yule time offerings.

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finally managed to get together a list of what we have been crafting, mixing and creating these last months. if you want to support local crafters and folk medicine makers this holiday season, we are happy to share with your what we currently have available.

our herbal infused oils and tinctures are infused for at least one lunar cycle, and all of our botanicals are either wild-crafted by our own hands, naturally grown in our gardens or that of friends, or very rarely traded from trusted local growers (ginger mostly). we source our apple cider vinegars, oils, beeswax and honey from as local as possible, and always choose organic. everything we create is made in small batches, with the finest of foraged and home-grown ingredients.

o f f e r i n g s :
l i p b a l m s (made with organic cold pressed sunflower oil from quebec infused with local wild-crafted and organically grown herbs, and local beeswax. these are in compostable, paper and wax recycled containers)
– sage & sweetgrass lipbalm
– spruce balm
s a l v e s (most come in small and large, while supplies last. all are crafted with organic, cold-pressed sunflower oil from a small farm in quebec, and local beeswax)
– three tree healing salve ( spruce, pine & fir, smells like the woods and great for cuts, scrapes, splinters and as a chest rub for congestion )
– boreal balm ( local bear fat, infused with spruce pitch, local beeswax. amazing for healing, anti-bacterial and good for respiratory, kidneys, etcetcetc )
– aches and pain salve (st johns wort oil, cayenne & wintergreen, good for arthritis, nerve pain, sore muscles etc)
– dream balm ( a dreamy infusion of mugwort, chamomile, rose petals, elderflower, hops, lavender, rose absolute. rub on your temples at night to aid in deep relaxation, and to send you off to sweeter places anytime you might need )
– calendula salve ( this stuff is amazing for wounds, burns, eczema, rashes, babys bum, sore nipples, the works. gentle and effective )
– aches n’ pains salve (arnica, wintergreen, hot peppers infused to help bring relief from aches and pains, and to promote healing of muscles, tissue, bruising and other discomfort)
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s m o k i n g . b l e n d (just a few left, coltsfoot, mullein, nepeta, peppermint. helps relieve lung congestion, coughs and bronchial irritations. nice substitute for tobacco)
t i n c t u r e s
(all tinctures come in 50oz dropper bottles and are tinctured in 40% vodka)
– angelica (coughs, colds, digestive remedy, for pre-menstrual bloating and cramps, to regulate and bring on a late period)
– yarrow (coughs, colds, flus, fever. nice to have in the house for when you start to feel sick)
– nerve tonic (a blend of calming, nerve-nourishing and soothing herbs, to help combat anxiety, and promote relaxation. can be taken morning and night for best results.)
– sleepy tonic (a medley of sleepy time, gentle and effective herbs. this one has great reviews, safe for little ones as well)
– immunity elixir (this immunity boosting blend of herbs and wild-crafted medicinal mushrooms packs a potent wallop to the immune system, helping to fight off infections and colds, as well as intended to shorten the length of down-time that goes along with illness. contains: chaga, reishi, propolis, elderberry, elderflower, yarrow, ginger with a bit of sage infused honey syrup. take as needed, store in the refrigerator.)
– herbal mouthwash (a refreshing and minty blend of herbs to kill bacteria, soothe inflammation and toothaches! leaves your mouth feeling fresh and clean. contains: mint, sage, propolis, willow & oregon grape. )
– joy tonic (a blend of herbs to help keep the winter blues at bay)
– other tinctures available, can also do specific blends as needed, inquire for more info.
h e r b a l . v i n e g a r s
( herbs infused in organic local apple cider vinegar. great for salad dressings, marinades, etc )
– fire cider (an old folk remedy and a potent immune system tonic. can be taken daily to help promote digestive health and keep colds at bay. it can also be used by the spoonful at the first hint of sickness, or added into cooking, salad dressings, tea, cocktails, etc as a daily preventative. contains: 100% local nova scotian ingredients, locally grown ginger, garlic, hot peppers, onions, horseradish, thyme, oregano and sage in boates organic apple cider vinegar, with local honey. ) ALMOST OUT
– chanterelle & wild bay
– stinging nettle
– wildberry
– raspberry rose (its even more amazing than it sounds)
h e r b . i n f u s e d . h o n e y
( wild-crafted or organically grown herbs infused in local nova scotian honey. )
– evergreen
– lavender
– rose
– summers end (a blend of wild-crafted and home-grown flowers, a taste of sweet sweet summer)
s h r u b s
(shrubs (or oxymels) were once considered a herbal folk medicine cure-all. they were drank to promote longevity, gargled for sore throats, drank for arthritis relief, to clear phlegm, and. . .they are delicious! ours are made with boates organic apple cider vinegar infused with herbs, and local honey,. shrubs can be added to bubbly or still water, or sipped on their own. each bottle will make about 25 drinks.)
– elderberry rose
– evergreen
– peppermint
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– juniper or cedar
– sweetgrass braids (few left)
s e a w e e d
– wild harvested nori ( nori is very high in protein, calcium, vitamin c, iron, magnesium, potassium, the list goes on. it can also be eaten as a snack, sprinkled onto salads, stir fries, or added into soups. seaweeds are extremely nutritious and said to help with inflammation, boosting the immune system, aiding in detoxification of the body, and nourishing the skin.)
d r i e d . m u s h r o o m s
(wild-crafted nova scotian sun-dried mushrooms, nutritive and medicinal, can be added into soups, stock, re-hydrated for stirfries or risotto, etc)
– hedgehogs, maitake, matsutake, reishi (some available powdered as well, great for gravy or soup)
– chaga (drank as tea, or can be added to broths, chaga is an immune boosting, liver supporting, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer)
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– dream wreaths ( whimsical hops vines, lavender & mugwort wrapped into a dreamy wreath, to be hung above to bed to promote deep sleeps and sweet dreams )
– lavender bundles
– styptic powder (stop bleeding and heal your cuts & scrapes with this herbal powder. keep in your first aid kit, sprinkle liberally on any cuts or scrapes. naturally anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.)
– breathe easy ( roll on bottle with organic sunflower oil and a blend of essential oils for relief of congestion, coughs, colds, sore throat, etc)
– aches and pains (for those deep muscle tissue aches, pains and sprains, arnica is helpful for relieving pain, promoting healing from trauma and bruising, and other injuries. can be liberally rubbed on the body to relieve pain. contains organic sunflower oil infused with arnica, and organic essential oils.)
b o n e . & . a n t l e r . j e w e l r y
(hand-crafted bone, feather, tooth, antler & other wild found jewelry, necklace pieces, earrings, keychains. etc)
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if i haven’t mentioned what you are after, drop me a line, i have likely forgotten half a dozen things, and i am happy to custom make blends.
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please inquire for prices, or to make an order. WE ALSO DO CUSTOM ORDERS

