Seeding calendula with the kids and so much more, while four kinds of Woodpeckers, Ducks, Grouse, Peepers, Turtles and more are suddenly swarming around us. Makes my heart soar!
I follow a lot of different growers, herbalists and nature websites and it has been hard to see all these baskets of lovely wild greens being harvested and eaten and even flowers blooming while this is my yard – ice so thick on the bird feeder it is weighting it, activating the squirrel proof mechanism that keeps it closed. I keep chipping away at it and am putting extra out on the table.
Everyone is desperate.
The spark of spring only exists in the wood stove just now but the one in my heart is smoldering as I stand in amazement at the variety of life and am beyond thankful that I don’t have to live outside all the time. Thankful for my family, my warm bed and for my many aromatherapy blends and salves which carry me through while I wait for better weather.
This salve is inspired by this post on marshmallow by Rosalee de la Foret.
I love marshmallow; it’s a moon herb, and helpful in so many ways. It makes the absolute best lip salves too, that will be coming up soon! It has been so wonderful to learn the different ways to utilize the healing potentials of the plants and to learn this method of infusing the properties of marshmallow into oil.
I have 3 first season Althaea officinalis plants and one is very crowded so I decided to use it. First I dug up the root, then scrubbed it clean, and shredded it. Then patience and attention, just what I need.
Just taking it one step at a time and harvesting as much as we can, processing everything and finding joy anywhere we can.
After being away for 3 weeks I returned to an amazing abundance and fantastic weather! Thanks to all those who helped and attended the garden the 1st week and to Ian and the kids for the last 2. Everything is wonderful.
First to do was a Tulsi distillation!