Excited to feature some Arbutus medicine in my next collection in November. It's been a banner year for Madrone here in our part of Cascadia and I made a very special hydrosol/ essence from her blossoms in the spring. They were so fragrant. Now it's time for berries.
For the inevitable questions that often follow these posts, here's a little medicine offering for all y'all hungry for plant knowledge:
1. Find a native plant you're interested in. Just the one. Tree, lichen, flowering, grass, seaweed...
Edible, inedible, modest, gorgeous, medicinal, poisonous, no matter.
2. Learn as much as you can about it. Get a good field guide, one specific to your bio region. Look at your plant closely. Learn their habits, and taxonomy. Find history book mentions, old photos, and paintings, read ethnobotany articles.
3. Sit with your plant. Watch them through the seasons. Learn their patterns. Feel them out. Be present.
That's the primary medicine of all plants. And the best way to make food or medicine from any plant, imho.
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