we ship to anywhere in canada.

we are also doing some winter markets as well, so it really is while supplies last.

thanks for all your support folks!
* also, worth mentioning that we are very open to bartering and part-trades, money isn’t everything, we would rather trade hand-made goods, foods, organically raised meat, etc, etc. try us. .. .

the winter blues, vitamin d & st. johns wort

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winter time. winter blues. this time of year, our bodies are getting a bit confused. we are not spending as much time outside (or very little for most of us), and the majority of us are lacking in vitamin d. vitamin d is something that our body in the summertime, is able to convert from the sun. however, when the days get shorter and the weather colder, we might have to look otherwise.

some of the symptoms of vitamin d deficiency are: fatigue, poor immune system health (getting sick often), depression, slow healing wounds, and even muscle, bone and back pain. some of these symptoms sound vague, but i can see it in myself in these dark months, the need to amp up my ingestion of vitamin d.

so what are some safe and affordable sources of vitamin d you may ask? i tend to steer away from supplements and pills, as i don’t believe that they are as readily absorbed as more natural and direct sources.

MUSHROOMS! edible and medicinal mushrooms have the unique ability to transform ultra-violet light into vitamin d. but firstly, they must be placed in the sun. you can do this with dried or fresh mushrooms (shitake, maitake, chaga, reishi, etc), we like to sun-dry our mushrooms for ultimate vitamin d uptake.

