"If you need something desperately and find it, this is not an accident; your own craving and compulsion leads you to it." - Hesse
Natty once told that people with many dandelions in their yard probably had liver or kidney problems. "Plants find a way of growing where they are needed ," she told me. She told me of a time mugwort had brushed her and how she felt called to it without knowing what is was. I remember this feeling with nettle. Being brushed by the seemingly gentle needles of the jagged little leaves and feeling electric as my arms and legs broke into raised welts. I was so enchanted to have a plant notice me and reach out. Since these early spinnings of plant relationships I've been a fair-weather harvester of whatever is around and seasonally abundant. Rose hips, mullein, dandelion, lavender, sage, chicory, wild blackberry, wolf berries, burdock, comfry, yarrow, rose, raspberry leaf, etc have crossed my path and processed into teas, tinctures, salves, fermented beverages and salads.