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Asparagus with lemon and chives, yum!

One of the most anticipated veggie to grow in our garden is the asparagus. We wait all year long for this spring veggie to arrive. There are so many way to enjoy asparagus (boiling/steaming them to mush is not an option, sorry mom!) and this recipe is one of our favorites. I love to incorporate other spring time veggies into recipes, this one adds the chives that are also popping up in the garden. Fresh from the garden is best and makes for one fantastic dish.

2 lb. Asparagus

2 tbsp Lemon Juice, freahly squeezed

4 tbsp Olive Oil

1/2 tsp of Salt (i like pink, course ground)

Ground Black Pepper

A small bunch of Chives or 2 Blossoms

Clean and rim your asparagus spears, steam until just tender. Drain well and arrange on platter.

Combine lemon juice and olive oil and whisk or shake vigorously, pour over asparagus. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Chop chives and pluck blossoms scatter over them all. Serve and Enjoy!

The Glory of a Garden

the glory of a garden

 

I’ll be out in my garden today. it is the time for peas, green beans and lots cleaning up.

How does your garden grow?

spring greens tonic soup

It’s that time of year when the spring greens are at prime pickings, but what the heck do you do with it all? Here is one recipe that i really enjoy with dandelion, nettle and dock, spring tonic soup**! Good and good for you!

2 cups fresh young nettle tops (don’t forget to wear the gloves when handling our stinging sister)

1 cup fresh dock leaves (yellow, wavy)

1/2 cup dandelion leaves

2 cups of water

1 onion minced

olive oil

2 carrots, chopped

4-5 mushrooms, there are a couple of our own homegrown shiitake in there! the rest are mini bellas

6 cups of water + 2 tbls miso (white or brown)

clean and chop the greens, cook in 2 cups of water (use a big pot here). In a separate pan cook onions in olive oil until brown. when greens are cooked add onions, carrots, mushrooms, miso and a pinch of salt. let cook for about 30 min, then enjoy!!

did you try this recipe? let me know how you liked it!

spring tonic soup

spring tonic soup, good and good for you!

** This is a variation on Susun Weed’s Spring Song Soup from the amazing book Healing Wise.

 

Lovely Lotions, What’s inside?

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Lovely Lotion, check out the store!

Over the course of my journey into healthy products for my personal use and learning to make my own, I did research onto carrier oils and essential oils**. I choose the ones that would work best for the different skin types.

Here is some of the information that I found for a variety of sources:

Carrier oils

  • Apricot kernel oil (spf 2-6)*- it’s good for extra dry skin, calming and rejuvenating, for mild eczema and mature skin, contains beta-carotene in the for of vitamin A
    • calming, rejuvenating
  • Sweet almond Oil (spf 5)*- good for dry skin, nourishing, softening, rejuvenating. reduces fine lines. it’s rich in vitamin E, A, & B and oleic acid.
    • nourishing, softening
  • Coconut oil – (spf 2-8)*feeds and moisturizes the skin, won’t clog pores, has anti-aging properties
  • Jojoba (spf 4)* – smoothing, moisturizing. it’s a liquid wax similar in composition to the skins natural oils. good for eczema, psoriasis.
    • smoothing, moisturinzing
  • Evening Primrose – replenishing, restoring, revitalizing. helps heal sore skin associated with eczema
    • replenishing, restoring
  • Borage oil – replenishing, renewing. calms, soothes. good for eczema
    • replenishing, renewing
  • Grape-Seed oil – silky, softening, smoothing, moisturizing. good for oily skin. light, thin consistency
    • silky, softening
  • Shea Butter (Vitellaria paradoxa)(spf about 3-6)*- moisturizing, low carmedogenic rating (won’t clog pores), , used as acne treatmen
  • Hemp Seed oil  (spf 6)*- rich in vitamin D. helps heal acne, eczema. anti-oxidant
  • Aloe Vera calms and cools skin, heals skin affected by eczema, psoriasis, sunburn,
    • cooling, soothing
  • Vitamin E skin nutrient, antioxidant, for wrinkles, rough spots, brown spots

 

