Tis The Season
Crisp, cold days and long, starry nights,
Full moon sparkling on snow,
Each flake a uniquely faceted diamond crystal
Inviting quiet reflection
The scents of deep green fill the air, stately hemlock, balsam
fir, blue spruce and white pine.
The Tree of Life, Evergreen, predates the Christmas tree,
the living symbol of the winter season.
Nature whispers to
us all that there are ongoing cycles of birth, life, death, and
rebirth and we are part of Nature’s transformations.
The greatest gift, winter’s wonderland, is found in the
wonderment of the present, the eternal now.
The present is Presence, full aliveness and celebration of
Love — of self, friends, and family digging what a treasure
life is, not to be hoarded, nor squandered, but to be
unwrapped and lived, here and now.
White Pine Glycerite
White pine needles and twigs
Pint jar (glass)
Finely chop 2 cups of fresh white pine needles and nick
open and cut up the small twigs. Inhale the fragrance of
the “tree of peace” as you fill a pint jar to just below the
top with the pine needles and twigs and cover them with
vegetable glycerin. Poke them with a chopstick to make
sure the plant material is completely saturated. Wait 4-
6 weeks for maximum taste and potency, but feel free to
try a little within a few days if you can’t wait, and then top
the preparation up with a bit more glycerin. Sit the jar on a
saucer since it is likely to leak even if tightly capped.
This sweet, syrupy preparation is not only healing to the
respiratory system, it is a divinely delicious celebration
of the season. It can be drizzled over plain yogurt, fruit,
ice cream or pancakes. It can be stirred into hot water or
mullein leaf or other herbal teas, or added to hot chocolate.