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some other important natural sources for vitamin d would be: sustainably harvested fish, eggs from organic free-range chickens or ducks, grass-fed raw milk or butter, and ethically sourced cold pressed cod liver oil (though it seems the better the quality, the more expensive it is, making it not really an option for us).

being outside, even though often it seems like a struggle to get there, ( especially when going outside involves layering multiple jackets and sweaters and mittens on multiple children ), is truly the best medicine. soaking up that vitamin d from the sun is the best way of getting that powerhouse of goodness into your body.

seasonal depression is a whole other boat. sometimes the winter blues run deeper than the surface of nutrient and vitamin deficiency (though they can definitely be a contributor). adaptogenic herbs can be helpful, as they can help the body adapt to stresses and changes and provide extra support throughout the seasons. tulsi (holy basil), ashwaghanda, and milky oats can be helpful, as well as other herbs such as: roses, lemonbalm, st. johns wort, and so on.

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st. john’s wort, the sunshine plant, has received much attention for it’s support and easement of seasonal depression, as well as anxiety. st. johns wort has been used for centuries to help deal with the blues, irritability, pms and is now being studied for its anti-viral components. topically, st. johns wort is a very useful healing remedy for nerve injuries and pain, swelling, mild burns, aches and pains, and varicose veins. it is also said to be helpful with some of the emotional strain that occurs along with the symptoms of withdrawal from nicotine or alcohol. the buds of st. john’s wort, when squeezed, yield a dark red blood-like substance, this is what is tinctured with the aerial parts, this is where the medicine resides. there is something delightfully tangible about being able to see such a unique and rich color on your fingertips, the medicine somehow seems more real.

folk healing is an intuitive and historic way of treating and healing people and animals. it has been passed down for generations and generations by many healers throughout the ages, across the world. it is not always recognized by scientifically minded organizations (or the church, back in the midieval times, which was a precursor to the witch burnings, but that’s a whole other story on its own. . .) it is an age old art, imbued with much experimenting, note taking, care and devotion to the plants that grow around us. when things are mass-marketed or grown in mono-cultured huge quantities, i feel like the medicine loses some of it’s resonance. i believe that medicine is made with the hands of the people who know you, and care about you, who put their time and concentration and medicine into the plants that they are extracting it from. it is made in small-batches, perhaps even indicated by the cycles of the moon. there is something rich and deep about folk healing that has been woven by the gnarled and scarred papery old hands of so many women and men across this world. i am indescribably grateful to play the smallest of parts of it.

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y u l e t i d e . b o x

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hey folks, we now accepting reservations for our last wild food & herbal medicine box of the year . . . . the y u l e . b o x ( coming late december 2017 ) ;
 
a winter offering of herbal wares, seasonal remedies, wild harvested preserved seasonal food, and other hand-crafted surprises. it will come in a basket to keep, with a descriptive, folklore laden newsletter explaining the contents within, recipes and their uses.
 
some of the things you might find inside the yule box include:
 
– a bitters blend ( a digestive remedy for the holidaze, for when you thought you wouldn’t eat too much turkey. .. and then you did. . .also helpful for liver support)
– a herbal salve with boreal infusions
– a ridiculously delicious shrub for adding to cocktails or bubbly water
– high-quality wild foraged mushrooms.
– and other surprises. . . .
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as usual, we are focusing on locally nova scotian wild-crafted or grown plants, as we believe that the plants growing around us can provide the majority (if not all) of the food and medicine that we need. winter is a time of year where just like most of the plants outside, our energy tends to go inward, deep down to rest in our roots. more time to perhaps sit by the woodstove, to dream of things to come, and to nourish our hearts and bodies and rest from the busy, whirling energy of the summer now gone by. allow us to bring you a taste of the boreal forest, it is filled with food and medicine. . .learn more about what is growing wild around us.
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regular size share – $80 (includes a basket)
small size share – $60 ( “ )
 
do not delay, reserve yours soon, as there is a limited quantity available. drop us a line, or an email at hobo.crow@yahoo.ca to inquire, or reserve yours now.
 
yule boxes also make lovely gifts for dear ones and family, one of a kind locally made herbal creations for health and well-being. these can be mailed anywhere in canada, you simply pay the shipping.
 
deliveries will be late december, to the valley (berwick and wolfville), halifax, and the south shore (bridgewater area). if you don’t fit into those areas, we can likely work something out.
 
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also open to doing custom orders for yourself or friends and family, message me for more info, if you would like herbal support for certain issues or ailments.
 
everything we craft is from locally found, mindfully harvested plants, (either wild-crafted, or grown by us or trusted friends) seaweeds and mushrooms. when it comes to honeys, vinegars and other menstrums, we source as locally as possible, from within our community, or at least nova scotia (other than our oils, which are sourced from an organic farm in quebec, as local as we could find). we create unique herbal wares, crafted with care and reverence, from our hands to yours.
 
