It's time to gather any barks that you need for making herbal remedies for use this coming year!
Because the energy of the tree/shrub is greatest in the bark now, before the leaves appear.
How to do this?
Check out my former post on gathering bark.
Want a couple suggestions on what barks to gather?
I wrote about that last year, too, in a blog - prickly ash and white oak.
Need a few tips about finding white oak trees at this time of year?
If you see a tree with brown leaves still hanging on, there is a good chance it is an oak tree. Oak trees hang on to their leaves until they are replaced with new, green leaves in the spring.
There are two general types of oak trees in our area, white or red. White oaks have rounded lobes and red oaks have pointed lobes. We use the white oaks for making herbal remedies, so be sure of your identification. The Friends of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden on Theodore Wirth Parkway in Minneapolis have a great website page for identification of oaks here. Check it out. (The garden itself is a lovely place to visit, too).
I am offering a morning of free classes on Saturday, March 14, with an intro to folk herbalism and the basics of how to make remedies starting at 9:00, followed by tips on growing medicinal plants at 10:00, and then gathering white oak bark and prickly ash bark at 11:00. For details, check the classes section and let me know if you would like to attend any part of the morning so I can know how many to plan on.
It's always exciting to start another year of growing, gathering, wildcrafting, and creating remedies with our wonderful, local medicinal herbs. I hope you'll join the adventure.