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Corinna's Corner

13 March 2014

Wild Salad Time

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Do It Yourself, Local Plants, Nourishing Foods

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Wild salad time already? Yes, with Spring Equinox right around the corner, the chickweed is already starting to sprout up! When I see her lush, green leaves I feel excited. It’s like seeing a beloved friend return, offering abundance and nourishment, in so many ways.
 
Wild salads are what inspired my interest in herbal medicine and nutrition in the first place. I wanted to be able to look around my yard and know what to eat. It reinforced my connection to the land on which I dwell and, over the years, wild edibles have added to my relationship to the divine as well. I find that the sacred and our bodies are one and the same; the experience of harvesting and eating these gifts of the Earth is deeply nourishing—physically, and spiritually.

03 February 2014

The Beauty of Yogurt

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Nourishing Foods, Women's Wellness

6006 336360376466583 1820463906 nThis February, we find ourselves again at the time between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Although the earth is beginning to show signs of stirrings and thaw, I'm still savoring the nourishment of the deep inward time of the winter.

This time of year was traditionally marked by one of the four Celtic fire feasts. Known as Imbolc, the name derived from Old irish "oimelc" which translates as "ewes' milk", as the sheep, goats, and cows often give birth in February. Their life-giving milk was an early source of abundant food to nourish and sustain through the remainder of the long, dark wintertime.

18 November 2013

Poke Root

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Do It Yourself, Herbal Medicine, Local Plants

PokeRootLate fall is the best time to harvest roots. One of my apothecary favorites is a low-dose botanical - the root of the Poke plant. Often considered toxic, I discovered that in the South poke root has traditionally been used in tiny doses as an immune stimulant. This powerful plant actually has a wide range of medicinal uses -- but you have to treat it with respect or risk unpleasant side effects (see below).

Herbs can rival the effectiveness of antibiotics, and they're generally much gentler on the body. Some folks turn to goldenseal for this purpose, but it is an endangered species. Poke, on the other hand, is a weed -- the problem is not having too little of it, but too much. And for most purposes, poke is at least as good, if not better.

15 October 2013

Thank you Wonderful Wise Women

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Sisterhood

Thank you for being part of the magic of the 2013 Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference ~ together we created another amazing year! From the gorgeous sunny skies to the talented and passionate teachers, we were deeply blessed by our days together. 

We're already hearing rave reviews on the herbal classes, Connection Hour performances, and deep sharing circles. Participants are telling us they are astonished by how much they could learn in a few days!

As we hoped, Unity Village indeed created a new "heart" for our gathering, where women gathered to celebrate and connect. The Red Tent, Sister Love Tent, Wise Maiden Tent, and Hearth Tent were places women retreated throughout the weekend to rest, renew and be deeply nourished. Women danced, drummed, sang, and enjoyed the central Hearth fire all weekend long. 

Thank you to all of you for making the weekend conference this powerful celebration that honors women and the earth. We look forward to seeing you next year for our 10th Anniversary! What a web we are weaving. 

Green blessings!

16 September 2013

Unity Village

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Sisterhood

cw cropped hatI am so grateful to the many women who have educated and guided me in cultivating inclusivity and cultural diversity at the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference. 

Supporting diversity is an evolving process for our wise woman web, and we are all learning together--core staff, participants, and teachers alike. We've needed to recognize our limitations, stretch our inner worlds, acknowledge we're delving into arenas that are complex and multi-faceted. And ultimately, many of us are finding the growth we're harvesting to be richly rewarding.

24 August 2013

Plant Communication

Written by Flora, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Herbal Medicine, Local Plants

blog plant communication"Open to the world of plants and see what it has to say. After all, your heart chakra is green!" This statement, uttered during a plant communication class, resonated with an unstruck chord. Months later, I found myself at SE Wise Women's Spring Herbal Immersion where we experienced this practice. Corinna led us to a shady area overflowing with a tall, green, proud plant. We laid under her stalks, relaxed our bodies, and as the drum played, we began to listen.

04 July 2013

Minerals

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Nourishing Foods, Women's Wellness

CW with ox-eye daisyLike many women, I love feeling full of vitality, strength, and energy for the many projects that I am called to. When I was in my early twenties, achieving this level of vitality was not easy. Eventually, after discovering I was deficient in minerals, I found one of the keys to restoring my health and energy lay in building a foundation of nutrition through nourishing traditional foods and wild plants. 

In order for our bodies to function optimally, we must ingest a broad spectrum of minerals that nourish our nervous, immune, and hormonal systems. Many of us don't get the amount of minerals we need, leading to a deficiency in our bodies. Large-scale, industrial farming has stripped the soils and washed the minerals out to sea, so much so that even our organic foods has less mineral content than the food of our ancestors.

05 July 2013

A Circle of Friends

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Herbal Medicine, Local Plants

6006 336360376466583 1820463906 nI have an intimate circle of friends. Nettles, comfrey, dandelion, burdock, violet, chickweed.... These friends are my plant allies, a circle of a dozen or so plants that meet most of my wild food and medicinal needs. I prefer to align myself with these backyard herbal friends over some of the more exotic, foreign, rare or declining plants. The allies in my circle make themselves at home right at my door-step, they are local and abundant.

04 June 2013

Redefining Beauty

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Self Love

Flowers Do Not Diminish One Another's Beauty

woman with flowersWhat makes a meadow full of spring wildflowers so captivating and beautiful? Not the appearance of one, but the abundance of many flowers with different colors, shapes, fragrances, sizes, and stages of development.

The beauty of one flower--say a curvy, purple violet, does not diminish the beauty of another--perhaps a bright, golden sunburst of a dandelion

 

16 May 2013

Conference Teachers

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner

2012.6 c ech in yarrow smallAs a young woman at 21, I was blessed to have Susun Weed become my mentor. She is a wise elder who showed me how to connect to the innate wisdom of the earth, the plants and myself as a woman. I am delighted to announce that she, along with Rachel Bagby, Pam Montgomery and Sally Fallon will be joining us for the 2013 Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference.  

These four women are wise crones who have carried the wisdom of the past, often lost or forgotten in our modern generation. As they pass this knowledge to us, we become the carriers as well, weaving the past into the future.

16 May 2013

Meddle with Nettle

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Herbal Medicine, Local Plants, Nourishing Foods, Women's Wellness

DSC 5110Anyone who loves green, growing things becomes enchanted in springtime. I love to go foraging during those first warm days, and, well, sometimes I become distracted. One particularly fine afternoon recently, a friend and I were blissfully picking violets near an old barn when my arm brushed against a nearby plant, and I felt a familiar tingle – an electricity – where we had touched. Nettle! How could I have missed her? Not one to be ignored, she quickly got my attention, and that of my friend as well.

Before I begin extolling her virtues, perhaps I should address her antisocial side. It’s unfortunate - nettle’s inhospitable demeanor belies her true nature as an incredibly generous herbal ally. Few plants provide such a rich resource to help nurture our wellness and nourish our bodies.

 

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