*** we are open to barters and part-trades, money is just a convenient form of currency, and we are happy to accept otherwise. some things we are interested in are: grass-fed beef organically raised beef or pastured pork, ethically hunted deer, massages or other body work, tattoos, hand-crafted pottery, clothing, knives, etc, etc. try us, we are happy to discuss alternatives to money, we love trading.
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wise woman ways.

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simple, nourishing and traditional medicine, the wise woman way.

herbal medicine doesn’t need to be complicated. her roots are steeped in tradition, stirred by wizened hands, and most of us would not be here today if it were not for her nourishing and deeply healing ways. . .and yet, it is in our bones. . .

it is preventative medicine, rather than that which treats symptomatic medicine. it is a whole system, instead of a closed system. it is our right to live freely and healthfully upon this land around us. to respectfully gather the plants and medicine growing here, for food and health. to build and maintain our bodies and systems.

it is easy to overlook this. our connections to both our own bodies, and the land beneath our feet (sometimes far beneath the city concrete), are often in these times frayed and worn. strung bare, wavering in the breeze, or simply broken and disconnected. this disconnect fosters all sorts of feelings of despair, sickness, isolation, sometimes a sadness we cannot explain.

everything we need to heal and sustain ourselves is growing, or can be grown, right here on the land.

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sometimes our bodies have been mistreated for so long, chemicals both ingested through our mouths, and our skin (the bodies largest organ), that it is not an easy or simple answer. often, it is not, though we have grown accustomed to wanting and expecting these quick fixes. but our diets have grown strange and twisted, labels long and listed. . .our bodies starved for nutrients and so we take pills to try and replicate what whole plants would nourish us with, the vitamins and minerals we are lacking.

it is not an easy or simple fix.

we need to recall that there are more holistic ways of living. of being. of breathing. there are ways that we lived before, where our bodies did not fail us. where we did not ingest or put on our skin something that we could not pronounce, or did not know its origin, or even shook or touched the hands from which it was planted and cared for and grown.

there is definitely a romanticism—-and yet to ignore it would be to misunderstand. . .as the romanticism stems from a deep rooted longing, from within our very marrow. . .our bones are aching for a return to something that is real. to live a life that resonates fully within us. to live with the seasons, to eat the food from the soil that we have nurtured. dead soil grows dead food. whether it is a bag of california greens, or a fresh picked salad of garden greens and weeds and flowers, full of vitality and life, which our body so longs for. your body knows the difference. it craves real food, remembrance of whole fats, bone broths, using all of the animal, and the vegetables from true undisturbed and un-sprayed, un-poisoned earth.

our food and medicine is growing all around us. it doesn’t come in expensive bottles from stark lit stores. there are weeds growing around us who offer ten times the nutrition of the vegetables we grow. we need to re-think. to re-learn, and un-learn as well, the habits that will lead to our unconscious undoing. times are shifting. things can change if we want them to, if we demand that they do. to hold out for real food, for clean water, for the power of holding our health in our own hands.

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a book i would really recommend for those of you interested in learning more about weeds and the nutritive foods and medicines they can provide, is ‘the wild wisdom of weeds’ by katrina blair. she writes with knowledge, experience and passion for the often considered invasive and taken for granted ‘weeds’ that likely are growing all around you.

root medicine & bitters.

root medicine is one of my favorite times of the year. you can dig roots in both the spring and the fall, and both have their anticipation, and yet i favor the earthy, musty and cool autumn. . .when the energy of the plant has retreated back into the roots for the long cold months ahead. this means the leaves have generally died back, perhaps killed by frost.

bitter is a taste that in our modern world, we have gradually steered away from, in favor of sweet. . .sweet would have once been a rare occurrence in nature, especially in our climate. apples, berries, some few herbs perhaps. . .but our ancestors would not have eaten a lot of sweets. back in the day, we would have naturally incorporated bitter tastes into our diets, from bark to different wild foraged foods. the bitter taste can be used to help sluggish digestion, by stimulating digestive juices. they also aid in detoxification of the liver, and tonification.

