May 24, 2010

Soothing Rosemary milk bath

This is supposed to be good for stimulating the circulation and soothing puffy extremities; we'll see about that, but it is fragrant and pleasant, foams a bit in the tub and is simple and easy to do.  I did feel a bit energized after trying this!  It's from one of my favorite herbal books, The Pocket Guide to Herbal Medicine, by Kraft & Hobbs.

I like Tunisian rosemary, but any nice Rosemary essential oil would do. 

5 drops Rosemary e.o.
1/2 cup milk

Blend and add to a hot bath, or use as a wash with a Turkish toweling wash cloth and massage towards the heart.

May 12, 2010

Spring Fever

It is outrageously beautiful today, the way spring is imagined in so much art: gold and green, Flora's breath exhaling flowers and birdsong, the sky so blue it makes you feel like crying, the snow still decorating the peaks and (mostly!) staying off the porch and up the mountain.  It takes the breath away.  The amazing luck to be alive in the spring, to be out of doors, to be in this universe while spring is happening.  This kind of day calls for Scarlatti and Vivaldi in the background, and traces of really light sweet bluegrass music, and something from Hildegard von Bingen.  Heart-poundingly beautiful weather.

Humdrum reality intervenes: now that it is really sunny and the grass is long and sweet, and the birds singing, the trees blooming, and I don't have to wear 4 layers to work outside...I have some kind of mystery thing making me dizzy every time I stand.  Hilarious a bit, to be tottering around in the garden and wondering if I am only suited for sluicy downpour weather anymore.  Cranky-making, to be so dizzy it takes a half hour to write this.  Maybe it's just the weather...

May 8, 2010

Weather Report

It has been a much colder spring than usual, and things in the gardens are quite a bit behind schedule here.  Being in a frost pocket near the mountain adds to this; I went to a friend's house last week for a bit of a visit and their apple trees and service berries are in full, while up here the apples are just opening, and the service berries are not open at all.  It's good because I have more to dig, and have been sick; it's bad because it is shortening the season for growing veggies...but who knows what August may bring?  Almost anything will be better than last year's. 

I'm finally able to work more than an hour or so in the greenhouse and gardens again, and while I am still woefully behind, at least I can enjoy my time out there without knowing I will pay dearly for it for days afterwards.  Slow and steady, right?  Digging in the garden, hearing the chickadees and robins, all things I have really missed.