Walking along the lovely shores of the old mining town of Weymss on the Frith of Forth , we stumbled across SEABUCKTHORNS!
Also known as Hippophae rhamnoides, Sea Berries, Ananas de Sibérie or Sand Thorn.
This was an important medicinal plant used in Ayervedic medicine and traditionally across Siberia, Mongolia, and China.
The name 'Hippophae' means shiny horse, and refers to the good coat developed by horses feeding off the plant!
According to legend, Sea Buckthorn leaves were the preferred food of the mythical winged horse Pegasus. In the 13th century, Genghis Khan, creddited Sea Buckthorn with giving his armies incredible strength and endurance
It is called the "Holy Fruit" of the Himalaylas where it grows in the Spiti Valley
And Golly, was I ever greatfull to find it this day, as we had set on on an adventure, without packing a lunch, as well as battling some winter cold symptoms. This magical plant gave us just the zest n vitality we needed!
and wow ! OMMMMM YuMMMMM
so bursting with tang !
due to its protein building amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, K, C, A, E, and folic acid, over 60 antioxidants, at least 20 minerals, and healthy fatty acids. The fruit is full of carotenoids, xanthophylls, phenolics, and flavanoids, too. Its a power house of nutrients!
Thanks to a local Herbal Enthusiuast Benny, ( who made 15 litres of this juice!) I was shown how to properly harvest the berries without getting too poked. (theres a reason its called Seabuck THORN.) There are spiny branches that protect the super potent berries, that are ready to burst!
I wished I could have eliminated my fingers and just put my face under the bush and let the berries fall in my mouth....but it was just too poky!
the berries burst as soon as you touch them , so there is a technique of "milking" where you squeeze the branch with the berries, and you catch the juice with a bucket.
an other option would be to cut the branches, and freeze them, allowing you to then collect the whole berry, skin and seed.
the entire plant is medicinal , but in this winter season, we were just collecting the berries as the leaves had already fallen......
and here you have an amazzzzzing cold and flu winter tonic , immune boosting , anti oxidant rich beverage !
if you have no access to a harvest yourself , here is a link to a beautiful ethical company selling the juice ~ bless!
I love this video by Yarrow Willard. check out Harmonic Arts ~ Amazing Herbal Jedi , who is super passionate about this abundant medicine! tons of great information here :
Self Love & Self Care are the most important things you can do for others whom you love. Staying around on this planet a lil while longer, will bring more happiness to your loved ones and family . Take care of You ! <3
I have lost some dear people in my life
because they did not take care of themselves.
Some were abusive to their bodies, their temples,
and a result their physicality gave out.
Even tho their Spirit was not ready to go.
They wanted to fight, they wanted to stay ,
but it was too late, the damage was done.
Please take care of yourselves, if not for the sake of you,
for the sake of others around you who Love you.
Dont be so Selfish with your life.
And PLease PLease do not be so Selfless either.
There is a balance between
Find that Love within you. That Divine that lives in there~ that you may have smoked out, or buried deep~ but inside there is a small voice calling you home.
Gathering your herbs.
Always practice ethical harvesting. If you ever read "Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree " , you'll remember how the Tree felt when the cookie monster tried to grab at the cookies, or take one too many!
There is much evidence leading us to believe that all of Nature has a voice . With silence and attention, we can tune in to the plant kingdom and develop our relationships through practice, as our art & meditation.
It is possible to increase our intuitive abilities and tune into the energy and medicine of plants. While traveling in Colombia, I was blessed to learn from the Kogi indiginous people , of the Sierra Nevada coastal mountain range. I witnessed how they connected with the plant kingdom around them while taking in a sacred herb, they would honor its wisdom and be given the vision of the plant. It was if the plant had lent them its "eyes" to see. They would then be able to know what was food or medicine.
learning to tune in , is part of the fun!
and soon , you'll be feeling presence, of a plant or tree, before even seeing it!
...and this will help you on the treasure quest ......
Usnea has a very special relationship with the trees. its been growing there for sometimes hundreds of years. the best time to harvest this medicinal lichen , is after a storm, where branches are broken or it has blown off the tree, and is shared with us humans as a gift !
So Remember, just like in Cookie Monster & the Cookie tree, do not just grab at the Usnea and pull, wait until the tree drops some for you ! :)
I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR HERBAL JOURNEY !
Empowers the Immune System !
excellent after chemotherapy .
increses natural killer cells. they are enhanced within 4 weeks.
see paul stamets for more mushroom wisdom & Turkey Tail Breast Cancer story ~on reversing stafe 4 cancer
its the season of the pitchfork!
and you'll sure need one to dig burdock. the roots go deep deep into the earth. and thats where the energy goes this time of year, storing its nutrients and vitality beneath the ground.