Indefinitely Wild Series: Tinctures 101

Just as you can make a tea and extract your herb's medicinal constituents with hot water, you can do the same with a cool liquid - alcohol. You can grind and soak your fresh or dried herbs in an alcoholic liquid or solvent {such as Vodka}, then strain out the herbs. The resulting liquid is … Continue reading Indefinitely Wild Series: Tinctures 101

Spring is Here…

It's officially Spring. Though it was official according to the calendar about a month ago, Nature has now spoken in southeastern Utah. Here are three plants that signal spring to me: The first coltsfoot flowers are up - bright yellow sunshine that can be turned into a beautiful tincture. Coltsfoot Flower Tincture Coltsfoot flowers, freshly … Continue reading Spring is Here…

Nettle & Wild Onion Rice Balls: Savouring Spring! – gather

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is a foraging favourite, so it doesn’t need much of an introduction. I probably don’t need to tell you that it has been a beloved spring tonic since time immem… Source: Nettle & Wild Onion Rice Balls: Savouring Spring! – gather

Our Winter Herbal Kitchen {part 1}

In this upcoming winter season when we don’t have the fresh herbs handy, like our foremothers, we rely on herbs that we have preserved for the winter. I drink nettle infusion almost every day, covering a cup of the dried herb with a quart of boiling water in the evenings, to steep overnight and heat … Continue reading Our Winter Herbal Kitchen {part 1}

Fall Allergies ~ An Herbal Approach

Seasonal allergies can really get you down, and over-the-counter meds can knock you out. Try these natural herbal remedies to soothe pollen induced headaches, scratchy throats, chapped skin, and more. As allergy sufferers, we're acutely aware of seasonal changes in air quality. Earth's reawakening in spring brings us welcome warmth, but it also delivers not-so-welcome tree … Continue reading Fall Allergies ~ An Herbal Approach

Compassion

Plants have much to teach us; they have served as inspiration for artists, thinkers, and writers for thousands of years. Take the quote above from celebrated French author Victor Hugo. In the nettle, Hugo sees the reflection of an important human truth: the importance of compassion, and the need for us to truly see others for … Continue reading Compassion

Nettle {Urtica dioica}

Also, Known As: Chinese Nettle Common Nettle Common Stinging Nettle Great Nettle Great Stinging Nettle Hsieh-tzu-ts'ao Nettle Stinging Nettle The herb known as the nettle is a small plant reaching about two to three feet in height with an erect stem; it bears dark green leaves that are marked by serrated margins. The nettle gives … Continue reading Nettle {Urtica dioica}

Nettle {Urtica dioica}

Also, Known As: Chinese Nettle Common Nettle Common Stinging Nettle Great Nettle Great Stinging Nettle Hsieh-Tzu-ts'ao Nettle Stinging Nettle The herb known as the nettle is a small plant reaching about two to three feet in height with an erect stem; it bears dark green leaves that are marked with serrated margins. The nettle gives … Continue reading Nettle {Urtica dioica}