As an herbalist, I work a lot with both common mints: spearmint and its cousin peppermint. Peppermint is a hybrid of spearmint and watermint. High in menthol, peppermint is given to supporting the digestive system in numerous ways.
In August, I went to a forest of Redwood trees in California with my partner. We’d been there once before, and wanted to visit what was determined to be the oldest tree in the grove – over 1400 years old.
In the ocean, life lives by water. On land, life lives by air. Somewhere along the way, I had gotten those two truths confused, and for decades, I was prone to choking.
Herbalism has made a resurgence in North America over the past three decades or so. However, it has done so in a way that has stripped away much of the power, beauty and wisdom.
When I stop and pick even a few berries, often there is an anxiety accompanying this act. I frequently look around and wonder about being perceived as stealing, never mind that the bulk of the berries end up dropping to the ground and are either eaten by animals or return to the soil untouched.
Oh November. A time of diminishing sunlight, falling leaves, and increasing susceptibility to the common cold and flu. As we move into late autumn, it’s a good time to think about ways to support your immune system.
At the end of the day, good teaching is always a bit risky. It requires a balance of maintaining your power as a teacher, while at the same time giving space to the students in the room to step into their own power, even if that creates conflict along the way.
We have to aim ourselves in the right direction. Or, more accurately, allow ourselves to be aimed in the right direction by life itself. If we’re too busy being obstructionists or propping arguments up about ourselves and others, there’s no room for the truth to seep in.
Don’t share current relationship conflict on social media. If I want to talk about current struggles or relationship questions with others online, I might head to one of the numerous dating and relationship sites.
Metaphorically, the same lines of the poem can be taken as a directive for life. If you want to reach your dreams, you have to let go of fretting and obsessing over every little obstacle that appears along the way.