On New Year’s Day we headed into the forest to see what treasures the winter weather may have blown onto the trail and to look for symbols of what might be in store for us in 2019. 🔮Read More
We have a nice little stand of comfrey at the end of our driveway. 🌿 Comfrey is ruled by Saturn and it is supposed to be most potent when harvested on Satur(n’s)day during the Saturn hour (either the first or 8th hour of the day, beginning at sunrise). Comfrey is an incredible vulnerary (wound healer) both internally and externally. It is also an astringent (constricts tissues, slows bleeding) and a demulcent (soothes mucus membranes). Saturn rules the bones, as well as lung-related diseases and skin diseases. You can those properties reflected in comfrey’s healing. Comfrey was commonly called “bone-knit” because of its affinity for broken bones and it’s astringent properties make it excellent for speedy healing of wounds (note: it heals from the outside in and is especially potent when combine with St. John’s Wort, which heals from the inside out). This particular bundle (pictured above) was harvested when the moon was in Pisces and Pisces rules the lymphatic system (and the feet!) so those leaves will end up playing a leading role in an extra potent all-around healing oil & salve.
What am I talking about? Medical astrology and astro-herbalism. Have you ever been acquainted with the process of planting and harvesting by the moon? It’s quite a common practice; even nowadays you can even find information in your trusty Farmer’s Almanac that can be picked up at any grocery or hardware store. Well, astro-herbalism is kind of like planting-by-the-moon…on steroids. If you want to take your medicine making to the next level, keep reading!Read More
We are sinking into the darker half of the year. The season is almost palpable here in the Pacific Northwest. Everything smells of damp earth and woodsmoke. Bright red, yellow, and orange leaves pop against a backdrop of dark evergreen. After a dry and smoky summer, it’s misty and magical in these woods and there are mushrooms…everywhere.
To me mushrooms are the quintessential being of Samhain. They embody so much wonder and mystery. A kingdom that holds the powers of life, sustenance, medicine, and death. An entity containing such magic that it can link entire forests together through its underground networks. An organism that both helps the forest to thrive and also itself flourishes on that same forest’s decay. The parts of a mushroom that we see springing up from the forest floor or the decaying log of an old growth tree are just the fruiting body of the plant. Most of the plant is hidden underground, where vast networks of mycelium run underneath the forest floor. They remind us that there is only a thin veil between our world and another.Read More
It’s October! 🍁🍂🌗🎃🌿 My tiny witch asked if we could make some medicine and we happened to be walking past some Cascade Oregon Grape in the driveway. Very abundant in this area and the roots are a potent medicinal. Oregon grape root contains Berberine (as evidenced by the bright yellow color of the root flesh), widely known as an anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic it has also been studied in recent years for its anti-inflammatory properties and effectiveness in treating type 2 diabetes, psoriasis, eczema, and cancer. Oregon grape root is also a bitter that supports the digestive system. One of my favorite things about this plant is that once you harvest the root and rhizome you can replant the crown. Happy Fall y’all!Read More