planetary influences on medicinal plants and preparations

Apothecary's tools-Mortar and Pestle

APOTHECARY’S APPRENTICE HAMILTON HERBAL WORKSHOPS Medieval Apothecary’s Garden- courtesy the Guttenberg Project. The Apothecary’s Apprentice is a hands-on “how-to” series of workshops in Hamilton that focuses on the practical and applied side of herbalism.  In the style of old fashioned apprenticeships, participants are invited to work with the apothecary on each of the seasons herbal products as the year unfolds. The goal of […]

Anatomical_Man

Nicholas Culpeper‘s  books and “herbals” have been considered classic and well-respected references for hundreds of years now.  Packed with recipes, plant profiles and lore, Culpeper sets out the proper way to identify plants, diagnose and treat patients based on astrological rulerships, “The doctrine of signatures” and Galen’s philosophy of humors. Not only do they give us […]

The-Earths-Shadow_

  Every year, from the Winter Solstice   till Spring or so, many of us struggle with our inner darkness. The long  nights and lack of sunlight resonate with our own shadows, drawing them to the surface.  Like clockwork, yearly, we experience the ebb of light and the rise of darkness within. Just as the oceans, we […]

Distilling essential oil of Wild Ginger

Distilling Wild Ginger Essential Oil Distillations, mistillations and musings No matter how much experience and knowledge we have, how much care and control we exercise, we will still, on occasion, make critical mistakes. We are quick to record and share our successes, but usually, slow to share our failures. However, if we adhere to a […]

Candied Wild Ginger 2013-Apothecary's Garden

Wild Ginger – Asarum Canadense,Ontario Since I posted my recipe for candied wild Ginger made from dry wild Ginger, I have been itching to make the “from fresh” version. I had to be patient, waiting till it had finished flowering and seeding itself, it seemed the polite, considerate thing to do. No one likes to be […]

I must admit the resulting candied recipe from fresh Wild Ginger is a little different. A little more succulent and tender than the same product from dry. They both have the same level of yumminess, taste and fragrance, but the winter version from dried is a tad, well, drier. Chewier.

I’ve noticed more questions regarding problems with Wildflower Wines are coming in via Google search terms. Since I’ve had some challenges with my own batch of 2013 dandelion wine, it seems appropriate to address them here and share their solutions in case it is of help to anyone who feels stuck with the same problems. […]