in traditional chinese medicine, there are five elements and each element has a flavor. bitter is fire, and the bitter taste can be used medicinally in what is considered ‘excess damp’ conditions, helping to move the energy downwards for processing, tonification and elimination. bitters can be helpful for skin conditions such as eczema, acne, and other inflammatory conditions, but when used in excess can be considered too drying.

bitters can also be helpful for gently and gradually helping body functions return to normal. if you have digestive issues, gas, bloating, incontinence, damage to your guts, or if you have overindulged, bitters can aid in getting your body back on track. they are a cheaper, more local alternative to store-bought probiotics (as well as a well balanced diet and natural probiotics found in lacto-fermented foods and drinks). they can also help curb cravings for sweets and sugar.

we need more bitters in our life! the taste isn’t unpleasant, it is just a bit foreign to our sweet-ruined tongues. personally i have come to enjoy bitters, i try to take them regularly for digestive and liver health, especially when i have eaten too much, or feel inflamed. they have helped me a lot with my belly and gut health.

some bitter and digestive stimulant herbs that i tend to reach for are dandelion, burdock and yellow dock roots, as well as angelica (which is one of the only bitters that has warming, rather than cooling effects, think of ginger as well in it’s spicy and heating taste).

this year i am experimenting with other boreal bitters, and am looking forward to offering some bitter tinctures and blends in the months to come. .. octobers wild food and medicine box will include one of our new bitters blends. for more info on our monthly boxes, follow the link above.

proper plant identification (as always) is important when digging root medicine. it is wise to be certain you have identified the correct plant before digging and making medicine from it. consult different plant identification guides or consult with local herbalist and plant folx.

happy digging!

nourishing the nerves.

there are times in our lives where we reach that point of discombobulation (a.k.a losing it, breaking down, etc.) it’s helpful if we can be mindful of this progression towards the tipping point before completely falling off that edge, but sometimes it’s just too late, gravity prevails and off we go.

for me, this moment seems to often happen mid-summer. the heat, combined with the sheer incomprehensible busyness that comes along with my life revolving around summers botanical bounty, my dear and sweet but demanding two year old who is consistently at my side all day every day, caring for other humans and animals, and many other factors all seem to suddenly implode——–leaving me a mess of salty, sweaty chaos, inside and out.

while there are many contributing factors to stress and anxiety, and just as many helpful and mindful practices to avoid them (nutritive, healthy, wholesome foods, breathing, exercise, etc), i do find myself turning to herbs to help me deal with moments of madness. there are lots of herbs that are more helpful taken over a more long-term period, on the preventative side of things. milky oats (as well as oatstraw) is one of those herbs, whose presence in our bodies is likened to food for the nerves. to soothe and nourish, as a sedative, nervine and nutritive tonic. it can be extraordinarily helpful for folks who are feeling frazzled, overworked, who are burning the candle at both ends, or even to help withdrawal from nicotine, caffeine, alcohol or hard drugs.

milky oats are harvested at the green ripening stage, when you squeeze the oats and a white, slightly sweet, milky substance comes out. they are tinctured immediately. oatstraw is from dried oats. drinking oatstraw tea is a good building tonic, helping to keep those frayed nerves in check, for over taxed nervous systems, exhaustion, irritability, sexual impotence. . .the tincture of milky oats is best used acutely, for situations of stress. both can be used, but the tea is more effective over more long-term use.

oats and oatstraw are full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, from iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamins a, b & c. when taken regularly, they can help build and strengthen our bones and nerves, as well as help heal emotional trauma, chronic fatigue, sleeplessness and regulate hormones. they are a gentle and effective plant ally, one worth building a long-term relationship with. oats are easy to grow, a wonderful cover crop, and easy to collect seed from to grow again next year. listen to them whispering in the breeze, or try a tiny sip of their sweet, milky goodness, to calm the nerves and salve the spirit in this crazed world of ours.

we also make a calming and a bit more potent tincture called ‘woah nelly’, that has become popular over the years, and is always at-hand for myself and my family for those times of frazzled nerves, meltdowns, and other occurrences that seem to come this time of year. if you would like more info, or wanted to find yourself some woah nelly or milky oat tincture (oatstraw is still drying for future tea), don’t hesitate to drop a line.

for the love of roses.

