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Mother's Herbal Musings
Mother's Herbal Musings
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Portland, OR, US
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Cool Temperate

Chris Muscat Paul Ciaramitaro Reed Burnam

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Summer is almost here, and all but three of my babies have left this home.

A wide variety of medicinal herbs were born this spring in our greenhouse! Valerian, chamomile, yarrow, mugwort, nettle, lavender, calendula, horhound....and a few I have forgotten I am certain. With the farm's main focus being the growth of food, I hadn't space for all my babes so, they were sold and gifted. I sit with a mere three little lavernder plants for myself to enjoy.

There is much joy in gifting friends and family with plants, though many hadn't a clue what they had been gifted exactly. This made gifting them all the more fun for me. This was a way for me to share with others the excitement of medicinal plants, and to show many that there are various uses for these lifeforms we often call weeds. At our seedling sale, I found great pleasure in telling our customers about these unfamiliar plants. I would deliver an excited message of their healing powers and how our ancestors probably all used them in some form of home remedy. Some customers would be inspired enough to pick a brand and take it home, others were surprised at what I had learned about the plants, and how someone my age was so eager to talk about it...and would politely deny a purchase.

I wasn't bothered by the later outcome, as I still saw opportunity there. I was still able to turn someones attention to herbal healing and a broader outlook on plants in general. So...though, here I sit with my mere three plants. I am so happy that I did help birth and raise the 500 plus that have now left my home, and found their way to happy soils with their new friends.

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