Thursday, March 18, 2010

Healing and Protecting Earth

With the arrival of Momma Daughter and Mr. Field and Stream (they are living with us for a while), some nasty little bug has invaded our home.  It started with Mr. Field and Stream.  Now, Granddaughter and Precious have it.  Neither Wendy nor I want it.

I took a walk and gathered some lovely boughs, with only my virtual MooseBoots because I have not made the physical ones yet.

We made tea last night from Eastern Hemlock tree boughs.  We steeped them in hot water for a while.  It makes a nice tea ... no sugar or cream required.  The tea is packed with vitamin C and should help us avoid this bug.  Of course, White Pine and Douglas Fir tea works just as well.  If you live in Maine and want a good book on tree identification, check out Forest Trees of Maine Centennial Edition 1908-2008.  The book is packed with histroic information, identification keys, and great color photos of bark buds, fruit, and the whole tree.  My favorite parts are the Summer and Winter identification keys.  You can also download an older version, but it does not have the winter key or color photos.

Isn't it amazing that nature provides us the cures and tools we need, if we only look.  Of course, that is what this whole MooseBoots journey is all about.  Not only learning these secrets, but using them.


  1. I still like mine with a bit of sugar ... you know the song just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down ....

    Words to live by ;).

  2. Hope you are feeling better! If the pine needles don't work I find homebrew a cure all.

    Thanks for the book suggestion I have added it to my reading list.

  3. Julie, thank you.

    Wendy, just remember that that is what happens when a meat eater becomes a sugar eater....

    Rabid, glad to help. Of course, I might resort to the homebrew regardless of the "nasty bug" threat level ... we did open a bottle of cider not long ago to check progress ... delicious.

  4. Thanks for the link to the book, we ordered a copy the other day thanks to you. We have the download, but Duane and I decide color pictures would be helpful as we start marking our maples for possible sugaring next year.


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