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Nurture Your 'Inner Wild' with Foraged Edible and Medicinal Plants

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Make Your Own Herbal Remedy: Workshop – Friday, May 17

Want to learn how to make an herbal tincture? This Friday morning join me in some hands-on tincture-making. I’ll provide a selection of dried herbs (some herbs work better dried, others fresh – we’ll talk about this on Friday), and you bring a number of small jars and your own alcohol of choice – or buy some from me if that’s more convenient. Possible herbs include: Arnica, Vitex Berry, Cramp Bark, Gotu Kola, Pau d’Arco, Rhodiola, Shatavari, Tumeric, Yarrow.

We’ll also process a number of my own herbs that are ready to be poured-off. This is a great way to learn what to do when your own tincture has ‘matured’, as well as being a fine introduction to many medicinal herbs and their healing properties. You’ll get a chance to sample each tincture as well.

This workshop will take place at my home, and my apprentices will also be there for additional assistance. Spaces are limited, and reserved for those who have pre-paid.

Please RSVP by bank transfer to L J Akse Kelly, INGB 0755 5451 33

Date: Friday, May 17
Time: 10:00 to 12:00
Fee: €15 to reserve your space . Please fill out the contact form. At the workshop, you’ll buy your chosen herbs to tincture. After you RSVP, I’ll send details with my address and phone number.Image



Wild in the City – Day One, Part II

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Wild in the City - Day One, Part II

Around 2:30 we arrived at the Information Centre of the Amsterdamse Bos, where we were lucky enough to just fit around the table (and watched-over by an owl and other critters). We poured-off a Hawthorn Tincture I had set by back in September, and talked about herbal medicines. Each participant chose a wild plant to make a presentation on for Day Two…

Homemade Herbals


Homemade Herbals

I make most of the family’s medicine, customizing what I feel each member needs. Leah had a lot of congestion and mucus, so her tincture included chickweed, plus burdock for overall health (blood, liver, especially). Anika got burdock and dandelion as a winter tonic. You can see both girls signed their name to the “mother jar” of tincture – they felt pretty special that Mommy was custom-making something for each of them (plus I like the idea of their energy engaged as part of the formula). The teasel root tincture is for me – it is often used for Lyme’s Disease, but I was using it to help repair muscle tissue in my shoulders… which is greatly improved – and a surprise benefit was a better menstruation – non-painful, light flow, short duration (I used to get periods so painful, I’d faint. The flow was heavy and lasted, sometimes, for 10 days.)

I cannot for sure say if this can all be attributed to teasel, or to osteopathy, which I am also receiving. However, a definite improvement is noticed overall, and I’m happy regardless of what caused it. However, if you’ve tried teasel, I’d love to hear back about your experiences with it.

English: Dipsacus laciniatus (cut-leaved tease...

English: Dipsacus laciniatus (cut-leaved teasel) at Skokie Lagoons in Glencoe, IL. Photo by Cassi Saari (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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taraxacum officianale

Dandelion is starting to awaken from it’s winter sleep – deep in the earth, the roots reach down… the white sap moistens, and the green, toothed, leaves nestle into a rosette, getting ready for the buds to push through. Spring is almost here!

Dandelion is one of my favorite wild flowers. It is lowly and humble, and yet full of sunny joy! Children adore it. It offers it’s whole being – from roots, to stem, to flower-bud, and flower-head – for sustaining us with food and medicine, and offers a deep, spring-cleanse with it’s tonic.

This flower reverberates with me, also because it has a determination to survive – and manifest. It’s roots regenerate when broken and pulled up. It’s seed-head sends out hundreds of parachutes… I feel it welcomes my harvest, with dandelion-joy.