February CSH

Cottonwood Ghee-topical use

Populus balsamifera


Taste/Qualities: moisturizing, anti microbial


USE: I use this every day on my face in the winter to moisten my skin.  Most importantly this serves well for a long backpacking trip in the wilderness where you have very little with you, but need the essentials like your first-aid kit.  For any type of cut, blister, abrasion, cottonwood has salicylates, which thin the blood just like aspirin.  It’s also full of anti-microbial properties so it helps prevent possible infection while on the trail.  Balsam poplar grows along streams and wetlands and graces us with its aroma and medicine.  In tincture form it helps a great deal with deep bacterial lung infections.  I never tried this, but it might be worth applying this on the chest in the case of a lung infection.  I love gathering the buds this time of year and with it collecting resin on my fingers.


DOSAGE: Slather on as much as you like!  Clean the area first, in the case of a cut or blister.


Rosehip Cordial

Rosa canina


Taste/Qualities: sour, sweet, cooling, astringent


USE: What is a February pickup without a rose involved?  Rosehips are the fruit of roses we can still find color in the dark greys of winter.  High in Vitamin C, Rosehips are also bursting with anti-oxidants and flavonoids.  With flavonoids, think anti-inflammatory properties that aid in any part of the body where there is heat and swelling.  Rosehips are reported to help with liver, digestive woes and acts as a restorative to the reproductive system.  So much to say with such little space.


DOSAGE: Like other sipping cordials, break this open on a chilly evening and gently heat a cup to sip on.  You can simmer it to extract the alcohol (brandy for preservation and taste to some) or to simmer it down to syrup if you’d like it in that form.

Posted on February 26, 2014 .