It's been 1 week of grey cloudy weather. And chilly, around 7C during the evenings. Yesterday, the door to the solarium was left ajar, perhaps blown open by the wind, and when I awoke it was a cool 20C in the house. I've since gone back to wearing PJs with long sleeves and hanging-out in lounge pants :(
It's also been rainy. Like today. Finally, the sun peeked out, and what started as a sun shower turned into pelting rain. Foraging has been out all week and looks like it won't be 'til Thursday 'til I get a chance to grab anything, unless it's just foraging for food. The other day at work, I did collect a good bundle of Sow Thistle and Dandelion leaves. I have yet to make juice with them as the cool weather has left me bereft of craving for melon and other cleansing fruits. That's right, back to the good ol' soup pot and wild soups! ;)
The update on the garden at work is that there is none at the moment, so I'm thinking I will have to take things into my own hands, aka get out the pitchfork and put in some labor. We'll see how that goes next week, which is when I'm thinking about putting in the time, barring the weather of course. It's looking like it's going to be another short growing season this year, same as last, but getting the seeds into the ground will still mean we'll be able to reap some produce, if only come September.
The good news is I checked up on all the plants growing in the balcony pots and some are coming along really well. Nasturtium and Zinnia, for example, have huge leaves. Cucumber and Tomato plants are small but also coming along. I spotted some Dill, Basil, Marshmallow and Nettle seedlings. And I even did some pruning today, removing large leaves from Pineapple Sage (she smells pineappley lovely!), Lemon Verbena, Anise Hyssop and Zinnia. I also collected some Chickweed ---she's growing in several pots with other plants as well as her own designated pots, thank-you--- and some leaves from Malva. I tried the flowers from both Malva Sylvestris and the Rosea one and compared the difference: the latter one had a pleasant smell while the former was much more mucilaginous. I also found the leaves of M. sylvestris to be more mucilaginous as well, and definitely would recommend using this plant to treat leaky gut.
Both Pennyroyal and Hyssop plants I purchased from the flower market seem rather shaggy and could also use a pruning. Haven't been to the market to look for any new friends, but thinking might encounter some new ones while foraging, once the weather gets back into summer mode, that is.
Sipping on a nice brew of Angelica, Turmeric and Red Clover infusion. It's that moon time of the month and I felt I needed some circulatory herbs to move things along. No cramping, but I had a slight bit of back pain, indicating a weakness of the kidneys. In the past, I've used Rehmannia and Goji berries, sometimes He Shou Wu, to help build the energy, but I've since stopped when my body told me to. I was purchasing my herbs from Chinatown and while in the past my body seemed to be OK with the chemicals on the herbs, it seemed no longer was the case. Dragon Herbs by Ron Teegarden is supposed to be of good quality and I am sure there are other organic suppliers out there. Will be more pricey than what I've been paying, but well worth using clean-sourced herbs and not impinging on the Liver Qi ;)
Interesting how herbs are construed according to the diagnostic tool, aka Western herbalism vs. TCM. In TCM, for example, Angelica root is seen as a superior blood tonic while Western herbalism regards her more as a heroic herb, to be taken on occasion, when needed. I confess that when it comes to the viewpoint of how a herb is supposed to be used ---and seeing that there are different perspectives--- I use my body as a guide to see whether it gives the OK or not :)
Point in case: I tried using some Motherwort tincture to help move things along. Although a circulatory herb and emmenagogue, Motherwort has a cold energy according to TCM. Yet I followed the Western way of taking 15 drops every 15 minutes until my symptoms were supposed to subside. Key word supposed to, because Motherwort wasn't working. So, while my tea was gaining strength (aka infusing), I took a capsule of Turmeric and within 5-10 minutes, all gone.
Interestingly, while Turmeric has recently been touted as an anti-inflammatory superherb that many are advocating to be consumed every day, Ayurvedic medicine has long known about her healing properties. Yet whatever herb is being used, dosage and frequency should be dependent upon symptoms and tailored to the person, rather than following what herb is in the vogue du jour ;)
And on that jour note, my dear sunshine, it's time I get on to burning up the energy with tasks that attend my presence. Nice seeing your light energy come this way, hope to be seein' you again real soon :)
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