• Plant Lore

    Hazel

    I went out to the hazel wood, Because a fire was in my head… ~ William Butler Yeats “You can call me Hazel”, she said as a cold winter breeze drifted through her catkin hair, making the golden tassels ripple and dance. The movement stirred up infinitesimal motes that took flight, getting caught up in the small bristles of the crimson flowers that adorned her branches. (Those motes would serve a purpose, but more of that later.) Hazel’s home was near a winding stream. “I do like it here”, she confided, “but sometimes I wonder what it would be like near a slightly larger bit of water that was a…

  • Plant Lore

    Meadowsweet

    Botanical Name: Filipendula ulmaria Botanical Family: Rosaceae (Rose family) Common Name: Mead-sweet, Queen of the Meadow, Bridewort, Lady of the Meadow Part Used: aerial portions Collection: between June-August, at the time of flowering Organs Affected: liver, bladder, colon Vital Actions:…