Magic in the Woods
by Mary Lane
author, "Divine Nourishment, A Woman’s Sacred Journey with Food.”
mentor at the Wise Woman University
I am a classic witch in the woods. You have to drive up a windy dirt road to my home. No neighbors in sight. Although they are tucked away here and there so I have community. Medicine is growing everywhere you look outside, and drying everywhere inside. When I’m not playing with my herbs I am gardening, gathering wild mushrooms, or other seasonal bounty, cooking, writing, sitting around the fire, hanging with other witches. And, I sleep with my cat, who is a dainty, fierce, huntress that is shamelessly adored by me and everyone else who happens to come to my home.
Several years ago I was told that coffee trashes my kidneys. Knowing that they support the amount of sexual energy, (Qi) I have, I knew immediate action was required. That was one thing I wasn’t willing to compromise. I found a basic recipe for an herbal coffee substitute, played around with some roots from my yard, added a little local honey and dark chocolate, and just like magic came up with a decoction that is a powerful tonic for the liver, kidneys and heart while building the blood and Qi. Add a little cream and you have a delicious latte. How’s that for a little magic? I hope you enjoy it!
Herbal Espresso Blend
1 cup dried chicory root
¼ cup dried dandelion root
¼ cup barley
*1/8 cup ginseng, or spikenard root
Sometimes I will add a little nettle root, yellow dock root, and, or comfrey root for extra flavor and medicinal qualities
To make the herb blend roast chicory, dandelion, barley and ginseng in a 200 degree preheated oven for 2 hours. Or roast in a large heavy skillet for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Grind in a coffee grinder until fine. Store in a glass container with a lid.
1-2 cups water
3-5 tsp herbal espresso blend
1-2 tsp molasses, honey or maple syrup
pinch ground cinnamon
pinch organic dark chocolate powder
To make the espresso, simmer the roots blend in water for about 10 minutes. Add the cinnamon and chocolate powder. Steep with the lid on for another few minutes. Sweeten with molasses, honey or maple syrup.
* Ginseng is not recommended for pregnant women or individuals with high blood pressure. It may also have estrogenic activity, which aggravates fibrocystic breast disease in women. If these conditions are present simply eliminate ginseng form mixture.
Mary Lane is the author of the book:
Divine Nourishment, A Woman’s Sacred Journey with Food
Her website is: www.divinenourishment.net
She is a mentor at the Wise Woman University
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A Woman's Sacred Journey with Food
by Mary Lane
Divine Nourishment is a book designed to acquaint you with the rhythm and flow of the Earth’s wisdom through our relationship with nourishment. We witness the self similarity of our own human journey with nature as life flows through the seasons of birth, life, death and rebirth. We open to the wisdom and feminine energy within ourselves that is desperately needed to support balance and harmony in our world.
For generaddtions, the lack of understanding and acceptance of feminine wisdom has created self-rejection for women in societies across the world. The deep, collective wounding of the Divine Feminine has buried this wisdom in the shadowy depths of our souls. Reconnecting with nature is a valuable step toward healing.
In this book you can embrace the essential, energetic qualities reflected in nature and in your own physical, emotional and spiritual health. You will see how the seasons flow throughout the yearly cycle supporting life, death and transformation with no beginning and no end.
You’ll receive practical information to apply in your daily life that is nourishing and appropriate for alignment with the journey; healthy, organic seasonal foods, humanely raised and naturally grown, along with recipes, potions, tonics, practices and cleanses.
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Mary Lane, author of Divine Nourishment, A Woman's Sacred Journey with Food. Through Mary’s 30 year career as a professional chef she awakened and deepened her understanding of the connection between food and nourishment, sustainability, the wisdom of nature, sexuality, and the Divine Feminine. She draws upon the wisdom of her own journey and weaves it with her expertise in the ancient Taoist 5 Element System of Nutrition, Plant Spirit Medicine, sacred sexuality, wildcrafting, and professional training as a chef. She is dedicated to supporting women to transform the self rejection buried in the shadowy depths of our unconscious to self care, honor and love.