Slippery Elm Lozenges

Slippery Elm Lozenge

Slippery Elm Lozenge

Slippery Elm bark and root-bark make a throat-soothing compound that is also wonderful for an agitated tummy or colon. First Nations people used the inner bark to make a nutritious gruel for babies. In late pregnancy, I used the root bark to help prepare for birthing, as this is another traditional use for this root (use only in the last trimester, however).

Slippery Elm Lozenge

How to Make Slippery Elm Lozenges to Sooth a Sore Throat or Ease a Sore Tummy.

In a deep, medium-sized bowl, put about an ounce or two of slippery elm powder.

Add raw honey*, stirring until it forms a thick paste, and that when squeezed in your hands, won’t stick. Keep adding honey or Slippery Elm powder until the desired texture is achieved. I powder my hands with the Slippery Elm, just as I would if I were baking bread, to keep the paste from sticking to me.
*if you wish, you can gently warm the honey to liquefy it if it is too solid to easily stir.

Roll the paste into balls. They can be the size of a marble, or slightly smaller.

Now, roll the balls in Slippery Elm Powder to coat them.

Store in a sealed container – a glass jar or tin. These will keep for up to ten years.

I find that my children love these “lozenges” so much that they don’t last long in our cupboards, although, being made with raw honey, they could theoretically last for 10 years or more. They would work just as well with Marshmallow Root – both are herbs that sooth a sore throat and have been used by opera singers and orators to enhance the voice. We sometimes add a dash of cinnamon, licorice root powder, or, in the case of tummy troubles or constipation, senna root powder, as both Slippery Elm and Marshmallow are soothing as well to the G.I. track.

If you wish, you can combine these little goodies with the benefits of licorice root, kelp powder, or marshmallow root. Raw, locally produced honey and elder-flower syrup add sweetness and immune-boosting potential to the mix. These really do work! And they are great for the voice, as well – slippery elm has long been used by opera singers for a clearer note when singing.

Atlantic Sea Finishing Salts

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Keep an eye out for our homemade herbal products, like the awesome finishing salts made with locally foraged herbs, shown here:

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Green-Belt Kids

Sales of these salts go directly to the creation of the Green-Belt Kids program: a children’s garden project to teach food security to thousands of children in the Niagara Escarpment region over the next few years. This project is in the planning stage. (If you wish to support Green Belt Kids, please contact me!).

It’s a Wild Thing forager’s salts and wild teas can be purchased right off the shelves at Centro Garden in Downtown Burlington.

Seed Bombs

Seed Bomb

Seed Bomb

Seed bombs are a way to revitalize a neglected area of land.
Only use native seeds – never plant invasive species. You will need to do the research on what plants are best for your area.

What is your goal? Beautification? Pollinator Plants? Food for songbirds? Soil Enrichment?

Where to Re-Seed?

Observe the land for a long period of time, so you can see if the land is appropriate for your native seeds.
Questions you might ask could be:

Who does this land belong to – do I have a right to spread seeds here and what is the implication if I do?

Will the plants be moved down or torn up by city workers?

Are the plants invasive species (don’t plant them!)

Are the plants native to this area?

Is this a clean and safe area for these native seeds to grow?

Is it an appropriate habitat?

What is the soil like – dry? marshy? clay?

Is their enough sun/shade for these native plants to grow?

Seed Bomb

How to Do It

Red and brown clays contain rich minerals that help nourish seedlings and protect them in a compact ball until conditions are right for them to germinate. There are many recipes for seed bombs out there, this is one variation:

Combine 1 part seeds with 1 part compost in a large container. Add 1 part powdered red or brown clay* (the kind ceramists use) and mix. Gradually moisten with water until you have a pliable, but not soggy, mass. The right consistency is one that holds a ball shape without sticking to your fingers. Pinch off a hunk of clay about the size of a penny (for small balls for a garden area) or a loonie (for larger balls for land rehabilitation). Roll this between your hands until it forms into a tight ball. The sphere should be about 3/4 to 1 inch (2-3 cm) in diameter.

Let the balls dry on newspaper or in an empty egg carton (easy to transport) – about 36-48 hours. Store in a cool, dry place until ready to sow.
The best time to sow is in late winter or early spring. Throw about 10 balls per yard (.83 square metre). Provided you choose the correct habitat, they’ll begin to grow when the time is right.

You can get clay from:
The Pottery Supply House Limited
1120 Speers Rd, Oakville, ON L6L 2X4

Note:
*If you can’t get clay – try using flour – mix it in when the compost/seed mixture is dry… add water… mix until it becomes pliable and hold a ball shape… add more flour if needed. Flour can make the balls go moldy if they don’t dry out quickly. You may need to help them out by putting them over a heating vent or put a fan nearby to remove the moisture.