After the Harvest: Processing, Drying, Storing, & Caring for your Medicines (part 1)

We’re in the height of summer here in the northern hemisphere. Many medicine makers (including me) are heading out to harvest in the evenings after a full day of work/school/childcare. We race against sunset to gather our precious plant medicines while they are in season, and bring home baskets or bags full of beautiful medicine.Continue reading “After the Harvest: Processing, Drying, Storing, & Caring for your Medicines (part 1)”

All About Yarrow: Cold Remedy, Wound Medicine, and More

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Yarrow lately, so I decided it was time for a more comprehensive Yarrow post. It’s a very important medicine, and in many regions, right now is the time to harvest it. First, a little background. This plant has many names: Ȟaŋté Čhaŋȟlóǧaŋ Tȟaópi pȟežúta Achillea millefolium YarrowContinue reading “All About Yarrow: Cold Remedy, Wound Medicine, and More”

Juneberry look-alike: Chokeberry (Aronia Berry)

If it’s past Juneberry season, and getting towards fall, but you see a plant bearing berries that look a lot like Juneberries/Wípažukȟa (or Saskatoon berries, for the Canadians), you’re probably looking at a Chokeberry, or Aronia berry, bush. I took this pic last August: As you can see, they’re definitely not identical to Juneberries. ToContinue reading “Juneberry look-alike: Chokeberry (Aronia Berry)”

Ziŋtkála Tȟačháŋ — Lung Medicine Tea

Ziŋtkála Tȟačháŋ. In English, it literally translates to “Bird’s Bush”, although the official English name for it is Leadplant. The people who gave it this unfortunate English name apparently thought its presence indicated lead in soils. Its scientific name is Amorpha canescens. This plant is the original sun tea plant of the Northern Great Plains.Continue reading “Ziŋtkála Tȟačháŋ — Lung Medicine Tea”

Indigenous Community Garden: Opaskwayak Cree Nation

This post is a virtual tour of the community garden at Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba. While these pictures are almost two years old (this post has been sitting in my “Drafts” for awhile), the ideas of food sovereignty and community gardening are especially important today, so I decided to dig it up andContinue reading “Indigenous Community Garden: Opaskwayak Cree Nation”

July Squash Takeover

July is the month of the Squash Takeover! (This is another 2018 post that’s been sitting in my “Drafts” folder.) In June, my squash plants seemed to be spaced out too thinly. I’d planted several bumpy green Hubbards (Curcubita maxima) from Linda Black Elk, as well as a couple Lakota squash.* But there was aContinue reading “July Squash Takeover”