The Herbalist: Go Wild With Your Valentine

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February is the month of love and March brings a welcome change of season.  I couldn’t be more thrilled to share with you some sexy herbs and tips on foraging for wild spring edibles in this issue of analogue.

Love potion #9 for your Valentine.

Three herbs that will help warm a cold spell, put you in the mood for sex and get the blood pumping all the way to your pelvis:

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Zeylancicum) – It will warm you from the tip of your fingers to the tip of your…. It is also a demulcent, which in Latin means to “caress,” so it’ll lube up your insides.

Damiana (Turnera Diffusa)  – is one of the best-known herbal aphrodisiacs out there. It is erotically floral and relaxes the mind, helping with depression and anxiety, which is often the number one reason for a lack of sex drive.

Ginko (Ginkgo Biloba) – Sex is all about the flow of energy and Ginko is your herb for that. It dilates the capillaries under the skin increasing sensitivity and enhances blood circulation to the brain and your extremities.

Mix these herbs together for a great DIY aphrodisiac brew. Combine 1/2 oz of each herb, along with one sick of chopped vanilla bean into five cups of water. Simmer on low for three hours, strain and add two cups of honey and two cups of brandy. Enjoy as cocktails with your sweetheart.

The month of February is secretly full of vigor and life as spring creeps up right under our noses. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the wonder of nature as birds start chirping, trees start blooming and delicious, medicinal wild herbs “spring” up all around you. It is hard not to be giddy with excitement at the thought of going foraging for delicious wild edibles. Also known as wildcrafting, it’s the practice of harvesting plants from their natural, or “wild” habitat, for food or medicinal purposes. Sounds easy enough, and it is, but there are some important things to learn before heading out on your own to harvest. It is best to go with a trained herbalist the first few times. And what you learn will be priceless. Join me on a herb walk. Find out how at www.earthsherbal.com.

words: Lily Fawn

Herbalist Lily Fawn is a fun, local herb expert and teacher.  Lily is full of innovative ideas that help you to incorporate medicinal herbs into your daily life.  Fawn is the owner and creator of Earth’s Herbal Products Inc., which can be found in shops like Habit coffee and Oscar & Libby’s store (Rootbeer Tea, Hangover Tea and Tea for Sad People!). Lily values wildcrafting, folklore, holistic health and science and art of herbology.  You may also find Lily pounding the drums like a 6 ft sledge hammer with her rock band, Hank & Lily, or singing sweetly while playing musical saw in her solo project. She loves what she does and it shows.

Now Teaching AT: Horticulture Centre Of The Pacific, www.hcp.ca

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