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May 21: Wild Rose
Clue: Health your heart and mind with every breath you take of my flowers. I look different than my relatives you may be used to seeing but I hold the official name for my family full of apples, pears, and more.
Wild roses are one of the most pleasant herbs to harvest on your plant walks. Keep a jar with a bit of grain alcohol and spring water in your bag and simply add a few flowers as you go. Remember to not harvest every flower you see. The plants need to be able to make seeds. This tincture can be used to help lift your spirits and is great added to the end of cooking or for use in cocktails. Rose is a wonderful heart opening herb. Be sure to also check out our recipe to make rose chocolates and learn more in our class for New Herbal Enthusiasts.
May 22: Lavender
Clue: You already love my aroma and it is found everywhere. You may take my flowers and put them under your bed to help you sleep or add a few to your tea to help calm you as well. Don’t add to much of me though. My flavor is very strong and can repel some people.
While lavender is not one of my favorite herbs it is lovely to help calm the nerves when the essential oil is put into a humidifier, when the flowers are added to pillow satchels, or when a few flowers are added to tea, a meal, or even just sprinkled around the house before vacuuming. Lavender has so many uses. Let us know some of your favorites.
May 23: Goldenseal
Clue: You may spot me better when my seeds are red but I am hard to find because I am going extinct. My roots are a lovely yellow and I am the main ingredient in the Golden Salve. Be sure you are cultivating me and not wildcrafting me so I can keep growing in the wild on my own.
With all of our endangered medicinal plants, be sure to research them thoroughly through the United Plant Savers before using them. I do not commonly use this plant due to it’s conservation status but it is an amazing anti-microbial plant for use on wounds when healing. If you are searching for this plant you will only find it in shady forests in the undergrowth. It does not survive well in the sun.
May 24: Jewelweed
Clue: I like to keep my feet wet so I grow near streams. My arch nemesis, poison ivy, also likes to grow near me so I work hard to keep you from getting rashes. Just grab me and rub me on your arms and legs when you have touched poison ivy to prevent yourself from getting a rash.
This is one of the plants I make sure to harvest and preserve every year. It is not hard to find, just look for wet boggy areas. It is a late bloomer and don’t expect to harvest it until the end of the summer or early fall. I generally recommend harvesting the top 8-10 inches of the plant for use while it is in flower. It can be rubbed right on the skin to prevent a rash or use it if you just touched poison ivy, stinging nettles, or any other plant you might think is similar to those two.
May 25: Calendula
Clue: Hi! I am one of The Dancing Herbalist’s favorite herbs and I am in a large number of TDH’s products because I am an amazing anti-inflammatory and tissue healing herb for cuts, scrapes, and even a number of skin rashes.
I talk about calendula so much I am going to take a break from it today. Click on calendula to read on a lovely series of posts about many features of this herb and be sure to use the search bar at the bottom of every post if you want to find more on The Dancing Herbalist’s Blog on calendula.
Jillian Carnrick, founder and manager of The Dancing Herbalist, has a Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine, practices as a nutritionist, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Is Medicine Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine. The Dancing Herbalist posts on this blog every Thursday. For more of our posts, join us on Patreon. Jillian also presents regular live classes in The Dancing Herbalist’s home herbalist courses online. For more learning opportunities or work one-on-one with Jillian with her wellness and herbal consultations visit The Dancing Herbalist.com.