Herb(s) of the Week – Elder Flower (Part 1 – Introduction)

Posted on November 29, 2011. Filed under: Herb(s) of the Week | Tags: |

Every week I spend some special time focusing on a particular plant (and sometimes I work with combinations of them according what I feel I need that week) some I have worked with before, while others I’m exploring for the first time – always exciting!

Usually this involves some combination of the following things:

  • Drinking lots of infusions of it every day
  • Reading about it every day
  • Carrying an image of the whole plant with me
  • Meditating on that image
  • Journeying on it

This week it is all about Elder (Sambucus nigra) flowers!  I’ll do the litany (the bit that all herbalists do about this plant is good for this and that) later in the week in my own quirky fashion.  Right now, I’m enjoying the flirty and fun “so where have you been all my life you awesome plant” feeling.

Things they leave off in books that I’ll share:

(Image by Michael Blackmore - Mad Crow Herbals)

The brewed infusion is just beautiful.  I have to admit I pause in the morning before pressing it out to put in my thermos for the day, just looking at it and cooing.   (This quick snap on my cell phone camera doesn’t do it justice.)

And the infusion is mega-yummy.  Seriously.

More to come…

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3 Responses to “Herb(s) of the Week – Elder Flower (Part 1 – Introduction)”

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I am so excited to see this blog of yours, Michael! (Or should I say, Mad Crow… ) You have such a fun, creative and thorough way of looking at the herbs – I am really looking forward to reading about your future herbs of the week!

Aw, thanks Steph (aks flowerfolkherbs!) I’ll love hearing your feedback as well. See what you think about the more serious first book review, maybe the next book will be one I’m more enthusiastic about!

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