Vervain & Flying

Vervain in my garden last year

Last July I made a tincture of fresh vervain (Verbena officinalis) I grew in my garden. I intended to combine it with essential oils to make a kind of incense helper, but I never got around to it. Meanwhile, the tincture sat on my work table.

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Clary sage and columbine

It’s been so long since I posted, but I want to get back into the swing of things. I’m going to be writing shorter posts for a while, just stuff I’m doing day to day. This morning I harvested a bunch of columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris) seeds from my garden. I love the way the seedpods […]

Success & Failure with Plantain: Tincture & Salve

Last weekend I started the second tincture. Since there were (as usual) so many of them growing in the garden, I decided to work with plantain. The variety growing here is Plantago major. According to Bartram’s, this is “one of the most versatile of herbal medicines.” You can use the seeds, the roots, or the […]