[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 […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 72 – Using Your Herbal Vinegars

“There is no one way to become a healer: no particular age and no special way for medicine spirits to come. When the time is right, they come.” -Evelyn Wolfson, From the Earth to Beyond the Sky: Native American Medicine In last week’s newsletter, I mentioned dandelion and violet make great vinegars. Last summer, I […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 71 – It’s Spring, Make Some Violet Jelly!

The child should learn to recognize and gather wild foods such as green salad herbs, berries and nuts of the hedgerows, and “fool-proof” mushrooms such as puffballs and orange chanterelles, though they should not be allowed to eat such foods until parents have passed them as safe. And they should learn to gather firewood and […]

[Herbal Rootlets]: No. 70 – Eleuthero: King of Adaptogens

“To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, An eternity in an hour.” – William Blake Known as Siberian Ginseng in some parts of the world, Eleuthero has a long history of use as medicine. In the United States, […]