Ready for a family-friendly main course concocted from the plant thought to be the most nutritive on the planet? Get your harvesting gloves out, grab your scissors and a bag or colander, and let's get snipping. The recipe is super adaptable to whatever you have in your cupboard + nettles (or even other spring greens).
A succus is essentially a fancy word for a beneficial, concentrated herbal juice, typically preserved with some kind of alcohol. I’m going to make a cleavers succus for acute gentle lymph support, especially when this is so needed during recuperation from a bout with a bug or a time when the body is under prolonged stress.
Imagine a glass of ice-cold peppermint tea on a hot day. Or the cheerful, earthy fragrance of lemon balm when you pinch a leaf as you walk by. Or a playful young cat rolling with ecstasy in the catnip in the nearby herb garden.
May Day is the half-way point between the spring equinox and summer solstice. It is the time that marks the greening of the earth and the move into greater abundance and fertility. All around flowers are beckoning us and insects are pollinating.
Formerly Senecio aureus is now Packera aurea. Named for John Packer at the University of Alberta, Canada who has been differentiating those Senecio species originating in the old world (Europe) and those native to the Americas, this plant, also known as liferoot, is in a category of its own. Liferoot(Packera aurea) is a beautiful golden herb that when taken 10-30 drops at a time helps promote the optimal function of the female reproductive system and menstrual cycle.
For many in the Northern Hemisphere, February can be a harsh and bitter month. It is often cold and dreary. Yet at the same time, small but sturdy signs of new life begin to appear: lambs are born, ravens build their nests, days get softly longer, and the earth begins to be tilled.