Essential Oils

  • Lavender – dry skin, sensitive skin, stretch ,marks, wrinkles, anti-inflammatory, regenerative, acne, minimizes scarring, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, sunburn
    • soothing, calming, reassuring, a general sense of well-being
    • oil of communication
  • Geranium –  dry skin, sensitive skin, wrinkles, bruises, anti-inflammatory, tonic, acne, improves blood flow, eczema, regenerate tissues and nerves, may balance sebum in skin, even out oily or combination skin, nourishes mature skin
    • balancing, soft, nurturing, peace well-being and hope
    • oil of love and trust
  • Ylang Ylang – used for skin conditions, clarify greasy or combination skin
    • sensual, soothing, exotic
    • oil of the inner child
  • Frankincense – scarring, warts, wrinkles, inflammation. aging, improve skin tone,
    • rejuvenating, meditative, harmonizing
    • the oil of truth
  • Helicrysium – bruises, dermatitis, eczema, tissue repair, psoriasis, reduce scarring, regenerate tissue
    • uplifting, calming, healing
    • oil for pain (emotional)
  • Lemongrass – tissue repair, improve circulation,
    • zesty, fresh, invigorating
    • the oil of cleansing
    • folks with sensitive skin or allergies my want to avoid this oil.
  • Pettigrain (orange leaf) – clear oily or combination skin, balance sensitive skin, nourishes combo/oily skin
    • uplifting, refreshing, balancing
    • oil of ancestry
  • Cedarwood – acne, psoriasis, help reduce oily secretions
    • expansive, grounding, supportive
    • oil of community
  • Juniper berry – acne, dermatitis, eczema, detoxifier and cleanser,
    • purifying, invigorating, cleansing
    • oil of the night
  • Sandalwood – rashes, dry skin, astringent, regeneration, mature skin
    • nurturing, warming, comforting
    • oil of sacred devotion
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Essential Oils, more information

Elixirs

  • Rose Quartz – calming cooling energy, calmness and clarifying, peaceful calm, in elixir it stimulates the true life force = LOVE, helps release negative energy
    • helps minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and redness
    • reduces tension, promotes calmness which helps relax our facial muscles
    • Softening and smoothing skin
    • Helping reduce wrinkles
    • Evens out skin tone, giving the skin a natural glow
  • Amethyst – de-toxifying, blanacing, de-stressing
    • calming, oxygenating, reduces bruising, detoxifying
    • eczema
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Crystal Love Clockwise from the top: Amethyst, Quartz, Citrine, Hematite, Rose Quartz

Where can you find Lovely Lotions?

  • if you are local please contact me at MyGreenCauldron@gmail.com!!
  • We’re open on Etsy!
  • We are also at local craft shows and events, to keep up to date on the when and where please sign-up for our newsletter!

 

**The information gathered here is not a replacement for medical treatment. If you are under the care of a health care practitioner please contact them before changing any part of your treatment. This information is for educational purposes only. I am NOT a doctor or in the healthcare field.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Early Greens, Ground Ivy

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ground ivy leaves

The warm weather and the rain have brought many plants to life around here. Although it is still early in the season (frost is still not out of the question) there are  hand full of ‘weeds’ that are taking advantage for the sunshine and rain. One of the first i have seen popping up, in my garden no less, is ground-ivy (Glechoma hederacea). SCREETCH>>>>> ground-ivy!?!? Many see it as an invasive weed that can be quite hard to get rid of. Those darn opportunistic plants! Ground ivy (not to be confused with purple dead-nettle, which I recently did!, or henbit) can be seen as a benefit also. As a fast spreading ground cover that doesn’t interfere with established plants, it works well with perennials and shrubs.

Traditional Medicinal Uses **

  • Tea Infusion
    • cough, cold, phelgm-y, asthma
    • said to overcome shyness.
    • with nettle it is used as a spring tonic for clearer skin complexion, 9 days.
    • also makes good tea with lemon verbena.
    • mixed with lemon and honey it is a fine tasting tea. (1 oz herb to one pint boiling water)
    • stimulates digestion
    • cleanse blood and tissue of toxic metals (lead-painters, ale makers, this plant grow out side their establishments and homes)
    • use as eye wash for inflamed eyes.
    • sinitius
    • hay fever, allergies (with chamomile)
  • Tincture
    • inflammation
  • Dry Powdered Leaves (snuff),
    • snuff in nose for headaches and stuffy noses (passive congestion)

