One of the things I really look forward to about the fall is harvesting autumn olive berries (Elaeagnus umbellata), also called Autumnberry or Japanese Silverberry. They have a really delicious, sweet-tart, astringent flavor that sort of tastes to me like a hybrid between apple, pomegranate and cranberry. They're also one of our most abundant wild foods.
Around this time of year, I love to infuse some of my garden herbs into honey or vinegar; it's one of the ways I try to capture the vibrant, precious energy of summer and make it last through the cold months. Now is the time to collect that bounty and set it aside it for the long winter ahead.
Beltane is an ancient holiday that marks the halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It's a celebration of the return of growing green things, of fertility, warmth and prosperity.
Wildcrafting (also called foraging or wildharvesting), which has surged in popularity in recent years, is so much more than just going out and picking herbs. It's a full experience that requires attention to your surroundings, a knowledge of plants, and a respect for nature.
Fire cider is arguably one of the best known, and easiest to make, herbal remedies out there...and also the one currently most surrounded by controversy. Find out what's up with fire cider and how to help keep herbal traditions free for all.
There are many herbs that can support us in difficult times by keeping our heart calm and our mood lifted. The ones I'll share here are a few of my favorite allies to turn to when I'm feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
This is a wonderful time to get to know the evergreens growing around you. Learn how to use these ancient trees to make warming brews and treats to brighten up the winter.
An herbal facial steam is one of the simplest, yet most luxurious, things you can do to take a little time out for yourself and give your complexion some extra love.
And, the best part is, all you need are a few simple things.
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