Saturday, 7 January 2012
Research the structure & function of skin. How does a bruise form. What herbs can be used to help bruises.
Research structure of human blood cells. How does horse-chestnut help to strengthen them.
Research & note the meaning of the following term: expectorant, astringent & bitter.
Winter: Collect rosehips & sloes to make a single syrup or combination ssyrup flavoured either with lemon, spices &/or make a rosehip honey.
get to know the ally more intimately.
- Meditate/sit and breathe with your green ally for 3-10 minutes a day
- Make a detailed drawing of the ally as accurate as possible. Next make a soft, impressionistic drawing
- Find out what parts of the ally are typically used. Find out if other parts are useful. Make oils, tinctures and vinegars of all the useful plant parts (separately).
- Observe the conditions the plant chooses to grow in.
- Write a story from the point of view of your green ally. (If you have trouble getting started, write a warm up page praising your green ally and telling him/her how much you like him/her and why.
- Introduce a friend to your green ally. Tell them all about your ally.
You may wish to include these other exercises
- · Write a song about your green ally.
- Write poems about your green ally.
- If edible, eat your green ally as often as possible.
- Try your ally in tea form.
- Start some seeds of your green ally to watch him grow from a seedling into full life
- Harvest your ally at all stages of growth
- Sketch, draw, paint your ally at each & every stage of growth
Thursday, 5 January 2012
Find and map the hawthorn, the elder trees and the wild rose bushes within a one mile radius from home. Log, photograph, noticing the shape of the tree/bush and any different colourations/lichen growth on different sides of the tree/bush. Identify whether the rose bush is a dog rose, briar rose or rosa rugosa. Cut some elder twigs and peel off the bark. Use this bark to make a double infused bruise salve (need to research what an infused bruise salve actually is:)Sandpaper the white elder twigs until smooth, then cut into 1cm/1/2” sections, remove the pith and thread on ribbon, string or elastic to make a necklace or bracelet. Also make a hawthorn wand/meditation stick.
Twenty herbs to study throughout the year.
Common name Latin name
- Ashwagandha Withania somnifera
- Bedstraws Lady Gallum verum
- Bergamot Wild Monarda fistulosa
- Chickweed Stellaria media
- Coriander Coriandrum sativum
- Dog Rose Rose canina
- Fever Few Tanacetum parthenium
- Good King Henry Chenopodium bonus henricus
- Groundsel Senico Vulgaris
- Herb Bennet Geum urbanum
- Hounds Tongue Cynoglosum officinale
- Lady's Mantle Alchemilla vulgaris
- Mallow Musk Malva Moschato
- Migonette Reseda lutea
- Orach Red Plume Atriplex hortensis
- Oregano Greek Origanum
- Primrose Primula Vulgaris
- Rocket Wild Eruca vesicaria
- Rupturewort Hemlaria glabra
- Samphire Sea Crithmum maritimus