woodwardgardens: Back from another wildcrafting trip to the San Bernadino mountain valley for Mugwort. Artemesia douglasiana to be precise. This time I am wrapping them up (with turmeric dyed string) into smudge sticks to sell at a friend’s store that is opening next month in Hollywood. Here is a link to their blog: http://otherwild.tumblr.com/ STAY TUNED! (via dandelion-woots)
One of the first blooms I look forward to in the early spring here in the Pacific Northwest is the native Indian Plum or Oso-berry Oemleria cerasiformis. The white flowers shine through the green foliage and fill me with excitement and anticipation that spring is on the way. This Pacific Northwest native plant was used by the Native Americans here. The berries are edible and were collected for future use. They are not very palatable, they are extremely bitter.
Cleavers. A spring tonic for the lymphatic and urinary systems. I harvested these today to make a tincture. Cleavers is cooling and drying. It helps clear the lymphatic and urinary systems. It is a good spring tonic herb. Juice it or use in a green smoothie.