Tag Archives: Winter

Fire Cider Is Like Liquid Summer Warmth For The Darkness Of Winter

Revised 06/04/2018…For Our Southern Hemisphere Freinds. With fall upon us, we all feel the pull to visit our local farmers and collect the bounty of the fields! One way to preserve some of our most powerful immune-enhancing foods is too steep them in raw apple cider vinegar. The health benefits of raw apple cider vinegar are many. From live enzymes and bacteria to

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Crocus Lore

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, Queen of the Blues, Remembrance, Striped Beauty; white: Jeanne d’Arc, Peter Pan, Snowstorm; yellow: Golden Yellow,

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Snowdrop: Alternate January Flower

COMMON NAME:   Snowdrop GENUS:   Galanthus Species, Hybrids, Cultivars: G. nivalis  “Atkinsil”-blooms very early; large flowers. G.n. “Flore Pleno”-double flowers. G.n. “Lutescens”-yellow markings. G.n. “Simplex”-single flowers. G.n. “S. Arnott”-taller with fragrant large flowers. FAMILY:   Amaryllidaceae BLOOMS: Winter TYPE:  Perennial DESCRIPTION:  Snowdrops are tiny, growing only to a height of 3 to 4 inches. This allows them to be

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Turning of the Wheel ~ Winter Solstice

Today, December 21st,  we celebrate the Winter Solstice ~ a turning of the wheel that gives us the opportunity to connect with the subtle changes and cycles of the season and help us attune with the inner changes and cycles in ourselves. This is a beautiful day in this hectic time to remember the miracles that surround us daily. Solstice comes from

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When Cold and Flu Season Arrives

These two recipes are prepared as teas but are not taken in your teacup – they help with the discomfort of flu season in other ways. Winter Inhalation This traditional herbal steam helps open your sinuses, discourages bacterial and viral growth, and reduces pain and inflammation. Remember to stay a comfortable distance from the steaming pot to avoid burning your

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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 spirit named Hyldemoer, also known as Elder Mother. Before anything was taken from the tree, it

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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 an elder tree at Midsummer, like standing in a Fairy Ring of mushrooms, will help you

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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 evergreen leaves that are slightly toothed and divided into seven to nine leaflets. The large white

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