Forest Breath and Hummingbird Medicine

A beautiful Friday to all!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Wishing everyone everywhere, the finding of love in their hearts, to be, to change, and to grow.

In this beautiful world, in this beautiful cosmos, in this beautiful life, filled with all that we could ever ask for.

From the humble plants, to the humble bees, to the humble peoples, all showy, with love.

To be here, to be with one another, is to give thanks for this true freedom we all enjoy.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The forest whispers truth, a cleansing breath, that places perspective in our visions.

I was in the Forest harvesting, medicinal plants for very strong medicine. As I found the plants that were to give of themselves to the healing of others, I give thanks. I sit down, knees muddy, to dig these precious beings in thankfulness, in thankfulness to God for providing all this magnificent everything, in thankfulness to the plants that guided my vision to harvest. I squat, ready to dig, and a flock of hummingbirds of every color of the rainbow fly up into the branches of the umbrella shaped shrub I am praying and digging under. They flutter around my head, and watch me, as I dig. The medicine is imbued with Hummingbird Medicine. The Hummingbirds prayed and blessed WITH me!

I never expected that gift, but opening the dialogue, the praying, the thanking and the gifting, everything came together to support the digging of this medicine. Every Being came together in a specific way in a bubble of beauty.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The making of medicine happens in only specific ways, and those ways of working bring healing, produce abundance, and the Dance of Creation plays on, in a real and practiced Stewardship. A Stewardship of real responsibility, a Stewardship of precious gifts!

May ones’s Medicine be full, heal you, and be shared. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(c) 2014, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies

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2014, Our 5th Red Salmon Fish Bliss Order is Firing up!!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello Beautiful Salmon Bliss Fish Group!
For the fifth year in a row, we gather together in anticipation of an amazing harvest from our favorite local Fisherman and Fisherwoman Couple, who head back up to Alaska to fish in their Families Fisher Peoples Co-op!
Still, one of the world’s cleanest and most monitored watersheds, we are blessed with this nutritious and delicious food, in this beautiful world, with the helping hands of all, supporting each other from catch to delivery.
The shipping and processing costs have gone up. Our price has been consistent year to year because we participate with our Fisher Family, to make sure they are supported. We do have a price rise this year along with all other fisheries, but Iliamna has kept it very modest, and is hoping we can keep this number stable for a number of years to come!
If you wish to order, please get back to me ASAP so I can start compiling information….we MUST have our order into Iliamna and half paid by May, 27th, 2014, which means I need to close our end of the ordering process by May 20th, 2014. Please help to keep this organized for the group…..think hard, think fast, and get back to me ASAP! I will follow up your order with payment details!
Our best price discount comes in at $ per a lb for share orders 100 and over….Last year, we did 73 share orders, so I think we can do this!!!! Otherwise, if we do not meet 100 shares, our price will be $ a lb, still a significant discount from $ a lb. We win, either way!!! TOGETHER!!!
Please order in these quantities, prices follow according to which discount level we meet:
1 Share Box is 20 lbs, $
1/2 Share Box is 10 lbs, $
1/4 Share Box is 5 lbs, $
Half is due in my hands prior to the order cut-off date (May 20th), the other half prior to Salmon Fish Bliss Delivery!!! 🙂 Feel free to spread this around in your groups, with your families, friends and neighbors!
Read more at http://www.redsalmon.com/
Any questions? Send an email (lemonlotus@gmail.com)! Please be aware, I spend sometime out in the field, so please be patient with me as I answer questions and get information out to everyone! Thank you for supporting local and regional wild foods!
Gulyás Blessings! 
Summer L. Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH
Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies​

 

 
 
 
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”

Chinese Proverb.

May Announcements: Azure, Herbal Field Hikes, Herbal Plant Starts, Himalayan Salt, Herbal Teas, and Herbal Group Shelter Donations!!!

Hello Amazing Group!
 
