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June 4, 2012

Roses for you

I have finished pressing the herbal tinctures that I’d made on the supermoon. I am pressing them a month later on the lunar eclipse in the middle of the transit of Venus. These celestial blessed herbal tinctures are so healing, nutritious, and delicious I could not have planned it better!

These mini-roses bloomed today in the front yard and it reminded me of Venus and the sun together as one. The masculine Sun and Venus the feminine, a balancing act of cosmic love artistry.

In honour of the return of the divine feminine Venus, named after the goddess of love and beauty, I am making a rose petal tincture and essence.

What better symbol for love is there on earth than Rose~ Queen of the flowers! The roses in these pictures are from my garden, and some are from Florida Botanical Gardens when I went there in 2008.

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Common Name  Rose hips/ flowers
Latin Name  Rosa spp.
Family Rosaceae
Parts Used Perennial- Collect flower petals during growing season. Roses lay dormant in colder climates. Collect rosehips in the Fall. Essential oil made from flowers. 
Target Organs Digestion, Central Nervous System, Nerves, Skin
Common Uses Aphrodisiac, perfume, debility, exhaustion, nutritive, inflammation, skincare,

Rosehips, rosewater, are used in cooking and beverages

Properties Aphrodisiac, antidepressant, antiseptic, euphoric, antispasmodic, nutritive, astringent, mild laxative, vulnerary, diuretic, anti-inflammatory,
Constituents Essential oil : Esters: geranyl acetate, citronellyl acetate, neryl acetate, 

Sesquiterpene alcohol: farnesol, 

Aldehydes: benzaldehyde

Monoterpene alcohols: Citronellol 15-20%, geraniol 10%, linalool, nerol 15%, cedrol, linlool

 

Monoterpenes: a+b pinene, limonene, camphene, b-caryophyllene, citronellal, p-cymene

 

Damask rose: a-damascenone, B-damascenone, B-damscone, B-ionone, rose oxide

 

Other: vitamin C, tannin, pectin, carotene, fruit acids

Cautions Do not use during pregnancy. Thorny plant, caution while harvesting.
Dosage Tincture: 1-4ml Tea: 1-2 tsp

 

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June 2, 2012

West Coast B.C. Devil’s club is Strong Medicine

I thought I would share some pictures of the beautiful scenery of British Columbia, Canada.

In Vancouver biked around the sea wall and then travelled up to see Shannon Falls and Brandywine Falls on the way to Whistler Blackcomb to do some biking, hiking, paddle boarding and saw Crankworx!

On some nature hikes I noticed Devil’s club growing everywhere, it is very common in the northwest. It is so big and thorny it is best to avoid it, it’s called Devils’s club for a good reason! The barb stings are very painful and the red berries are poisonous!

 In herbal medicine it is called the Ginseng of the North West and goes well with Ginsengs in an adaptogenic Tincture formula. It is a pancreatic tonic. Wear gloves when you harvest the root or rhizomes and try to avoid the thorns on the leaves and bark.

It is strong medicine so consult a qualified practitioner before taking it. Caution is advised!

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Common Name  Devil’s club root
Latin Name  Oplopanax   horridus
Family Araliaceae
Parts Used perennial thorny shrub root/ rhizome avoid thorns
Target Organs pancreas, immune
Common Uses diabetes,  pancreatic, pain, arthritis, stops milk flow, colds, TB, infections
Properties Adaptogen,   analgesic, alterative, emmenagogue, hypoglycaemic, pancreatic, nutritive,   antimicrobial,  tonic, laxative purgative,
Constituents saponins,   glycosides, flavonoids, ascorbic acid, tannin,
Cautions Medium Strength: Purgative emetic in large doses.

Potent herb: Use 15% and combine with demulcents in a formula.   Red Berries are poisonous

Dosage Tincture:   2-4ml

Tea: 2 tsp

May 29, 2012

Blooming garden

I go away and come back to a blooming garden 🙂 I love perennials, they take care of themselves and keep on giving more every year.

 

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May 22, 2012

Georgian Bay

Georgian Bay is Ontario‘s best kept secret boasting the world’s longest fresh water beach, 30, 000 islands, camping, diving and all kinds of outdoor activities. Wasaga beach on Georgian Bay is the longest fresh water beach in the world and sandy beaches stretch for miles around the Bay of clear blue water.

