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Winter Calls Us to the Roots

2019.11 burdock roots loresLast weekend, I gathered the last of the lemon balm and peppermint to brew teas, knowing the rest of the herbs would be taken by the wintery weather that blew in this week.

Now, after the first two nights of hard frost, I'll turn my attention to harvesting medicinal roots–which reach peak potency as they send their energy below the ground in the cold season.

For many years, I had an arrangement with several nearby organic farmers that after the frosts I would dig out their yellow dock, dandelion and burdock roots–all deep immune herbs, supporting the liver and kidneys. They were always glad to see the weeds go, roots and all! 

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