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 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.