Herbalist Robin Rose Bennett

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By Robin Bennett, Posted in Blog

It's nearing the end of goldenrod season so if you haven't yet gathered any of this abundant plant, this is a great time to do that! Gather the flowering stalks of any species of goldenrod (Solidago species). Pick the sunniest yellow flowers you can find. I gather the upper third or so of the stalk, and include the leaves, stalks and flowers in all my medicinal preparations, as well as for  my dried goldenrod. I like to dry some for winter teas that help in healing the flu. I steep this tea for abou... read more.

  • July 02, 2013

By Robin Bennett, Posted in Blog

Amidst the turmoil and blessings of our changing, evolving world, the sweetness of genuine friendship is one of life’s greatest joys. When we observe and listen to plants, insects and animals they teach us about the mutuality and benefits of symbiotic relationships. And about having fun. If we transplant a plant from one place in the garden to another it immediately begins to adapt itself, biochemically, to its new soil. A plant, such as our eastern skunk cabbage, now blooming,  can be found grow... read more.

  • July 02, 2013

By Robin Bennett, Posted in Blog

From: Green Treasures, Herbal Medicines from Mother Earth, my newest book, to be published in 2013. “The only heart that can’t be broken is the heart that is already completely open.” I understand sorrow, believe me...it is here to be felt, to be cried, to be expressed physically and emotionally, and to be released so that our natural joy (that is always alive even under the sorrow) can be felt again. When death comes suddenly, it leaves those of us “left behind” shocked and reeling... Upon reflection, t... read more.

  • July 01, 2013

By Robin Bennett, Posted in Blog

I came across a magnificent, mature white pine tree laying across the ground in the woods, from the look of it, freshly fallen. it must have come down during super-storm Sandy. I harvested needles and twigs to honor its life and death by making a delicious, medicinal infusion. On my way out of the woods by a familiar path, I stopped when I saw that two tall sassafras trees that had formerly flanked the trail entrance were also laying on the ground. Their roots were exposed to the cold afternoon air. Giving... read more.

  • July 01, 2013