Launching Hands to Hands

We are delighted to announce that the August 29 Wild Herb Day will inaugurate our new Hands to Hands project.

Do your hands become chapped in the winter? Imagine what it would be like to live on the streets during the winter. Your hands would be so chapped that they would be badly cracked and bleeding. This is the case for many homeless people in the Greater Boston area.

I live in a warm, heated home during the winter. I am only fourteen years old, but my hands often become chapped and dry. It’s painful. My father’s are even more severely chapped. For me, salve has always been the most comfortable and soothing way to handle the pain. It feels good, isn’t too sticky, and the skin absorbs it quickly enough that it doesn’t leave my hands oily for hours. And every time, after it’s gone, my hands hurt less and are less chapped. When I remember to apply my salve regularly, my hands heal.

I want to extend the comfort and healing of our salves to homeless people in our area. That’s why I am starting the Hands to Hands project, which will distribute salves to homeless people in Greater Boston.

We need your help to make this work, and our first Hands to Hands salve making project will be part of the August 29th Wild Herb Day. We will make Hypericum oil to use in this project during Wild Herb Week.

Please share and consider signing up to help us on August 29th!

MRK

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Herbal Gift Making

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.IMG_1207-1

As darkness descends, we’ll head indoors, make some wonderful hot herbal beverage to share, and proceed with the gift making.

We’ll makeimage 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.

Come join us!!

Wild Herb Days Coming Soon

This summer, when we were planning our two Wild Herb Weeks, many people asked for more one-day programs. We listened, and now we’re planning several Wild Herb Days for the coming year. Wild Herb Days will include plant walks and various other herbal activities, such as tincture making, salve making, syrup making, spa treatments and product making, making and eating wild herbal salads and soups, and making and drinking wild herbal beverages, and herbal gift making.

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Many hands preparing sumacade.

We’ll start off the season on Sept. 18 with a weed walk and tincture making. Exactly what we’ll do depends on the plants, but likely activities include making and drinking sumacade, making goldenrod tincture, and making burdock tincture.  If we have time, we may also make a salad.

In November, we’ll do herbal gift making. You’ll go home with four or five lovely herbal gifts, including at least one herbal vinegar, herbal shampoo and soap, and an herbal dream pillow.

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Everyone loves the herbal beverages.

One of our traditions at both Wild Herb Week and Wild Herb Day is to make delicious herbal beverages whenever we can. In the winter, we’ll be making warming drinks to nurture ourselves while we have our herbal spa day and make syrups and salves.

In the spring, we’ll explore the new growth and prepare food and medicine from what comes up. Most likely, this will include a spring salad and a celebration of nettle, manifest in soup and nourishing nettle vinegar.

 

Click here for more details about Wild Herb Days.

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Autumn olives.

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A Wild Herb Week student with her goldenrod harvest.

 

 

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Herbal tinctures and oils.

 

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Baskets made by participants in Wild Herb Week I, July 2015, filled with herbs we gathered for making tinctures and medicinal oils.