and suddenly, it was july. summer always seems to sneak up on me. from the slow pace of winter, to springs wind-up, into the complete full bloom of summer—-of which we are currently in the midst. hope you all are remembering to stay hydrated as summers heat reaches its peak (yes, i am a total mum). our bodies literally cannot function without water. many symptoms of dehydration are common and unnoticed, some being dry mouth, aches and pains, headaches, moodiness, dizziness, eczema, and so on. i like to take my daily tinctures in my big morning mason jar of water. it is an extra measure of getting your medicine into you, to drink a good amount of water upon rising.
impermanence is something that resonates for me this time of year—-there is this push to be harvesting, infusing, preserving, drying everything at its peak time of harvest and medicinal potency. and then, just as suddenly and miraculously as its blooms first opened; it is gone. it can, at times, feel like quite the scramble, as often the window is quite short, and so fleeting. summer is a true mix of chaos and beauty; the intensity of it all.
nova scotia has scores of wild medicine and food, from native plants to introduced invasives, they seem to all have their place on the table, medicine cabinet, or even simply as food for our pollinator friends the bees. it is easy to get trapped in the convenience of the grocery store and to completely forget what is growing here, and so fresh, abundant and rich in vitamins and nutrients.
this months box includes the following:
c h e r r y, h a w t h o r n e & r o s e e l i x i r – something so simple sounding, and yet incredibly divine, this elixir is perfect for the heart, and the summer heat (and the emotions that can sometimes come with it). cherry flowers, hawthorne flowers & rose petals combine to bring you a potent and yet wildly delicious dose of relaxing, nerve soothing, anti-inflammatory (physically or emotionally) and cough relieving medicine. try it when you need a pick me up, or find yourself overwhelmed with anxiety. hawthorne and roses are a tonic for the heart. they are known to pacify heart issues, from high blood pressure to heartbreak. we have infused these flowers in brandy, and mixed in rose infused honey for an extra dose of roses. i could go on about roses for a long, long time. .. an often underestimated medicinal. take as needed, can also be added to tea or water, yogurt, smoothies, go wild. refrigerate, but do consume within the next few months (though it should be fine longer).
h e r b a l m o u t h w a s h – a blend of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial herbs in an alcohol base. contains sage, peppermint, oregon grape, willow and propolis. a natural alternative to chemical mouthwashes, propolis is antimicrobial, and is being studied for its deterrent effect against plaque, gingivitis and tooth decay. swish around in your mouth and then spit out to leave your mouth feeling minty fresh and clean. perfectly portable for impromptu needs, i keep one in the car, and one by the bathroom sink. this is one of my favourites.
i t c h s t i c k s – this handy version of our itch-be-gone-salve features some cooling plants to bring relief from itchy skin, bug bites, bee stings, rashes and other skin irritations. these green plant allies are naturally anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and soothing to itchy, dry, irritated skin. can be applied topically to any rashes, minor cuts, stings, bites, etc. contains: organic cold-pressed sunflower oil from quebec, local beeswax, plantain, mint, goldenrod and marshmallow leaves.
w i l d b e r r y r o s e s h r u b – shrubs, oxymels (or drinking vinegars) are a blend of apple cider vinegar and honey, infused with herbs or trees or fruits, to be added to sparkling or still water, or mixed into cocktails. this shrub contains blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, saskatoon berries & wild rose petals, infused in local, raw organic apple cider vinegar, with local honey.
s p r u c e s a l t – a well-loved favourite, this is created by infusing spring time spruce tips with sea salt, letting them dry and meld in flavour. this is delicious sprinkled on roasted veggies, salads, venison, fish, or anything that you fancy sprucing up. bad pun.
f i r e w e e d b u n d l e – this lovely boreal herb has been used in russia and parts of europe as a tea and tonic for centuries. it grows across canada, and is the official flower of the yukon. it is commonly one of the first pioneering plants to return after a forest fire. cooling, blood purifying and highly anti-inflammatory, it is helpful for skin irritation, can be made into a tea and used as a wash for redness and acne. the spring shoots are similar to asparagus, and the leaves make a lovely tea. in russia it was fermented similar to the process of green/black teas, and called “kapor tea” (or ivan chai), which was used for stomach aches, and very high in vitamin a and c. the further up north fireweed grows, the more vitamin c it contains. studies have also shown that fireweed can help encourage good gut bacteria, and is actually anti-candida. traditionally, first nation peoples drew upon it for digestive upsets and intestinal worms, or drank it as a pleasant and relaxing tea. this bundle can be used as needed for tea, or in the bath, or (when you are sure it is completely dry), garbled between your hands to crush it into smaller pieces, and stored in a jar for winter use.
daylilly buds – a rich source of iron and protein, day lilly buds can be eaten raw or cooked. traditionally in asia they have been dried and used as a thickener in soups. they were also used for their medicinal value, as pain relief in labour, for fever, detoxifying the blood, and as a sedative. intriguing for what some would assume was a common garden ornamental. these buds are absolutely delicious sauteed with butter and garlic until tender. can be added to stirfries with other veggies, or eaten alone as a snack.
thanks for your support. you enable us to continue to pursue a greater understanding of our wild surroundings, traditional crafts, foraging, herbal medicine and allow us to carry on our way of life.
i wanted to say again, that we are very open to trades, partial and complete monthly exchanges. some things we are interested in are: grass-fed beef, free-range eggs from organic fed chickens/ducks, herbal meads, organic local fruit, bones (from grass-fed beef, etc), ethically hunted deer/moose, etc, etc, etc. try us, we are happy to discuss possibilities, and don’t want you to miss out on wild or herbal wares due to lack of money.
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