October 31, 2012 Calendar Entry

We have been exploring Sumac throughout the month of October. We recorded our thoughts about this plant on page 7 of the zine. Now, it is time to check out the second part of the Herbal Spirits on page 8. How have your answers changed? How did they stay the same? What activities did your […]

October 30, 2012 Calendar Entry

We hope that you enjoyed crafting your  Sumac “Flower” Tiles over the weekend. We are finishing up our Sumac Elixirs today. If you haven’t yet had time to start your elixir or are new to Herbal Roots Zine’s The Sonnet of Sumac, the recipe can be found on page 22. Sumac Elixir is perfect for […]

October 26, 2012 Calendar Entry

It’s so exciting to share recipes and craft ideas with all of you here at Herbal Roots Zine! Today, we’re making Sumac “Flower” Tiles! Sumac has a brilliant array of colorful leaves in the fall from green to yellow to orange to red. There are so many possibilities for color arrangements on your tile. Whatever […]

October 25, 2012 Calendar Entry

We’ve been working with Sumac during the month of October. If you haven’t done it yet, find all the words in the word search. It will help you to review all you’ve learned about Sumac. There’s still time to get this month’s issue. Check out The Sonnet of Sumac for only $7.99: Or, you can […]

October 24, 2012 Calendar Entry

We have worked on herbal crafting with Sumac for the last few weeks. We have crafted Rhus Juice, Sumac Elixir, and Sumac Salve. We’ve learned that Sumac not only has medicinal properties, but also has nutritional properties.  We’re excited to see your adventures and how you are using this herb! If you’d like to share, […]

October 23, 2012 Calendar Entry

Did you know that Native Americans used Sumac for food, as well as medicine? The shoots and roots are edible. The berries, in themselves, are good for using in a cooling drink. Sumac contains Vitamin C, so don’t be surprised if the drink reminds you of lemonade. Sumac has been used in jellies, teas, pies, […]

October 19, 2012 Calendar Entry

We have been having adventures with Sumac for about 3 weeks now. We hope that you have enjoyed the activities so far. I know that we have enjoyed learning more about Sumac. We have been excitedly pointing out Sumac to our friends and family while in the woods. The leaves in our area are red […]

October 18, 2012 Calendar Entry

Today, we’re making Sumac Salve. The bark of Sumac can be used as an antiseptic. It’s very useful in healing wounds. Take a peek in your zine today to get the recipe and how-to’s today! Don’t have this month’s issue yet? Check out this month’s issue of Herbal Roots zine for only $7.99: Or, you can […]

October 17, 2012 Calendar Entry

 We are journaling about Sumac today. How has the search for Sumac gone for you and your family? What activities have you most liked doing with your family this month? W would love to hear from you! Don’t have this month’s issue yet? Check out this month’s issue of Herbal Roots zine for only $7.99: Or, […]

October 16, 2012 Calendar Entry

We hope that you have found some Sumac on your adventures this month. Today, we’re drying some leaves to use in poultices. Poultices are made by using raw materials. Some people have used poultices to aid with infections, boils, abscesses, inflammation, and bug stings. Sumac leaves are also great for stopping bleeding and drawing tissues […]

October 12, 2012 Calendar Entry

Review time! What have you learned about Sumac over the last couple of weeks? Check out the crossword puzzle on page 31. Try to not look at the word bank. How many words can you find?   Don’t have this month’s issue yet? Check out this month’s issue of Herbal Roots zine for only $7.99: Or, […]

October 11, 2012 Calendar Entry

We hope that you enjoyed your botany lesson on Sumac yesterday. Today, we are pressing Sumac’s leaves. The plant’s leaves should be fresh, and free of excess moisture. The pressing can be something that you or your children can observe again and again. Especially, as you will see on pages 26 and 27, when there […]

October 10, 2012 Calendar Entry

Time for  a botany lesson on Sumac.  Turn to page 15 to learn all about the plant’s parts. Hopefully, you have found Sumac growing in your area. If not, it may help to know that, in the fall, Sumac leaves turn red. Perhaps, the botany page will help you identify the plant more easily. Let […]