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for the love of roses. . .from the native americans to the ancient romans, the rose has been used for centuries for both its beauty and its medicine. roses are for joy, they are said to tone the heart and to balance hormones, as well as acting as an aphrodisiac and a nervine. its astringent properties create one of natures best and ready-made bandaids, you can apply fresh rose petals directly on a cut or inflamed skin, as their antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic qualities prevent infection and can help slow bleeding.

the intoxicating scent of roses has been coveted for thousands of years, the flower symbolizing love. .. i have found roses to bring relief of anxiety, sore throats, and to help heal broken hearts scarred by grief and loss of loved ones. . .

i was never a great lover of flowers for beauty in my youth, not finding room for something that seemed so impractical, but i have come to find appreciation and gratitude for the delicateness and strong vigor of the medicine and food that comes from the wild rose. . .from rose elixirs to rose honey or rose vinegar, to even just sprinkling the petals on salads or eating them right off the bush, i am thoroughly wild for roses. there is a dreamy quality to roses that is unlike anything else, and a fierceness as well.

looking forward to all the rosey things to be put into the monthly herb boxes and brought to all of you lovely humans to taste and revel in.. . .so, incase you didnt know. ..the roses are blooming. go stick your nose in one.

rose lemonade

take a large mason jar, fill with fresh picked rose petals, add a good dash of lemon juice, fill with water. shake and let infuse in the sun for an afternoon. they will turn an incredible shade of pink. add honey if you fancy. . .enjoy.

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june’s wild food & herbal medicine box.


hey folks, it has been awhile. . . we have been immersed in the plant world—-harvesting, drying, planting, concocting, infusing. . .and everything is exploding and blooming in this summer heat. roses and seaweed seemed to be june’s theme for us.

june’s boxes have come and gone. unfortunately i didn’t get a chance to take many photos (any??) the last month was such a flurry, the boxes, as well as some markets, and full circle festival. but in case you missed out on our june boxes, and were curious what was inside. .. .here is what you would have found in one of our full shares. . .

itch be gone salve – using some of our favorite anti-itch and healing herbs, we have infused organic sunflower oil with plantain (famous for immediate relief from bee stings, can be made into a spit poultice and used on site, consult a field guide for a picture, once you know it, it is everywhere, and is a very useful ally), sage, peppermint & goldenrod . it is a all-purpose healing salve, helpful for inflammation and irritated skin. can help soothe those irritated bug bites, bee or wasp stings, for heat rashes, or any minor skin complaint really.

spruce chap – i am really happy to bring you these compostable lipbalm containers. also, they are filled with divine spruce chap, made with wild-crafted spruce pitch, evergreen infused organic sunflower oil, and beeswax. enjoy. when they are empty, toss them in the compost pile, or bury them somewhere in the woods. they will go back to the earth, as it should be. ..

vitamin c syrup – we have infused spruce, pine, fir, stinging nettle, rosehips, and added honey to preserve them in this luscious, vitamin c rich syrup. plants offer easy to absorb nutrient, vitamins and minerals. this syrup is nice to have on hand when you are feeling a cold or sore throat coming on. it can be taken by the spoonful, or added to hot water, or fizzy water (or cocktails if you want to get real fancy) for a refreshing summer drink. refrigerate. shelf life of a few months.

boreal herb salt – for some years now, we have been enjoying preserving the flavors of boreal plants and herbs in sea salt. this blend is a mix of spruce tips, juniper berries & stinging nettle. (i forgot to mention in the newsletter that it is delicious on fish, venison, fresh new roasted potatoes, or anything you might feel inclined to sprinkle it on)

spring tea – a gentle tonic and cleansing tea, with pleasant earthy and minty flavors. helpful for spring allergies, and to keep those sluggish systems in check. a generous pinch in a large tea mug, or to taste. contains: nettle, ground-ivy, peppermint, raspberry leaf, calendula and goldenrod.

sore throat spray – something to coat and soothe sore throats, with a powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral punch to boot. apply as needed, as soon as you begin to feel yourself coming down with a sore throat or cold. there are many strong immuno-boosting herbs in this blend, which help promote the healing of sore throats, and to ease your cough. contains: usnea, echinacea, yarrow, thyme, propolis, marshmallow root & licorice root in alcohol.

