'Tis the Season for Usnea Medicine!

'Tis the Season for Usnea Medicine!

Seems like the coughy sniffles are going around these days, so I’m feeling inspired to share about one of my favorite medicinal treasures of the Pacific Northwest, Usnea!

You may already be familiar with Usnea and its medicinal benefits, but if you aren’t, allow me to share a little bit about this lichen that also goes by the nickname “Old Man’s Beard”.  

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5 DIY Nature-Inspired Gift Ideas

5 DIY Nature-Inspired Gift Ideas

Although the holidays are about so much more than just gifts, many of us truly enjoy the process of selecting and giving presents that are thoughtful, useful, and are a reflection of our values.  Today I'm feeling inspired to share some DIY holiday gift ideas which incorporate elements of the natural world . . . because pretty much everyone could use more nature in their lives! 

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Oregon Grape Root Hand Sanitizer

Oregon Grape Root Hand Sanitizer

I’m a plant dork, and I’m not afraid to admit it.  I often find myself pondering interesting and creative ways to incorporate wild edible and medicinal plants into my daily life, whether it be through harvesting plants for food, or using plants to make herbal medicine and self-care products.   I’m also always dreaming up ways to incorporate wild plant-based projects into our programs at Feather and Frond Forest School.  Over the years I’ve discovered that most kids just love to harvest plants for cooking and/or medicine-making.  And this act of cultivating a relationship with wild plants through mindful harvesting and use of native species adds a whole other level and depth of nature connection to our programs.  I just love it!!  

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