Water Lily

Water Lily

I’m in the midst of learning a new plant. Water Lily is a native plant which blooms in the daytime, releasing its strong fragrance as it beautifies the marshy areas of our lakes and rivers.     Sparked by a conversation with herbalist Carol Little, I...
Elder Flower Fizz

Elder Flower Fizz

The Elders are in full bloom here in Lakefield and it is time to make some “Fizz”. Also called Elder Flower Champagne, this delightful drink is simple to make, takes very little time and is one of the prettiest things you’ll ever see. The fireflies have made...
Sweet Fern

Sweet Fern

Sweet Fern has been long forgotten by modern medicine and even herbalists seldom use it. I find Sweet fern to be one of my most important aromatic, astringent herbs with incredible medicinal benefits. I use Sweet fern in my medicine making for conditions of the skin....
Wild Grape in Flower

Wild Grape in Flower

One beautiful early morning I found myself down by the river. The river calls to me when mornings break, leading me down to its banks where I find solace, a listening ear and more often than not, something extraordinary and new. As I was coming up toward the highbush...
How to Make Jewelweed Ice Cubes

How to Make Jewelweed Ice Cubes

Making practical and reliable medicinal preparations with local wild plants is an excellent way to learn about Herbalism. Make sure your harvesting is done ethically and sustainably. You can make ice cubes with Jewelweed’s plant medicine so that you will have an...
How To Make a Mineral Infusion

How To Make a Mineral Infusion

What is a Mineral Infusion? Mineral infusions are basically a very strong tea. They steep longer than tea and they are rich sources of minerals and trace elements that your body can easily absorb. Mineral infusions use a large amount of plant material and a long...
How to Make a Medicinal Oil

How to Make a Medicinal Oil

A medicinal oil is an infusion of plant material in oil. Oil infusions are a method used by Herbalists to extract the medicinal properties of plants. This method is used with all types of plant materials, but most often with flowers, leaves and stems. Herbal Infused...
Jewel weed

Jewel weed

The benefits of Jewelweed are quite specific. Today it is most widely used as a topical treatment for extreme itchiness and rash caused by contact with plants and insects, most notably: poison ivy, oak and sumac.  This plant is wonderful to know and easy to recognize....
Walking the River Trail

Walking the River Trail

Yesterday I was out walking the river trail with an old friend who has recently moved to our village. As we walked and talked and caught up with each other, we passed by the aspens and birch I so often stop and smell, taste and even talk to. I felt myself wanting to...
Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy is a plant with quite a reputation. Knowing how to identify it and being respectful of its presence are the first keys to avoiding the rash. The other is getting to know the plants that relieve the reaction. Nature is inherently balanced such that if a...