Even my daily nourishing infusions this time of year are often actually decoctions, made up of spicy, warming roots and barks that act as warming, cheering allies as the green pulls back and the nights grow longer. The stews that simmer on the woodstove usually include Astragalus and mushrooms such as Maitake and Morels, not to mention the root vegetables like Parsnips, Carrots and Turnips that provide so much nourishment and flavor all Autumn and Winter long.
It’s a yearly ritual for my family to make up a good-sized batch of Gila Harvest Cider , complete with Horseradish root, Turmeric, Garlic and Ginger in addition to hot Peppers and the season’s last fresh Basil. Lately I’ve been adding Lovage as well, which has become a favorite plant ally in the last few years.
Cebadilla/Green Gentian (Frasera speciosa) roots
A particular pleasure of mine while the snow falls on the Canyon is to gaze at the many quart and gallon jars filled to the brim with Autumn harvested roots and berries as they macerate in their various brews. I especially love to unscrew the lid of the Oshá Elixir and deeply breathe that spicy sweet scent that so evokes the wild Aspen-clad verdancy of my beloved home here in the American Southwest. For a long moment, it brings me right back to being on my hands and knees in mountain meadows with my hands full of black, rich soil and the heft of fresh-dug roots. There’s a magic in this medicine, fraught with the spirit of wild land. Warm with the last days of Summer. Earth-deep and heavy with much-needed nourishment.—————–
In other news, all of the details on my Herb Energetics course with Learningherbs.com have been released and signup is almost here. You can sign up for a limited time only, so head over to http://herbenergetics.com if you’re interested and read all about it before enrollment is over. John Gallagher has done an amazing job making this course interactive and easily accessible for a wide range of people. While my own homestudy courses do contain an herbal energetics component, it is quite different in format than the Herb Energetics course and doesn’t include any of the video or audio files at all. The window for sign-up is very small due to limited enrollment space so consider doing it right now!