|Tinctures and Vinegars brewing.|
I have plans to put in an herb spiral in the front yard- I am so excited to replace boring useless grass (the patch is small enough that it isn't even useful for playing on!) with useful herbs and wildflowers!
Boline finally has some remedies in the apothecary, with several more on the way- and I have magicks in the works, too. So what have I been up to?
|Elderberries simmering in |
a thyme infusion.
I set some tinctures up. I have valerian, vitex, and hops brewing, and I have Hydrangea, St. John's Wort, and a digestive bitter tonic available in the store.
|My table at a local event.|
I made Dream Well Tea, available loose or in bags- for dreaming. It helps get a person relaxed, asleep, and then invokes dreams with the triple whammy of hops flowers, lavender flowers, and mugwort. It smells divine.
I went wildcrafting. I found all kinds of great medicinal and culinary delights, right within walking distance of my house. I found turkey tail mushrooms, shepherds purse, and wild ramps, to name just a few. The ramps were delicious in a couple of breakfasts this week, and I am planning on harvesting the turkey tail soon. I have to wait for many of the plants to mature though- it is quite early in the season.
|An example of an herb spiral.|
I have been harvesting all my medicinal mushrooms as they come and drying them, so I can make a big batch of tincture when the time comes.
I am starting my herb garden for the year- and already have sprouts of calendula, parsley, sage, and rue coming up.
I have oils brewing of calendula, clove, thyme, comfrey, goldenseal, and oregon graperoot. With these I will be making healing salves and anti-biotic ointments for first aid. They need a couple more weeks.
|Elderberries in my compost! Woot!|
At the event, I explained to several folks that usually just getting an over-the-counter medicine is not how herbalism usually works (usually an interview usually happens and an herbalist creates a remedy for them afterwards and it is tinkered with until it works perfectly). Most people in this culture are not focused on wellness, they assume a magic pill will restore them to "normal" when their normal was probably leading to their illness! They were intrigued and I hope that they seek me out for assistance.
Stay tuned for more remedies, more teas, more toiletries, and more magicks coming soon to the store!