Harvesting wild plants, otherwise known as wildcrafting, is one of my greatest passions and a primary aspect of my herbal practice. My relationship and instinctual exchange with plants is continuously informed and attuned by my seasonal seek and search for thriving, healthy, wild plant communities to gather from. One thing that I discovered right away about wildcrafting, is that wild plants are truly just that, wild. They grow where they will and are self-possessed so aren’t particularly concerned with what herbal preparations I might be in need of making at the moment.
We made a video of our Spring Wild Cherry Bark gathering adventure. I am joined by two students, Lauren and Pete and, of course, my ever-present companion Bell. The first smells of Spring are arriving along with some early returning song birds. The sap is running with the cold nights and warming days and I take advantage of this time to gather barks as they begin to circulate their nutritious and healing juices.