Table of Contents:
Field Notes from the Editor, Tina Sams
Where I explain my tenuous relationship with math.
Western Beargrass, Sandy Michelsen
Traditional uses as food and medicine for an unusual (and beautiful) plant.
Slough with the Old, In with the New, Cathy Calfchild
Skincare with kitchen cosmetics!
Molly of the West, My Latest Skincare Obsession, Molly Sams
Someone is having a good time checking out the Asian markets.
The Best Culinary Herbs You Have Not Yet Tried, Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh
There are a couple in here that I will be trying this summer for the first time.
Ferns - The Ancient Ones, Debra Sturdevant
Ferns have a lot to offer us, in medicinal and culinary ways.
Cold/Congestion Shower Tabs, Tina Sams
Still some nasty germs floating around. Breathe deep in the shower.
Scented Geraniums - A Victorian Delight, Barbara Steele
Good info on why you'll want these beauties in the garden. Also, I just noticed a huge glaring error (on our part - not the info). Sigh... it wouldn't be TEH without one or two.
Make some jelly with the included recipe.
Dill - More Than Pickles, Maryanne Schwartz
Lore and information, along with a couple great recipes.
Flower Essences: Healing “Co-creatively,” Jen Frey
Jen talks about the sparkling Dinoflagellates and an essence she made off the island of Vieques. Learn about the history of essences, how we communicate with plants (or perhaps how they communicate with us), and how to make your own essences.
In Memorium: James (Jim) A. Duke, PhD, Susanna Reppert/Brill
We lost an immense influence and an amazing mind. Susanna remembers him here.
The Case for Cannabis - A Natural (R)Evolution (Part 2 of 2), Lisa Camasi
In part 2, Lisa shares the different properties that occur in some of the various components and how to best utilize them for medical relief.
Plant This Instead, Kathy Musser
Kathy helps guide us through readjusting our goals when perhaps we don't have the proper site for the plant we originally visualized in a particular spot. Lots of ideas!
What are Liberty Teas? Jackie Johnson
Most of us don't know that the Boston Tea Party was just one of many such revolts. There were also many substitutes, and Jackie provides us with some historic blends!
Reflections of Winter, Gale La Scala
Some people aren't done with winter yet. And from the other end of the spectrum:
10 Ways to Combat Cabin Fever, Rita Richardson
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