Mushrooms, Mexico, & Molecular Mycology (new video!)

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

Upon discovering these words from Ben Franklin years ago, I quickly realized the extraordinary value of investing in one’s education.  A casual look at my bookshelves, notebooks, and study habits over the years easily confirms this.

What does all of this have to do with nature?

Almost everything.

As a way of learning nature skills, I am a big proponent of investing in quality education.  While I believe that books and websites are excellent learning tools, I feel that in-person training from exceptional educators is an often overlooked yet essential strategy for acquiring information.

This is why I am a huge fan of attending educational events, and why I recently drove to central Pennsylvania to study with a visiting mycologist from Oakland, California.

This mycologist, whose name is Alan Rockefeller, is an expert on the topic of DNA sequencing and he travels all over North America studying and teaching classes on mushrooms.

I acquired an incredible amount of value during Alan Rockefeller’s event and decided to document the experience.  If you are interested in learning more about Alan’s work, and especially about the motives behind one man’s devotion to kingdom Fungi, check out the brand new video!

 

 

A recent trip to a living American chestnut tree brought me directly to two late winter mushroom species.  While snapping a few photographs, I could not help but think that — as paradoxical as it sounds — without fungi, perhaps the lone, living American chestnut tree would not exist at all.  You can read more about these thoughts (and two mushrooms) on Instagram.

 

Thanks for reading and watching… and as always, thank you for your support!

-Adam Haritan

Time and Change

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Time = spirit.  Time is spirit in movement.  Time and being are the same.  Movement of desire. 

Time is the process of filling the void.  It is a vast movement of what we are a part of.  Time is perspective.  Time is activated by desire, eternity has no desire.Time is not speeding up, desires are amping up.  When we desire something time measures how long it takes to get what we desire.  Time is purely human.  Time starts with an act of self deception, Person you want to be is not authentic self.  Biological time starts with mother, needs of instinctual body is what time is measuring.  Without desire or delay of desire, there would be no time.

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A Framework for Land Healing

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Ginseng my family grew American ginseng in our sanctuary

In the next few months, the forest that I grew up in is going be cut and torn up to put in a septic line.  A 40-60 feet path, at minimum, will rip a tear through the heart of it. This is the forest where I grew up, where my parents and I have created a refugia garden, a wildlife sanctuary, and native woodland plant sanctuary.  It is just heartbreaking to tend land carefully, only now, to have this awful thing happen that we have failed to stop. This is the forest that taught me so many of these lessons of land healing. The forest had just gotten to a point where it was once again vibrant, where the ramps started to creep back in, and the mature forest trees now stand, growing above the stumps that have rotted away. I feel powerless, knowing…

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Spread the Love: Herbal Recipes to Treat Yourself & Others – Traditional Medicinals

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The intoxicating fragrance of jasmine on a warm summer’s night, the alluring hues of wild roses, borage and calendula, and the juicy sweetness of a fully ripe peach are all part of nature’s divine craft of seduction. They entice us through our senses to do their bidding. With each pluck, nibble, and inhale, they’ve lured us to spread their seeds, replant their roots, and release their pollen to keep alive their cycle of reproduction.

We invite you to further lavish yourself in nature’s pleasures through these sumptuous recipes. Access your most flirtatious self through our Kissable Beet Root Lip & Cheek Stain; awaken your sensuality with Damiana-laced Rosewater Truffles, and relax into bliss with our Stay Supple Bath Soak recipe.

Take pleasure in working with your hands as you craft these delights and relish in the joy of spreading this plant love.

Kissable Beet Root Lip & Cheek Stain

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Witchcraft, Love & Shadows — The Witch & Walnut

Here we are in the thick of Valentines week. This could either be a wonderful time for you, a painful time… or perhaps means nothing at all. As per last years post….Valentines doesn’t really do it for me. Since we are on the topic of love, I thought I would dive into a little word…Continue…

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The Top Ten Medicinal Herbs for the Garden: How to Grow & Use Healing Plants

Written by Juliet Blankespoor with Meghan Gemma
Photography by Juliet Blankespoor

In an ideal world, we would each have inherited the ability to conjure a personal list of essential garden herbs, tailored to our particular climate and health concerns. As it is, many of us are re-learning the traditional art of the apothecary garden—a place where beauty, medicine, and bees reign supreme.

