A Druid’s Web Log – A Harvest of Acorns

The big news this Moonth has been ACORNS. This amazing food source is available to us for free, wherever there are oak trees. Our European ancestors relied on them for carbohydrates, thousands of years before wheat ever made an appearance. If you are lucky enough to have a White Oak tree (Quercus alba) leaching won’t be much of a problem. For all other oaks you:

  1. collect the nuts
  2. smash them one at a time between two rocks and pick out the meat
  3. immediately drop the meat into a bowl of fresh water so they don’t oxidize
  4. grind the nuts in a blender
  5. store in the fridge, covered with water for 2 weeks, changing the water every day
  6. strain and bake the ground up nuts in a slow over (80 – 100 degrees) for about a hour with the oven door slightly open to let out steam
  7. grind in a coffee grinder and make into flour.

You will find recipes for acorn cakes, breads, etc. in my newest herbal SECRET MEDICINES FROM YOUR GARDEN (Healing Arts Press).

Acorns are an amazing crop that can feed humanity without cutting, killing, tearing up the soil, or using water for irrigation.

PLEASE make sure you are registered to vote. THEN GO AND VOTE! The future of the Earth is at stake, the Supreme Court, and many other things!

*Below you will find the usual assortment of book news, archaeology, nature, climate, Druid, Fairy, religion, herb and health news. Enjoy!*

BOOK NEWS

  • Secret Medicines from Your Garden: Plants for Healing, Spirituality, and Magic
    Written by Lisa Mc Sherry
    Published: 17 September 2016
    I have old favorites in my book collection, especially amongst my herbals. My copy of Cunningham’s Encyclopedia is dog-eared and just this side of tattered.
    I’ve got a new favorite to add to that shelf.
    Hopman starts off with an unusual choice, a chapter on wild crafting. It’s odd and brilliant and wonderful to be introduced to this subject through the eyes of an herbalist and druid. Hopman takes us through the seasons, ending with a chapter on (winter) cold and flu care and then bug repellents. Honestly, that section alone made me happy.
    The reader is then treated to discussions on more subtle aspects of the plant world, including herbal astrology and communing with the plant spirits. I fell in love with Secret Medicines all over again with her chapter on Bee Medicine in the third part. I was completely impressed with her final section: Formula Making.
    It was odd to get used to, but I came to appreciate how plants are the focus in one section, only to sprout again in another, thus revealing new information that may be overlooked by others. I also appreciated how Hopman constantly encourages the reader to make whatever path they walk their own.
    This is an excellent primer and highly recommended.
    ~review by Lisa Mc Sherry
    Author: Ellen Evert Hopman
    Healing Arts Press, 2016
    pp. 384, $19.45*You can purchase this book and others through this website and get a signed copy with a personal note!* *Yule is coming!*
  • An interview on blog talk radio 9/20/2016 – my part starts at mark 1:07
  • September 15, 2016 A radio interview   WMCB-lp 107.9FM
    Low Power Radio for Greenfield Massachusetts & Franklin County

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A Druid’s Web Log – Happy Celtic New Year!

First some personal news;

Early last Moonth I was privileged to fly to California and visit the Giant Redwoods, soak my feet in the ocean, and teach an intensive on the medicinal and spiritual properties of trees at the Philo School of Herbal Energetics. The school is near Mendocino and I will be returning there next October (in 2015) to teach an advanced Herbal class.

Winter has come early to many parts of the country. Last night there was a record breaking first snow (on November 2nd!) in North Carolina. Here in New England we had some ferocious winds but none of the white stuff so far. I had a most enjoyable Samhain/Halloween celebration here at the house, despite the wind. We have a nice tradition of sharing food and companionship and of telling stories about our deceased friends and relatives. Candles, lit pumpkins and firelight added to the festive mood and one participant said she kept feeling a cold wind behind her back inside the house (spooky!). For those of us who honor Celtic ways it is the start of the New Year so Happy Celtic New Year everyone!

I am currently writing yet another Herbal and after thirty years of teaching Herbalism in my home I have decided to adopt a new name for my class. I am now officially *The Western Massachusetts School of Herbal Studies*. Sounds pretty grand, doesn’t it? I am hoping my yearly six month intensive will be more accessible to search engines now.

