Week of March 16, 2013 - enthusiastic response to the new mentorship site

Saturday, March 16, 2013 8:20 PM | Anonymous
Greetings to all!

May the breezes of spring open your heart to another season, another cycle, another year of green blessings.

Thank you all so much for your enthusiastic response to my new mentorship site. I feel so privileged to be allowed to help you find your way in herbalism. There are so many paths and so many opportunities, and so many ways to wander into a path that isn’t really the best for you when sharing the green. “The mentor’s hindsight is the student’s foresight,” a recent fortune cookie told me. May my many mistakes pave the way for your success.

When my mom died, I noticed that I could no longer call her with my good news. In her honor, I have endeavored to become that glad heart for others. That someone you can feel comfortable with while enjoying sharing your good luck and your accomplishments. May my delight in your growth nourish you.

As we move into the growing and harvesting seasons, I continue to work in the storeroom, making room. Thus comes the question: “How long can I store herbs?” Or “How long will herbs stay good?”

The answer is, of course, “That depends.”

I am continually surprised at the longevity of the herbs I harvest. Dried nettle ten years old still infuses with bright green color and rich deep taste. Red clover blossoms dried five years old are still wonderfully scented and brightly hued. Cronewort harvested twenty years ago fills the room with her scent and tastes reliably bitter.

That depends on:    

1.    The weather when the herb was harvested.
2.    How the plant was grown.
3.    How the herb was harvested.
4.    How the herb was dried.
5.    How the herb was stored.
6.    How the herb was prepared before and after storage

I will discuss each of these variables in further detail on the very next page, where you will also find a new slippery elm recipe. Mentorship students will continue their studies of slippery elm throughout this week with lots more slippery elm recipes and info and will find a much longer discussion of the topic of herb longevity in their special ezine pages.

Wishing you all spring green blessings.
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