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Like many of you, I am deeply troubled by the injustice happening in North Dakota right now. I have been searching my heart for how I can serve. Since I cannot physically be there and my funds are limited, I feel the best way I can contribute is by sending medicine. I will be making healing salves in convenient to hand out and carry 1/2 oz tubes for the #waterprotectors. This includes Boo Boo Sticks, Sore Muscle Salve, Breathe! Salve, Burn Stick and Body Butter. But I cannot do this alone. Until our water is safe, 10% of sales at my web store, kindredroot will go toward this cause and I will be accepting donations (both here and at my website) to help me pay for it (mainly the containers).
Contact me for more details. Thank you.
Fred Rogers always said when things are bad, look for the helpers. It is time that we become the helpers. We must do whatever is within our power to stand with and support the people at Standing Rock. They are fighting for each and every one of us. They are fighting for our mother, the Earth and they cannot do it alone. We are #inthistogether and if we can stay together, we are strong and powerful beyond imagining. Together we can turn the tide of hate and desecration in this country and in this world. In Love and Solidarity. Maria
Yay! Spring has sprung and with it new life, new opportunities and fresh beginnings! I love Spring for the all of it’s abundant possibilities! As I walk around my property and through my neighborhood, I welcome back old friends. Dead nettle is blooming already and garlic mustard is right behind. I see fresh purple hued sprouts of stinging nettles as well as the first succulent leaves of my precious dandelions. I even saw some violets blooming! If you have been longing to get to know your green allies, now is the perfect time and my EarthDeva Oracle coloring and activity book is the perfect companion. Loaded with photos, recipes and plant information, EarthDeva Oracle will guide you through your garden and introduce you to 13 new friends who will take you on a journey of discovery…not only of them but of yourself. Now through April 15, the Spring Equinox download is on sale for only $4.95!! That is $10.00 off the regular price! Crazy, I know. Grab your download here, today!
On this important night, let us all remember our power, our light and the amazing connection we have to everything and everyone. Allow your hearts to rest in the Mother’s womb to be reborn into Wholeness. The journey is not at it’s end but at a glorious new beginning! The Solstice means stillness and it is a time to rebirth ourSelves! To step into the void and create from the place of pure potential…on this darkest of nights, anything and everything is possible. What will you create? Brightest Solstice Blessings to all!
It was a dark night when the Oak King lay down on the forest floor to rest. “I am so weary” he said “I will rest here for a bit then continue on.” But the Oak King never woke, he slept on into the night as a light snow blanketed him.
As he slept, the Tree Mother approached quietly so as not to wake him. “Ahhh” she whispered, “it is time.” She tenderly laid her hand upon his forehead and breathed the forest through her. As she did, the Oak Kings’ form began to tremble and shift and he melded with the forest floor, swallowed into the womb of the Earth.
“Where has he gone?” the faery children cried. “He is with the Great Mother now.” Tree Mother replied. “But what will we do without him?” “We wait.” she said. “He is not lost to us my ones, only resting. He will rest in the womb of the Great Mother to grown young again.” “Grow young again?” they chorused. “Yes. Tonight, we hold vigil with Her, the Great Mother as she labors through this the night of nights. Go now and prepare, light all of your candles and set your hearths ablaze. For she is birthing the Sun back to us to warm the world.” The littles scurried off and set about making their forest homes glow. Tree Mother called to her fire and sat in deep meditation. We are with you Great Mother, we moan with you, move with you, we shall light the way and push with you. When we satiate our thirst yours, too will be sated. For we are one with you on this night and always.
As she sat the wee ones gathered around her. They chanted, they sang, they sat in deep communion with the Great Mother. All night, they held vigil as all good midwives do.
Just before dawn, Tree Mother rose and began walking toward the highest hill. The littles fell in behind her. Silently, they walked until they reached the highest peak, then they waited. With one last great effort the Great Mother shrieked and groaned and the sky exploded with glorious Light! Cheers arose from the forest and around the world and all the people and critters and beings danced with joyous hearts for the Sun had returned! Born of the darkest night to Light the world.
This, too happens for each of us individually. Allow the Sun to be reborn in your hearts, allow the Light of your Inner Being to shine like a beacon through the longest darkest night.
The wheel turneth and we begin again. Blessed be the Light!
