Posts Tagged "Botany"

Looking Forward: June

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking Forward: June

It was very interesting to guide the children through the knowledge and appreciation of leaves and the role they play: the creation of oxygen, humidification, and the release of a substance that tells the flowers when to start blooming—I didn’t know that either! They learned different shapes and parts, including the “margins,” and asked great questions: “Why do they have a tip?” “How do they get water?” “What happens when they fall to the ground?” (Compost!) Each child was given a plant to take care of—each with differing leaf formations and, of course, flowers. They...

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Calendula

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Calendula

Calendula is reminiscent of the sun with deep golden-yellow or orange petals radiating out from a central yellow core. The flowers actually open and close with the sun. Each petal is slightly serrated, giving the blossom a feeling of delicacy. During the summer I could not find a source for dried calendula, as my trusty resource, Gathering Thyme,in San Anselmo, could not get a supply at that time.  I had previously noticed some lovely, lush, green sprouts appearing in an unplanted section of my garden, and sure enough, just when we were in need for the children, the plants started blooming...

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Elder Berry

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Elder Berry

I consider Elder Berry the queen of herbal medicine for children over the age of one. Each year in early fall, it seems, the children start coming in with runny noses, some with coughs, and I think of Elder. It has been used all over the world for thousands of years for many ailments and is still very effective now for treating colds and flu. It tames viruses, clears chest congestion, sooths sore throats (among many other things) and the syrup is unbelievably yummy. I was first introduced to Elderberry syrup through Cheryl Fromholzer at Gathering Thyme. Her syrup blend of Elder Berries,...

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Yarrow

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Yarrow

Beautiful Yarrow- the grey-green leaves are lacy and often described as feathery. Its species name is “millefolium”, meaning “thousand leaves”, referring to the thousands of tiny leaflets. The flowerets (little flowers) gather in a rounded bouquet of white extending up from the stem. Yarrow has been used since ancient times to treat wounds. The crushed leaves can stop bleeding but is also excellent for burns, bruises, toothaches and nosebleeds, just to name a few.  A poultice, which the children previously made with Plantain, can easily be made of the leaves. We hadn’t explored...

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Flower Essences

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Flower Essences

Of all the varied ways to enjoy herbs for health and well being I am continuously fascinated by the ritual that surrounds the creation of flower essences.  By ritual I mean a process that is established for a desired out come — in the instance of flower essence, the transfer of flower essence into pure water via sun and, in the best of cases, guardianship. The thing I love about flower essences is this: The plant is given a sacred place to dwell and be honored as it releases its life energy-it’s a sacrifice, really, being “harvested” before the natural ending of its life cycle....

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