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29 April 2015

Fermentation Basics: Kombucha

Written by Flora, Posted in Do It Yourself, Nourishing Foods, Women's Wellness

Lindsay Wilson brought so many yummy fermentation recipes to her class at the Fall Conference 2014. We're going to post them here in a series, so come back and look for more! We'll start with a well-known favorite: Kombucha!

kombuchaIn all traditional cultures, brews and natural sodas were easy and effective ways to get the nourishment and medicinal properties of plants into the community’s bellies. Make sure to use filtered or spring water when making your preparations, sing to your ferments or dance while making them, and be patient...magic is happening!

Kombucha Recipe
Makes 1 gallon

3 3⁄4 - 4 quarts filtered water (or spring water)
1 1/4 cups of sugar
1 Kombucha culture
3 tablespoons or 7-8 bags black tea
1/2 cup Kombucha from previous culture

27 April 2015

How to Make an Herbal Infusion

Written by Flora, Posted in Do It Yourself, Herbal Medicine, Nourishing Foods, Women's Wellness

An infusion is a potent, powerful, medicinal tea. To make an infusion, the plant material must be steeped for a long time. We find the easiest way to do this is to prepare before going to bed and drink in the morning. Instructions gathered from Susun Weed.
quart infusion

To prepare an infusion:
1. Put one ounce (approximately a cup) of dried herb into a quart jar.
2. Fill with boiling water and cover (this traps the important volatile oils).
3. Steep for 4-10 hours.
4. Strain and drink.
5. Refrigerate the remainder to prevent spoilage.

 

15 April 2015

Honoring Women's Moontime

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Self Love, Sisterhood, Women's Wellness

corinna-ivyDuring menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, our emotions and perceptions are heightened. There is a primal urge to remove ourselves from the daily routine and allow these feelings to move through our bodies and our spirits. We crave the Moon Lodge.

In traditional societies where the natural order of things was revered, the Moon Lodge offered a retreat, or cradle to receive women when they felt most vulnerable. Women gathered there during their bleeding time. Not an exile imposed upon the ‘unclean,’ rather the Moon Lodge offered a sacred space—tangible or otherwise—that enables those who acknowledge and accept it to feel reverence and connection with the spiritual, to be immersed in reflection, to be still and truly be.

08 April 2015

Delicious Nettle Recipe

Written by Flora, Posted in Do It Yourself, Local Plants, Nourishing Foods, Women's Wellness

The first stinging nettles are starting to pop up! A renowned wild food delicacy, their sting is neutralized by cooking (wear gloves when harvesting!). Here is Corinna's favorite way to bring nettles into her kitchen...

Nettle cream soup 600 x 400Rich Russian Nettle Tonic
from Healing Wise by Susun Weed

4 cups stinging nettle tops
1 cup water
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup sour cream
salt to taste

09 December 2014

Cooking Greens

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Do It Yourself, Nourishing Foods, Women's Wellness

cw headbandWhen I cook greens, my technique tends towards the traditional Southern style. I use just about any dark, leafy greens, whether they’re cultivated—spinach, collards or kale—or gathered wild—dandelion, lamb’s quarter, yellow dock, sochan or nettle. When I say "Southern style," I mean chopped greens in a long, slow sauté (30 minutes or more) at low heat with olive oil, coconut oil, butter or ghee along with onions, garlic, a generous splash of vinegar and a dash of salt. When I’m feeling really daring, I’ll even add a little fatback. I cook those greens until the leaves are soft and limp (and yummy).

03 February 2014

The Beauty of Yogurt

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Nourishing Foods, Women's Wellness

6006 336360376466583 1820463906 nThis February, we find ourselves again at the time between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Although the earth is beginning to show signs of stirrings and thaw, I'm still savoring the nourishment of the deep inward time of the winter.

This time of year was traditionally marked by one of the four Celtic fire feasts. Known as Imbolc, the name derived from Old irish "oimelc" which translates as "ewes' milk", as the sheep, goats, and cows often give birth in February. Their life-giving milk was an early source of abundant food to nourish and sustain through the remainder of the long, dark wintertime.

04 July 2013

Minerals

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Nourishing Foods, Women's Wellness

CW with ox-eye daisyLike many women, I love feeling full of vitality, strength, and energy for the many projects that I am called to. When I was in my early twenties, achieving this level of vitality was not easy. Eventually, after discovering I was deficient in minerals, I found one of the keys to restoring my health and energy lay in building a foundation of nutrition through nourishing traditional foods and wild plants. 

In order for our bodies to function optimally, we must ingest a broad spectrum of minerals that nourish our nervous, immune, and hormonal systems. Many of us don't get the amount of minerals we need, leading to a deficiency in our bodies. Large-scale, industrial farming has stripped the soils and washed the minerals out to sea, so much so that even our organic foods has less mineral content than the food of our ancestors.

06 June 2013

Loving My Body

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Self Love, Women's Wellness

2015.4.3 corinna nettles med cropWhen I was in my teens and early twenties, I was like many women seeking affirmation and direction.  In this seeking, I was also receiving messages from both mainstream and alternative nutrition sources reinforcing the cultural construct about how women's bodies are supposed to be thin. At that time, I became so thin I only menstruated every few months.

Later, through deeper study and life experience, I learned about the dangers of low body weight and loss of menstruation (amenorrhea). Without adequate protein and fat, women’s bodies don’t regulate hormones properly, which can lead to loss of calcium and other minerals from their bones, adrenal and kidney depletion, and exhaustion. I succeeded in having the skinny model body type, but I found my health declining rapidly.

16 May 2013

Meddle with Nettle

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Corinna's Corner, Herbal Medicine, Local Plants, Nourishing Foods, Women's Wellness

DSC 5110Anyone who loves green, growing things becomes enchanted in springtime. I love to go foraging during those first warm days, and, well, sometimes I become distracted. One particularly fine afternoon recently, a friend and I were blissfully picking violets near an old barn when my arm brushed against a nearby plant, and I felt a familiar tingle – an electricity – where we had touched. Nettle! How could I have missed her? Not one to be ignored, she quickly got my attention, and that of my friend as well.

Before I begin extolling her virtues, perhaps I should address her antisocial side. It’s unfortunate - nettle’s inhospitable demeanor belies her true nature as an incredibly generous herbal ally. Few plants provide such a rich resource to help nurture our wellness and nourish our bodies.

 

08 April 2013

Our New Look

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Announcements, Women's Wellness

2012.4 c grape arborThis spring, I am delighted to share with you the new look of Southeast Wise Women's website! I’ve been working this winter with staff on an initiative to create a larger, more beautiful and inclusive container for women to learn, celebrate, and connect in the web of wise woman.

The new website expresses the warm, curvy beauty that reflects the personality of our collective community of wise women. We kept familiar navigation, yet have re-organized content so you can better find important information, resources for learning and opportunities to connect. We have also added a blog aimed at bringing you fresher content.seww-logoblogpost1

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