plants, trees, herbs

tree felling ritual

Tree Felling Ritual

Animism is about living in relationship with all that is. Presumably we want this to be a harmonious relationship; however, sometimes we need to do things, like cutting down trees, that break our hearts. For those times, we need a tree felling ritual. Now, I don't...

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hyacinth properties

Getting to Know the Hyacinth

Hyacinth is one of my favorite flowers. It blossoms early brightening the earth with loads of color. If you miss the colors, you won't miss the incredible fragrance. It's such a delight for the senses. Greek mythology has a story about Hyacinth. The flower was named...

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elderberry syrup

How to Make Elderberry Syrup

A couple years ago, few people knew what elderberry (Sambucus Nigra or Sambucus canadensis) syrup was. After a nasty flu season, I started to see it everywhere on mainstream grocery store shelves. Elderberry gummies, juice, teas, wine, capsules, jam, and lozenges are all the rage. Good...

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