nori – seaweeds are an extremely nutritious and readily available wild food that we are lucky to have access to. seaweeds are known to help with inflammation, boosting the immune system, aiding in detoxification of the body, and nourishing the skin. nori is very high in protein, calcium, vitamin c, iron, magnesium, potassium, the list goes on. a recipe we have enjoyed, is to toss the nori in sesame oil and tamari (or soya sauce), and to bake in the oven until super crispy (you will have to experiment to taste and keep a close eye). it can also be eaten as a snack, sprinkled onto salads, stir fries, or added into soups (especially miso).

sea celery – this seaside plant has a taste remarkably similar to celery, or lovage. (sometimes also called sea parsley) use as you would when using celery or parsley. look for it next time you are walking along the beach. (though please be careful to properly identify it, there are plants that could be considered similar in appearance but are poisonous, such as water hemlock).

if you are curious about july’s box, or interested in signing up (limited space available so don’t tarry), please drop us a line at: hobo.crow@yahoo.ca or message us on fb (https://www.facebook.com/hobo.crow.herbs/). you can also follow us on instagram at hobocrowherbs, for more of a visual journey into our daily forays and forages.

thanks to all our members for their continuing support. we are so enjoying sharing the bounty of edibles and medicinals with you all. cheers.

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part of our set-up from full circle. what a sweet little oceanside festival, wicked music, and so many lovely humans. ..

evergreen medicine.

there is wisdom and repose to be found amongst the evergreens.  it seems that every season, i am grateful for their medicine. spruce, pine and fir trees are so abundant and have so many different uses. walking in the woods can be good medicine too. . .

their sap can be used to heal wounds, abrasions, bug bites and other topical injuries. it can also help draw out slivers, or be chewed or infused in hot water for sore throats, as well to help fight infections or bad breath. the evergreens are naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic.

the needles or tips (the new bright green growth in the spring time) can be nibbled fresh, made into an infusion (tea), or infused in oil for muscle aches and pains, or rubbed on the chest for respiratory congestion. every year we make a three tree salve (the recipe is from beverley gray’s beautiful book ‘the boreal herbal’, which is a favourite of mine), which is well-loved by of many of our friends and customers. the sweet scent of the evergreens is rich and soothing.

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fresh picked spruce, pine & fir tips.

to make evergreen oil:

pick roughly a handful of fir, spruce & pine tips (if it is later in the year, the needles can be picked and used in a similar matter), and let sit for about half a day to dry wilt a bit (to let out excess moisture). then put the tips/needles in a clean mason jar and completely cover with oil of your choice. i use organic sunflower oil, as it is light and mild in odour, but olive oil or grapeseed oil work nicely too. cover with a piece of fabric or cheesecloth and a rubber band, and let sit in a sunny window for a week or so (leaving it uncovered allows water to evaporate), then you can put a lid on and store in a shadier spot for the remainder of one moon cycle (month). after that, strain (return the evergreen matter to the earth, or even better, add to the bath for an amazing, cleansing and healing soak. and voila, you will have a wonderful evergreen infused oil, helpful for healing cuts and scrapes, sore muscles, dry skin and a variety of other complaints. also lovely for massage.

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evergreen tips infusing in oil.

our three tree salve will be available for purchase in the months to come. it’s a dream.

may’s wild food & herbal medicine box.

grateful for the abundance of spring, and being able to share with our members what we have harvested and created. happy to be on this path, to be bringing locally wild-crafted and grown herbal medicine to you folks, and nourishing wild foods. this months box focused on immune support, helping with sluggish spring livers and spring allergies.

here is what was included in may’s regular size wild food & medicine box.. .

 

cottonwood salve – sticky cottonwood buds are full of medicinal, pain-relieving, healing and antiseptic resin. balm of gilead (as it is also called) is made by infusing these buds in oil, then adding beeswax to harden and preserve. this salve can be rubbed on sore muscles, aches and pains, cuts and scrapes, to relieve inflammation, as well as rubbed on the chest to help relieve coughs, and used for minor burns. oh—and it smells divine. cottonwood is not native to nova scotia, these buds were picked on a trip we took last winter out to b.c. enjoy this unique and lovely medicine.

sage honey – double infused, full moon sage honey. i know—-it sounds too good to be true. sage is gentle and yet strong medicine. it is powerfully anti-bacterial, antibiotic and soothing to the throat. it can help alleviate coughs and colds, and is rich in minerals. sage is also an antiseptic, an expectorant (helps bring up phlegm), a nervine (soothes the nerves) and an alterative (helps cleanse the blood). sage can be helpful when your health has slipped, bringing you back gently and slowly and with good flavor. not only is it delectable, this honey can be used in cooking, for salad dressings, in smoothies, stirred into hot water for tea (or simply eaten by the spoonful). this herbal honey was done with sage harvested from our gardens, and local unpasteurized honey. it was infused for one moon cycle, beginning on the full moon, and has been infused by both sun and moon light.

