Alternative & Holistic Health, Health, Herbalism

Earth Medicine: Fire Cider

One of my autumnal herbal rituals is collecting seeds, berries, nuts and roots for making medicines for my home apothecary and for culinary treats and gifts. Mama Earth provides us with what we need when we need it: the seasonal availability of the various parts of local plants typically support the dis-eases or ailments of… Continue reading Earth Medicine: Fire Cider

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Full Moon, Herbalism, Lunar Cycles

Craft: Make a Full Moon Tea

Have you ever made Solar Tea? It is essentially an infusion of tea or other herbs but uses fresh cool water and is left out in the sunshine to brew. Some call this a cold brew tea. This tea is kind to the environment as no additional energy is used. When the infusion looks sufficiently… Continue reading Craft: Make a Full Moon Tea

Goddess, Hedgewitch, Herbalism

The magick of the Linden tree

I am working diligently on my tree identification skills and this is where the phenology wheels (as discussed in our free Wisdom From Grandmother Moon course) are so useful: I can often identify trees at specific times (such as when they are blossoming or bearing their fruits or berries) but not in winter, etc. I’m hoping… Continue reading The magick of the Linden tree

Alternative & Holistic Health, Earth Medicine, Hedgewitch, Herbalism, Litha

Celebrating the Elder Tree

Each month, new header images are selected for this blog to reflect the activity and changes of Mama Earth around us. Today I honour the Elder tree (Sambucus nigra), which blossoms in many locations from late June into late July. Elder is a powerful tree, considered magical and holy by many cultures, as a source… Continue reading Celebrating the Elder Tree

Celtic Mythology, Herbalism, Magic

Celebrate International Fairy Day on June 24

Yes, June 24th is International Fairy Day!  Some think of a fairy as any magical creature but in the folklore of Britain and Ireland the range is less broad, encompassing various sprites, nature spirits — some with good intentions and some not quite-so-good! For me, International Fairy Day is a day to celebrate that heritage… Continue reading Celebrate International Fairy Day on June 24

Earth Medicine, Hedgewitch, Herbalism

Inspiration from Mugwort

Today I felt the Soulflower Plant Spirit Art “Soulflower Plant Spirit Oracle Deck” calling to me.... and wondered what Medicine it would bring me today. The card I pulled was Mugwort: Integration. Card message: “There is a rhythm and balance to all life —a dance between physical reality and the spiritual world. Mugwort opens and… Continue reading Inspiration from Mugwort

Earth Medicine, Healing, Herbalism, Rituals and Ceremonies, Sacred Land

Life is Ceremony

Yesterday I attended a workshop led by The Medicine Collective, a group of Indigenous Elders and Knowledge-Keepers, at the xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Indigenous Health Garden at the UBC Farm. Such a profound and healing experience. We began with ritual… with ceremony… with sharing... standing in Circle, honouring our ancestors and the unceded land of the Musqueam People,… Continue reading Life is Ceremony