grow mushrooms

It’s Fall! Time to Grow Mushrooms!

It’s fall! Flowers and trees are dying back, but this doesn’t mean it’s time to stop gardening. No! It’s time to grow mushrooms! If you have a 10 x 10 shady spot, you can grow mushrooms. Why Grow Mushrooms It’s Fun There is something very satisfying about watching life unfold. First there was nothing. Then […]

tinctures and extracts

How to Make Tinctures and Extracts

Tinctures and extracts are great ways to prepare natural medicines and store them for later use. They are easy and usually inexpensive to make. Making your own medicines is also a great way to learn about the natural world around us. This can help deepen your animist practice. What’s a Tincture or Extract? Before we […]

poultice

How to Make a Poultice

Writing an article about how to make a poultice has been on my to do list for a long time. Yesterday I was stung by at least six wasps. My feet, ankles, and legs are swollen so that I can’t walk. And since I am using poultices to get the swelling down, I thought it […]

teas, tisanes, and decoctions

Making Teas, Tisanes, and Decoctions

It’s fall! Last chance to harvest ingredients for your natural medicine chest. As the weather gets colder, it’s time to enjoy hot drinks too. So here are instructions for making teas, tisanes, and decoctions so that you can use them as daily medicine. But first some definitions. tea – technically tea is the dried and […]

heather lore

Heather Lore, Magic, and Healing

It’s not the season for heather, but we just got back from Wales where there was such a profusion of it that I wanted to share. To get started, here is some heather lore you can use for magic and healing. Latin name: Calluna vulgaris Folk or Common names: Common Heather, Ling, Scottish Heather Ruler: […]

bean sprouts

Six Ways that Mung Beans Boost Your Health

I’m always quoting Hippocrates. “Let food be your medicine and medicine your food.” Choosing healthy foods slowly nourishes your body and keeps it looking and feeling good throughout your life. Some food pack a great punch, giving you more bang for your buck. Mung beans are definitely a great example of that. So let’s look […]

flower essences

Healing The Natural Easy Way with Flower Essences

I’ve got to tell you about my experience with Bach Flower Essences! It’s just too good to keep to myself. I wanted to acquaint myself with the energy of more trees, but some of them aren’t local to me. Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate so it’s not easy to be outside. I had the idea […]

magical herbs

Magical Herbs for the Summer Solstice

We’ve been talking about magic a lot on Pan Society. Perhaps because we are upon one of the most magical times of the year, Summer Solstice. So, it’s a good time to talk about some of the magical herbs that are associated with this time of year. Getting to know the plants, their properties, and […]

trumpet vine

Enjoying the Beauty of the Trumpet Vine

Have you seen the profusion of trumpet vines (Campsis radicans)? These amazingly bright flowers drip beautifully from above bringing an abundance of hummingbirds with them. But other animals benefit from them too. White tailed deer eat them. Birds make their nests in the leaves. The American goldfinch eats the seeds. Ants, bees, and butterflies eat […]

food supply

Five Things You Might Not Know About Food

Most people are so removed from their food that there are many things you might not know about what we eat. The more you know, the better food choices you can make. Here are five things that could spark an interest in knowing more about your food. Chickens are Not Vegetarians I am always amazed […]