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...
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...
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...
What She Does

What She Does

In essence, Aryn is a herbal medicine-maker. Creativity is the touchstone of what Aryn does – a creativity rooted in years of learning, study, and research, and a fair amount of trial and error. To make herbal medicines Aryn extracts the healing properties from...
St John’s Wort – The Plant of Light

St John’s Wort – The Plant of Light

Among the most well-known herbs, St. John’s wort, Hypericum perforatum, is native to Europe, though it has now naturalized across much of North America. You will find this beautiful bright yellow flower growing in poor soil, fields, road sides, and ditches. As Kiva...