Snail is often overlooked as a valuable guide and medicine (our loss, really), but has many important lessons to teach. Snail teaches us to cultivate patience in both our expectations of ourselves, others and life in general. There is a lot of emphasis on doing things fast these days, no wonder poor snail has been left behind as a powerful guide and teacher. Slowing down will bring balance and harmony and restore peace within. When snail comes to you it offers an opportunity to show a graceful balance in life is possible, to release your inner child and experience the wonders of life.
Herbal tid bits, plant talk, medicine making, ooing and awing of wilderness findings, updates and stories.
Here's how I fell in love with Alfalfa. One time, in crop class, I was taking notes from Dr. Cluff and he was going on and on about forbs and fodder and then he went off on a tangent about his beloved alfalfa; going into how this delicate little legume sends its roots down 30, 40, even 100 feet into the earth, drinking up those deep down impossible to reach minerals. I didn't believe him. I thought no way. How in the world does a two foot tall purpley bean pole have super plant strength? He explained it better than I could, but they do. And they do it well!
You see, because alfalfa has invisible super strength and an unusual extensive root system that can reach really far into even the hardest soil, it has the ability to absorb, pull up and extract more vitamins and minerals than the average plant, further giving credentials to its title as, "The king of all foods." And not only does alfalfa contain a full spectrum of important vitamins, but it is also loaded with extremely important minerals such as biotin, calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, and many others. Plus it's super high in chlorophyll and protein especially when dried....
The prairie. There is a smell in the prairie, it’s tranquil, it’s undefinable, it’s romantic. It’s intoxicating. And it goes on forever and ever and ever and one can’t help but become transfixed in its waify sunshiny drifts... and like the moths, you want to get lost in this scent. Get lost in its illusions. It’s stories....
And it’s beautiful and it’s dreamy and it’s gold with all its native bunchgrasses waving their plumes in the afternoon breeze. And it’s full of surprises too, and it glows with its palette of sages and brushes and goldenrod and mustards. The tiny cactus. The majestic yarrow. And the coneflowers and clovers and thistles... The phlox. The phacelia....
I've been a drunk and I've been sober. I've done drugs and I've been clean. I've been beat and I've been loved.
I've been sick and I've been healthy. And poor in every way.
I've cried and lost my breath and I've learned to laugh and loose my breath. I've been a single mom. A single friend. I've been on a single thread. Confused. Scared. Depressed.