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As fall moves on, some folks complain that the days get short. But think about the longer nights! You can feel them now. When the moon is full, the arc it traces lasts from sunset to sunrise, instead of getting drowned out early by the insistent, enthusiastic July sun. We get the full harvest moon, shining over the fields with its gift of extra light to gather the grain.
There’s something so comforting about banana bread. The smell of it baking and the warmth of the oven, especially as the seasons change and we spend more time indoors, cozying up. Changing seasons generally adds occasional stress to the body, so that’s a time when we start relying on Immune Tonic.
I love making things with my kids. We make a lot of art together but lately we’ve been getting creative with herbs and plants. We have a community garden plot and they enjoy coming with me to see what is growing and to harvest tomatoes and flowers.
September can be such a scattered month; cold and brisk one morning, making us yearn for slippers and cozy blankets, and then the next, a sweltering 80 degree day that has us ready to head to the swimming hole. That's what this month is all about--change and transition, and how to weather it gracefully...
I mostly remember the cool, dark mornings that turned, slowly, into day through the high evergreen canopy. We'd left well before dawn and were walking uphill through a forest of mature spruce with tracts of larch and hardwoods. Come fall, these would become golden veins running down the mountainside, but now everything was a deep green-black, and smelled like fairytale:
As you and your family transition from summer activities into the regular routines of home and school life, it's a good time to take the health of your family into your own hands.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) loves the sun and reaches across wide sections of the meadow during the peak days of summer... the herb’s yellow flowers, small and clustered into intense bursts of color, signal that transition from the growth of spring to the fullness of the hot months. Here we are! The time of thunderstorms and cicadas, hot nights and fireflies.
Now that fall is here and we are readying ourselves for winter and slowing down, it’s a good time to look at our sleep patterns and see how they can be improved.
When it's hot, we can't think of anything better than ice cream! And as herbalists, we are always thinking of creative ways to get herbs into our everyday life. Herbal ice cream seemed like the perfect way, especially when made with adaptogenic herbs to support our nervous system.*
It's summertime, and as herbalists, it's our favorite time of year. Everyone moves at a slower, more relaxed pace, and we spend more time outside being active, enjoying the lush paradise of the outdoors. We're eating fresh food straight from our gardens, and local farms, and our favorites herbs, and flowers are blooming.
Italy was not the first place where humans domesticated grains. By all accounts, this happened in China or India about ten thousand years ago with millet and spelt. This was followed closely by barley cultivated in the fertile floodplains of the land we now call Iraq....
Because stress and change will always be a part of human life, the key to not letting it affect our quality of life is through adaptability. One of the single most central attributes to living a good life is to maintain a life of balance. When we don't support ourselves during periods of stress, some of the juiciest and richest aspects of life fizzle out...