Monday, April 13, 2015

May/June 2015 Issue - Essential Herbal

Before sharing the cover and table of contents, I have a little story.  It may be my age has something to do with my amazement.  You be the judge.
The business end of the magazine is all family.  My sister Maryanne does the lay-out and her son Rob has very kindly taken the website management off my shoulders.  Both of these tasks used to be mine.  Both of them brought me to tears each issue.  Rob is a software engineer, so taking care of the website for me is a huge favor.  Sort of like asking a brain surgeon to check out your athlete's foot.
Yesterday I bundled up all the information for the update of this issue in an email, not realizing that he was at a conference in Montreal.  I did realize however that he's in the process of moving from NYC to Boston, and told him that any time he could get around to it in the next few days would be great.
His reply was something like:  The conference here is wrapping up, so if the wifi at the airport is decent I can probably do it from there.
It was done a few hours later.  I should note that the website is separate from the shopping cart, so there was no security issue.
Anyway, I thought that was pretty cool.  We aren't tethered to location much anymore, that's for sure!

Okay, on to this issue.  Thanks for indulging me.
The stunning cover by Carey Jung depicts the strawberry rose moon rising above a scene of early summer perfection.

The articles inside are just as delicious as the cover.  Putting this issue together made it very hard to wait for the plants that are just now starting to spring forth from the earth (since we started about a month ago).  I know you're going to love them.

Table of Contents
Field Notes by Tina Sams
Validation isn’t always needed, but it sure is nice.
Aromatherapy for Beginners, Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh
Safety info and a quick overview on a dozen great oils.
The Humble Strawberry, Cathy Calf Child Strong Hearted Woman
Native medicine teaching will make you liok at the strawberry a little differently.
Self Heal, Sandy Michelsen
Unassuming, but oh-so-valuable, find out what this weed can do.
Butters and Creams, Jamie Jackson
Great information on working with lots of butters and creating luscious skin soothers.
Kids Corner, Dancing with Dandelions, Kristine Brown
Learn to love these sunny little helpers. Almost everywhere at this time of year, Kristine gives us tons of ways to utilize them.
Through the Looking Glass: Arthur Rackham, Susanna Reppert
Susanna’s series on fairy artists highlights a prolific illustrator.
It’s Time to Fall in Love with Hydrosols, Pt 1, Liz Pulcher
What are hydrosols and why you should know about them, use them, care for them, and love them.
Our Friend Nettles, Ben Cohen
Are nettles growing near you? Get to know them, fresh or dried!
Quiz—Questions for Herb Gardeners, Carol Ann Harlos
Test your knowledge with this fun quiz.
Spring Wildcrafting, Catherine Love
Some favorite wildlings to keep an eye out for in late spring and early summer.
Nigella—The Underused Beauty, Jackie Johnson
Love in a Mist, stunning in the garden and useful in the home.
Lemon Verbena Shampoo Soap, Marci Tsohonis
Mmmm! Lemon Verbena is the scent of summer for some, and it is spectacular in body care products. A bar shampoo to try.
Gatherings, Rita Richardson
“Snippets of this and a little bit of that for the herb lover and cook.”
My Aching Back, Barbara Steele
A look back at old-time liniments and some recipes to try. These are as useful today as they ever were.
Hydraulics & Herbs, Suzan Tobias Scholl
Part 3 “Your Cheatin’ Heart” takes up where the previous articles on the Lymph and Circulatory systems left off.
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