*For example, participants in our recent Summer Wild Herb days went home with at least 8 ounces of herbal tincture. It’s not unusual for participants in Wild Herb Week to go home with 16 or more ounces of herbal tincture, plus herbal salve or oil, herbal shampoo, herbal lozenges, delicious herbal “goo balls,” and other goodies. It’s a bit different every time; we make make things that aren’t on this list and not make some of what’s here. It all depends on the plants, the weather, and the people.
We’ve rescheduled the upcoming Herbal Gift Making workshop. It will take place on Monday, Dec. 19, 3:30-7:30. We’ll begin with a quick weed walk, during which we’ll harvest one or two of the ingredients we’ll be using.
As darkness descends, we’ll head indoors, make some wonderful hot herbal beverage to share, and proceed with the gift making.
We’ll make an herbal shampoo, soap, dream pillow, and vinegar. Most of the gifts we make will be ready right away, but one or two will need some time to mature, and so will work best for an end of Kwanzaa or New Year’s Eve present.
I was delighted to see this article confirming that bilingualism aids in recovery from stroke, because it corresponds to my experience working with people recovering from concussions. Granted, concussions differ greatly from stroke, but both affect memory.
When I work with people recovering from concussions, I use a complex approach including herbs; shiatsu; specific acupoints for headaches, nausea, and other symptoms; and outgoing qigong, also known as qi projection. I often combine mental challenges with qi projection.
The client and I choose the mental challenge together, but it often involves language. Sometimes it’s rapid-fire transitions among languages, or telling a story – usually one that teases the memory in its own right, such as a minor conversation from three days ago; or a description of a scene from a five days back that includes details about smells, sounds, textures, and colors as well as conversation – and translating the story into at least one other language. The qi projection makes it easier for the client to remember both the details of the story and recalcitrant words.
Since I am a linguist and a philologist as well as an herbalist and shiatsu and qigong therapist, I particularly relish the opportunity to bring languages into healing. Fortunately, it turns out to be a very effective combination. In the future I may even combine language instruction with healing work.
Wednesday, January 20, 7:00-8:30 at Debra’s Natural Gourmet in Concord. Make Your Own Fire Cider with Nina Judith Katz.
You’ll go home with a pint of this wonderful, traditional winter remedy, and instructions for finishing it off. I’ll talk about how to use both fire cider and some of the herbs that make it so healthy! Bring a clean, pint-sized jar and $5.00 to help cover the cost of a smorgasbord of ingredients. Limited to 60 people. Yes, do sign up when you’re in the store or call 978-371-7573. This will be great fun!
Learn more about herbs and herbalism by subscribing to Natural Herbal Living Magazine, a new magazine geared to people curious about or just starting to learn about herbs, and also to people who have been reading about herbs for a long time and are ready to start making their own tinctures, cordials, salves, and other products.
Each month, Natural Herbal Living Magazinefocuses on one herb and provides several articles offering a variety of perspectives about that herb, together with recipes and lots of information. As one of the authors, I’m writing one or two of these articles each month as well. There is also an option to subscribe to a monthly herb box with ingredients for the recipes in the articles. The idea is that by focusing on a single herb each month, you’ll remember more than if you try to learn several herbs a month. Focusing on one, making various preparations with it and experimenting on it will let you get to know that one herb reasonably well. The box makes it easier to make all the goodies described in the issue. As a teacher of herbalism, the complaint I hear most often is that it’s hard to remember everything about all the herbs. Slowing it down to one herb a month and exploring that one in depth makes it easier to retain the information and ground it in experience.
I’m one of the writers, and periodically, I’ll repost my articles on this website. I also wrote a glossary for the magazine, and if you find an herbalism-lingo word that you don’t know, you can click on it and get my definition. (There are advantages to being both an herbalist and a lexicographer!)