Greetings from Susun~January 3, 2012

Dear friends of the green,

This month I wish to draw your attention to the mint family, which is well known for its many delicious-tasting, and strongly-scented plants. Most of the mint family plants are excellent anti-spasmodics, anti-infectives, and nourishers of the nervous system.

Many mint family plants are hardy to frost and can be used all winter, or until the ground is covered with snow. I use winter mints mostly as salad greens, but, even in the cold of the winter, they can be harvested for teas, vinegars, honeys, scented oils, and smoking mixes.

For salad greens: I pick a leaf or two, here and there, according to the size of the plant, to enliven my wintertime salads. Although there is no nutrition available from raw greens, they are worth eating. Fresh, unwashed wild salad greens give us something even more important than vitamins or minerals: soil bacteria, which add immeasurably to the health of our gut flora and thus to our overall health and vitality. (One kind of soil bacteria has recently been found to kill cancer cells!)

For teas: I put a spoonful of honey and some fresh mint-family leaves in a big cup and fill it up with boiling water. Drink immediately. When? After meals. While soaking in a hot bath. When spending time with a friend. Sometimes I eat the leaves after I drink the tea.

In the coming weeks I will give you specifics on making winter vinegars, honeys, scented oils, and smoking mixes.

Green blessings,
Susun Weed

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Susun Weed, green witch and wise woman, is an extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an encyclopaedic knowledge of herbs and health. She is the voice of the Wise Woman Way, where common weeds, simple ceremony, and compassionate listening support and nourish health/wholeness/holiness. She has opened hearts to the magic and medicine of the green nations for three decades. Ms. Weed's four herbal medicine books focus on women's health topics including: menopause, childbearing, and breast health.

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