mushroom elixir – firstly, this is divine. it tastes of earthy maple goodness, like deep and rich medicine of the woods. help your body ease into spring, support your immune system with anti-viral and anti-microbial properties to ward off sickness, disease and infection. help your body adapt to stress and adrenal fatigue, soothe inflammatory response, grapple with your spring allergies, get your antioxidants, and support your liver. taking your medicine doesn’t always taste this good, mushrooms especially can be a bit bitter. contains responsibly wild-crafted chaga, reishi, turkeytail, rosehips.. . double extracted. firstly, in maple sap, simmered down to mushroom syrup. then we have added mushroom tincture for preservation, as well as more medicinal benefits. take a spoonful at first sign of a cold, or as a preventative. also tasty in hot tea or carbonated water as a medicinal spritzer.

stinging nettles – watching these tiny green fists unfurl and poke their way towards the sun brings me such joy. to me, the nettles represent the return of spring, and the wild greens. i know few plants who bring so much to the table, medicinally and nutritionally, and i am joyful for their return. their sting was reputedly used by soldiers who suffered long cold marches, and they flailed themselves back to feeling with stinging nettles, to help get their blood circulating. they have also been used in the topical treatment of arthritis. nettles are a blood purifier, they can lend their healing properties and help with eczema, and other skin problems. they are anti-inflammatory and a diuretic, and can be helpful with irritations of the urinary tract. they are helpful in protecting against hair loss, dandruff, internal bleeding, diarrhea, lung congestion, kidney stones, parasites, gingivitis, cancer, anti-aging. . .it really does go on and on. they are a rich source of vitamins (including B1, B2, C & K), minerals, amino acids, chlorophyll and iron (helpful for pregnant and breastfeeding women, or anyone else who might be suffering from an iron deficiency). they are so green, and so delicious. these nettles are delicious steamed or sauteed with butter, added into stir-fries, or put some in a mug and pour hot water overtop for some fresh tea. note: they sting! handle with care. i wouldn’t recommend eating raw, unless you are feeling very brave (or you chew them very quickly).

stinging nettle latkes

1 cup grated beets

1 cup grated carrots

2 cups stinging nettles

2 cloves garlic

1 tsp. cumin

1 tbsp. sunflower oil

2 eggs

1 tsp. coconut flour

steam veggies in oil, add nettles and garlic, spices. let cool. add flour and eggs, mix and then form into patties, and fry in a cast iron until golden brown. top with pesto, hummus, mayo, whatever ye fancy. you could use any veggies or any oil or spices, i just used what i had on hand.

spring tonic – this is a tincture is helpful for the transition into spring. it has a variety of uses, from spring allergies, to blood and liver tonification, bile stimulation (aiding with digestion) to helping with skin disorders. spring allergies can be a real damper, and nettles are full of antihistamines which can help soothe the symptoms. the blend of herbs help with cold and flu recovery and prevention as well. best taken before meals, a dropperful diluted in hot or cold water, juice or smoothie, morning and night for prevention of seasonal allergies, as a spring tonic, and to help with digestion. contains: stinging nettles, dandelion root & leaves, red clover and golden rod infused in organic alcohol.

cattails – these tasty shoots are good for the nibbling. cattails are often considered a survival food, but we do eat them at least a few times a year, when we can find them growing in clean water (not ditches). they can be peeled back similar to leeks, most of the part eaten is the white bottom part, or when it’s just starting to turn green. you will be able to tell, as it gets tougher as you nibble your way up. they can also be sliced and sauteed, or added to salads. sometimes we like to barbeque them, leaving all the outer leaves on, and then eating them similar to corn on the cob. the flowers can be dried and used for flour. and the native americans used cattails for food, as well as insulation, basket weaving, and even hats. different parts of the cattail are edible in different seasons.

for more information on our monthly wild food & medicine boxes, or to sign up (limited space available, make haste!) check out the link above, or our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/hobo.crow.herbs/ )

cheers!