Posts by Elise

Hawthorn

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Blog, Media | 23 comments

Hawthorn

Hawthorn is one of the first plants I gravitate toward when I needed strength, protection and nourishment. I craved it when I was pregnant with my daughter– probably because it helped my heart and blood vessels, which were under enormous pressure. I have seen it ease other types of pressure to the heart including grief and anxiety. The leaves, flowers, and blood-red berries all have medicine and can be prepared in many ways.   Other names:  Crataegus douglasii (Native Black Hawthorn or River Hawthorn) Crataegus laevigata or C. oxyacantha (European Hawthorn) thorn apple, May flower...

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Western Red Cedar

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Blog, Media | 0 comments

Western Red Cedar

  I spent a fair bit of my childhood perched high in an old cedar tree. I felt held in those dense swooping branches, as if in the arms of a mother.  Camouflaged by lush bows, I could view the world from a safe vantage point – my wily brother and his friends unsuspecting below.  Since then, cedar has remained a friend and guardian.  When I venture to other places in the world it is the cedar tree that I miss most – its smell and shape a hallmark of home. Scientific name:  Thuja plicata Identifying Cedar: Cedar is a distinctive tall evergreen tree with a drooping leader, a wide...

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Oregon grape

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Blog, Media | 0 comments

Oregon grape

Our modern palate oscillates between the addictive flavors of salty and sweet, but we have lost an essential ingredient to optimal health: bitter plants.  They are so rare in our diet that many people cannot name anything with bitterness except coffee.  Historically, humans valued bitters for their digestive stimulating and medicinal properties.  Oregon grape is a quintessential bitter plant that has the capacity to cleanse, clarify and enliven body and spirit. Lame name:  Mahonia spp.   Oregon grape is in the barberry or Berberidaceae family Identifying Oregon Grape:  We have two species of...

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Horsetail

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Blog, Media | 0 comments

Horsetail

Horsetail creates strong structure and foundation.  Touch its leaves and you will feel the rocky texture of silica and other minerals.  Horsetails’ masterful roots can dig as deep as 150 feet into bedrock where they dissolve minerals and draw them into their cells.  When we drink horsetail leaf tea we are absorbing these minerals and utilizing them to build strong bones, hair, skin and nails.  Horsetail also regenerates soil health through depositing minerals onto surface soil. Other names: puzzle plant, scouring rush, Equisetum spp.  Identifying horsetail: The ancient horsetail family was...

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Violet

Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Blog, Media | 0 comments

Violet

Lady of surprises – you might be small and delicate, but you hold immense power and unmatched beauty.  Your flirtatious fragrance has been the signature perfume of queens and regal women for ages.  And you have also been the emblem of powerful warriors and important cities.  The modern terms “pansy” and “shrinking violet” fail to recognize the power that lies in your humble presence.   Other names: Viola spp.  hearts ease, wild pansy, Johnny jump up. Identifying Violet:  There are many kinds of violets in the northwest.  All are low growing plants with heart or kidney-shaped...

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