Rhododendron syn. Ledum palustre is a Eurasian relative of famous labrador tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum). Leaves of the plants that grow in Estonian marshes are tiny comparasing to the one growing in Greenland and North America.
As the plant has so many names it must´ve been used frequently by all the natives in those regions where the climate and soils are challeging for all living beings. In Estonia it´s called “sookail” or “päävalurohi”(head ache medicine). … More Päävalurohu smudge sticks
I visited Aivi(78) on an exeptionally warm autumn day. She is an author of various herbal medicine and natural dyes´ books. She used to be a teacher of natural sciencies) in a local school. Aivi has been drawn to a forest as long as she remembers and still feels that working around plants is very … More Living with the rhythms of nature
I tried that famous Russian ivan chai first time couple of years ago and thought I had found another one to call my favorite tea. I used to(still do) love Greek shepherd’s tea(Sideritis) but it isn´t always that easy to find it in fresh quality. I don´t mind classical fermented eastern teas but as I´m sensitive to caffeine I can´t enjoy them in the evening unless I want to stay up until morning. Fermenting is a naturally occuring process which involves enzymes and microorganisms living everywhere in the nature. They do most of the work for you and hence short fermenting is not a difficult process. Rasberry chai has distinctive full and sweet taste which doesn´t go away if stored in a dark airtight jar. … More Rasberry-leaf chai
I woke up at 5 because of bright light shining in through the curtains. I looked out and everything was white. Not just frosty. It was goor almost 5 cm snow covering the garden and I couln´t sleep on any more and went for a walk to check if the berry shrubs are still alive. … More Snow…oh NO
Recently while I was on a forest walk I noticed something green from the distance laying on the ground. It is not that warm yet and the leaves aren´t open yet, neither it didn´t seem to be moss or plastic waste brought by last autumn´s storms. I walked towards the unknown green object and kneeled down to get a better look. It was a typical glass coffee jar, which I had found couple of time earlier too. Some Bolivian coffee jars with faded but firmly stuck lables, which don´t come off with any dishwashing liquid are still in use. … More A green gift on the shore
During those last couple of weeks we´ve managed to enchance our raised bed, planted some berry bushes and mulched almost all the fruit trees with reed . The main task has been spreading the soil around which is piled up in our front yard. We´ve used that soil for couple of years now but it still blocks the other entrance so no maschines can get to our back yard as some work needs to be done there. The soil is mainly used for evening the landscape out as our previous dog loved digging for european water voles, whom we don´t seem to have living here anymore. … More Spreading out the soil
We always used go hunting hepatica flowers there in the springtime. On the sunny roadsides and in the glade, which warmed up first grew pink and purple hepaticas. I do not enjoy watching forest being chopped down but I totally disagree with clearcuts. … More Flowers on a logging field