Native Plants for Healing the Land after Fire

First publish ed September 19, 2018 “Destructive fires in California have increased in both number and severity over the last decades. … Recent drought and bark beetle tree mortality has resulted in millions of dead and dying trees … significantly weakened to resist fires.” – Nevada County 2018-19 Fire Safe Guide   “This is California’s new normal,” says Governor Jerry Brown. Contributors to the New Normal warmer and longer …

Yerba Santa – Fire Follower & Phlegm Fighter

First published Juen 29, 2018 Yerba santa – Eriodictyon californicum – is native to California and Oregon. Its common name is Spanish for “sainted weed” or “blessed herb.” Native people are thought to have educated the early missionaries about plant uses. Habitat This sun-loving plant generally grows on east or south-facing slopes. It can be found near Douglas-fir, Madrone, Ponderosa Pine, Jeffry pine,  Black, Blue, …

Mugwort – Dream Plant with a Long History

First published May 23, 2017 Aromatic mugwort has been used to help women with menstrual and menopausal issues, it has been included with greens to stuff geese, and used to make beer before hops became popular. Its generic name, Artemisia, comes from the Greek moon goddess, Artemis, patron of women. In Pagan ceremonies, a belt of mugwort was worn while dancing around the fire summer solstice …