Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Happy Spring: New Season and New Books


We've made it to spring!!! That was a tough winter. Certainly not as bad as it could have been, but those seventy degree days right before the huge snow storm were a tease! Hopefully there will be no more snow, but an April snow isn't completely unheard of in upstate New York.

Image from Brad Benjamin, taken on Feb. 22, 2017
The days are getting longer and it will soon be warm. All the snow will melt and the world will come back to life again. I love spring, with all the rain and mud, because the trees turn green, the flowers come back, and it lends to some new herbal education in the form of walks through the woods. If we had room for a garden we would be planning which plants would go where.



To go along with the changing seasons I ordered a few herbal books off of Amazon last week and I'd like to share them with you. I haven't been able to dig into them yet, but I can wait to see what I will learn.


Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech looks to be an interesting addition to some books already on my shelf. There's a lot of great information on the specifics of creating plant medicine, much more specific than a lot of other sources I have seen. There is also a section in the back discussing specific herbs, their usage, and dosages in many possible forms.


The Lost Language of Plants by Stephen Harrod Buhner is summarized as "a pharmaceutical silent spring" and talks about the effect moving away from plants and into pharmaceuticals has on our bodies and the environment. There is a chapter titled "Plants Are All Chemists," so that will surely be interesting.


The last book is called Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification by Thomas J. Elpel. This is a guide for field identification of plants in North America. I've been wanting to explore wildcrafting herbs for a while, and this book is sure to help with that. The pictures are gorgeous and remind me of my days in biology class when we learned plant anatomy. I always took special care creating and coloring those diagrams.  


Trillium in Shindagin Hollow State Forest, taken May 2016
The image above is from May of last year. The white trillium flowers covered the hillside. It was beautiful. I hope we can get out there to see it again.

What are your favorite springtime activities?

Happy spring!!

💗 Courtney

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