I took an Herbcraft e-class from Latisha at Herb Mother. Ever since, I've been meeting plants in my yard and getting to know what they do. My first meeting was with lemon balm who I now love deeply and dearly...
She nursed me through a cold, and has just been a general blessing. I know we're friends because the more I take, the bigger and healthier the plant looks! Of course, it is spring, her favorite time of year.
I have dried some, and made some into a lemon balm glycerite for my little who often tells me her tummy hurts. Of course... I gave her the lemon balm glycerite and she made a nasty face! LOL! As you can see above, I have also collected and dried nettle (and made a tincture for my allergies) and mugwort. And I made a rosemary tea mixed with vinegar to clean my counters.
Here are a few of my plant crafts... the mandala was an art assignment from my HerbCraft class...
...and the smudge stick wrapping was inspired by something I saw on Etsy by Sage Goddess. She makes fantastic looking smudge sticks... and I figured I could do something similar myself. Yeah. They weren't quite as easy as they look... although I learned a few important lessons about tying them. Mine are loose and likely to fall apart as I use them... but they were fun to make.
So fun, actually, that I made one and gave it to a friend!
I'm enjoying my new relationship with the plants in my yard. It makes my yard feel more personal, and I'm more in tune with it. Next, I want to dry some plantain... I did make an infusion with oil awhile back... then added some beeswax and peppermint essential oil to make a balm for bug bites. I have more projects on my list too... so I'll share more when it's done.
Despite feeling quiet lately, I guess I've been busier than I thought!