Gathering Pine Resin

Pine resin has one primary purpose and that is to maintain and heal the tree. This sticky protective barrier seals wounds and wards off bacteria, fungus, and the invasion of insects. For this reason, it is super important to harvest only excess resin. In other words, resin that has dripped down the tree beyond the…

Herbal Tinctures

What is a tincture? Tinctures are concentrated extracts of herbs, typically made with alcohol as the primary solvent. The herbs may be used fresh or dried and high grain alcohol, high proof vodka, or brandy can be used. The maceration (soaking) period can take at least 4-6 weeks, the herbs are then strained from the…

Exploring Pine

Residing alongside a White Pine & Eastern Hemlock forest, I’m continuously inspired and amazed by the abundance that surrounds me. These giants offer so much throughout the year and withstand some of the harshest conditions. Here are a few of the many ways we explored these majestic trees. Here’s more information on identifying Pine (Pinus…

Flower Power Pop-Tarts

Let’s make some buttery homemade pop-tarts filled with your favorite edible flowers! Spring and summer are the perfect months to make these delightful, rich, and not so difficult breakfast treats. The best part is, they can be frozen and stored for later! I’m all about preserving the bounty that comes with the warmer seasons. How…

Violets (Viola spp.)

Violets (Viola spp.) Family: Violaceae Some common names include wild pansy, viola, and heartsease. There are over 600 species of violets throughout the world and many modern cultivars! Parts Used: flowers, leaves Energetics: cooling, moistening Taste: sweet, salty Plant Properties: alterative, demulcent, inflammatory modulator, lymphagogue, mild sedative Plant Uses: congested lymph, food, dry inflamed tissues,…

Maytime Bread

In New Hampshire, May is that time of year when the air begins to smell sweet! The trees are budding, the violets blooming, and tiny bits of green are emerging from the ground. We begin to gather and nibble on plants around the yard during this special time of year. This month we’ve decided to…

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Garlic mustard, also known as Jack-by-the-hedge, is an unassuming plant with a powerful punch of garlic and mustard. This plant was introduced to the United States in the mid-1800’s, for food & medicine, and has since been creeping through the continent ever since. Garlic mustard is now considered an invasive species, a single plant can…

Forsythia Twist Bread

Forsythia Flowers It’s mid-April and the Forsythia is blooming here in New Hampshire. These cheery, yellow flowers are one of the first plants to add a pop of color to the landscape. Forsythia bushes are deciduous shrubs that can grow 3-9 feet in height and, rarely, up to 20 feet. Their drooping branches grow yellow…

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle (Urtica spp.) Family: Urticaceae Parts Used: young leaves, seeds, and roots Energetics: cooling, drying Taste: salty Plant Properties: nutritive herb, diuretic, alterative, adaptogen, astringent Plant Uses: weak hair/bones/teeth, fatigue, arthritis, eczema, metabolism, seasonal allergies, urinary tract infections, sluggish metabolism Plant Preparations: nourishing herbal infusion, tincture, tea, freeze-dried capsules, food When preparing to eat…

Stinging Nettle Soup

Stinging Nettle Soup This is a perfect summer soup made with fresh nettles and roasted vegetables. Today was cool and rainy, the best kind of day to make summer soup. The day before, when it was warm and sunny, I had gathered some fresh nettle tips. The tender young leaves at the top are delicious…