Tips & Tales From The Wild

Tips and tales from a wild crafter. Check back often for more stories on harvesting and creating wild products.

Gratitude

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Gratitude

For the last 8 months I have started a daily practice of gratitude, journal-ling for a few minutes on what I am grateful for, what I would like to accomplish in the day and create a personal mantra focusing on what my soul needs to release or aspire to be. In the evening I remind myself of the highlights of the day and ways the day could have been better. These simple journal entries have become a guide and a beacon as I navigate life on a day to day basis, focusing on small goals, the little wins in life but most importantly creates an...

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The Little Crow Barn

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The Little Crow Barn

It has been a full, inspiring spring and summer with so many new challenges and adventures! Last summer I began dreaming of a little store front to support local artisans, a space for community to meet and to share my Ravenwood Wildcraft products and this spring it all came to life! I found a tiny barn on wheels in Princeton B.C. that was hand built with love as a gift to his wife for their goats and chickens. With a change of lifestyle, this couple ended up purchasing a small home and no longer required their tiny barn and to me; it was a...

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Magickal Mullein

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Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus) Everywhere I go in the valley, there is sunny mullein, hugging road sides, popping up in dry, disturbed soil, her soft, fuzzy light green leaves forming a rosette close to the ground. This is mulleins first year growth; in the second year it grows a long stem that can reach up to 5’feet tall, covered in yellow individual flowers. Mullein takes me back to ancient days with its size and many old ways of use. The Greeks and Romans would dip the dried flower stalk in oil and carry as a torch to light their way, Native...

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Sacred Plants

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Sacred Plants

Sacred Buffalo Berry (Shepardia canadensis)  This plant is new to me since moving into the valley, its bright red berries beckoning me to explore, gain knowledge of the history and the wild uses of this local fauna. Buffalo or soap berry, as it is often called, came by its common names as it was used by the first Europeans and First Nations as an accompaniment to buffalo meat preparations and by its high saponin content which gives the berry a slippery, foam similar to soap. The most traditional use for the berries was whipped with sugar to...

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The Edible Pine

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The Edible Pine

The Edible Pine As I look out my window, all I see are the pine trees lining my driveway, the snow has melted, signs of spring have finally appeared, I catch myself  dreaming of warm summer days; that I almost forgot all the amazing qualities that pine has to offer. Pine is a quick growing, light wood tree that is adaptable to harsh environments, tends to grow well-spaced, protecting and providing shelter and nutrients for smaller, more sensitive plant species and provides multiple uses throughout the year. Almost every part of the tree is...

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All About Ingredients

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Creating natural wildcrafted body products is one of my life’s passion and honestly, the whole process brings me so much happiness! The ability to share my crazy love of plants, the wild and pure, simple ingredients, is an honour and helps to keep me inspired to learn, grow and play. I wanted to share some insights on ingredients and why I use them to help you choose what you feel will work best for you. Things resonate with me, how I feel about something greatly influences what I bring into my life, and as I walk the woods and create in my...

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Poplar Buds

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Poplar Buds

Signs of Spring It is almost that time of year to be collecting Poplar buds, those sticky, spring- scented little buds that are incredibly healing in their properties as an anti-inflammatory and help to ease the aches and pains of arthritis and antiseptic properties, which makes them ideal to use infused as a massage oil, in a healing salve and in soap making. Poplar buds have a rich sticky resin that has an intoxicating scent, like sweet warm honey which incidentally, honey bees are known to use the sticky resin to seal up drafts and to...

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Juniper

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Juniper

Junipers berries, which are really a cone, are sweet, peppery, citrusy and another one of my favorite finds while out wandering the woods. When the ground is not covered in snow, preferably late summer as the berries I am on the hunt for are at their sweetest, I keep an eye out for juniper horizontalis; the creeping juniper that lays low and flat to the ground. Juniper berries take 3 years to ripen to a deep blue, they are a treasure and worth their weight in gold, are sweet and peppery and add a complex citrus spicy flavour to meat and fish...

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Chicken Love

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Chicken Love

As any one with chickens would know, chickens are a constant source of entertainment, flutters and antics, random shoe pecking and quick cuddles. There are always one or two chickens that stand out from the flock, either for their curiosity or odd-ness. Dandelion & Yarrow were my first 2 favorites (though I love them all!) Dandelion is the first to come running, she seems completely motivated by scratch, lives for it…if I come into the coop “scratch free” she will crane her neck up as far as she can to inspect my hands...

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Creating space

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Creating space

This is the time of year that I start the journey to go inwards, a time of self evaluation, reflection, allowing some space into my normally hectic life to discover in the quiet that I have possibly become complacent in areas of my life, lacking creative inspiration, motivation, missed connections or loss of dream time. It is here that I can often fall into a place of anxiety and depression but I am determined to find the light and reach for goals that have been alluding me. Being present! In my spin of ideas and inspirations, multiple...

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