Herbal immersion

Mugwort

Mugwort (artemisia vulgaris)

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 found, mugwort here at Tree Haven.  I was so excited!  This fall I plan to dry it for smudge sticks.  And next spring, when it is smaller, I will test taste it.

I learned how to make tinctures, vinegars, herbal oils and salves.  During the week, we had the opportunity to make each of these with at least one herb.  Back home I have continued the process of making herbal tinctures and oils.

Plantain

Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)

Plantain has been my plant ally for a couple years now and I have made a point of keeping this weed in easily reached places throughout the property.  I make a “spit poultice” whenever I get stung by flies, bees, or other insects.  Applying the plantain poultice relieves the pain and itch.  This week I used jewelwood to alleviate and quickly heal some poison ivy rash I acquired.

My favorite part of the week was going on plant ID walks with Corinna.  I have known most of these plants for a while and have long wanted to learn which ones were edible as well as medicinal.  I learned so much from these walks.  I plan to learn even more from the “weeds” this year.

Oxeye daisy

Oxeye daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)

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