I GOT A LITTLE HALLOWEEN PRESS

In case you missed this interview here is the YouTube link. My part starts at 4:50. Enjoy!

A NEW BOOK ABOUT TARA

I am honored to be included in this wonderful book – please watch the amazing book trailer (video)

 PLEASE DON’T SHOP ON THANKSGIVING!

Please don’t shop on Thanksgiving. Give thanks to Costco and Nordstrom’s for actually letting their workers be home with their families on Thanksgiving.

FIRE CIDER UPDATE

Traditions Not Trademark
United States
Nov 3, 2014 — Fall
2014 Newsletter
Legal Update
A group of herbalists have filed for the cancellation of the Fire Cider trademark. Since filing, our cases have been consolidated by the United Stated Trademark and Patent Office (USTMPO).

WE HAVE ALSO FOUND GREAT PRO-BONO LAWYERS!

They are gathering evidence and advising us how to move forward. This process could take up to 1.5 years to complete! So bear with us, we probably won’t have any legal updates for a long time!

From Rosemary Gladstar

Your continued support to help free Fire Cider from its trademark is hugely appreciated. All together, we are making a difference! Please continue to support the Free Fire Cider movement by making your own Fire Cider, and by supporting the national boycott.

If there are stores in your area selling the Shire City brand of Fire Cider, please let them know about the boycott (there is material available on the website that explains the issue).

If you’d like Free Fire Cider brochures and postcards, contact Sage Mountain and we’ll mail them to you. Or please print the attached flyer from our website and post in your area.

Thank you for joining us in this grass roots movement to protect our traditional herbal legacy products from trademarking.

Rosemary

Fire Cider in the Press

Check out the local press Fire Cider is getting!

*Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism: My Champlain Valley website. A great video and interview with Larken Bunce

*Spirit of Change: An editorial with both sides of the story, with Rosemary’s writing representing the herbalists perspective

*Austin Chronicle: An interview with herbalist, Jen Easter

*Plant Healers Magazine. Download this free edition

*Essential Herbal also included a supportive article as well in their latest issue

Etsy Update

If you are an herbalist selling Fire Cider on Etsy, please get in touch with Etsy legal and let them know the trademark is in litigation.

Herbalists selling Fire Cider on Etsy are still being contacted by Etsy legal and SCH. Please let us know if you have been contacted!

Why not celebrate by making your own batch of Fire Cider?

Fire Cider

Fire Cider is a traditional home remedy that has been used by herbalists for decades and was handed down by generations of grandmothers before that. A friend passed this recipe along to me and he swears he hasn’t had a cold in four years. Take a few tablespoons of this remedy at the first sign of a cold;

(Please use only the finest organic ingredients)

½ cup grated ginger root
½ cup grated horse radish root
1 medium onion, chopped
12 cloves chopped garlic
2 hot peppers, chopped
Zest and juice from 1 lemon
Zest from 1 small orange
1 tbsp. turmeric powder
¼ tsp. Cayenne Pepper
½ tsp. whole Black Peppercorns

Other herbs to consider: Thyme, Rose Hips, Ginseng, Grapefruit zest, Astragalus, Schizandra berries, Parsley, Burdock root, Oregano, Basil.

Put everything into a glass jar and barely cover with organic apple cider. Cap tightly and store in a cool, dark place. Shake the jar regularly. After about a month you can strain out the vinegar and reserve it in another very clean glass jar. Add ¼ cup of raw organic honey and stir until well blended.

You can use the strained out vegetables and spices in a stir fry with cabbage and carrots when everything is finished.

I have also used Fire Cider in salad dressing and to marinate chicken. Fabulous!

Below you will find the last Moonth’s batch of Archaeology, Herb, Nature, Celtic and Druid news, along with a little bit on politics and ethics (because to me they are the same thing)

*Remember – you can purchase signed copies of my books (with a personal note) when you order from this website! Enjoy!*

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CELTIC NEWS

HERB NEWS

HEALTH NEWS

NATURE NEWS

POLITICS AND ETHICS

May your winter dreams be bright and comforting and your New Year warm and prosperous.