"Pass on the wisdom to ​others by your own use and experience, plant the seeds of learning and garden love of plants."

EARTH DAY, EVERYDAY

April 26, 2020

"Earth Day is a symbolism of Nature, conservation, sustainability and honor of our beautiful Planet.  Have so much light and love for Mother Earth that the plants grow towards you!" -Amber Goss 


Mullein- Verbascum thapsus

Internal-

  • Infusion-fresh or dried herb as a tea (stain through cloth to remove the leaves tiny hairs)
  • Tincture -fresh or dried leaves and flowers
  • Therapeutic Uses- Lung tonic, dry cough, wheezing, expectorant, loose bowels as it is noted to strengthen the bowels, antibacterial, early stages of lung infection, soothing and prevents infections from settling in the delicate bronchial tissue. Leaves can be dried and smoked to relax bronchial spasms due to infection or asthma. An Infusion of the flowers is indicated for an active infection when a bronchial sedative is needed

External-

  • Herb Oil Infusion- second year fresh or dried leaves and flowers, and Salves
  • Poultice- fresh or dried leaves (may be frozen for future use)
  • Therapeutic Uses- Muscle soreness, pain relieving, bruises, ear infections

Comfrey-Symphytum officinale

Internal-

  • Infusion- fresh or dried leaves as a tea
  • Therapeutic Uses- Lung tonic, bronchial issues, expectorant, healing to injured tissue and broken bones, osteoporosis, digestive inflammation, ulcers


External-

  • Herb Oil Infusion- fresh or dried leaves and Salves
  • Poultice- fresh or dried leaves (may be frozen for future use)
  • Therapeutic Uses- Bruises, sprains, fractures, drawing salves, anti inflammatory, burns, wounds.  Note- do not apply externally to a bone that is not set correctly or if there is fear of infection 


First and foremost: ALWAYS know your plants!!

  • Use three sources for proper identification.
  • Harvest from organic places -without- chemical spray exposure.
  • Jennifer has always taught me... "there is no -silver bullet- herb cure, there is only what we each as individuals know to do with what is around us."

Would you like to join our Facebook group? Join The Herb Circle

PEACE AMONG THE VIOLETS

April 19, 2020

Violet- Viola odorata

Purple- the color of Spirituality, reflection, creativity and self awareness.  Calming, uplifting, mediative and intuitive.  We are drawn to this beautiful plant for many reasons.  Find your peace among the Violets.


Internal-

  • Infusion- fresh or dried herb as a tea
  • Tincture -fresh flowers and leaf
  • Fresh flowers and leaves in salads, vinegars and jelly
  • Therapeutic Uses- Soothing and healing in chronic degenerative diseases, eases colon inflammation, Vit C, immune system support, lung tonic, slightly laxative properties, nerve tonic, promotes restful sleep, anti spasmodic, cough


External-

  • Herb Oil Infusion- infuse leafs and flowers for salves for skin ulcers, rashes, eczema and varicose veins
  • Poultice- fresh leaves and flowers, known for anticancer properties particularly in breast
  • Therapeutic Uses- Acne, psoriasis, eczema, anti inflammatory, anti rheumatic, repairs nerves

Sharing is caring- 

-Violets, Chamomile, Calendula, Plantain are very soothing and calming as an Herb Oil Infusion- to comfort with love. 

-I personally love making a Violet Flower Essence, an energetic imprint of these pretty petals.  

-"An old folk remedy for controlling cancer is made by infusing Violet leaves in cold water." -Evelyn Snook (Do your own research) 


First and foremost: ALWAYS know your plants!!

  • Use three sources for proper identification.
  • Harvest from organic places -without- chemical spray exposure.
  • Jennifer has always taught me... "there is no -silver bullet- herb cure, there is only what we each as individuals know to do with what is around us."

Would you like to join our Facebook group? Join The Herb Circle

SPRINGTIME

April 5, 2020

It is beautiful to see color returning to the Earth. Spring blossoms are popping and many of our weedy friends are welcoming us with their gifts.


Ground Ivy- Glechoma hederaceae

Internal-

  • Infusion- fresh or dried herb “Gill Tea”
  • Tincture- fresh or dried flowers and leaf
  • Therapeutic Uses- Viral infections, respiratory issues, bronchitis, sinus congestion, head aches, ear infections, inflammatory conditions of colon, bladder, lymph, anti rheumatic, diuretic, astringent, tonic, indigestion, expectant, Vit C 

External-

  • Poultice- fresh or dried leaves and flowers
  • Therapeutic Uses- Pick a piece of Ground Ivy, crush between your fingers and inhale the aroma to ease a headache, abscesses 


