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 May ~ Spring Herb Recipes
Corinna's Corner: Wise Woman Ways
Rich Russian Nettle Tonic
Corinna WoodCorinna Wood
Director, Southeast Wise Women
I first fell in love with nettles after discovering a lush patch near my house when I was in college studying plants and eating wild greens.
During that time, I cooked nettles in as many ways as I could imagine. One year before apprenticing with Susun Weed, I read her book, Healing Wise, and found my all-time favorite nettle recipe, Rich Russian Nettle Tonic. These days I have a constant supply since it is the peak time of year to harvest nettles.
Is nettles one of your favorites too? Have you felt her sting when reaching for her? If you have nettles near you, it takes just a few minutes (feel free to get your gloves!) to snip a basket of nettle tops. Bring them into the kitchen and them cook down—which removes the sting—for this delicious, nutritious dish . . .
Rich Russian Nettle Tonic
Recipe from Healing Wise, by Susun Weed
4 cups nettle tops
1 cup water
2 cloves garlic
½ cup sour cream (or yogurt)
Salt to taste
Cook fresh nettles in water, well covered, 10-15 minutes, until tender. Drain well, then blend, or run through a food processor with garlic and sour cream (or yogurt). Serve immediately over rice, noodles, toast, or vegetables.
mason jar blending makes it easy!Once blended, the tonic is a glorious green color and equally nutritious. In addition to high levels of iron and other minerals, nettle is one of the highest plant sources for chlorophyll.
As we reconnect with the plants in this spring time of the “greening of the earth”, both our hearts and bodies are nourished by such potent wild foods.
We’re still eating an abundance of delicious butternut squash grown here at Earthaven last fall. One of my favorite meals these days is cooked greens inside baked squash smothered with nettle tonic and topped with feta or goat cheese, served with a side of sauerkraut.
nettle tonic on butternut squash
There are so many ways to use this nettle tonic as a sauce, a spread or even a soup. Let us know your favorite!

Making Motherwort Tincture
Open up a Wise Woman medicine chest and chances are, you will find motherwort tincture.
Easy to grow in a garden, motherwort often finds her way into the paths and new beds. She is is in the mint family—relax, though, she’s not like peppermint. Motherwort spreads by seed, and not by creeping roots.
flowering motherwortLike all plants in the mint family, motherwort has square stems, opposite leaves and double lipped flowers. Motherwort's leaves, though, are maple shaped. And unlike most other mints, Motherwort is not aromatic and is quite bitter to the taste—some say it tastes like chocolate!
Botanically Motherwort is known as Leonurus Cardiaca which translates to lion-hearted! She is well known as an ally for the heart and circulatory system.
Motherwort is also indicated for three common health issues for women*: menstrual cramps, hot flashes, and hormonal related mood swings.

Motherwort tincture in the gardenA fast acting tonic and calmative, she can be used in acute situations. Motherwort offers a bit of Mom’s shoulder to lean on—even 20-30 drops
usually takes the edge and intensity off within a half hour.

Like most mints, the optimum window for peak potency is in the early flowering stage. In the Blue Ridge mountains that is usually in May.

To make your own motherwort tincture,
follow these four easy steps:
  1. Harvest the top third of the plant including the buds and flowers and connecting leaves and stems.  
  2. Stuff a jar full of the plant material and pour 100 proof vodka to the top.  
  3. Cap it and let it sit for 6 weeks.  
  4. Strain out the plant material and the tincture will be almost black.
Now you have your bottle of motherwort to stock your medicine chest!
*Note that one of the actions that allows motherwort to support women with menstrual cramps is that motherwort increases blood flow to the uterus. Therefore, motherwort is contraindicated for menopausal women with very heavy bleeding or flooding.
 Aviva Romm's New Book
Aviva Romm, a beloved special guest presenter at the women's conference this fall, recently released her latest book, The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, which is spreading like wildfire through the natural women's health community.
Adrenal Thyroid Revolution by Aviva Romm
The book, which goes far beyond adrenals and thyroid health into the heart of how so many of us are living in chronic survival mode, provides women with a new way to think about their symptoms and medical conditions—not as beyond their control with a life of limitations, medications, and the downward decline western medicine likes us to think is inevitable without dependence on medications.

It teaches women to recognize, address, and reverse the 5 Root Causes of disease that affect our metabolism, hormones, mind, mood, immunity with natural tools that are within our hands. It also provides a blue print for MDs and other professionals who want to change their approach to be more woman-centered and chronic disease prevention savvy.
The book doesn’t just focus on the physical—it also takes a whole woman perspective exploring how trauma, as well as perfectionism, being a good girl, FOMO, and other patterns we as women have in the “need to please,” drive adrenal stress. And also conversely, how adrenal stress drives certain patterns, for example, always being on the lookout for what’s going to go wrong instead of right, not believing in ourselves, and self sabotaging patterns that keep us from playing big when instead we play safe.
Author Aviva Romm shares, “Interestingly, writing this book has been transformational in harmonizing me with what’s important in my life, as well . . . Real women who have done a sample version of just the Gut Health section of the book have had tremendous results: no more need for antidepressants, anti anxiety, sleep, and many other meds . . . no more 'brain fog,' hair loss, acne, sleep problems, and so much more—in just 2 weeks! I have over 100 testimonials and they just keep pouring in. I want to bring these changes to millions of women!”
To learn more, visit
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