In honor of Blog Action Day 2009, www.blogactionday.org I’m writing in solidarity with this on-line event that unites bloggers worldwide around one topic. This year’s topic is Climate Change. Why? Because it not only threatens our environment now, it threatens our environment for generations to come.
I’m not an expert on climate change, nor is my life free of environmental sins. I’m still evolving. Being aware is always the first step. Several weeks ago, I attended the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference www.sewisewoman.com where over 500 women came together in the exquisite mountains of Western North Carolina to practice and preserve the Wise Woman Tradition through simple living, earth-based healing, and local plants. I want to take this space to salute the woman who founded the conference, Corinna Wood, herbalist, teacher, and friend. The SEWHC is a place where women can celebrate an entire week-end honoring Mother Earth, and there’s always 2010.
There were many take aways from the conference, and I’d like to share one that is healing and easy. Susun Weed, the herbal guru for women, was the keynote speaker, and she impressed on us menopausal and post menopausal women the importance of drinking herbal infusions. I’d like to share two infusions that I am preparing routinely. So, throw away those teabags and start drinking fresh herbal teas. My favroite two are:
1. Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica). While it grows wild in every state except Hawaii, and you can harvest it yourself I’m not there yet, so I buy it from Red Moon Herbs, www.redmoonherbs.com a local company that practices sustainable harvesting. So why Nettle you ask? It is said to rebuild the kidneys and the adrenals, basically a powerful blood purifier that drives out toxins, supports the immune system; and the hormonal system. One cup of nettle infusion provides 500 milligrams of calcium. That’s reason enough for me.
2. Oatstraw (Avena sativa) – Yes, this is what our farmers feed their livestock and what cowboys feed their horses, and what gets rolled into oatmeal. ( Make sure your oatstraw is organic). This herb supports the nervous system, unlocks testosterone (need that for our sex drive, don’t we ladies?) and most importantly, builds strong bone health. A cup of oatstraw infusion contains more than 300 milligrams of calcium. Oh yeah, you can bathe in it too – very soothing.
It’s very easy to prepare: 1oz of the dried plant in one quart water. Put the herbs in a teapot, add the boiled water and let it infuse overnight. The next morning, strain and refrigerate. It will last about 2-3 days and then I start all over again. You can always add honey to sweeten.
So there it is, what I learned at camp. Give it a try, and let me know what you think.