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Perseverance

by Wendy Mitchell, Judy Zehr and Scott Lockhart

“The old ones, they who have persevered, look upon them with respect. For they in their very being can teach us to look beyond the seeming impossibility of circumstance, to look toward the light no matter its distance. In their reach lies the beauty of striving to be.” — Raemon

We face many obstacles. These come with living the life that was given to us. Some will be hard to overcome. Most are not our fault. All are there for our learning and our growth. Dealing with them, of course, is likely to involve some pain and require a lot of perseverance. But that is how we grow strong enough to carry our own weight.

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Roses

by Jiling Lin

Smell a rose. Really stick your face into it. Notice its intoxicating perfume, how it draws you in, makes you feel. Notice its velvety petals. Open your mouth and hold one of those petals in it. Breathe that aroma into your mouth, into your body. Lick the rose petal, then slowly begin eating it. Notice its aroma, how it courses through your body as you imbibe this plant that has been associated with love, the heart, pleasure and medicine through cultures all over the world, from ancient times ’til present moments.

All parts of the Rose plant (Rosa spp.) are useful: buds, petals, leaves, hips, seeds. I particularly enjoy the buds, petals and hips.

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Making Moon Water

by Jiling Lin

Full moon nights may inspire lunacy. How do you celebrate? Do you like full moon hikes? Naked moon howling? Werewolf parties? Song circles? Dance circles? Orgies? Moon bathing, anyone?

I like to make moon water. It’s simple yet profound, and fun for kids, too. Here’s how:

  1. Fill a clear glass jar with drinking water. (I use a 1 liter Mason jar with a cap).
  2. Go outside. Place your water-filled jar in a bright moonlit clearing where it will likely get moon exposure for most of the night.
  3. Lightly cap your water or place a mesh or cloth screen on top to keep bugs out.
  4. Let sit overnight.
  5. Retrieve it in the morning before the sun hits it.
  6. Do this for all three nights of the full moon: the night before the “official” calender date full moon, the “actual” full moon night and the night after. (Or, if you’re time crunched, then just do the “actual” full moon night.)
  7. That’s it! Store your moon water in a cool place where it can stay fresh for up to a month.

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Heartfelt

by Wendy Mitchell, Judy Zehr and Scott Lockhart

“What happens when people open their hearts?”…

“They get better.”

— Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


As the Dalai Lama advises, we can spend too much time developing our mind over our heart. Research suggests that it’s actually our heart that directs our action and is in charge of our survival. Let’s develop the heart.

Doing something heartfelt is easy — take someone to lunch, buy a bunch of flowers for a friend, make a home-cooked meal to share, send a card, offer to do an errand, babysit. When we open our hearts we all feel better.

Warming up the Cold Season

by Jiling Lin

Here’s two of my favorite cold season drinks to help warm you up from the inside out: fire cider from the Northeastern Appalachians and Chai tea from India. Both of these drinks have their basic set of ingredients. But, like any good recipe, they gain character as you experiment with and personalize them. Enjoy!

Fire Cider

Fire cider was given its name due to its fiery spicy contents, usually infused in apple cider vinegar. Simply fill a glass jar with equal parts of chopped up garlic, ginger, onions, horseradish and cayenne or hot peppers. You can then add whatever herbs you may wish to infuse, such as bitters (ie. burdock or dandelion root) or berries (ie. jujube dates or manzanita berries).

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Simplicity

by Wendy Mitchell, Judy Zehr & Scott Lockhart

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
— Hans Hofmann

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Making Flower Essences

by Jiling Lin

It’s summer. Flowers are blossoming everywhere. Pollinators buzz around, intoxicated in their fragrance. What to do, with all these lovely flowers?


Time to Make Flower Essences!


It’s best to make flower essences when the flower is at the peak of its blossoming, or right before the peak. Go out in the morning with clippers, undistilled spring water and a glass bowl or jar. Approach the flower or plant that you wish to make an essence of. Ask for permission to extract its essence, in whatever way feels the best to you. I like to make a prayer of gratitude, and sit with the plant for a while, before doing anything. Maybe I’ll observe the plant, draw it, photograph it, or just meditate with it. Do whatever feels the best for you, but it’s integral to establish a healthy relationship with the plant, before you try and make medicine with it.

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Making Pine Pitch Salve
from Piñon (Pinus edulis)

by Sarah Morgan Haydock

When we first arrived in New Mexico we set up our tent on the crest of a hill in the National Forest outside of Santa Fe. The mountains that surrounded us were still capped with snow. For about a month we explored that little part of the mountain where we camped – it was so different from anything I had ever seen! So open, so dry, so powerful!

It was here that I fell in love with the pines.

There were two types that I came to know: the Ponderosa pine growing majestic with long needles and large cones, the tallest tree by far on these arid mountains, and the piñon growing low with its twisted branches and bristly needles.

The piñon were everywhere. They made the shade that we sat under to cook our food. They lent their twisted branches for us to hang our clothes and diapers on to dry and so I discovered their abundant

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White Bean Soup

by Rachel Shapiro

Ingredients

1/2 lb dried white beans
2 bay leaves
1 medium onion
1 medium carrot
1 TBSP dried sage
1 TBSP coconut oil
2 ripe tomatoes (or one 16 oz carton)
4 cups veggie or chicken stock
4 cups water
1 cup fusilli pasta
salt and pepper

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Egg Alive

by Pegi Jodry

Making Herbal Medicine From Your Own Back Yard

Lesson 2: Healing Salve

by Lulu Sliker

Last publication I wrote of the Magic of making herbal oils and tinctures from your own backyard. Now that those oils have had a bit of time to set up I am ready to give you the run down on how to transform your infused oils into awesome healing salves.

Now that you have lovely jars of herbal infused oils sitting in your cupboard, what are you going to do with them? Many of the oils are wonderful for massage and soaking into dry itchy skin. Did you know that olive oil alone is great for your skin? Did you know that your skin is the biggest organ…not sure if that is the proper word for it…of you body? Did you know that olive oil nourishes you through your skin?

Imagine what chemical based lotions and ointments must do to your body. Your skin absorbs everything you rub into it so why not make your own oils from a nourishing base to feed it.

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Making Herbal Medicine
From Your Own Back Yard

by Lulu Sliker

I am amazed at the abundance of good medicinal plants that grow everywhere I travel. Your back yard probably has a few. I find them growing through cracks in city sidewalks. Along road ways. In my friends yards and of course here on this beautiful piece of land where I live in the Northeast corner of Alabama just on the tail end of the Appalachian Mountain range. I find that through the years my love, appreciation and relationship with each herbal family grows. Once you get to know one or two that are common to your home you might find yourself doing a little dance of joy when you see them showing themselves in the early Spring. I do. I hope you will too.

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Date Balls of Goodness

by Rachel Shapiro

INGREDIENTS

For the chocolate:
1/2 cup agave nectar/maple syrup/date paste/raw honey or whatever sweetener you like
3/4 cup cacao powder (I use slightly more than this to make the chocolate stiffer)
1/3 cup coconut oil or cacao butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the date balls:
1 cup dates
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/3 cup whole flax seeds
3 TBSP cacao powder
1 cup shredded coconut (optional)

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Mozzerella Sun

by Debbie Weber

Homemade goatsmilk mozzerella cheese with Italian seasonings and fresh garden tomatoes.

Stepping Towards Myself

by Pegi Jodry