In the Garden

  • Companion Plant for
    • tomato
    • pepper
    • cukes and family
    • broccoli
    • brussel sprouts
    • cauliflower
  • Repels
    • cabbage worms
    • cuke worms
    • beetles
    • tomato horn worms
  • Acts as a low ground cover
  • Prevents erosion
  • Likes poorly drained soils and shade, Creeping Charlie thrives in moist, fertile soil in shade but also tolerates dry, poor soil in sun
  • Gulls formed by Cynips glechomea, which were eaten (by the peasantry)
  • Attracts bees and butterflies, one of their first foods of spring
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ground ivy groundcover

 

Edible

  • Can be added to salads, soups or stir fries
  • Pot herb
  • Historically, however, its popularity hinged for centuries on its use by home brewers, hence the name “alehoof,” or ale herb. As far back as the Vikings right up to late medieval times, the dried leaves rivaled hops in popularity for the bitterness and clarity they imparted to ale. Alcoholic drinks made with a variety of herbs such as fennel, costmary and rosemary were commonplace in Medieval Europe, and hops were not considered necessary or often even desirable in the production of ale then. Ground ivy was one of the most popular herbs for brewing prior to the 16th century, and for years a battle was waged in public houses across Europe over which drink was preferable hopped or unhopped ale until finally hops won out, and ground-ivy “subsided” to become the ground-hugging landscape plant we know it as today.  Richters.com

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ground ivy flowers

Magical Uses

  • Connection with powers of magic and divination
  • Used by milkmaids as a safeguard against sorcery and as a charm for cows against enchantment
  • Ritual use
    • Crowns at midsummer eve

Personal Care

  • Foot bath at night to promote sleep, meditation healing, love, friendship and fidelity
  • Strewing promotes serenity and peaceful dreams

 

WARNING, not for use by pregnant or breastfeeding women.

**The information gathered here is not a replacement for medical treatment. If you are under the care of a health care practitioner please contact them before changing any part of your treatment. This information is for educational purposes only. I am NOT a doctor or in the healthcare field.

 

 

Emotion, energy in motion

for those of you who don’t know, I am taking a year-long workshop that uses mandala and the great round to go through the archetypal stages. we are on the 4th month which in entitled Beginning and it deals with the mother archetype. The first three months of the course i blissfully created through. Effervescent with the energy of the very beginning of life. this month though is completely different. the energy that come up from watching (i hadn’t even done the exercises for myself yet) was forceful and highly charged. it had me moving.

now this isn’t the first time that I have delved into my past relationships with my family. I have a lot of things to work through still and I see this as just a progress deeper into my issues, not a regression back. what surprised me was the intensity of the emotions. there were so many strong feelings, my thoughts were racing and my emotions were taking control. no creating this time, no journal writing, no meditating or book reading. this energy was pushing for movement, real, body pushing movement. it’s funny because a few days early i was reading an article somewhere (I’ll look for it) but it was talking about how emotion is actually energy in motion. for some reason this was the best thing for me to hear at that moment. i didn’t know what to do with all the energy/emotion that was brought up by this phase of Mandala Magic. all i know is that i had to move, forcefully, purposefully.

thankfully I had just the perfect job. last fall our neighbor cut down a bunch of oak trees on her property (it was a sad week that it happen). she gave us a lot of the wood, A LOT. we brought it over to our yard and left it for the winter, but it needed to be split and stacked pretty badly. 2 days and one cord of wood split and stacked later, i was able to move that emotion. i cried on half of the cord and pushed my body to the limit on the other half. i wrote in my journal and create a mandala for Mandala Magic, not of the usual caliber but a start. This aspect of my journey is one that i will continue to re-visit, i have a lot of stuff to go through to sort out my emotions when it comes to my family and my childhood. we all do. and it will manifest at the most unexpected times and how you get through them can be unexpected too. for me and this spiral, that wood pile was a great way to move my emotion, to help deal with the explosive energy that came this time around. i still have a big pile of wood ou there to split and stack but i made a big dent in the pile. i also took a few more steps down my path of healing.

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split and stacked wood

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