Spring, Summer and Fall! Get them all, spiral bound and ready to explore. And, they are on sale through the Holiday Season. Winter Solstice Book is in the works. Check them out at KindredRoot.com. Order by December 15 for Yule/Christmas delivery. Love!
When I began this journey years ago, I had a vision of delighted humans of all ages, out in nature, connected and glowing. Feeling the joy that I feel every time I step outside and put my feet on our beauty full Earth. The idea made me buzz with excitement. Yet at the same time filled me with fear. Fear that I was not good enough, fear that I couldn’t produce such a book, fear that no one would buy it…hear me…see me. Life is funny. In time, I saw that my fears are what kept me invisible and feeling small. That voice in my head was not truthful. It was afraid of being hurt, laughed at…ridiculed. With love, compassion and time, I have healed the wounding connected to that voice. You can, too.
This journey that we can take together is unique and powerful! It is a journey of discovery, not only of nature and plants but of your unique self. The beauty full Light that emanates from within you. That Light fuels your creativity that brings joy to life. This creativity is our signature, our individuality and it permeates all aspect of our life, even those aspects that seem devoid of creativity…like history or math…
There is a sad trend occurring in our world today. A devaluing of art. Artists are being asked time and again to give their work away for free, to do it for the publicity…just for the joy of creation. This is not OK. It is disrespectful to the Soul. Our Soul and the Soul of the world. What would life be like without art…music, paintings, dance…it would be a dark and boring place. But if we accept, collectively, to this idea that an artists work has no monetary value, then it will die. Artists deserve to be supported just as much as doctors or lawyers for without art, without creativity…the Soul withers.
I had a friend tell me that I should lower the price on my book. That I was asking too much. Not because he saw no value but because the market would not support it. Well, I don’t agree with that. I cannot. For if I succumb to this logic, I am devaluing my art, my creation, my Soul…and I am asking you to do the same. I will not do that.
I love your beauty full Soul. I want to see if shining brightly, daring greatly and creating amazing works that support you fully. To be true to these words, I must adhere to them as well. I do. I will. I am.
Introducing!! EarthDeva Oracle earth-centered coloring and activity book for humans through all ages. Here are a few pages to give you an idea of what you will receive. It is available for download now at KindredRoot.com
Much Love and many Blessings!
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Remember the days when you could pop on the tube to relax and the only danger you were in from watching the commercials were a few extra pounds (Bundt cake) or some unwanted nagging from the kids over the latest toy? Ahh, the good ole days when the media kept the programming quotient set to simmer. Those days are long gone. Now we are inundated with ads selling all the latest drugs and vaccines because surely we are all going to die. They run so many drug ads you barely remember what you turned on the TV to actually watch.
So much fear crammed into every ad block, it’s no wonder our immune systems get fried, especially this time of year in the northern hemisphere.
The decrease in beneficial sun rays depletes our already low vitamin D stores, the holiday sweets and general debauchery add to our stress and weaken our gut health…then we are on the go constantly…events, parties, work…it’s the perfect cocktail upon which mr/mrs virus/bacteria can capitalize.
But, I got my flu shot! I’m covered! Unfortunately, the flu shot only covers 3 or 4 of the hundreds of viruses that are out there waiting for a host to become available. Not to mention the debilitating effects vaccines in general have on the immune system. According to a study published in the Journal of Virology, the annual flu vaccine can weaken children’s resistance to other types of influenza virus, including those that could cause a pandemic.  While a study in the New England Journal of Medicine of May 1996 revealed that tetanus vaccine disables the immune system in HIV patients. Tetanus vaccination produced a drop in T cells in 10 of 13 patients, a classic sign of immune deficiency. 
So what can we do? A lot. The human body is an extraordinary organism, expertly orchestrated with the innate ability to maintain health and in the event it becomes necessary, heal itself. Keeping our bodies healthy is really much easier than we have been led to believe. Here is a basic rundown of what your body needs:
- Rest. No, scrolling through facebook for hours does not count.
- Healthy Food. If you can recognize it as something that grows in the earth and you can pronounce it…you’re good
- Clean water. Avoid chemicals and fluoride
- Stoke that vitamin D factory!
- Studies have shown that moderate exercise boosts your immune system! 
- Last but certainly not least. Self-love being the most important but never underestimated the power of friendship, both human and animal.
