HWB Central West Virginia Coordinator, Barbara Volk, is interviewed by the Appalachian Chronicle. The second interview in the series is titled FIRST STEPS TO GOOD NUTRITION, by Michael M Barrick. Visit the link to read more!
Barbara wears many hats. She is an Artist, Equine Podiatrist, Forest/weed farmer, Herbalist, Teacher of many things. She is passionate about food as medicine, living a simple life and helping others learn to do the same. She has been using herbal medicine and food as medicine for more than 40 years. Always self employed, and always learning new things, she has created and run many businesses over the years, all involving activities that she enjoys.
Barbara lives on 150 acres in central WV, where she creates her life and work in the Spirit of Reciprocity and invites anyone who wants to learn to come and visit. She offers classes, and work exchange is always welcome. To see more you can visit her website at www.spottedhorsefarm.com
Barb is the Coordinator for the Central West Virginia Chapter of HWB.
About our Newsletter Editor
About Miriah: Adventure seeker, snowboarder, mountain climber, river rat, yogi, surfer wannabe, outdoor enthusiast. Writer, artist, activist, green medicine craftswoman, wondering explorer.
I became a member and volunteer of Herbalists Without Borders in 2012 as the Healing Arts Project Coordinator, while living in Denver, Colorado. In 2014, I began constructing the quarterly newsletters and have served as the editor since and love it. The early newsletters were constructed while I lived remotely from Northern California; off-the-grid, on the move, and usually without internet access! I currently reside in Telluride, Colorado.
I’m striving to connect more with other Herbalists Without Borders globally on my travels and be an advocate writer on behalf of our non-profit, and freelance writer for other common causes. I truly support the humanitarian work of Herbalists Without Borders. I believe in humanity, and the moon and the stars. I’m passionate about protecting the Earth’s medicine and the rights to have access to it.
Put a Little Love in Your Heart (with Herbal Tea)
by Helen Hazelmare, Brown Horse Herbal
Greetings from the snowy state of Wisconsin! We're officially in deep winter now, surrounded by kapha energy as we trek into Kidney and Metal Season. Our lips, hands, and hair dry and crack and we struggle to remain hydrated despite all the (frozen) water surrounding us. And, though the light has begun to elongate the days, many of us find difficulty in coping with the isolation winter brings.
This is a sentiment which speaks to many of us now, whether or not we are currently experiencing winter or conceptualize the frozen season in this way.
The notion of putting a little love in your heart, mind, and body is a welcome prospect now more than ever--and even better when you share it!
The following recipes are more ingredient lists than strict measurements that you can tailor to your own tastes and what you constitutionally need at any given time. Begin with equal parts in your herbal blend, tasting as you go. Experiment and get curious!
I Love You Mix
This is my signature tea blend for soothing bodies and calming heart-minds, lightly sweet and astringent.
I Love You Remix
This version offers a similar sense of comfort with a bit more pungency.
Once you've discovered the version you enjoy, make sure to blend up a batch to give as gifts for friends and family or just-because offerings for your neighbors. A little love grows when given freely--and we all certainly benefit.
Helen Hazelmare is a maker of stuff & things and a writer of cautionary tales. She is currently living an abundant life, weathering storms and being evermore grateful for harvests. Find her work at medium.com/@hazelmare and www.brownhorseherbal.com.
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