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Stinging Nettle

Stinging nettle has been used for hundreds of years to treat painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia. Nettle is a superb nourishing food and has beneficial actions on many parts of the body including the urinary tract, liver, digestive tract, reproductive system, and respiratory system. Known as an overall nourisher and strengthener, stinging nettle leaf is full of vitamins and minerals most notably magnesium, calcium, iron, and protein.

Harvesting stinging nettle at Burns Valley Herbals and Retreat was such a learning experience.  I used gloves to hold the nettles while I cut them, however I still got stung.

I learned when brushed by the nettle, its best to leave the area alone so it will sting less. If you touch the area a lot, it rubs the sting into your skin more and lasts longer! I got a few welts and a rash from where the nettle touched me above the gloves! It went completely away within 12 hours. 

Nettle’s sting, however, reminds us to value our gifts just as we must honor and protect our work if we are to remain healthy. With her sting, she asks us to recognize and honor the worth of what she gives; if you’re willing to brave the sting to gain her treasure, you’re more likely to value what you have taken.

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Quarantine Art Series: Mullein

Deciding on a topic for my quarantine art series, I tend to take a minute to listen to what the universe is showing me. I felt drawn to the garden this day…and the beautiful leaves of the mullein plant.

Courage, health, love and protection.

These are things we are all hoping, praying and wishing for during this quarantine time.

Mullein represents all of these things. The leaves of this plant used to be placed into little satchels under one’s pillow to keep away nightmares, and to attract love, health and protection. In fact, it was believed that wearing mullein would ensure fertility, and also keep potentially dangerous animals at bay while in the wilderness. Mullein was also used to help treat respiratory problems, and can be used as toilet paper!

The universe speaks through all things… mullein being synchronistic to COVID-19 in so many ways! Reminding us that nature provides all of our needs, if we are open and willing to listen and receive.

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Revealing Treasures in Your own Backyard!

Hiking excursions, painting parties and cooking oh my! Its been such an adventurous summer so far!

I’ve been spending some time researching and identifying local medicinal plants.  Such as sassafras.


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“#sassafras (sassafras albidum) is a #magical #herb with #antiviral #antibacterial and #antiinflammatory effects, as well as being #antispirochete. This plant has a long traditional use in treating #siphilis which is a #spirochete disease, with the same bacterial structure as #Lyme disease. As a result of that understanding, many herbalist including myself, are exploring this plant in herbal protocols against Lyme. This plant is also the original ingredient in #rootbeer which was actually a #medicinal ferment, far from the toxicity of #soda; in fact, deeply medicinal. The root tastes like root #beer and makes a beautiful tea with #maple syrup added in. The leaves are also what gives gumbo it’s unique #flavor and mucilaginous texture which is also healing to the gut. The leaves dried and powdered is known as #filè powder. As with all plans it is important to consider the importance of regeneration of ecosystems to save the biodiversity of these and other medicines that are right under our #feet. It may have taken 30,000 years or more for the ecosystem to even harbor the ability of these #trees existence, yet it could take an afternoon with a chainsaw to wipe them out entirely. Always consider your place in the #ecosystem how to harvest regeneratively.” Credit to Return To Nature

So I am on the hunt for some sassafras! I will be documenting my explorations and findings!!