Tag: Winter

Ginger Cinnamon Elderberry Syrup ~ Immune System Support

The elder tree is known to many herbalists as a sacred tree. While we’re sure it has its own stories to tell, there’s already an abundance of recorded folklore. In Scandinavian and Danish myths, this tree was thought to be guarded by a forest…

Winter Tree Lore

ELDER (Sambucus spp.) – The Latin name Sambucus is derived from a Greek word for a wind instrument made from the elder. Also known as Ellhorn, Elderberry, Lady Elder. Sacred to the White Lady and Midsummer Solstice. The Druids used it to both bless and curse. Standing under…

Lore of the Christmas Rose

COMMON NAME:  Christmas Rose GENUS:  Helleborus Species, Hybrids, Cultivars: H. niger “Angustifolius”-small flowering, pure white form. H.n. “Praecox”-blooms September-February. H.n. “Major,” H.n. “Multiflorus”-smaller flowers. FAMILY:  Ranunculaceae BLOOMS: Winter TYPE: Perennial DESCRIPTION: This plant, which grows to a height of 12 to 8 inches, has interesting…

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…

Herbal Teas For Autumn And Winter

The cool, dry winds, unsettled weather, and decreasing daylight hours that we experience as the season transitions into autumn and winter can be difficult for our bodies and minds. While some of us welcome this rhythmic seasonal change and the downward movement of energy…

A Herbalist’s Guide to a Healthy Fall and Winter

Ready or not, fall is here and winter is fast approaching.  Daylight is beginning to dwindle in the northern hemisphere and there is an accompanying nip in the air.  Hopefully, you’ve had the opportunity to burn brightly alongside the carefree summer sun for the…

Crocus

COMMON NAME:  Crocus GENUS:  Crocus Species, Hybrids, Cultivars: Blue; C. biflorus, C. imperati, C. siebert, C. tomasinianus, C. versicolor; yellow: C. aureus, C. chrysanthus, C. korolkowii, C. sulphureus concolor, C. susianus; white: C. fleischeri, C. laevigatus, C. speciosus {fall}. Dutch crocus cultivars-blue: Enchantress, Pickwick,…

Drink to Your Health – Long Winter Months Ahead

During the long, chilly winter months, our bodies need all the help they can get to fight infection. Colds, viruses, and the flu lurk at the door and a simple handshake can lay one out for weeks. To build up the immune system and…

Winter Care For Air Plants

Many love taking their air plants outside for the warm months but since air plants are a tropical species, they need to be brought indoors when the nights start to fall below 40 degrees. Once brought inside, your air plants will need some special attention…

Winter Magic

Winter brings with it the secret emotions held in time by each of us. Even now, when standing beneath the twinkling stars, the crisp, clear night sky is like a blanket over me. It envelops me like a child in a mother’s love. The…

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