I hope everyone has had an excellent Easter! We have many, many announcements to make this round!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Herbal Field Hikes are being announced fairly frequently this season! We had one today (21st), and another tomorrow (Earth Day, April 22nd). If you are interested, send an email to lemonlotus@gmail.comhttps://serendipityherbals.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/a-beautiful-botanical-nature-and-herb-hike-this-april-21st-2014/
I just heard from Iliamna, that our yearly Wild Red Salmon Order is going to be announced soon! Start thinking about how much you want to order, and as soon as I have more details, I will get that out to all!!!
Himalayan Salt Split open! $1.60 a bagged lb!
Azure order cut-off is THIS Friday, April 25th at 4 PM with order pickups the following Wednesday, April 30th from 2-6 PM. Please be aware, I will not be able to do any special pickups over the next couple weeks, unless it is dire, as I will be in and out of town on a constant and ongoing basis! Please let me know in advance if you need special arrangements.
Live Herb Plant Starts!
I am putting together a GROUP organic, herb start order from another Herbalist Farmer near Portland! The more plants we order, the greater the discount! Here is the list, get your order in with me ASAP if you would like to participate! The prices vary, I will get an updated price list posted soon, but most herbal plant starts are priced at $3 with exceptions like Bay and other varieties….and our price will go down if we meet the farm’s minimum as a group!
 
As I will be doing the pickup, if anyone would like to throw in a little change to me for my gas tank, I’d be mighty obliged!!!
 
Let’s see if we can all work together, get quality, organic, strong medicinal herb plants and support not only another Herbalist, but another Farm that is fairly local to us!!!! This quality and love is what I look for in plants, as plants are very responsive to those who grow them…and the essence of plants we use for medicine must be full of love from beginning to end.
 
Last year, I was able to obtain quite a few plants from Little Brown House Herbary through Hearth of Vancouver, and I was absolutely delighted! I use many of them as ingredients in my small batch herbal teas and for clients. I can’t recommend Little Brown House Herbary enough!!!
 
Little Brown House Herbary
Plant list for 2014
(not all plants are available at all times)
Bay laurel/Sweet bay
Beefsteak tomato
Black Krim tomato
Black Mountain watermelon
Bloody butcher tomato
Borage
Brandywine tomato
Calendula
Catnip
Chervil
Chives
Cinderella Pumpkin
Clove Pink
Coriander/Cilantro
Crystal apple cucumber
Curled leaf parsley
Cutting celery
Dentated French lavender
Dwarf Sunflowers
Dyer’s chamomile
Echinacea/coneflower
English lavender
English thyme
Epazote
Eucalyptus
Fernleaf dill
Feverfew
French peppermint
French tarragon
French thyme
Garlic chives
Genovese basil
Germander
Glass Gem corn
Golden oregano
Greek oregano
Green husk tomatillo
Green shiso
Gypsy tomato
Horehound
Holy basil
Hood strawberry
Hot & Spicy oregano
Italian parsley
Kentucky Colonel spearmint
Lavender-Munstead
Lemon balm
Lemon basil
Lemon cucumber
Lemon grass
Lemon mint
Lemon scented geranium
Lemon thyme
Lemon verbena
Lime basil
Lime thyme
Mammoth sweet basil
Marsh mallow
Mexican heritage corn
National pickling cucumber
Nior des carmes cantaloupe
Orange mint
Painted daisy/pyrethrum
Pimpernel
Pineapple mint
Pineapple sage
Pink English lavender
Purple basil
Purple sage
Red bergamot/bee balm
Red cherry tomato
Red cherry roma tomato
Red shiso
Roman chamomile
Rose scented geranium
Rosemary-Gorizia
Rue
Sage
Skullcap
Spanish lavender
Speckled Roman tomato
Spicy globe basil
St. John’s wort
Stevia/sweet leaf
Sugar pie pumpkin
Summer savory
Sungold tomato
Sweet basil
Sweet cicily
Sweet marjoram
Tea
Thai basil
Toothache plant
True valerian
Vervain
Winter savory
Yarrow
Serendipity Plant Lore’s Tea Listing! 

