Week of March 5 - green blessings from Florida

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 10:53 AM | Anonymous

Warm Greetings to You All from Sunny Florida

Here’s a shot of me with some of the wonderful, juicy, green folk at the Florida Herb Conference. The yummy ones of Learning Herbs, to be specific: John and his delightful children.

I had a most glorious time at the conference, though getting there presented a challenge. My plane to Orlando on Thursday was canceled and I had to arise by 3:30am on Friday, the day of my intensive, to catch a 6am flight. (Those who know me well, know I strive to avoid doing anything at those times!) And instead of a direct flight of 2 ½ hours, I was routed through Baltimore to Indianapolis and then on to Orlando, for a total of 6 ½ hours. Oy vey.

My travel guardian came though. I found a direct flight from Baltimore to Orlando (no offense Indianapolis) and asked to be put on standby.  “No chance. This is a completely full, oversold flight,” I was told. So when all the passengers had boarded, I picked up my bags to walk to the gate for my flight to Indiana. As I walked off, I heard my name. Turned. Was motioned to the gate. And let on the plane!

My suitcase full of books went to Indianapolis and arrived on Saturday, with the lock was jammed. I unjammed it with a screwdriver, and tore the skin off two fingers. Bloody mess. Really, lots of blood dripping off my hand. I turned around, to the green friends growing behind me, looking for help, and there was Spanish needles, the ubiquitous weed of Florida. Without hesitation, I picked some, chewed it, and applied it to my wounded fingers.

The bleeding stopped immediately! Faster than yarrow. Someone went in search of, found, and brought to me, some Florida plantain: fuzzy as all get out, with round little protrusions off the edge of the leaf. It tasted just like plantain though when I chewed it for a spit poultice to put under a handy sticky bandage.

And on the weekend went, with delicious food, a fantastic presentation by David Winston on the history of herbalism in America, lots of classes, singing, and green blessings. Don’t miss next year’s Florida Herbal Conference. It is superbly organized, genial, fun, and a great way to increase your herbal knowledge.

Herbal medicine is people’s medicine. And green blessings are everywhere.


We have a shorter ezine this week but enjoy Susun's recipe for homemade balsamic vinegar. It's a great time of the year to make it!

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