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Cover for our newest field guide! Can’t wait to share these with you all💓🌿 #zine #fieldguide #plantmedicine #gowiththeFLŌ
Too excited about this giant basket from @onatah_shop ! Harvesting with @baileylynnshannon for an upcoming surprise headed your way this winter! Can you tell what plant it is? 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
Wood nettles are commonly found in, you guessed it: woods, all over Indiana. They are quite similar to the Stinging Nettle, which also thrives in the wild of our state. Stinging nettles typically have thinner leaves than wood nettles, and grow opposite of each other, while wood nettles have alternating, broader leaves. Both have tiny hairs on the stems and underside of the leaves that sting, and can be used for urtification. Urtification is an ancient process, used to treat inflammation, arthritis, and more. I think of it as nature’s acupuncture. These tiny little needles can sting when brushed up against without warning, but when used intentionally they can provide great relief from pain. 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
As a tea, nettles are a wonderful source of nutrients and minerals. They’re often prescribed for allergies, fatigue, and nursing mothers. They can be steamed or sautéed as a beautifully nutrient-rich salad, or chopped into pesto. Our society as a whole would benefit in many ways by incorporating this incredible plant into our diets. 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
What experience have you had with nettle? Have you ever been stung or used it as medicine? 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
#nettle #nettles #woodnettle #stingingnettle #urtification #plantpower #antiinflammatory #plantbased #plantmedicine #acupuncture #plantlove #gowiththeFLŌ
☀️SUMMERTIME SUNSCREEN SALE☀️
Enjoy our last batch of sunscreen for the season! $9 (50%off) at @garfieldparkfarmersmarket today! Our sunscreen has a shelf life of up to 2 years, and longer if it’s stored in a cool dark place:) Perfect for kids, babies, and anyone who wants to protect their skin from sun damage (without damaging it more with chemicals🔬) Every ingredient is a plant, aside from the beeswax! 🌞#sunscreen #plantbased #plantbasedsunscreen #spf #chemicalfree #plantpower #farmersmarket #garfieldpark #gowiththeFLŌ
TEA: INFUSION OR DECOCTION?
These words might sound like witchcraft and wizardry, and while they might not have the power to go full-blown expecto patronum, they will certainly create a bit of magic.
If you’ve ever placed a bag of tea into a cup of hot water, you’ve already made an infusion🧙♂️!Infusions are a simple method for steeping the lighter parts of a plant (leaves, flowers, petals, berries, seeds). This method involves pouring boiling water over the plant material and allowing it to steep (covered) for ~15 min. Sipping tea can be one of the highest forms of medicine and truly work wonders for our bodies. Whatever type of tea you drink, be sure the plant material is organic, sustainably harvested, and fresh. The more local, the better.
✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨Decoctions are simply another method of brewing tea, and are reserved for the more hearty parts of the plant (like roots, barks, twigs, and some nuts & seeds). To make a decoction, place 4-6 tbsp and a quart of cold water together in a saucepan. (Aluminum-free is best). On low heat, simmer for 30-45 min with lid on. Strain and enjoy! ☕️
Our herbal coffee is a wonderful example of a tea you’d want to decoct. With dandelion root, chicory root, & ashwaganda, the flavors (and nutrients!) will truly shine when they’ve been prepared in this way. ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
Photo cred to our lovely market manager @baileylynnshannon , come visit her at @garfieldparkfarmersmarket this Saturday to learn more!
#tea #infusion #decoction #herbaltea #plantpower #expectopatronum #wizardry #witchcraft #plantlove #gowiththeFLŌ
These berries are nearing their ideal ripeness all over Indiana right now! Elderberries have long been honored for their immune-enhancing properties. The berries themselves have powerful antiviral properties, making a wonderful syrup to last you through the winter and influenza/cold season. Check out our story for our favorite Elderberry Syrup recipe (by Rosemary Gladstar) so you can make your own elderberry syrup! This is nature’s original medicine, no chemicals, side effects, or warnings. *Always be sure you are positively IDing the plant before harvesting and be sure to harvest in safe, clean areas, taking only what you will use.
