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Imbolc is the Gaelic name for the age-old, earth-honoring annual ceremonies that took place around February 1st. We now call this time Ground Hog Day. Also known as Candlemas, these agrarian festivals mark the mid point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, thus making it what’s called a “cross quarterly” holiday. To our ancestors it brought an awareness of the return of spring, which meant relief from cold and the dwindling resources of food and fuel. With the end of winter in sight, this is a time to celebrate using candles and ritual fires to symbolize the return of the sun, warmth, and light.
Corinna's Corner
Corinna WoodHow Can this Illness Be My Ally? 
Corinna Wood, Director, Red Moon Herbs & Southeast Wise Women
The Wise Woman Tradition is such a paradigm shift from our cultural programming. Today we often view illness as a failure: “What did I do wrong?” or “I didn’t follow the rules,” or “Something bad is happening."
Susun Weed teaches us to ask instead “How can this illness be my ally?” At the very least this can help us remember to slow down, say no, and choose to take care of ourselves. A student shared her story about her hands suffering from eczema worsened by dishwashing. 
As a result she initiated a dishwashing rotation for her family to cover this chore for her. This eased her both physically and emotionally and likely changed her family dynamics as well!
Illness can certainly alert us to areas of our lives needing our attention. What if we went deeper?
What if we looked at illness as the blessing itself? What if illness is essential to us? We may not like it when it comes but our bodies are doing what they need to. In nature, storms roll through. They are neither good nor bad. Lightening storms add nitrogen to the earth, the deep freeze of very cold tempWintereratures aid in better fruit production, and strong winds strengthen and cleanse.
When we can cultivate this attitude and welcome the illness we find that we have more peace. We still support our process towards health with nourishing food, baths, and herbs, which aid my body’s journey. And we also remember that light and dark are both part of the spiral of wholeness.
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Winter Colds
My stepdaughter, Mae, came to stay with us over the holidays from Central Florida. The mountains of Western NC proved to be a dream come true for a Florida girl—we got 10 inches of snow on Christmas Day.
SnowWith two solid days of sledding in cold weather and less than ideal, borrowed gear, she came down with a sore throat and cough, although still in high spirits and feeling otherwise fine.
My approach to illness on this level is to let it run its course, trusting that it has come to cleanse and renew. With stepchildren, however, the approach is never simple or one-sided. How will her mother feel about this homespun approach? At the first sign of a sniffle, she’s usually whisked off to the doctor and given strong medicine. With that kind of lifetime medical history and ongoing processed foods in her life, I feared that her body didn’t have the resources to move it through quickly.
Ever ready to take the natural, kitchen-remedy approach first in these kinds of situations, I dosed her with Usnea tincture (which she liked) and a quick cough syrup made by pouring honey over sliced onions (which she did not like but took anyway) and rubbed her chest with some menthol infused salve.Farm Life
By repeating these simple treatments regularly, as well as supplying good nourishing food (soups made from homemade stocks and other straight-from-the-farm foods) and requiring inside, down time, we actually managed to get through the worst of the cough. By the time she finished her visit with us she returned to her mom and school with only a slight residual cough.
It certainly could have gone the other way and for that gratitude is in order. Yet it's also worth trusting that the body is remarkable when given the right materials with which to restore!
Lee Warren Bio 
Lee Walker Warren is a farmer, herbalist, writer, and Program Coordinator for the Southeast Women's Herbal Conference. She manages Imani Farm and is a cofounder of Village Terraces Cohousing Neighborhood, both located at Earthaven Ecovillage.
Remember Your Bone Broths
Homemade Stocks - Health in a Pot! 
Meat and fish stocks are used almost universally in traditional cuisines – French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, South American, Middle Eastern and Russian.
Properly prepared, bone broths are extremely nutritious, containing the minerals of bone, cartilage, marrow and vegetables as electrolytes, a form that is easy to assimilate.
Nourishing TraditionsIt is worth taking time and putting effort into making bone broths on a regular basis.
These stocks can be made in bulk and stored until needed. Clear stock will keep about five days in the refrigerator, and several months in the freezer. You may find it useful to store stock in pint-sized or quart-sized containers to have appropriate amounts on hand for sauces and stews.
Nourishing Traditions
The above advice about stocks comes from the chapter about stocks from Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon.
Our favorite cookbook ever, Nourishing Traditions recalls the culinary customs of our ancestors and looks ahead to a future of robust good health for young and old. This book offers modern families a guide to wise food choices and proper preparation techniques.
Available at Red Moon Herbs.
Wise Woman Immersion

Monday, May 23 - Saturday, May 28

Wise Woman Immersion
You will learn:
Wise Woman Immersion
  • Plant identification & wildcrafting
  • Making tinctures, infusions, poultices, oils, salves, and vinegars
  • Wild food harvesting & preparation
  • The Wise Woman tradition & the truth about witches
  • Herbal first aid & herbs for every cycle of a woman's life
  • Nutrition & traditional diets, a balance of plant & animal, raw & cooked
  • Communication with plant spirits
Walking during the Wise Woman Immersion 2010

Daily Schedule

8:15-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-12:30 Morning Session
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Siesta
3:00-6:30 Afternoon Session
6:30-7:30 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Evening activity
The event runs Monday, May 23 through Saturday May 28, 2011.
Cost includes dorm-style accommodations, tuition, and meals. Details here. 
Pay a deposit by March 10th and receive $110 off. Register here.
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The information included in this newsletter on the structure and function uses of herbs is based on historical use and personal experience. It has not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Thanks to Lee Warren for Newsletter Coordination.
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