Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Collecting Elderberries

I have been searching for an elderberry bush for years and years, but have not been successful. 
Finally, I spotted some this summer in full white bloom....in the back field, about a two minute walk from our sweet little apartment. I didn't pick the flowers; I was waiting for the berries. Yesterday we all walked to the back field and my husband trudged through the prickers till he harvested what was ripe and had not been eaten by the deer & birds...a whole bag full of fresh elder berries. 

Walking to the back field with Mama & Dada

Elderberries freshly cut from the bush

A whole bowl full, ready to be picked



Little hands like to help too!

The final harvest.
Next step: fresh elderberry syrup!





Tuesday, August 26, 2014

An afternoon in the woods...

Yarrow

Goldenrod


Queen Anne's Lace or Wild Carrot


Wood Sorrel


Some fun in the mud & stream


Friday, August 15, 2014

Decanting

Decanted tinctures and one oil today!

Fresh dandelion leaf tincture : liver & digestive tonic
Fresh cleaver tincture : my fav remedy for swollen glands


Dried passionflower tincture: the BEST for anxiety, racing mind, headaches, & insomnia

Glowing fresh calendula flower oil : wonderful oil for the skin in salves, lotions, & just by itself