[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 85 – Splendid Speedwell

“I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer — and what trees and seasons smelled like — how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odors is very rich.” ― John Steinbeck, East of […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 84 – Winter Plant Identification (and a Freebie)

“Nothing in nature, even weeds, should be considered unworthy of study.” – Quirky Science Often we forget to get outside in the winter. Reasons are multitude. It’s too cold. It’s a hassle to bundle up the kids. It’s dreary. There’s nothing to see or do. Nothing is growing. There are no plants around to harvest. […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 83 – Lavish Licorice

‘We’re like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.’ – Jerry Garcia When you think of Licorice, a black colored candy may come to mind. But did you know that Licorice is also a very prized herbal medicine? It’s a flavor that people either seem to love or […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 82 – It’s Turkey (Tail) Time!

“Let us hope that the destruction and pollution that our civilization wreaks upon nature will be brought to a halt; let us hope that our children in their turn will have the chance to admire the cornflower and the poppy and the wild rose and rejoice in their beauty… before they use them to ease […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 81 – Burdock Band-aids

“Can we teach children to look at a flower and see all the things it represents: beauty, the health of an ecosystem, and the potential for healing?” -Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder Burdock is one of those plants that you love and appreciate once you get to […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 80 – April’s 30 Days of Herbal Allies Challenge

“The most important thing we can teach our young people is to observe well.” –Dr. Ernest Mayr I had such wonderful feedback about “discovering” a plant in your back yard to study for the year that it gave me an idea to offer up a challenge for April so #30daysofherbalallies was born! Each day in April, […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 79 – Choose Your Own Herbal Mascot

“Many young people find botany a dull study. So it is, as taught from the text-books in the schools; but study it yourself in the fields and woods, and you will find it a source of perennial delight.” – John Burroughs The peepers started their call late this afternoon as I sat and prepared to […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 78 – Of Light and Love

This past year has gone by in a whirlwind. Lots of interruptions from our usual routines forced me to put newsletters for Herbal Roots zine on hold. Now that life is starting to settle back down, I am hoping to get back into the swing of things, I truly have missed writing these newsletters regularly! […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 77 – Deepening Your Knowledge of Energetics and Herbs

Your deepest roots are in nature.  No matter who you are, where you live, or what kind of life you lead, you remain irrevocably linked with the rest of creation. – Charles Cook In a few past newsletters I have talked about teaching tissue states and energetics to kids. And for those of you who […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 76 – Learning About Ginkgo

“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).” ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder Ginkgo trees are one of the ancients, having been growing and flourishing since the Jurassic period, dating them […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 75 – Learning About Gumweed

A huge thank you to Angela Willard for all the great photos of Gumweed! “To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi Gumweed is also known as Gumplant and Resinweed, Rosinweed, Tarweed, Stickyheads and Curlytop Gum Plant. The Blackfeet Native Americans refer to […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 74 – Summertime Reading and Herbaling

“By suggestion and example, I believe children can be helped to hear the many voices about them.  Take Time to listen and talk about the voices of the earth and what they mean—the majestic voice of thunder, the winds, the sound of surf or flowing streams.“ – Rachel Carson It’s summertime and that means a […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 73 – Learning About Mugwort

Once I spoke the language of the flowers, once I understood each word the caterpillar said, once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings, and shared a conversation with the house fly in my bed. Once I heard and answered all the questions of the crickets, and joined the crying of each […]