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why doesn’t anyone talk to me. you guys suck
immersed and consumed with desolation and discord. drawing in blind alleys and obstacles entagled in wheels within wheels. adherent inseperableness of repetitive dissonance. stepping on stones and remembering the solidarity of my comrades is enough to pull thru this all.
I guess it’s an age old store cupboard thing - but I do so love the comfort and satisfaction of gathering and drying herbs for the winter and making simple oils, tinctures, ointments and glycerates for us and for sharing.
Dried herbs in the top picture (right to left)… white deadnettle, anise hyssop, lemon verbena, purple sage, lavender, self-heal and ground ivy…. in the trays - lavender and self-heal flowers.
Drying bunches in my sunroom - of my now favourite tea herb: anise hyssop - that my friend http://markinflowers.tumblr.com/ turned me onto.. another plant and herb-mad person!
Mark and http://charlotteducann.tumblr.com/ seed endless plant and wild inspiration, living so close to earth and wild….. and (haha) have just turned me onto Tumblr - hence my first post - cheers folks!
Windowsill jars (left to right)… St John’s Wort macerating (Hypericum perforatum flowers in organic olive oil); strained Plantain oil; strained St John’s Wort oil; Plantain, St John’s Wort and Lavender ointment with beeswax; strained Red Poppy glycerate (Papaver rhoeas petals macerated in vegetable glycerine and honey)…
My absolute herbal inspiration these days is Julie Bruton-Seal’s wonderful book “Hedgerow Medicine”, which to my mind is the best British home-use herbal ever written - such a beautiful, inspiring and empowering book!