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The solstice has passed and summer is finally upon us. The cottonwood seeds are drifting about the air like a mysterious summer snowfall and with that comes the ripening and harvest of the sweetgrass braids!

The sweetgrass is long this year thanks to the spring rains with many braids well above 24”. The aroma is intoxicating and the blades are a rich dark green.

Over the winter, I have developed a sweetgrass hydrosol which smells absolutely lovely. The spray can fill a room with a pure sweetgrass aroma or sprayed on the skin as perfume. Best of all, I can attest to its mosquito repelling properties as I have been dousing myself to keep those little buggers off the hide of my dog and myself In the field!

It is only the second year of my sweetgrass farm but I hope to spread this wonderful plant and it’s healing properties to others and continue to grow for many years to come.

Please consider buying a braid soon while they are fresh and most rich with scent but if you miss it, no worries as I hope to have a bountiful fall harvest as well to keep the sweetgrass burning all through the winter.

I wish you all a wonderful summer filled with love and time in nature!


Meadowlark Apothecary

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Updated: Mar 29, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has put immune system health into the forefront of the collective consciousness. It’s more important than ever to look after your health.

As always, the best way to fortify your body and immune system is to look for help from mother nature. There are a variety of medicinal herbs that work wonders to help shield your body from viruses, colds, and flus but I want to talk about one of the best, Astragalus.

Well known in Traditional Chinese Medicine, astragalus has been used many centuries for its immune modulating effects. Astragalus is what’s known as a wei qi tonic. Wei qi roughly equates to the bodies proverbial shield, the energy that protects the body from external pathogens. Astragalus nurtures this energy to prevent harmful pathogens from entering the body. If sickness cannot penetrate the wei qi shield, illness will not penetrate deeper energy channels which often leads to more serious problems.

From a western perspective astragalus has many well-studied health benefits and is sometimes given to patients in hospitals with infectious diseases. Supplementing with astragalus is said to help the immune system increase the production of white blood cells, which are the immune cells that actually help to prevent infectious disease. Astragalus also reportedly increases B Helper cells and stimulates antibodies in the body which help dispose of and clear cellular debris from the body.

Astragalus is said to increase antioxidant capacity with special affinity for the production of glutathione and superoxide dismutase. These are the bodies master antioxidants that help prevent the hydrophilic spikes from viruses from penetrating the cell, hijacking and infecting the cell.

Astragalus is a powerful herbal ally. It nourishes wei qi energy which is said to provide your natural shield against pathogens, and bugs. Astragalus may increase the production of white blood cells, antioxidants and antibodies which are crucial to dealing with pathogens in the body.

Truly an amazing herb with a sweet taste and tremendous health benefits. Astragalus makes an excellent addition to your daily routine.

*The herbal information on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this web site is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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