This Little Light of Mine

The heaviness of mid-Winter can be difficult to process.   The gray days, bouncing from”severe winter weather warnings” to “wintry mix” forecasts to just cold drizzly days can bring down even the most enthusiastic hibernator supporters (bears don’t count). It is now time for the Season of the Seed Catalogs.   The ever growing pile of seed catalogs awaits review …

Class Recipes

Below are the recipes we used in our recent classes.  They are basic ones to get you started on your creative journey.  Please feel free to experiment and make them your recipes! Calendula Salve A salve is basically a mixture of oil and beeswax. You can vary the type of oil used in order to met your needs for moistening, …

Welcome New Year 2015!

2014 was a very good year for The Elderberry… That was the year we came into our physical presence!   The planning for the store’s birth started 18 months earlier and could not have been possible without the help of many people, a true community effort.   I would like to thank the following people: From the beginning, Heather Wetzel …

Winter Wellness

In a couple of weeks we will be entering the period of Stillness Between Movements: Winter. “Winter…creates the space between autumn and the rebirth of spring.”   Susan Gallagher In Chinese medicine, each season is assigned an element and corresponding organ. The element of Winter is water   and the organ is the Kidney.   Kidneys balance both water and …

Vaginal Steaming

Thanks to Liz Henke   of Talking Drum Herbals for the following article. Vaginal steaming has been all over social media (well, at least in the herbal world). For many people, this was the first time they were hearing of this generations-old practice, but still for others the tradition of vaginal steaming was passed down through the women in their …

Fall Transitions

“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.†Ã‚  Ã‚   Groucho Marx   Ah Groucho, if only this were true! According to Quote Investigator it was made by “…an early researcher in artificial intelligence, Anthony Oettinger, who was trying to get a computer to manipulate the English language. (1966)” I still enjoy the absurdity of the quote …

Welcome Autumn!

We have been busy harvesting and processing plants and plant material over the past 2 months at The Elderberry.   Whew!   A lot of work, but the results?   See for yourself the beautiful herbs we have in our apothecary!   An increasing number come from local/regional farms and the quality is outstanding. We recently installed better lighting in …

Elderberry Dreams

  Ode to the Elderberry I credit my Welsh-Irish background for my love of all things Elderberry and the fascination with the Celtic myths surrounding it. The Elder is closely associated with the Celtic faerie lands and otherworldly realms of various European traditions. It was seen as a dwelling place for spirits and favored by the Little People. The Elder …

Summer Solstice: Rhythms and Rituals

Two weeks ago I attended a four day conference on Botanical Medicines in Black Mountain, North Carolina. While there, I went on a plant walk with David Winston, herbalist, teacher and founder of Herbalist and Alchemist located in New Jersey. He said the Cherokee believe that we all have two goals at birth: to become human and to leave the …