Category Archives: Herbal medicine making

Spicebush

My latest photography project is to capture plants in their fall foliage.  In the past I focussed on plants when they were blooming and neglected later phases of their lives.  Tonight I processed photos taken a few days ago and … Continue reading

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Cherry bark

I recently received the gift of a broken limb from a wild black cherry tree (Prunus serotina).  Portions of it were a perfect size for obtaining fresh cherry bark for a tincture or a cough syrup.  When I got the … Continue reading

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Of valerian and garlic

This photo shows my “mother” valerian (Valeriana officinalis) plant which I grew from seed a few years ago.  Each year it comes back larger and stronger.  Two years ago I noticed another valerian plant growing some distance away from this … Continue reading

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Making a root tincture

This is the first tincture I have made which consists solely of a root.  It is bitter dock (or yellow dock) whose Latin name is Rumex obtusifolius.  I love the yellow color of the roots in the menstruum.  And, yes, … Continue reading

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Boneset syrup

Fresh from the refrigerator . . . boneset syrup.  I made this a couple weeks ago in preparation for winter cold and flu season.  I was unsure if I would need it since I do not often get colds (although … Continue reading

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Indian tobacco

Earlier this summer I discovered this plant beginning to bloom.  After some searching I learned that it is usually called “Indian tobacco” and its latin name is Lobelia inflata.  I also learned it is a medicinal plant.  I repeatedly saw … Continue reading

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Herbal immersion

I recently spent a week with thirty (plus) women as we learned about specific local herbs–with Corinna Wood of Red Moon Herbs.  Mugwort, pictured above, is a new herbal ally for me.  When I got home I searched for, and … Continue reading

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