My hope is that the information below inspires you, as a jumping board of sorts, to create your own unique dream herb garden. I chose each plant based on its ease of cultivation and medicinal usefulness and versatility. But bear in mind, there are many more herbs out there to choose from!

If this article merely gets your green thumb tingling, I highly encourage you to visit our Medicinal Herb Gardening Hub, which is a lush garden in its own right—a virtual library filled with herbal gardening wisdom and resources. You’ll find cultivation tips and medicinal write-ups for dozens of herbs, featurettes on small-space and urban gardening, a roll call of medicinal seed and nursery suppliers, and a step-by-step guide to bringing your own dream garden to fruition.

1. Calendula, Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis, Asteraceae)

Calendula is one of the most familiar and beloved herbs, earning our affection with its cheerful golden flowers. The “petals” (technically known as ray florets) are edible and the whole flower is an important medicinal herb for addressing skin conditions. There’s so much to say about calendula that I’ve written an entire article devoted to its cultivation and medicinal use: Calendula’s Herbal & Edible Uses: How to Grow, Gather, and Prepare Calendula as Food and Medicine.

Calendula flowers (whole; including the resinous green bracts) are incorporated into topical oils and salves for healing wounds, rashes, burns, and dry skin. This plant holds an interesting claim to fame—it is the herb most likely to be found in diaper rash ointments and creams. For more on using calendula topically, see my recipes for Calendula Oil & Salve and Calendula Poultice.

 

Calendula officinalis flower

Read original article at: Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine ~ 10 Medicinal Herbs for the Garden: How To Grow & Use Medicinal Plants

Mellow Mood Ritual, Anatomy of a Ritual

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Emotional balance and emotional intelligence are two common terms we hear these days, a simple google search returns hundreds of articles written about how to be a more emotionally intelligent person. It’s no surprise that we’re searching for answers, even the most intelligent, well-adjusted person experiences periods of emotional turmoil. Our moods are like the weather, ever-changing and sometimes unpredictable. We can’t avoid emotions, nor would our lives be satisfying if we did, but we can learn how to let them be a part of our lives without running them.

The path towards emotional balance is as simple as it is difficult, a lifelong journey of discovery. As you practice being with your moods instead of being ruled by them, remember the old adage – this too will pass. That reminder is important with both difficult and enjoyable moods, no matter what you’re feeling it will eventually change. That simple…

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Taking up Land Healing as a Spiritual Practice

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Sometimes, spirit offers you a call and its a call that can’t be ignored.  Part of the reason I write so much about working physically and energetically with land healing on this blog is that its clear to me now that a large part of my call is in this direction. When I was a child, it was the logging of my forest–and my eventual return to that forest years later. At my first homestead, I had to spend years working to connect with the spirits of the land and heal the land physically.  When I found the current land where I live, everything was perfect about it in terms of features I wanted–except that three acres had been logged pretty heavily. I put my head and my hands and cried–how did I find a perfect piece of land that just had been logged?  The spirits laughed and said…

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Full Moon in Leo Fire of Creativity

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Tonight at 11:33 pm PST and tomorrow, February 9th at 2:33 am EST we have our Full Moon in Leo. This Moon is known as the Snow Moon as it is the time of year that we can get our biggest snowfalls. Leo is also the Moon of children and creation and this is a time where you may experience the unexpected.

The Full Moon teaches us to work in cycles to allow old growth to be moved out of the way so that we can make space for the new ~ a releasing. Maybe you don’t need to make anything happen right now.

Leo Full Moons present us with a powerful time to see our relationships, our world, and ourselves more in light of how they actually are than how we would like them to be. Take time to return inward to gather your fire and creativity. It will give you the…

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Sage Moon in Leo Energy Reset Ceremony

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The Sage moon is a full moon all about cleansing and purifying as we approach a new season. While we are transitioning into a new season this is always a great time to reset your energy. The best way to do this is to realign and cleanse your chakras the energy centers along your spine that the create the rainbow of frequencies and colors and auras within your field.

This ceremony is a two-step process and can take 2-3 days to complete but the Full Moon energy can be felt within a 3 day period- The day before the Full moon and the day after the Full moon, so we got you covered!

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