These teas and herbs are highly medicinal, and are extras from my own organic garden and wild forages. All ethically harvested, the exceptions to the herbs that I’ve grown or foraged myself are those like Cinnamon, All Spice, and Red, Black and Green, and Olive Tea Leaves. These are ethically obtained from other Herbalists who have the same great care and ethic. These Tea Herb extras help to support the consultation work for those those in need of receiving free services. I thank you for your support, and hope, in return, you are tantalized with amazing Earth Medicine for your own health care and lovely, compost-able gifts! Some NEW offerings too! Limited Quantities. 🙂

Serendipity Plant Lore has beautiful hand grown, hand sourced, sustainable and ethically wild-crafted herbal teas for $7 a box/sack. Each of the tea offerings has been used by this herbalist for many decades to aid health, enjoyment and vitality, recovery from many health problems. They have “lived” with me for so long, they have become part of me, and I am excited to have these offerings which truly support our family and the work as I continue my ongoing education and offering sliding scale consultations for those in need.Choose from:
~Lovin’ Liver Tea (your liver will be happy!)
~Summer Time Afternoon Tea (relaxing and sweet)
~Great Grandmother Gertrude’s Memory Lovin’ Tea (brain cell oxygenating crew!)
~Green Tonic Tune (tuning cells and soul together!)
~Vanilla Coffee Substitute (nourishing and coffee like)
~Cinnamon Coffee Substitute (nourishing and coffee like)
~Great Gert’s Cold Hand and Foot Tea (circulatory warming tea for the cold)
~Galloping Gertrude’s Tea (relaxing and locally nutritious)
~Flu Flummox Tea (just befuddle your flu bugs in style!)
~Arabian Summer Tea (a tea to remind you of the smells of an Arabian Love Garden, with plants that touch our center, build up the immune system, and sweep away what needs to be swept away.)
~Shepherd’s Tea! When you want to corral those irksome viral beings and nondescript inflammatory triggers, what you need is a Shepherd to round ‘em up and over the bluff!
~Olive Leaf Tea, an anti-viral, anti-oxidant tea to ward off the minions of Mordor!
~Delicious Radheish Chai!
~Spicy Radheish Chai (inspired by my great friend, Radhe G.)
~Mother’s Milk Tea…to help Mother nourishes Baby Ones.
~Chamomile
~Comfrey Leaf
~Elder Flowers
~Motherwort
~Pineapple Sage
~Garden Sage
~Rosehips
~Rue (only to practitioners)
~Shitake Mushrooms
~Chanterelle Mushrooms
~Lobster Mushrooms (seasonal offering)
~More offerings, please inquire and I will check the Apothecary.
(c) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH
​Last, but NEVER least! Our Share Shelter Donation!!!
~MONTHLY (often weekly) SHARE SHELTER DONATION currently in progress! Donate here on Azure Day or on the doorstep, and I will collect and bring to the Share Orchards Shelter! Or donate to SHARE directly yourself! This month, Erin H. had a marvelous idea to share. She suggested that we each order an extra, quality whole foods item from Azure for the donation pile!!! This is great from another perspective…many of the food items donated to SHARE are often low quality processed foods. This is a way to share healthy abundance! 🙂 So let’s make our own Azure Challenge! To participate, add an extra item on your Azure order for SHARE donation!!! 
Love, Light and Rebirth of Life! Beautiful Blessings for ALL!!!!​
Gulyás Blessings! 
Summer L. Farkas Takács-Michaelson, CH
Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies​

 

 
 
 
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”

Chinese Proverb.

Singing to Spring Babies!

Spring Songs.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Everywhere I look, there are babies growing…touched by Sun, sung to by Wind, watered by Heavens Teardrops, nourished by Nettle Mamas Fermented Love.

Comfrey Lady of Olde…..this Comfrey has at minimum, a half of century of stories behind Her!!!

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We have chickie babies!!! Happy Spring! 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

 

(c) 2014, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

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Holy Hungarian Dandelion Love!

It’s Spring!!!! It’s Spring!!!! Cannot I sing this enough?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I was in the garden today, watching numerous honey bees work these gorgeous Dandelion flowers, and I am reminded, the powerful role that they play in our human civilization.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They are one of the oldest medicines and companion foods of the human race. Chances are that you and your family have eaten them at least until 100 years ago, if even less.

