Happy Solstice!

St. Francis of Assisi statue in the town of Assisi

Italian Adventure 2018

This October I travelled to Tuscany and was able to stay on an olive farm near Survereto, a town near the sea below Pisa. The family farm is called Le Germandine, and the owners welcomed me spending the day with them harvesting olives for olive oil. Their land had an ancient grove of trees with some of the trees close to 350 years old. They harvested about 500 kilos of olives a day and then drove the olives to an organic press, picking up the freshly pressed olive oil the next day. At first the new olive oil has a bitter taste; as it ages the taste gets mellower and sweeter.

I enjoyed getting to know the family, who also had an herb farm and herb lab on their land. In between the olive trees they had planted Helychrisum, an herb I use as an essential oil for pain in my practice. One evening they invited us to their herb lab and gave us a tour. They are very dedicated to producing organic products and sold herbal teas, rose syrups, digestive bitters, and tinctures. It was a pleasure to meet Italian herbalists.

Rain Forest Remedies Class – Belize 2018

Salve Making Class

 

On August 5th, 2017 I taught a salve making class at my home in Graham. We made plantain and chickweed salve with essential oils of Frankincense.

This is a wonderful combination of three powerful plant oils for healing itchy skin from bug bites, for healing burns including sunburn, dry and cracked skin and rashes.

We also made a spiritual bath with the sacred plants of Tulsi, basil and marigolds.

Each woman took a bowl of this healing water and went outside and meditated in Nature.

Gratitude for the plants and a lovely day spent with wonderful women!