We had our first taste of autumn this weekend, and it was oh so good. We wore long sleeves and sweaters, we wrapped ourselves in quilts to read, and we snuggled under blankets to sleep at night. Outside the sky was dark, the rain came down, and the wind whispered through the trees. Inside I baked, apple crisp and cookies, we crafted, we read, we played, we got the autumn decorations out, and I spent a bit of time in the kitchen, making medicine.
Making medicine is important to me, it puts the responsibility of our health in my hands, and while some may not enjoy that, I very much do. That is not to say modern medicine doesn't have a place in our lives, if we needed it, I would be so very grateful that it was there, but I like knowing that I can keep my family healthy, and that we can take a bit of the strain off our system by taking care of ourselves. And so I do just that by growing herbs in our garden, wildcrafting herbs in the forest, and using wonderful herbal shops for those things I don't have access to, to make medicine for my family.
Saturday morning was to be dedicated to some garden work, but as the rain poured down, I traded time in the garden for time in the kitchen. There was calendula to be infused, and infused calendula to be strained. Calendula salve was made and body butter whipped up, while elderberry syrup simmered on the stove. Tinctures were strained and bottled, and herbal multivitamin tea was made. There are still oils infusing on my window sill, and many bottles of oils in the apothecary waiting to be turned into salves. In the cottage, a few herbs are still drying for tea, but for the most part all of the dried herbs have been stored away. I love peeking inside my apothecary this time of year, it is filled with the power and magic of Mother Nature, ready to keep us healthy, and heal us when we do get sick.
It is a powerful choice to take your health into your own hands, and knowing I have Mother Nature on my side, makes the choice the right one for us.
If you live locally, check out the new workshop added to our fall line up at Life at Nature's Pace. Perfect if you have a three or four year old.