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 !