COURTESY PHOTOS | Wild weeds become tea.
With a passion and vast knowledge of herbs and a prolific career in design, herbalist Dawn Petter teaches classes about the art of plant-based healing. Her classes are imaginative and accessible and are taught to encourage students to use herbal medicine in their daily lives.
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Herbal smudge sticks.
“Gather them before the frost, they want to be used,” she whispered.
Sonomi, my sweet farmer friend, handed me the garden clippers from her apron pocket. Her gesture nodding towards the gate with permission to go into the gardens and harvest. This was the last of the warmer days before the November cold snap. With baskets, clippers and a thankful heart I stepped into the herb garden at KK’s Biodynamic Farm in Southold. (more…)
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Basil from the author’s garden.
Basil uplifts my spirit like no other plant in the garden. Just the smell of it elevates my mood, awakens my senses and gets me motivated. Valued as an important culinary herb, basil holds even more uses in any herbal medicine cabinet. (more…)
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | Aromatic herbs and flowers can help cheer the heart.
In this busy age of constant communication and high speed movement, our bodies are constantly being stimulated and it may be difficult to find a pause in our day for a simple moment of relaxation. In different times we may have retreated to a garden — in a little aromatic corner, finding time for reflection and admiration for the beautiful things in life. Taking time, like the old saying goes, “to stop and smell the roses.” (more…)
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | The nettle can sting, but it has soothing properties as well.
I can recall feeling well accomplished when my first little nettle transplant that I had brought back from my herbal apprenticeship in the mountains of Vermont had finally established itself in the corner of my garden. (more…)