I left the farm in good spirits: high on a hard day's work and freshly dispensed plant knowledge. Later that evening, I was driving on a country road and spotted what appeared to be another Elder bush. I quickly turned back and collected a sample to identify. My idea was to come back later and collect the entire bush. I was pumped. Well, imagine my excitement when I turned into my driveway and noticed the very same plant growing right along the edge of our property! Confirmation came from several field guides and a quick internet search; I've got my very own Elder bush growing at home. It must have been there all along, but I had not noticed it until then.
I spent the next few days reveling in the joy that comes from knowing that the Earth will provide for you the things that you need and reveal them to you only when you are able to see. More research was done on the many uses of the plant- medicinal, culinary, and other. I pondered over whether to harvest the flowers now and use them in teas or wait until the berries show up later in the year. The decision was made to wait it out and collect as many berries as possible for use in medicine. I could hardly wait. My love affair with the Elder bush had begun.
Now is a good time to point out that the property I call home is not owned nor fully maintained by myself alone. In the hubbub of my daily life I failed to mention my newly formed friendship with the Elder bush to those who share in the responsibilities. Alas, my beloved bush was cut in half by an unknowing weed wacktress: devastation, then mourning. *Cue sad music.
Today I decided to do some more research- a coping mechanism of mine. In my searching I found these sparkling gems:
- Spending time at the farm leads to awesome things.
- Talking to Eli about what is growing on the farm is invaluable time spent.
- The Elder bush is a veritable medicine chest AND makes tasty food.
- Opening up to what the Earth provides allows for abundance, healing, and growth.
- The goddess tree is a website I really enjoy. Thanks for the gems!
- Talk to the people you share responsibilities with about the things that are sacred to you so they do not unwittingly destroy them.
- Shit happens; it all works out anyway. Bushes get cut down and they grow back, especially the Elder bush. We recover.