distancing from nature which just so happens to be bursting with spring goodness. Get your hands in the dirt, practice forest bathing, or plan your garden this weekend. This maybe your best medicine yet! That said, if you find yourself … Continue reading Correctly Preparing Immune-Boosting Mushrooms

How To Make Homemade Fire Cider – Herbal Academy

Fire cider is a traditional immune-supporting remedy with deep roots in folk medicine (but most popularly championed by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar). At its most basic, it’s a zesty infused vinegar, packed with powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and circulatory herbs. The addition of hot peppers and a little local honey makes it both spicy and … Continue reading How To Make Homemade Fire Cider – Herbal Academy

Crazy for Cosmos – Floret Flowers

Of all the annual flowering plants you can grow in your cutting garden (or even the back of your veggie patch), none is more productive than cosmos. They truly are a cut-and-come-again flower: The more you harvest them, the more they bloom. A single planting will produce buckets of airy, delicate, daisy-like blossoms for many … Continue reading Crazy for Cosmos – Floret Flowers

Wild Spring Greens: A Superfood Recipe Round-up! – Gather Victoria

Today there is a huge demand for antiviral and immune-supportive herbs amid growing concern over COVID-19. Many are sold right out as herbalists scramble to get packages out. But don’t worry – I’ve got good news – the wild spring greens are here! Jam-packed with “nutraceuticals” known to have antiviral, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, immune supportive and … Continue reading Wild Spring Greens: A Superfood Recipe Round-up! – Gather Victoria

Reishi, Defying Gravity

Ganoderma lucidum The Illustrated Herbiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Bewitching Botanicals (Wild Wisdom) Reishi mushroom is the Yoda of the plant world, helping you assimilate life's experiences and turn them into wisdom. The Taoists teach that Reishi can show you where your power lies, which some might call your destiny. Reishi's not some soft, … Continue reading Reishi, Defying Gravity

Old Fashioned Medicinal Lavender

His Aunt Jobiska made him drink Lavender water tinged with pink For she said, 'The world in general knows There's nothing so good for Pobble's toes!'   Edward Lear, 'The Pobble Who Has No Toes'   The old herbals constantly sang the praises of lavender for medicinal purposes. John Gerard wrote in his Herball {1597}: The distilled water … Continue reading Old Fashioned Medicinal Lavender

Taking a Breath: Spiritual Care for Intense Times

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To say that this hasn’t been an easy week for anyone in North America, Europe or in many places around the globe is an understatement. Between what is happening in work life, school life, and political life, the situation is difficult to navigate.  I’ve talked to many friends and family who are feeling overwhelmed, lost, panicked, and fearful about the near future. So today’s post is about taking a breath.  Its times like these that I am thankful for my druid practice, thankful for the healing nature provides, and thankful for the lessons of spirit.  Let’s take a breather today, now, in this space and time, and talk through a few spiritual self-care practices that can help in times of high stress, anxiety, and intensity.  I have three kinds of suggestions that have helped me get through this week–embracing nature, embracing spiritual practices, and embracing the bardic arts.

Embrace Nature

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Rosemary, “Remember Me”

The Illustrated Herbiary Collectible Box Set: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Bewitching Botanicals; Includes Hardcover Book, Deluxe Oracle Card Set, and Carrying Pouch (Wild Wisdom) Rosemary is the smell of deja vu and the after-breath of nostalgia. Her gift is the faint scent that teases and vanishes, leaving you longing for something you can't quite … Continue reading Rosemary, “Remember Me”

Spring Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for the Season of “Wood”

Classical Chinese Medicine recognizes five steps in the transformation of matter (Yin) into energy (Yang) and energy back into matter. Yin and Yang are primordial forces that together form the basis of everything that exists and their ceaseless transformation from one into the other is what creates and destroys everything around us, including our health. … Continue reading Spring Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for the Season of “Wood”

Narcissus

Daffodil is a March birth flower.

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COMMON NAME:  narcissus
GENUS:  Narcissus
SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:
daffodils-‘King Alfred,’ all yellow; ‘Mount Hood,’ white; ‘Pink Glory,’ white and pink.
Jonquils-‘Treuithian,’ pale yellow; ‘Suzy,’ yellow and orange-red. Other narcissi-‘Duke of Windsor,’ white petals and orange apricot cup; ‘Ice Follies,’ heavy bloomer that is white with a lemon yellow cup.

FAMILY:  Amaryllidaceae

TYPE:  perennial

BLOOMS:  spring

DESCRIPTION:

A daffodil is a narcissus with a trumpet that is as long or longer than the surrounding petals. The trumpet is usually flared and is often a different color or shade from the petals. Only one flower is found on a single stem. Other narcissi have shallow center cups or trumpets. Colors range from all the yellow tones and into pinks and oranges. Jonquils {N. jonquilla} have clusters of flowers, each with a shallow cup whose color contrasts with the petals.

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CULTIVATION:

Narcissi are hardy and easy to grow. They like…

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