A big part of druidry, to many, is cultivating sacred relationships with the trees and plants around us. My blog examines this in many, many different directions–here are just a few of those!
Druid Tree Workings
This is a whole series of posts on working closely with the trees.
- Druid Tree Workings: Finding the Face of the Tree: Sometimes the trees themselves share lessons with us about how to work with them, to talk with them, heal with them. These are often presented to me as mystery teachings from the trees themselves–and I’ll be sharing some of these teachings with you. The first of these is finding the face of the tree.
Druid Tree Workings: Connecting with the Tree on the Outer Planes: A primer on how to communicate with trees using “outer” approaches like observation and movement.
- Druid Tree Workings: Connecting with The Trees on the Inner Planes: A primer on how to use meditation, journeying, and inner communication with trees.
- Druid Tree Workings: Holding Space and Helping Tree Spirits Pass: There comes a time when one of your tree friends–or many of your tree friends–face cruel reality of the chainsaw. What then, does one do when one hears the cry of the forest? This, dear readers, is a very different kind of tree working, and one that I’ve been compelled to share.
Sacred Trees of the Midwest/Northeast
My extended series on tree magic for trees in my bioregion:
- Sacred Tree Profile: Hawthorn (Lore, medicine, magic, and mystery)
- Sacred Tree Profile: Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga Canadensis) – Magic, Mythology, and Qualities
- Sacred Tree Profile: American Beech (Fagus Grandiflora) – Magic, Medicine, and Qualities
- Sacred Tree Profile: Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) – Magic, Mythology, and Medicinal Qualities
- Sacred Tree Profile: Eastern White Cedar (Thuja Occidentalis)
- Sacred Tree Profile: Hickory’s Magical, Medicinal, and Herbal Qualities
Wildcrafting Medicine and Wild Food/Mushroom Foraging
- Introduction to Wildcrafting and Foraging, Part I: Equipment, Resources, What to Learn, and Timing: This post focuses on focuses on introducing the reader to how to effectively wildcraft/forage, and is built upon my extensive experiences foraging and wildcrafting, which I have been doing in some form since childhood. This post offers definitions, supply lists, resources, what and how to learn, and information on timing.
- Introduction to Wildcrafting and Foraging, Part II: Places to Gather, Ethical Harvesting, Avoiding Pollution, and Foraging as Spiritual Practice: This post will talk about places to gather, avoiding contaminants in the landscape, the ethics of harvesting, and the spiritual side to foraging and wildcrafting.
- Resources to learn Inner and Outer Worlds of Herbalism: “There are a lot of ways to become an herbalist, and this list provides some ways to get started. Like anything worth doing, herbalism requires dedication and practice. Traditional western herbalism contains an immense body of knowledge that requires not only good memory and study skills, but also intuition, observation, and reasoning. It will take years to develop enough knowledge to be a deeply effective herbalist, but you will also learn things even on your first day of studying herbs that you can apply to better your health and address various ailments.”
- Embracing the Weeds: Weedwalking, Weedtending, Weedcrafting: “Weeds. The term conjures up images of plants that are unwanted and unloved, the bane of township “noxious weed ordinances” and suburbanites, and the quiet recipient of so many unfounded assumptions. Yet these are the plants that are the best medicine, that give us regeneration and life in our soils. These are the plants that can grow in harsh conditions (dry conditions, drought, sidewalk cracks, even handle some chemical sprays) when so many others fail. These weeds are the plants that tend our wounds, that detoxify our bodies, that provide valuable forage for pollinators, that break up compacted soil, that heal our lands.”
- Herbalism as a Sacred Spiritual Practice. This post suggests that we can incorporate herbalism practice into other nature-based spiritual practices and compliment our spiritual life.
- Magical and Medicinal Tincture Making: Hawthorn at Samhuinn: An introduction to magical crafting and making hawthorn tincture.
- Elderberry Elixir with Ginger, Cinnamon, and Cloves: Immune system boosting for winter ailments!
- Digestive Bitters – Locally harvested and created for digestive health
- Backyard Healing Salve Recipe with Plantain, Chickweed, and Ground Ivy: Salves can be made from any herbal ingredient that can be used topically. Because salves are oil-based, they are particularly good for cuts, minor burns, bug bites, skin irritations, dry and chapped skin, scrapes, bee stings, brush burns, and so on. This post will provide the recipe for my healing salve as well as insight into three plants used in the healing salve, all of which can be found abundant in most lawns and mowed areas.
- Sacred Herbalism and Medicine Making at Lughnassadh. Sacred medicine making for one of our wonderful plant-filled holidays, Lughnassadh. Goldenrod, tinctures, dried herbs, and more!
- Herbal Remedies: Steam Inhalations for Sinus and Lung Issues: The steam inhalation is very simple. You get a pot and put some water onto boil, make an herbal steam, and enjoy!
- Making a Double-Extract Reishi Mushroom Tincture. Instructions for how to do it!
Wild Food and Medicine Plant Profiles
- Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma Tsugae)
- Sweet Violets (Violata Ordata)
- Black Rasberries + Fruit Leather
- Dandelion (and Wine recipes here)
- Burdock Root
- Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms
- Apple – Harvesting, pressing, and fermenting apple cider
- Autumn Olive /Autumn Berry (Elaeagnus Umbellata)
- Elder(flower): A delightful beverage and powerful medicinal treat!
- Dryad’s Saddle Mushroom