Monday, June 14, 2010

Strong Women - Rosemary Gladstar

Since I have been sharing herbalist recently, there is one more strong woman I
wanted to introduce you to that is a herbalist.
Rosemary Gladstar has been sharing her knowledge, experience, and love of herbs since 1972.
She once had a herb shop in my hometown of Sebastopol, California.
She now is the director of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center and Native Plant Preserve
in Vermont. This is where I had the opportunity to meet her in 2005.
I loved walking in her fairy garden with stone castles and tunnels built into the garden for the fairies that visited at night.  What a delight it was to imagine.  She said she sometimes heard them.
 She is also the founder of United Plant Savers and is the author of several books, including Herbal Healing for Women, Herbs for Natural Beauty, Herbs for the Home Medicine Chest, Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal and Planting the Future: Saving Our Medicinal Herbs.

When I was visiting the Retreat Center I bought the book, Herbs for Longevity and Well-Being.
In the book there is a recipe for Longevity Chai, which sounds like it would be worth trying.

6 slices fresh, grated gingerroot
4 whole cloves
2 teaspoons cardamom, crushed
3 tablespoons cinnamon chips (or one stick broken into small pieces)
6 black peppercorns
1 tablespoon sliced ginseng root
1 tablespoon sliced licorice root
1 tablespoon sliced fo-ti  (I am not sure what this is)
5 tablespoons black tea leaves
6 cups water
honey to taste
frothy milk (can be soy or rice milk)
nutmeg or cinnamon

Gently warm herbs and water in a covered saucepan for 10-15 minutes.
Do not boil.  Strain the mixture into a warmed teapot and add honey to taste.
Pour chai into a large cup, add a generous heap of frothed milk, and sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon.

For more information visit the Sage Mountain website.
Rosemary Gladstar is truly another fascinating, strong woman.