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This week’s giveaway is for a Oak Bark Herb Package from Mountain Rose Herbs! Next month at Herbal Roots zine, it will be all about White Oak and this package will get you off on the right start for learning all about it! This package includes 4 oz. wildcrafted Oak Bark, 4 oz. powdered Oak Bark and 1 oz. organic extract.
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This month we celebrate majestic Oak! A traditional medicine and food of the Native Americans, this long lived tree has much to offer. This past month we’ve been harvesting, cracking and preparing acorns to be used in the upcoming months as chai and flour. A staple in both Native American and Asian cuisine, acorns are so often overlooked when they provide lots of nutrition and medicine.
White Oak bark is one of the most astringent herbs, thanks to his tannins, which historically have been used for tanning hides as well as treating diarrhea and many other ailments. This month we’ll explore both the bark and the acorns for use as medicine and food through games, puzzles, stories and songs. I hope you will enjoy learning about Oak as much as I enjoyed writing this issue!
Ode to Oak Table of Contents:
Note to Parents
All About White Oak
*NEW* Herbal Glossary
Scramble, Search and More: Word Search, Word Scramble, Find the Acorns, Circle the Energetics, Complete the Leaf Drawing, Decipher the Vitamins and Minerals
Herbal Lore: How Oak Got His Acorns
Songs and Poems: Harvest Oak Bark Now, Oak Poem
Herbal Recipes: Harvesting Oak Bark, Oak Bark Extract, Oak Bark Decoction, Healing Tooth Powder, Leaching Acorns, Drying Acorns, Roasting Acorns, Acorn Chai
Herbal Crafts: Herb Pressing/Drawing, Acorn Necklace, Acorn Cap Whistle
Maze: Find your way through the Acorn
Journal: Write your thoughts, medicine making notes and other information about your month with White Oak
48 pages from Cover to Cover. This month only, $3.99. After November 30, 2013, the price will go up to $7.99.
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What is your experience with fomentations? Today, we will be sharing our recipe for a fomentation that works especially well for spasmodic backs. If applied to strains or sprains, fomentations can help soothe the inflammation in those areas. When applied to the intestines, they can aid in digestion. They stimulate circulation, as well. With a few ingredients and some supplies, you can make your own fomentation in about 20 minutes. Turn to page 29 to begin!
Did you know that Herbal Roots Zine includes a resource section with lists of books, games, and internet sites? Turn to page 41 to begin learning even more about Crampbark. You may want to head on over to your local library and look for A Kid’s Herb Book by Lesley Tierra, which includes projects, activities, and songs about some of our favorite herbs. You may want to play a game like Wild Cards by Linda Runyon. Or you can choose to click on the link under Flora Delaterre’s name in on page 42. The link will take you to Flora Delaterre’s website where you can learn more about him and many other herbs. What is your favorite resource?
We have been studying Crampbark for the last few weeks. We have made Crampbark extract, electuary, chai, and oil. Which recipe has been your favorite so far? We hope that you have liked learning more about him in the Botany section, as well. What did you think about his story and song? For more fun, stay tuned. We have a few more activities to share with you.
We would love to see photos of you, your friends, and your family enjoying the activities found in “Calling on Crampbark,” October’s issue of Herbal Roots Zine. Feel free to post them at http://www.flickr.com/groups/herbalrootszine!
Ready to learn “Battle Hymn of Crampbark,” a song written by Kristine. Here are the first four lines (sung to the tune of “Battle Hymn of Republic”). See page 24 for the rest of the song. If you would like to add some lines, please feel free to post them in the comments section or on our facebook page!
Take a dose of Crampbark and the cramps they go away;
Rub a bit directly on those cramps that want to stay,
Crampbark says to cramps, “Can you stay? No, go away!”
And they stay away all day.
Today, we are going to take the activities inside. Open your journals and record some of your thoughts about Crampbark. On pages 37 and 38, you will find some journal space in your zine. How do you feel about Crampbark? What would you like to learn more about? What would be the one thing that you would tell your friends about him?