Yarrow-Achillea millefolium

Internal-

  • Infusion- fresh or dried flower, leaf, stem
  • Tincture- fresh or dried flower, leaf, stem
  • Therapeutic Uses- Colds, flu, sweat out infection, anti diarrhea, anti inflammatory, head aches, anti viral, ant bacterial

External-

  • Herb Oil Infusion- fresh or dried flower, leaf, stem, and Salves
  • Poultice- fresh leaf  
  • Therapeutic Uses- Stops bleeding, anti viral, anti inflammatory, anti microbial, soothing to sore muscles, arthritis, acne, nose bleeds, wounds, tooth abscess 

Sharing is caring- 

-Native Americans call Yarrow "Life Medicine"

-Can be used in Tree Swallow nests to inhibit parasite growth

-It is stated that sipping a tea of "gill over the ground" helps one to overcome shyness.  

-Promotes sleep and peaceful dreams, meditation, healing, love and friendship. 


First and foremost: ALWAYS know your plants!!

  • Use three sources for proper identification.
  • Harvest from organic places -without- chemical spray exposure.
  • Jennifer has always taught me... "there is no -silver bullet- herb cure, there is only what we each as individuals know to do with what is around us."

Would you like to join our Facebook group? Join The Herb Circle

SHARING IS CARING

March 29, 2020

I have been speaking with Jennifer over the past few days, she reminded me of the benefits of Licorice root.  I came across notes from one of her workshops:


Licorice Root-Glycyrrhiza glabra

Antiviral, demulcent, anti inflammatory, tonic for endocrine system.  

Safe for all ages infant to elderly.  (see noted contraindications)


Internal-

Sore throat, drink the tea in combination with Thyme and options to add Echinacea tincture if bacterial infection is also present and to numb tissue.  Use 1/2 cup to 1 cup every four hours.  Gargle with an infusion, decoction of the root or a tincture diluted in water solution. *Note: to prevent sore throat after undergoing anesthesia tube, a gargle before the procedure is helpful.  


**Licorice root is best used in combination with other herbs.** Suggested uses with other herbs for respiratory infections.  Can be added to cough syrups combined with Marsh mallow root, Elecampane root, Echinacea root, Elderberry etc... Herbal infusion with bitter herbs, decoctions and tinctures.  


Acute stage viral infection, dosage suggestion.

  • Infusion- 1/2-1 teaspoon powdered root with 8 oz water, simmer for 15 min, uncover, strain.  Drink a cup every two hours and adjust for individual sensitivity and for some drink up to three cups a day. 
  • Tincture- assuming a 50 % water to alcohol ration tincture, use 1/2 teaspoon blended with other herbs, 3-6 times a day depending on the sensitivity of the viral infection.  *Use of Licorice is a maximum of six weeks, lowering the dose and frequency as the body recovers.  

Side effects and contraindications-

Generally licorice is non toxic.  The concern arises in long term use, uneducated use of the single herb rather than in combination.  Use up to a maximum of six weeks at a time and take a week to a month off from use.  

**Licorice should always be taken in combination with other herbs t to prevent any of the concerns for side affects.**  Licorice causes potassium depletion in the elderly and is contraindicated in cases of edema in legs, feet, heart and hypertension.  


Drug/Herb interaction- 

Avoid use with estrogenic pharmaceuticals, hypertension drugs, cardiac glycosides, diuretics, corticosteroids and hydrocortisone.  

Safe to use for children during viral infections and often recommended to soothe inflamed tissues.  See suggestions for combining and recipes. 

 

External use- 

Decoction of the root powder painted on herpes outbreaks



Recipe to Soothe the Throat-

(All dried herbs made into a decoction)

1/4 part Licorice root

1/2 part Thyme leaf

1 part Marsh mallow root

1 part Echinacea 

1/4 part Cinnamon bark

option- add fresh Ginger root and stir in Honey at the end, warm.  



Sharing is Caring, 

Sending love, stay well. 

HERB CIRCLE

March 22, 2020

"Wild plants create adaptive hormones just as our body, we recognize and utilize the chemistry to strengthen our own resistance to environmental pathogens.  We have a better chance of not being overwhelmed if our system is in balance and nourished with the plants." - Jennifer Tucker


We welcome you to the Herb Circle... 


Our Herb Circle Workshop to be held at Ray Vernon Estate has been postponed, stay connected for future details on this event.  


Do your homework, share your recipes, experiences and photos by joining 

The Herbal Circle 


ABUNDANT GIVERS

March 22, 2020

Dandelions- Chickweed- Nettles

First and foremost: ALWAYS know your plants!! 

  • Use three sources for proper identification. 
  • Harvest from organic places -without- chemical spray exposure.  
  • Jennifer has always taught me... "there is no -silver bullet- herb cure, there is only what we each as individuals know to do with what is around us."

