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By Robin Bennett, Posted in Blog

Well, here's what it looked like on the day before Thanksgiving last week...got one special snowstorm all day and all night for my b'earthday!! Spent as much time shoveling snow off the trees as off the ground...Lost some precious grandma cedars and pines, more on that to follow. Now, I'm gathering rose hips and hawthorn berries for medicines...as they are both so delicious after the "frost". As you can see in the photos, I'm still putting away the last of the autumn harvest including late blooming calendul... read more.

  • December 06, 2014

By Robin Bennett, Posted in Blog

This is a gift from the heart of the plant and from the heart of another awesome apprentice, Victoria, Victoria was chopping up roots from intense Native American warrior plant "poke" (Phytolacca americana) to make a tincture. When it's ready in a couple of months this tincture will be a stimulant for the lymph system that can be used when certain types of challenging infections are present. Poke's medicine is so strong that it is used in tiny doses, starting with one drop of tincture per cup of herbal infu... read more.

  • December 06, 2014

By Robin Bennett, Posted in Blog

Here's one of my awesome apprentices, Paul, trying out my "lazy herbalist" method of harvesting ginkgo biloba leaves last week...it's tough work but someone has to do it ;) Thanks for the great pic, Paul, or is that "pick"? I guess it's both! Ginkgo biloba leaves are best used when they're yellow or yellowing. I dry mine for infusions and use them for oxygenating the whole body, especially the brain and lungs. they also taste good. I sometimes mix them with mullein leaves and hawthorn or elder berries for a... read more.

  • December 06, 2014

By Robin Bennett, Posted in Blog

Now that we're getting a taste of winter it's time to incorporate warming foods and herbs. Here's one of my favorite winter recipes using common herbs easily found on your kitchen spice rack! THYME-GINGER EUPHORIC ELIXIR 1 cup fresh thyme (or 1/2 cup dried) 2-3 inch piece of fresh ginger root Unflavored brandy Honey (raw, buckwheat if possible)   Cut up the fresh thyme, and grate the fresh ginger (if organic, include the peel). Put the herbs into a pint or slightly larger jar. ... read more.

  • November 18, 2014

By Robin Bennett, Posted in Blog

Sassafras is such an imp She won’t let you stay sad No matter what is going on She says, “It’s not that bad!” (Excerpt from: The Gift of Healing Herbs) Sassafras keeps my lungs healthy, my skin clear, and my spirits lifted during the cold, darkness of winter. And I love the taste of the leaves! I generally mix green and colorful autumn orange and yellow leaves together to dry and then steep them overnight to make infusions. I have lots of simple recipes for blending sassafras with other herbs that are... read more.

  • November 15, 2014

By Robin Bennett, Posted in Blog

So thrilled to have my interview with Meryl Ann Butler featured on OpEdNews today! "We humans have so much more creative juice than we realize. Our intentions create our lives and so the more conscious we become in making our choices, the more we can shape our individual lives and attend to the reclaiming and healing of our world. Most people today are fearful for the continuation of our species and for good reason, but the solutions aren't going to be solely technological. They are going to come from ev... read more.

  • October 31, 2014

By Robin Bennett, Posted in Blog

Sometimes when I go out for a spontaneous walk on the mountain that backs up to my home I haven't brought my basket...then I find some wonderful plant medicine I simply have to bring home...uh-oh...what to do? I've learned to make "baskets" out of whatever I'm wearing! Here's how it worked with a recent sassafras leaf harvest. Rolled and tied up the front of my shirt, then when that was completely full, I rolled up the back of it, then the pants cuffs were employed…it worked!   I was am... read more.

  • October 31, 2014

By Robin Bennett, Posted in Blog

It’s a busy time of year in the garden and in the wild…With the glory of gold, red, orange and still-green autumn leaves and the air crisp and fresh… Been harvesting, drying, digging up plants to bring inside (got them all in last night when it went down to the low 30's...eek! So I get my wish to have the wood stove season and herb drying season coincide, at least for a short while!! But drying isn't all there is... I go out with my empty basket as often as possible and come back with it full of the... read more.

  • October 20, 2014

By Robin Bennett, Posted in Blog

Here's a delicious recipe that makes the most of late summer peaches and aids digestion at the same time! The peaches I used were actually give-aways from the farmer's market because they had soft spots and blemishes. However, they tasted amazing. Simply Marvelous Peach-Kefir Smoothy Ripe peaches - 2 Kefir (goat or cow) - 1 cup or more, to taste Vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon or more, to taste 1. Remove all the fruit from around the pit, cutting away any blemishes or browned areas, but using t... read more.

  • September 19, 2014

By Robin Bennett, Posted in Blog

Peach Prunus persica I'm sweet, juicy, cooling, and moist, Relaxing nerves and tissue. I help you when you're not content In fact, I like to kiss you! I allay severe nausea -- This is one of my great gifts, Especially in pregnancy -- Use my flowers, leaves, or pits. I am such a beautiful tree, And I support your liver. My fuzzy fruit's round and luscious; Your life flows like a river. from The Gift of Healing Herbs: Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Healthy Life by R... read more.

  • September 19, 2014