Monday, February 18, 2013

Anticipation Milk: February

This month, February, seems the most pregnant of all. Quiet in gestation, yet loud in longing. The sun glares at us in daggers of razor light, bouncing off the stark white snow mirrors. Seeds of ideas vibrate with moisture and swell with readiness, yet cannot burst forth until the thaw.

February cultivates a kind of sharp anticipation. Buzzing under the tree bark is the impatient flow of maple sap, the first sweetness of the day. With the holiday of Eros, wounds of old love ache arthritically like a once broken bone, and the desire for intimacy and companionship are magnified.

Songbirds return, as if to midwife the Elm flowers and Fiddleheads. Poplar branches surrender to the winds, dripping with vanilla pearls. Eagles return, Falcons scream, clouds paint. February freezes and melts and freezes and melts, and all the dreams of gardens and foraging and feasting on the earth's bounty become wild in our heads!

Thaw the berries form last year's pickins, eat them up in thanks for what is to come. Soon we will be scrambling to keep up. For now, we sit in the cave of winter's womb, sipping anticipation.

Pierce the cold with 

Vedic Roots & Spices Milk Brew:

Set out a medium sized non-reactive pot.

For every 4 oz mug of water, add the following dried herbs:

  • 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon chips
  • 1 heaping teaspoon dandelion root
  • 1/2 teaspoon burdock root 
  • 1/4 teaspoon chaga
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 pinch black pepper

Keep your herbs and water just below a simmer for 30 minutes, covered. Then add whole milk, at the same quantity you added of water.
Continue to let brew just under a simmer for another 15-20 minutes.

Ladle out a mug at a time (strain through a tea strainer), and add a small dollop of: Ghee, grass fed or cultured butter, or virgin coconut oil.

This is a variation on traditional Ayurvedic milk with ghee, which warms, nourishes, and lubricates all faculties of the body. It's a brew I speak of often; in the summer with rose petal jam, in the fall with more spices. And especially for children, elderly, athletes, undernourished/overworked, and new mamas.

February is extremely dry here in New England. Many folks come down with bloody noses, sinus infections, and severe head colds. Keeping the body well lubricated and our digestion tip-top with bitters and aromatics, strongly supports our immune system during these bitter weeks.

So does cuddling.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dear Hormones

Dear Hormones,

I hear you.

Thank you for reminding me that I can feel way beyond reason.

Thank you for reminding me that I am worth nourishment, tea, cream, and honey.

I hear your needs for warm touch, moments of respite, and deep breath.
I hear your needs for tissues and tears.

I am listening, even when I'm busy. Sometimes I need to accomplish something that depends on me before I can rest for soup. Sometimes my children need me more than I need a nap. Sometimes I need you to understand that people are not trying to hurt my feelings, or piss me off. I know you feel through a magnifying glass, and that is o.k., as long as we both know that I have choices, and can choose to be calm if I think something isn't as dramatic as it may seem to you.

I love you and am here to steward my body temple. Thank you for communicating, for asking for what you need. It keeps me real. Keeps me connected.

take my red scarf, and touches of Sandalwood and Rose. We go together, you and me. I bring your wisdom to my work and art, while you poke at me with your ancient reminders to go within and be quiet.

But listen here, you can't make mayhem out of simple daily struggles. They are normal, small.
Just remind me that I feel, and that will be enough.



Wild Ride Moon Tea

~One pot of water, about 2 quarts
bring to just below simmer
Add the following dried herbs
~One heaping teaspoon roses
~1/4 cup red clover blossoms
~1/4 cup linden leaf/flower
~1/4 cup passionflower or skullcap
~1 teaspoon kava kava
~1 teaspoon marshmallow root
~1 teaspoon cramp bark
~dried cherries as desired
~1/2 teaspoon stevia
Keep gently warming for 30-50 minutes, covered. 
Strain out single cups to sip as needed.
Serve with cream & honey if desired.

Breathe, Rub Belly, Hug.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Alchemy Seeks


They make me think, create, feel. Grow.

The get me going.

both within and without

and in so many ways are my muse.

Inside all of these seemingly indoors kind of bottles,

paper designs,

and handmade wearables,

is a piece of wild.
A piece of stone, water, green, air, cloud, soil, sun, mineral, molten, fire.

Alchemy stirs elements
with emotion
with intention

and imprints upon the cells a kind of open magic.

Alchemy seeks in the corners of the commonplace, and the vastness of the feral lands. Most of all it seeks