Herb Terms

  • Herb Oil Infusions-  these herbal oils are easily absorbed by the skin by topical application.  Sunlight method- add plant material to chosen oil in a mason jar, set in sunlight for 14 days, squeeze oil through a cloth to strain. **Return plant material to the Earth.**  Stove top method- add plant material to an uncovered pot with chosen oil, gently heat, stir continuously as moisture evaporates, strain through cloth.  **Return plant material to the Earth.**
  • Infusions- extracting a plants potency by steeping leaves, stems and flowers in water.  Dried herbs- 1 teaspoon to 1 cup.  Fresh herbs- 1 Tablespoon to 1 cup.  Method- plant material into a mason jar, pour water just off the boil over the herbs, steep for up to 30 minutes, strain and store in fridge for daily use within three days.  
  • Decoctions- concentrating a plants potency by simmering roots, bark, seeds for a strong extraction in water.  Dried herbs- 1 teaspoon to 1 cup. Fresh herbs- 1 Tablespoon to 1 cup.  Method- plant material to measured cold water, soak for two hours, simmer slowly for 15 minutes, turn off heat, steep covered until room temperature, strain and store in fridge for daily use within three days.  **Return plant material to the Earth.**

Dandelions- Taraxacum officinale

  • External- Infusion method of the root, leaf, stems and flower
  • Internal- Add to salads, green juices, teas.  Leaf in green juices, stems and flower in salads.  The roots roasted for teas.  Dandelions are beneficial to the whole body. Cleansing to the liver and kidneys.  

Chickweed- Stellaria media. 

  •  External- Infusion method into herbal oil for itchy skin, feverish rashes, eczema, pain relief from rheumatic joints. 
  •  Internal- Add to salads, green juices, teas.  Known to reduce excess mucous in respiratory conditions, ease allergies, ease fatigue from a poor diet binges, body tonic.  

Nettles-Urtica dioica

  • External- fresh leaves and stems tapped onto arthritic areas is said to relief pain from arthritis.  
  • Internal- Tops, stems and leaves harvested in early Spring are vitamin rich, great for allergies, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, tonic for the blood, remineralizing to the body and said to be whole body food and medicine.   **Always cook tender tops and leaves.**


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These commonly called "Weeds, are not the enemy...they are the helpers. Learn the plants, grow your gardens -with plants you know-, share the abundance and teach what you know from experience.  Be sustainable in this return to the land." -Jennifer Tucker


Do you find the herbal way interesting? 

 Make a list of seeds you wish to plant and create your own medicinal garden this growing season.  Make friends with the "weeds" and let them grow wild and free.  

OUR SHARED LOVE OF THE HERBAL WAY

March 22, 2020

Join Jennifer and Amber for an herbal learning experience. Learn to identify and use the nutrient-rich early “weeds” of spring and wild medicinal plants in their natural habitat growing all around us. 

Our goal is to create self-empowerment, self-care , an "Herb Circle" within our local community.  "We must sustain and be sustained by what is growing around us."- Jennifer Tucker


Jennifer Tucker is an Herbalist and Flower Essence practitioner with over 40 years of experience. Her love of foraging and herbal medicine was ignited when she met Lewistown herbalist Evelyn Snook in 1970, over the years, Jennifer apprenticed with her until Evelyn’s death in 1996. In honor of Evelyn’s teachings, Jennifer with help of others wrote and self-publishes an herb manual titled Evelyn’s Ways.

Jennifer received her MFA degree in photography from PSU and is a TriYoga teacher.

She founded the medicinal herbal section of the Penns Valley Community Learning Garden to grow, teach and provide plants for medicinal uses in tea, oils, salves and tinctures. You can usually find her there every Saturday morning during the Millheim Farmer’s Market. Jennifer and her husband Gerald Lang reside on a lovely farm outside of Spring Mills in George’s Valley. Hill Crystal Farm inspires their creativity and Jennifer’s herbal practice.


Amber Goss is a Licensed Massage Therapist and mentoring herbal fanatic. The power of touch is my calling, it connects us holistically to wellness. A deep sense of purpose and passion flows through me; a gift I love sharing. 18+ years of massage experience results in dedication, compassion and a desire to be part of your journey through health. I have been drawn to the many herbs and plants growing all around me here on our beautiful organic farm, Bella Vista Farm.  Learning that they can greatly enhance our health and wellbeing, I feel the need to share the knowledge I have gained from my herbal walks with Jennifer. Foraging for these amazing herbal plants that grow abundantly on our farm keeps me connected, a full circle effect that ties us together, with benefiting massage oils that I have wildcrafted and infused.  One receives pure, raw, truly natural nourishment for your body... straight from the plants. I feel honored to share this experience with you, introduce you to a truly amazing friend who’s passion radiates and do my part to help plant the seed of the herbal way.