So, we are all human and this world is rife with temptations…we strive to achieve the list above but there are times when we don’t. Then what?
This is when it is important to have allies. Beings who are here to guide us through the rough patches and support the body back to the road of glittering health.
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra, S. cerulea, S. Canadensis) can be one of those allies. In the plant world she is a powerhouse. The berries are anti-viral, immunomodulating, and antioxidant rich while the flowers are anti-viral, relaxing nervine, relaxing diaphoretic, and diuretic.
Herbalist Kristine Brown writes that the Native Americans believed that elder would heal all the illnesses anyone could ever have. They believed it would promote a long life, giving reason to the name “elder.”
According to herbalist and educator Rosalee de la Foret, elderberries have long been used as an ally against upper respiratory infections. They’ve been scientifically proven to be effective against at least 8 different influenza viruses including H1N1. Loaded with flavanoids, which are potent antioxidants that have been known to prevent viral replication, halting a virus in its tracks.
Elderberry can be used daily as a preventative, at the onset of symptoms as well as during an illness to shorten its duration.
” In clinical trials, patients who took the elderberry juice syrup reported fast termination of symptoms. Twenty percent reported significant improvement within 24 hours, 70% by 48 hours, and 90% claimed a complete cure after three days. Patients receiving the placebo required six days for recovery. As proof that elder has more to it than the enzyme neutralizing constituents, researchers found that the patients who took it also had higher levels of antibodies against the flu virus. ”
Paul Bergner, Herbalist
In our busy lives, it’s important to have an ally such as elderberry. Supporting our immune system has never been so easy and so delicious! Why weaken your system with a vaccine when you can strengthen it with Elderberry!
Elven food porn. Yep, that’s what I’m calling it. That’s what happens when you combine fresh spring stinging nettles with organic garlic, organic raw walnuts, sheep’s milk romano and lemon juice to create a taste bud-gasm. One that is good for you to boot! It is a definite win and so easy.
Stinging Nettle (urtica diotica) grows wild in meadows and fields everywhere. She is a shining jewel for herbalists and foragers alike. She is best harvested before she flowers so get out there soon!
Urtica has very high levels of minerals, especially, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, silica, iodine, silicon, sodium, and sulfur. Is also a good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and B complex vitamins and high levels of easily absorbable amino acids. I have read varying sources stating the protein content ranges between 10 and 25 percent! That’s heavy for a leafy green!
But what about the sting, you ask? Yes, there is that. There is no doubt that when you brush against her, it hurts! With this chemical cocktail it’s no wonder: acetylcholine, histamine, 5-HT (serotonin), moroidin, leukotrienes, and formic acid. The remedy? Approach her with respect and mindfulness.
No. Sudden. Movements!
Seriously, when I harvest her leaves, if I mindfully pick one at a time, slowly, I do not get stung. If you do get stung, look around you…you should be able to find some plantain or dock within a few feet, pick a leaf, chew it up and spit it out onto the sting, it will relieve the pain right away. It’s called a spit poultice and it is stellar field first aid.
But we are making pesto, so we need more than just a few leaves. Wear gloves and a long sleeved shirt, and simply snip the top 3rd of the plant into a big bowl. No touching needed. When you get home, you will want to blanch the leaves for 3 minutes in boiling water. Then plunge into cold/ice water. This will neutralize the chemicals that cause the sting. Take it from me; eating a raw nettle leaf…may cause gagging and coughing. Been there, while I was being interviewed for the local newspaper about foraging. Embarrassing.
Once your nettles are blanched, strained and cooled, pop them into the food processor and grind with the rest of your ingredients! Simple. Use your nettle pesto the same as you would basil pesto!
Stinging Nettle Pesto
Makes 4– 8oz jars
- 8 cups of nettles
- 1 cup pecorino romano or parmesan if you prefer
- 1 cup walnuts (any nut will do, really)
- 5 garlic cloves, peeled
- Juice of 1 lemon and zest
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup olive oil (or just enough to pull it all together)
This is the basic recipe. I added a few random leaves from the garden. Five sprigs of lemon balm and 3 small bunches of wood sorrel for a lemony touch and a handful of mizuna lettuce to add a peppery zing. These extras are not necessary if you don’t have them.
♥ Enjoy! Maria