Above: 'before and after' shots of elderberry, goldenrod (plus some elecampane, yellowdock and a bit of late lemonbalm) and wild cherry bark. Click on the photos to enlarge.
It's been a longer than usual break between posts here on Herbis Orbis, but as you can see I've been busy enjoying the autumn harvest! I'm only about halfway through processing these herbs -- I've yet to make cough syrup out of the wild cherry bark and the elderberry. Harvesting, garbling and preparing herbs for medicine is time-consuming but meditative and peaceful work. As you can imagine, time is of the essence so that these plants remain as fresh (or well-preserved) as possible. I'm excited to see how this year's crop of medicines turn out.
Stay tuned -- when I'm finished medicine-making, the next installment in the South Park/Five Elements series will go up (hopefully by the end of this week)!