By Robin Bennett, Posted in Recipes, Videos
New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) - A perennial plant in the Asteraceae family, and one of the last to bloom in the late summer and early fall. Being the late bloomers that they are, Native Americans named her It-Brings-the-Fall.... read more.
By Robin Bennett, Posted in Videos
Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) - The bright yellow spires of Goldenrod flowers hearkens the coming of fall. These beautiful edible golden blossoms provide a lovely color for natural fabric dyeing.... read more.
By Robin Bennett, Posted in Blog
The Wheel of the Year is always turning. When we celebrate the Earth's holy days, Including the Solstices and Equinoxes, Nature's cycles reveal that whatever is happening in any given moment, this too shall pass... read more.
Stone root (Collinsonia canadensis) - Nicknames: Hard Rock, Horse Weed, Knob Root, Heal All, Rich Weed, Clergyman’s friend. All parts used, root/rhizome internally and externally; roots, leaves and flowers externally only
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Poke (Phytolacca americana): A little goes a long way! - Also called poke, pokeweed, skoke, pocan, coakum, pokeberry, crowberry, bear-grape, pigeonberry, inkberry, American Spinach, cancer root, American nightshade, and jalap.... read more.
Autumn Equinox is almost here. This is the Earth-holiday when, on the northern half of the planet, we focus on the final harvest of the season, and on honoring the abundance of gifts the Earth shares with us... read more.
By Robin Bennett, Posted in Blog, Recipes
I call poison ivy (Rhus toxicodendron) “potent" ivy as a more respectful term for this fierce plant teacher. I respect potent ivy's medicine of guiding each of us to take responsibility for where our bodies are in space, and in relation to other life forms. ... read more.
I was watching the Weather Channel’s reporting on the multitude of fires happening simultaneously in California and specifically on the wild fire that was burning thousands of Joshua Trees alive in the Mojave desert ... read more.
Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) - Also called Chaste tree berry, chasteberry, vitex, and monk's pepper. In the Lamiaceae or mint family, this beautiful flowering shrub is a well-known herb for supporting a woman’s cycles. It is native to the Mediterranean region and has over 2,000 years of recorded use!... read more.
St. J’s Wort (Hypericum androsaemum) - Also called Tutsan, Shrubby St. John's Wort, and sweet-amber. Widely known for its ability to help mild-to-moderate depression, this beautiful ally also offers the gifts of skin protection, pain relief and nerve repair and is a potent antiviral.... read more.