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Healing Wise ...
with Susun Weed

Winter Greetings

Glorious winter greetings to you all.

susun weed

Just six more weeks until Winter Solstice, the mid- point of winter. It may be hard to believe that we are already into winter if you go by the temperature, but not if you feel the squeeze between sunrise and sunset as the days shorten more and more. The shortest day (solstice) marks the middle of the winter, so we are well on our way.

The snapping turtles are burying themselves in the mud to await the opening of fairy gates in May before they roam again. The squirrels are frantically hiding more acorns in preparation for snoozing and feasting through the cold days to come. The goldfish in the pond are schooling close to the surface soaking up the sun, but we (and the heron) know they will soon dive deep and hunker down under the ice. Vees of geese honk across the crisp skies, and there was a great gathering of turkey vultures spiraling in the air last week. Perhaps they were planning their migration to Florida? They must be the original "snow birds."

After I vote, I am hopping a plane to Australia, where they are just beginning summer. I will be there for the rest of the month, having Goddess Festival fun and teaching in cities and schools from the south coast to the north coast. I will do my best to send you an ezine from Down Under in two weeks, if technology is kind to me.

When I return home, we will have at more work weekends at Laughing Rock Farm. We will definitely work on December 3-4, and possibly on December 10-11, depending on the weather. We look forward to spending time with you, as always. Give us a call if you plan to come. Yes, we will press cider both weekends!

What are you eating these days? Cabbage and carrots, kale and turnips, collards and broccoli and leeks are still growing in the garden, and will withstand very cold nights, but we have harvested and stored all the sunchokes, winter squash, garlic, and onions, which are not so cold hardy.

We are still picking lots of wild greens for our salads, digging roots, and making remedies. This week we made salad every night, fresh nettle soup with tender new nettle tops, white pine vinegar from a branch thrown down by the wind, and yummy Triple Goddess Vinegar. A list of our salad greens is here.

Green blessings are everywhere.

Triple Goddess Vinegar
A delicious combination of maidenwort, motherwort, and cronewort.
This vinegar is best made as early – or as late – as possible in the winter. Now is good. So is next March. Or anytime in between.

Cronewort (Artemisia vulgaris): Leaves and roots and rhizomes all go in the vinegar jar after a shake or a rinse to remove dirt.

Motherwort (Leonurus cardiac): Use only young basal leaves; no need to rinse. Avoid older, stalky motherwort for this remedy.

Maidenwort (Stellaria media or S. pubera): The leaves of both the giant chickweed and the small chickweed can be used; no need to rinse unless a rain has muddied them.

  • Fill a jar with roughly equal amounts of fresh, finely-chopped cronewort leaves and roots, young motherwort leaves, and maidenwort leaves.
  • Fill the jar to the top with apple cider vinegar. (For longest-lasting remedies, briefly boil the vinegar and allow it to cool to room temperature before using.)
  • Cover with a non-metal lid; plastic, cork, or glass are the best choices.
  • Label with contents and date.

If you make it this week, it will be ready to use by the end of the year, or for your holiday celebrations.

Susun Weed’s books:

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year
Author: Susun S. Weed.
Simple, safe remedies for pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, and newborns. Includes herbs for fertility and birth control. Foreword by Jeannine Parvati Baker. 196 pages, index, illustrations.
Retails for $14.95
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Healing Wise
Author: Susun S. Weed.
Superb herbal in the feminine-intuitive mode. Complete instructions for using common plants for food, beauty, medicine, and longevity. Introduction by Jean Houston. 312 pages, index, illustrations.
Retails for $21.95

NEW Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way

Author: Susun S. Weed.
The best book on menopause is now better. Completely revised with 100 new pages. All the remedies women know and trust plus hundreds of new ones. New sections on thyroid health, fibromyalgia, hairy problems, male menopause, and herbs for women taking hormones. Recommended by Susan Love MD and Christiane Northrup MD. Introduction by Juliette de Bairacli Levy. 304 pages, index, illustrations.
Retails for $22.95
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Breast Cancer? Breast Health!

Author: Susun S. Weed.
Foods, exercises, and attitudes to keep your breasts healthy. Supportive complimentary medicines to ease side-effects of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or tamoxifen. Foreword by Christiane Northrup, M.D. 380 pages, index, illustrations.
Retails for $21.95

Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way
Publication date: June 21, 2011
Author: Susun S. Weed
Simple, successful, strategies cover the entire range of options -- from mainstream to radical -- to help you choose the best, and the safest, ways to optimize sexual and reproductive health. Foreword: Aviva Romm, MD, midwife, 484 pages, Index, illustrations.
Retails for $29.95
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Abundantly Well - Seven Medicines The Complementary Integrated Medical Revolution
Publication date: December 2019
Author: Susun S. Weed
Seven Medicines build foundational health and guide you to the best health care when problems arise. Includes case studies, recipes, exentsive references and resources. Introduction by Patch Adams illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard 352 pages, index, illustrations
Retails for $24.95
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