#elderberry #elder #elderflower #elderberrysyrup #influenza #plantmedicine #protector #coughsyrup #gowiththeFLŌ
Osmos Permaculture blew my mind yesterday! Every piece of their farm worked magically together, and they used a system of inputs and outputs. For example: 🐔the chickens output eggs and help work the compost. Their intake includes food & shelter.🐔🐑The sheep output wool and help “mow” the grass, and require that same grass for food as their input.🐑 Nothing is wasted or used carelessly. (Check out our story for more on inputs & outputs) 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
Another example that the owners, Manu and Adam, gave was themselves as a part of the farm: they grow their own food so that their output/waste is little to nothing. For example, every time we buy a box of strawberries/tomatoes/greens from the grocery, we have a plastic box that gets used and discarded. If this food were locally sourced (from our own backyard, a farmers market, or a u-pick location) we skip that output and the wasted material. 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
Our whole planet used to be one giant Permaculture farm because we innately knew this stuff. Humans worked *with* nature instead of against it and every single food, animal, plant, and “product” was used with reverence. Nothing was wasted or “thrown away”. Today, keep a mental note of everything you put into a trash can, and note any times where that output could have been prevented. 🌱🌎🌼#everythingisconnected #wereallconnected #permaculture #plantpower #farming #growing #sheep #chickens #compost #nowaste #recycle #nature #gowiththeFLŌ
Eternally grateful to be surrounded by the work environment of a farmers market. There are so many stories, insights, and inspiration that swirl around here...shoutout to @modern_muse_14 for the reminder that our ship isn’t sinking: try adjusting your news source toward all the greatness people are creating in our world instead of fear-based media📲Another shoutout to @ericaballardhealth for the reminder that there is joy to be found in anything and that miracles are a real thing. 💫And shoutout to every vendor and customer who comes in with an open mind and willingness to support a more sustainable future! 🤘 Happy #nationalfarmersmarketweek ! #gowiththeFLŌ
One day we will reawaken to the ancient truth that we’re all connected. In the meantime, enjoy this random page from a children’s book I made a few years ago
#plantpower #pollinators #savethebees #plantlove #beepopulation #bee #BeABee #gowiththeFLŌ
GGGUESS WHAT’S BACK?! The Real G Tincture! Made with Ginkgo Biloba leaf, extracted by vegetable glycerin. Although this probably isn’t “legit”, I often refer to this tincture as 🌿plant Adderall 🌿(without the side effects). Ginkgo has an incredible ability to help us focus, improve cognitive function, and restore memory...unleashing our inner Genius. 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
As one of the oldest tree species remaining on our planet, Ginkgo holds wisdom and power that we humans often are distracted from. It’s as old as the dinosaurs, so it holds all kinds of ancient truth and story. 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
Numerous medical studies have been done on Ginkgo’s reduction of Alzheimer’s symptoms, and in some cases even treated Alzheimer’s completely. 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
For those who need that extra lens of focus, for anyone who wishes to restore the neurons of their brain, and anyone who feels detached from their inner Genius. As mentioned, this tincture is made with glycerin (instead of alcohol) making it safe for young and old and everyone in between. Find it at @garfieldparkfarmersmarket Saturday & @indycm today!
#ginkgo #realG #ginkgobiloba #tincture #vegetableglycerin #plantpower #memory #brainneurons #genius #alzheimers #wisdom #ancient #dinosaurs #plantmedicine #gowiththeFLŌ
One of the biggest buzzwords in plant medicine today, and for obvious reason. Adaptogens help us with exactly what they sounds like: adapting. When we’ve got 87 things on our to-do list or 5 “events” in our calendar each day, our bodies and minds are constantly adapting. When it gets to be too much, cortisol releases and stress begins. Long-term stress eventually leads to our adrenals being fatigued and worn out. 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
Imagine the kind of day where it seems impossible that you’ll get everything done, so you begin with a chug of coffee to get yourself energized and moving. Later on the coffee wears off and you feel twice as wiped out as you did when you woke up. We all have different thresholds of feeling overwhelmed, so knowing when to pause and take a break (and maybe drink an adaptogenic tea) is going to be so beneficial long-term. 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
Adaptogens provide us with sustained levels of energy. No spikes & crashes, and no long-term side effects. Adaptogens reverse adrenal fatigue and restore our bodies to a healthy level of vibrancy that’s much easier to maintain. These incredible plants help us combat mental, physical, & emotional stress while providing an overall sense of balance from within. 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿
Some examples of adaptogenic plants include ashwaganda, ginseng, schisandra berry, and maca. We use a couple of these in our herbal coffee blend, which contains no caffeine, and lots of nutrient-rich plants to keep your energy levels at a steady constant. You can find our herbal coffee at naptownflo.com, @garfieldparkfarmersmarket, @onatah_shop, and more!
If you’re curious to know more about adaptogens, tune into @ericaballardhealth podcast tomorrow as we talk about stress, how adaptogens help, plus more!
#adaptogens #ashwaganda #plantpower #plantmedicine #stress #cortisol #love #plantbased #podcast #healthpodcast #plantpodcast #gowiththeFLŌ