Mar 28, 2011

Spring Projects



Such a busy weekend and now the week begins again.  I'm trying to catch up on many things (visits to blogland, included) but Beau does not make it easy to spend much time on the computer.  The above photo is rare - usually she lays across the keyboard instead of posing beside the screen.

This is what it looks like when I try to get my Inner Temple homework done:


Beau's distracting lounging aside, I was able to work on a few projects this weekend.  I made a batch of herbal all-purpose cleaner.  I use it on my counters, floors and everywhere.  Plus, it's cheap to make and I love infusing it with all that herbal goodness!  I've posted a 'quickie' recipe on my FB profile (in the comments of the post that mentions the cleaner) but I'll post a proper recipe here the next time I make a batch - which should be soon because my mother, neighbour and a friend each made off with a bottle!

Also I picked red willow on Thursday with my smudge/meditation group and again on the weekend for my own use.  It's such a versatile plant, and grows like a weed here along the river.  Red willow has Salicylic acid  (think Aspirin) and can be effective in the relief of headaches as well as other inflammations like arthritis, fevers, etc.   

It is the inner bark of red willow that is traditionally used as an anti-inflammatory and a smoking material, either mixed with tobacco, or by itself in a ceremonial pipe.  However, with all the work involved in peeling the outer red bark off a branch and then peeling the inner bark, it seemed a shame to me to toss the outer  bark just because it wasn't as favoured.

The outer bark can be smoked, mixed with tobacco, if you are a smoker.  I don't smoke, but I do like the sweet, woodsy scent of it, so I've mixed some into my smudge mix and also mixed some into my little bag of tobacco that I use as an offering when I do my wild harvesting.

The leftover willow wood is heading for my garden, where it will be used as stakes for plants this year.  One especially nice piece may even have the makings of a wand as it fits so nicely in the hand.  Time will tell...

Image found HERE.

9 comments:

Robin Larkspur said...

Great spring projects! Busy spring, too! Beau must be a very smart and informed cat, absorbing all the words and information!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

HRH often sits beside my computer keyboard too. Occasionally she sits on it and does a little bum typing.

Jeanne said...

Beau is quite the handsome kitty. :0)
I knew about the healing properties of willow but did not know about the aromatic scent of its outer bark. Must try that....
Thanx!

Freckles said...

I love Willow bark. I've only ever seen white willow, but now I'll have to see if I can find the red. I love infusing it with a few peppermint leaves and some chamomile for my bad headaches. I find it works better than taking a tylenol.

the wild magnolia said...

I love hearing of your woodland gatherings, and gardening, and creation of your all purpose cleanser. I'll mix some of this for myself!

I've never seen red willow.

Thank you for sharing!

Wishing you a most wonderful day!

MidnightSage said...

awww Beau is so cute! and thats what our kitties do...lay on books, keyboards and anything we are trying to work on lmao. Glad to see your blog was still here. I blogged alot a year ago, got away from it cuz of a move and missed it so much i decided to start with a fresh blog. Come on over for a visit...still in the works tho :) I'm following you and going to grab your button.

Lilac SilverFox said...

Sounds like a lot fun for Spring projects! I've been doing some indoor planting and a lot of art myself.
hehe I'm posting up some pics of our cats on my animal blog...which is how they spend everyday now LOL

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i know the lobster shanty very well but i never found it to be very good! i will have to watch for a replay of the show!

Mina said...

Your Beau is so beautiful! It sounds like you are having a wonderful time with your spring projects. I am so covered with the (ugh) day job, I can't seem to get to much outside of it this week. Take care, sweet Rue