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.