What joy it brings this time of year, late summer harvest time going out into the garden and harvesting our big, ripe, home-grown veggies after a season of tending and caretaking! What an even equal joy it is for me to go out and harvest the weeds growing from in between the rows, or along the path, or even out from that pesky crack in the foundation, knowing someone will be needing them!
Herbal medicine is my deep passion and love. I have been working with herbs, weeds, and all manner of green growing things for many years, and still find myself astounded and somewhat awestruck at their humble power to heal and help us on our unique paths to health and better well-being. In working with plants and people, I am constantly reminded of the balance we dance in our relationship with nature. It is this balance, and our role in it, that encourages me to share not only the medicine I make, but the awareness and importance of sustainable and "care-full" harvesting and buying practices. Like we all learned as kids, the more we take care of something precious, the longer we'll get to keep it!
It is a deep honour and joy to be a bridge between the plants and the people of the communities around me, doing consultations combined with the insight of iridology exams, classes, and even the odd house call. To quote an old hand in the herb world, "This is the people's medicine", and I couldn't agree more.
Wonderful Weeds for Well-Being Tea
3 Dandelion leaves
4 Red Clover heads
1 to 3 berry leaves (depending on size) of Thimble Berry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Salmon Berry, Strawberry or a combination
Boil 2 cups of water, then add your wonderful weeds into the pot. Let steep for 5 minutes, and voila! Enjoy your free tea! A great blood, liver, and kidney purifier, and tonic for the whole body.
By Carley Smith, Chartered Herbalist and Iridologist | eldertree.ca