July 2, 2008 Every New Moon, Motherhouse
has a gathering. A place women can come together to share in stories,
company, activities, good food, and honor our cycles. Yesterday,
the new moon gathering was at Perry Hill Farm. We ventured out in a
field of ours to pick black raspberries, gather motherwort, mullein
flowers, plantain, yarrow, and St. John's Wort. As we gathered our
goodies, we spent time sharing stories and support through our
Once our goodies were gathered, we sat at our
outside table under a large white pine tree and begun to make our
tinctures and oils for salves. We sat in the shade sipping on mint
water, laughing, taking in all the wonderful smells around us and we
listened to the birds chirp. We read information from Susun Weed's
about tinctures. We discussed the many uses of these wonderful plants
we harvested. We laughed at how picking the black raspberries stained
our hands. We especially giggled when we tried a skin conditioner I
had made previously from mullein and wild lettuce on our faces with
those same stained hands. Now our faces had a lovely berry juice
I never realized just how beautiful these tinctures and salves in the
making are! It was amazing to see how quickly the St. John's wort
started turning the alcohol red. Motherwort and St. John's wort will
be soaking in 100 proof vodka for 6 weeks. Mullein/yarrow/plantain
will be soaking in olive oil in the sun for 6 weeks.
It was a peaceful empowering new moon gathering.
Aerial photo by Hudson Valley Photo All other photos were taken at Perry Hill Farm by Vicki Harkness.