Corinna's Corner ~ Wise Woman Ways: Peppercress
Director, SE Wise Women
Have you seen peppercress yet?
The appearance of daffodils and crocus is certainly one of the lovely heralds of spring. Right around this time, my heart also flutters at my first glimpse of peppercress, poking between the cracks in the pavement or peeking out at the edge of my gardens. In the liminal time between the burrowed, reclusive months of winter and the resurgence of the green, peppercress’ tiny white flowers seem so appropriate: fragile, yet determined. I feel hopeful.
Peppercress is one of the first of the wild edibles to reveal herself to us after the dormant season. She’s a member of a very large and distinguished family—brassicacae, formerly known as cruciferae—that includes distant relatives such as kale, cabbage, broccoli, collards and cauliflower, as well as closer kin, like mustard greens.
When you know the family connections of wild plants, that lineage will often give you clues to their nutritional and medicinal properties. Brassicacae are almost universally edible and once you become familiar with their traits, you can safely try them to see if you like the flavor.
Brassicacae generally have alternate leaves. Their flowers have 4 petals and, inside the flower, you will find six stamens: 4 tall and 2 short—a distinctive characteristic of the family. The seedpods occur in a radial pattern around the stalk. In the case of peppercress, they are very long, thin and green, like a mustard seed.
Peppercress is a weedy, social plant; it grows in borders and yards, so you don’t have go foraging in the woods to find it. I love to enjoy its peppery bite, as a snack by itself or in the first wild-crafted salads of the year, mixed with some chickweed, which is also an early arrival.
Keep an eye out for peppercress’ tentative tendrils, pushing forward towards the newborn sun and invite her to your table. Her pungent flavor will wake up your taste buds and remind you that greener days are, indeed, on the way.
|Announcing the 17th Annual Herbal Immersion!|
May 22-27 near Asheville NC
Join Corinna Wood and a group of wonderful women in a
week-long inspirational journey to discover your wise women through
local plants, deep nourishment and self love.
Immerse yourself in herbal medicine ~
Drink in the deep nourishment of the Wise Woman Tradition ~
- Learn to work with common, abundant edible and medicinal plants
- Experience hands-on learning - seeing, touching, tasting plants
- In-depth instruction with Corinna Wood
Empower & love yourself as a woman ~
- Deeply nourish yourself through traditional foods and herbs
- Develop you own circle of herbal allies
- Receive the healing of sisters honoring women and the Earth
Learn more about the wise woman curriculum, food, lodging options, and registration on our website. And don't miss our registration discount, good through March 23rd, as long as space remains.
- Deepen your love for yourself as a woman, body and soul
- Reclaim sacred relationships with the plants, the earth, and sisters
- Understand the history of women as healers, reweaving the tapestry of traditional women's wisdom, to carry on the Wise Woman Ways
What Wise Woman Immersion graduates are saying...
"This week was balm for my soul on many levels--an awakening. I feel like a new moist bud opening to the sunlight. Corinna is amazing, knowledgeable and especially connected to Mother Earth, which is truly a blessing for us all."
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"A soul blessing. I so appreciate how Corinna created an open, safe, trusting space for us--how Corinna guided us and yet as one of us. What a blessing to build such a connection with these other beautiful beings."
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|International Women's Day|
Today, March 8, is International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
The world has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation.
Many from a younger generation may feel that 'all the battles have been won for women,' while feminists from the 1970's know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy.
The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts; women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics; and globally, violence against women is rampant.
Addressing the needs around women's education, women's health, and safety for women and girls are as important as ever. Starting with embracing the gifts, beauty, and uniqueness of ourselves and our sisters!~
Intention Setting Time
Our society tends to focus on the light, and view the dark as something to be feared, avoided and conquered. But anyone who works with plants knows that in the darkness there are important workings afoot. In the winter, plants are growing their roots, and seeds are resting in the vital dormancy that will allow them to burst out of their shells in the spring.
We see this reflected in the cycles of the moon as well. Generally, we don’t even recognize the Dark Moon; it’s often called the New Moon, even though the first hint of the New Moon doesn’t really emerge until a day or so after the dark of the moon.
It’s time to give the dark its due. For three days we don’t see the moon’s face. This quietude offers us an opportunity to carve out sacred space for ourselves. In this time, our energy is drawn inward, to the realms within. In ancient cultures, when women weren’t affected by ambient electric light, they often had their moontime bleeding, together, around the dark of the moon.
The Dark Moon is a powerful time to reflect on ourselves—our needs and our lives—and then to set intentions, as the New Moon turns, for the coming moon cycle, dark to dark. In our community, many like to write out their intentions within the first eight hours after the dark of the moon, using this phrasing as a guide:
“I want to easily find myself [eg, working on my project]
in happy healthy way”
We can also take the opportunity to set intentions in the areas that are directly affected by the zodiac sign of that moon. Today is the March Dark Moon in Pisces (peaks Tuesday 8:54 pm est), so it's an especially powerful time to address areas Pisces governs . . .
By aligning our objectives to the universal cycles that influence us, we give our intentions greater resonance, and engage in a mindfulness that will help us to manifest them more fully.
- inner happiness
- psychic sensitivity
- trust/mystic awareness
- spiritual healing
- releasing helplessness
In coming months, we’ll be sending reminders of some of these opportunities in relationship with the influences of the zodiac signs in our New Moon. A perfect intention for the New Moon in Pisces!