A temporary dance, out of fashion, really, only because of savvy advertising campaigns from companies that want to sell you chemicals, plants, generic seeds for generic lifestyles.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dandelion in the diet is just that, if you eat ’em, they rev your engines up, strengthen your digestion, liver and kidney systems, help with supporting your bodies own detoxification process, and are just, simply, amazing.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

More than that, many pollinators that are dying off, depend on them for food. Is it any coincidence, as marketing has taken over our minds eye and natural aesthetic, we would find that such a life supporting plant for the human race, pollinators and many mammals, ugly and threatening?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This BEAUTIFUL Aster is as Holy as they come. Strait from God to us. How beautiful, how Heaven sent! How grateful we all should be for this Holy Plant! A plant that FEEDS everyone! A plant that supports detoxification of everyone including the Land! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn Aster of Epic, Historical Proportions! Open your eyes to revere what all of your ancestors understood, and what my living Family still understands! We have provisions, life has provisions everywhere, with abundant eyes, we see!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For more on Holy Hungarian Dandelions, read:

https://serendipityherbals.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/holy-herbal-lore-of-hungarians-and-dandelions/

(c) 2013-2014, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies

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Accepting Applications for 2015!

Accepting Applications for Apprenticeship Programs with Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies for 2015!

Serendipity Plant Lore is accepting applications for 2015 Planting Love and Red Cedar Love Programs.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Interviews will be scheduled from August until December, 2014. Serendipity Plant Lore’s Programs start in March, 2015!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our first year program “Planting Love” and our second year program “Red Cedar Love” cover the fundamentals of Wild Foraging, Plant Healing, Biological Systems, Botany, and Anatomy, for the Home Herbalist and for the Professional Community Herbalist. These programs are geared towards healers learning and having first hand experiences of Plant/Human Relationship, Stewardship, Biology, Wild Foraging and Plant Identification, Ecosystem Awareness, Field Training, Healing Autism and Other Neurological Diseases, Intestinal Health, Emergency Medicine, Immunity, Degenerative Diseases, Spirituality, Working with the Psycho Spiritual Aspects of Plants, Midwifery Herbs and Deathwifery Herbs, Nutrition and the Olde Ways of Unlocking Plant Knowledge handed down through my families own Healing Tradition. There are further clinical apprenticeships available for Community Herbalists, please send an email for details!DSC_0364

These programs will FUN from March through November 2015.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Email lemonlotus@gmail.com to receive details, dates, and registration information!

https://serendipityherbals.wordpress.com/

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A Beautiful Botanical Nature and Herb Hike this April 21st, 2014!

It is really feeling like Spring now! The flowers are out, the pollinators are awakening from slumber, the nectars are flowing, and Botanical Lovers are kissing flowers too. Be amongst a group of us Botanical Lovers, on my very own birthday, Monday, April 21st, as we explore a beautiful geological preserve and anoint ourselves with spring beauty and gladness, deep botanical meetings and fleeting faces! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We’ll meet at 9 AM for our journey together.

This class is by pre-registration only. Email lemonlotus@gmail.com for details. With registration, you will be sent our meeting spot details. We will carpool or follow each other to our spot. Carpoolers, please chip into the drivers gas pot! Cost is $40, or sign up with a friend and receive the *Friendship Deal*. Please dress for the weather, bring water and your own trail snacks. Most important, bring an open heart and a curious mind ready for learning!

*Friendship Deal* Register and prepay with a friend, and you each will receive $5 off!

(c) 2014-, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

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Walking with Widows, Deer Munching Meadows

Missed everyone! We’ve all been out, my Apprentices and Student Families, soaking up the spring in all its beautiful glory. Deer grazing and watching us, wondering about Herbal Apprentices frolic-ing and clearly, not phased by our presence.

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Students looking for specific plants and tracks.

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Grass Widows before heavy rains.

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Shy, Yellow Lovin’ Looks…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olde Oak Grove convening on important issues, waiting for springtime arrivals of birds.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medicine in the bog, can anyone see their faces?

 

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Stunning, Standing Rocks.

 

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On the road home. Every step is Love!

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(c) 2014-, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies

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