It was so hot this year it was the first time in May I dipped in Georgian Bay. I have seen the most stunning sunsets on Georgian Bay and I wish I could post them all on here.

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Around Tobermory is where Georgian Bay meets the rest of the Great Lakes and thousand-year old cedars grow on windswept cliff sides. There is camping, diving, hiking, biking, swimming, a natural grotto and all around beauty to take in.

I love Georgian Bay!

May 16, 2012

Bleeding hearts

Bleeding hearts ~Lamprocapnos spectabilis (formerly Dicentra spectabilis)

are an ornamental perennial flower, that bloom every springtime.

They are woodland plants that prefer shade, and well-drained soil.

This is the pink fringe bleeding heart. The blooms last longer than the bigger deeper pink variety.

White bleeding hearts

This is a white bleeding heart variety.

Bleeding hearts are easy to grow, but plant some summer plants like hosta beside it, to fill in the gaps when they finish flowering in spring to fill out the garden.

May 16, 2012

Wisteria vine

The Wisteria vine has started to bloom!

Wisteria is the Latin Genus name and then there are a variety of different species.

They are woody vine climbers from the pea family (Fabaceae).

Wisteria perfumes the air with its delicious smell, and some varieties are edible and made into wine.

I have grown vines from seed, but they take over 7 years or more to bloom. propagation by cutting is faster. The long hairy seed pod has 2-3 or more seeds. When it dries it curls and pops the seeds out the pod with a loud bang, which woke me out of a sleep one time.

Wisteria grows fast and needs strong support to climb on.

Wisteria needs a bit of pruning into shape by cutting the curly spiral ends off, but it is well worth the effort!

I wish you could smell this right now, it is intoxicating!

I have to replace the wooden arch because it is getting crushed. I’m going to use something stonger, like wrought iron for endurance.

May 9, 2012

Tulips

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imageimageimageTip-toe through the tulips of my garden 🙂

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Plant Tulip bulbs in the fall for bursts of amazing colour in the spring time and they come back every year!

Happy Mother’s day to all Mothers and all women who nuture! ❤

April 18, 2012

What’s blooming in the Garden?

 I can see why gardening is the number one hobby, it provides so many benefits. It is more than a hobby to me, it provides food and medicine for the mind, body, and spirit. Gardening is my connection to nature where I can recharge and rejuvenate.

Come and let’s take a walk, rejuvenate and see what else is blooming this time of year…

Forsythia is blooming and that means it is time to seed the grass. Forsythia is grown as a shrub or hedge border. It flowers first and then the green leaves grow in as a cover.

Periwinkle Vinca minor blooms early and looks good all year. It is a low growing ground cover that looks good spreading under trees or shrubs.

Glory-of-the-snow

Glory-of-the snow are spring bulbs that put on a show of blue to white colours.

Violet

Violets are one my favourite spring flowers because the leaves and flowers are so sweet and edible.

Forget-me-nots

Who can forget forget-me-nots? Their sticky buds cling to you when they turn to seed and they spread so quickly and easily they certainly do not let you forget them. They grow in cheerful clusters of white, blue and pink colours.

Thanks for stopping by the garden!

Come back soon and see what is in flower next…I have a feeling the tulips are about to bloom next 🙂

April 17, 2012

Welcome to my Garden

I am full of the joys of spring! I love watching the rebirth of nature this time of year. I thought I would share what is blooming in the garden right now. Come and join me for a stroll…

snowdrops

Snowdrops are the first spring bulb flowers to bloom and they have the right name, they can bloom and survive in the snow and cold.

Snowdrops open their flower heads when the weather is warmer.

Crocus is next to bloom in solid colours or stripes. I even love them peeking out from the lawn.

Everything is blooming a month early because it has been so mild.

I have never seen the daffodils bloom so early in March before.

daffodil

Daffodils come in a papery white colour too.

I love picking fresh-cut flowers.

Hyacinth House

The Hyacinths smell so delicious I love how they perfume the air.

A different variety of grape hyacinths look like blueberries to me.

Dutchman’s breeches just started to bloom. I guess the name refers to the flowers looking like breeches or pantaloons.

This trout lily is one of our wild forest flowers that blooms this time of year.

Trout Lily

I hope you come back and join me for another stroll and we will see what is blooming in the garden next. Thanks for stopping by!

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