Several months ago, I was given a beautiful set of Russian Gypsy fortune telling cards. I use these cards pretty regularly – though the level of my use changes with the phases of my life. Pretty consistently, I’ve drawn a symbol that tells me “happiness will come from far away“. I don’t always realize what it’s referring to, but I know that I was ecstatic to spend somentome with my brother, who lives in NC. He’s a most wonderful soul, and a friend I’m glad to have.
Nathan with my Uncle Bob at the Wrightsville Reservoir
Canoe time! I know the photo’s funky, but I only snapped one shot of them holding it. We had a blast – even made it halfway across the reservoir with the boat back-end forward. It was on purpose, I swear.
this is my favorite feline in existence, Cuddles (very aptly named, too). my family’s had this cat since he walked up to our door and purred his way into our hearts twelve years ago. I swear he hasn’t aged a day <3
In light of yesterday’s holiday, which (before Christians took over) historically celebrates love and fertility, I chose to highlight the passionflower! This amazing climbing vine grows abundantly in many different climates – I’ve found it in both Tennessee and Mississippi, and is a wonderful medicinal aid.
First, the plant is a known relaxant; the leaves can be eaten raw or made into a tea, giving an effect similar to valerian or kava. Passionflower is pretty commonly blended with lemon balm, catnip, or other calming herbs. The leaves taste pretty sweet, too – nice to munch on for a mild “high”! In addition, passionflower is used in herbal medicine to treat anxiety, insomnia, neck/back pain, and other ailments.
Blue Boy Herbs uses it in their Tranquility tincture, combined with lemon balm, oats, and willow blossoms. It works like a charm – trust me!
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Today’s herb: Plaintain!
Don’t be fooled, we’re not talking about the fruit here (though I thought so at first too!). The plaintain herb is considered a weed by many, but is a wonderful healing agent. The tincture is used most commonly for toothaches, and is also good for keeping the urinary tract in line. The leaves are also edible, and can be eaten raw or cooked. click the pic for more info!
So, apparently I’ve been put onto Freshly Pressed. I’m not sure how “random” that is, or why they chose my silly little blog to spotlight, but wowza! I’m grateful! Here’s to…me, I suppose :P thanks to all who stop in for a peek!
Oh No! The “common cold” has struck again! I don’t get sick often, but when I do I’m almost always caught with a nasty lingering cough that lasts for a couple of weeks. But this time, I’m prepared! Living and working at Blue Boy Herbs certainly has its perks, one of which is full access to their wonderfully healing tinctures. The taste may be bitter, but the effects are extraordinary – so I’m going all in! 5x a day, baby!
Left: Immunex, combination of Boneset Pivet, Blue Vervain and Elder Flower
Right: Lung Tonic, combination of Boneset flowering tops, Fireweed, Bugleweed, Button Snake Root, Mullein, Wild Cherry, Sundew, and Agrimony.