Autumnal Greetings from Central Otago, NZ.
March 25th, 2018
- The first post on Autumnal Roots
- My travels to North America and the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference
- A link that did do quite a good coverage of what my ‘worldview’ is these days.
- And a brief visit to a beautiful ‘Flower Power’ shop in Manhattan, NY.
The quote ‘Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ in his ‘To Autumn’ by John Keats must have taken root in my mind somehow and as the light changes so dramatically, some snow remaining on the higher mountain ranges after last weeks cold snap, mists that envelop, dissipate in the early morning warmth. It is so beautiful.
This is indeed a time to investigate that which lies beneath, those roots that have taken hold somewhere. Roots that I am excited to be looking at and to be gathered again.
They are all so different;
The Arctium lappa, Burdock, with roots that penetrate deep within the Earth in a somewhat defined way (or should I say ‘purposeful’ way). One recent course participant saw Burdock as being the plant ‘Buddha’, solid, stable, present, commanding, all knowing, bringing insight’. I think now on reflection that it does exactly that when the ‘Healing Relationship’ is respected. It is not about how the plant can be used for this or that condition but more what it is about in its world that we can learn from.
That is a shift!
Burdock has a short life, 2 growing seasons depending when it germinates, if late in one it may extend into a third season, flower, spread abundant seeds and die. The roots however are best at the end of a full growing season, not when it develops its flowering head. And what nourishment they offer.
I make sure the ‘mother plant’ expresses herself fully, spreads abundant seeds and equally abundant new plants. I also leave plenty to seed the next season.
Burdock is one of the plants I included in ‘The Biophilic Garden. Connecting People, Plants and Inscape’.
I made a delicious Burdock soup from young roots this year that germinated outside my door.
I slice and cook them in a little water with a diced potato.
In a separate pot, sauté onions, garlic, leeks, carrots, all in small pieces in a little olive oil until starting to brown. Cover well with hot water. Add the cooked Burdock, 1 tbsp of Tomato puree, salt and pepper and a chilli. If I have the rind of Parmesan I will add that as well.
I add a chopped bunch of parsley, some dried Thyme and a few sprigs of Seaweed at this point – Nori types or in NZ ‘Karengo or Parengo’. This is such good ‘Food as Medicine’ not to mention delicious.
More roots next week.
♣ I will be teaching a 3 day ‘Plant Immersion, Incubation and Inspiration’ prior to the Mid-West Woman’s Herbal Conference at Camp Helen Blackman, Wisconsin. http://www.midwestwomensherbal.com/immersions
♣ I will also be presenting a keynote at that Conference on ‘The Plant/Person Relationship’, (stories, experiences and insights), a couple of mornings engaging the plant world at sunrise and a slightly different take on Case note taking as a Practitioner.
I hope you can join what is an amazing Conference for women of all ages and stages.
♣ I was delighted to be interviewed by the Women’s Liberation Radio News as a part of the Conference.
That interview can be listened to here;
♣ Flower Power A perfect name for a great shop in New York. I will be there briefly – exact time to be confirmed. Check with Lata www.flowerpower.net/the-shop
Lastly I would like to take this opportunity to say how much I am looking forward to ‘Tulsi Queen of Herbs’ by Tish Streeten and her team. Tish is the film biographer of the grand mother of many of us, Juliette de Bairacli Levy, called ‘Juliette of the Herbs’. This next film is of a different kind, of the Plant ‘Tulsi’ the sacred basil.