Country Queers @countryqueers11 months ago ·  Fillmore, California

I think I first became interested in growing herbs because @kaikrupa is an amazing, intuitive, creative chef, and I loved (and still love!) the idea of being able to grow things for them to utilize in the kitchen. Also, my parents are hippies and I would often get “herb drops” as a remedy to a cold or other ailments as a first response. It’s only been in the last several years that I’ve really come to find a passion for growing herbs of all sorts - culinary & medicinal, and am slowly learning how to use them. There are a couple fantastic queer herbalists I follow on IG - @catalystcommunityherbals & @ergifarmsandapothecary that have been very inspiring. And I also recently started participating in an intuitive plant medicine course offered by @onewillow_apothecaries, who btw is a great ally who openly encourages conversations about cultural appropriation and is aware of pronouns within the lgbtqai+ community. 🌻🌱✨ Last December the Thomas Fire broke out right across the valley from us (California’s largest recorded wildfire), and we watched it creep across the mountains every day and night, feeling utterly helpless. I was worried about some family and friends who were in the thick of it getting smoke damage to their lungs, had read about horehound being really beneficial to lung health, so I decided to make a tea for them, since we have horehound growing wild. I consulted on the mix with @catalystcommunityherbals , and quickly dried the appropriate herbs in the hot dry winds that were fueling the fire. It was the first time I felt like I could do something helpful/useful in those overwhelmingly stressful days/weeks. 😔🌿🍵. The last pic is the resulting tea recipe. I’ll give descriptions of the other pics in comments. Thanks for reading another long post. This is @kingandkingranch , posting for #countryqueers. #queerherbalist #queerswhofarm #nonbinaryfarmers #queerherbalism #intuitiveplantmedicine2018 #queerwitch #gardenwitch


  • countryqueers11 months ago

    Pic 1 - valerian about to bloom. 2 - part of our designated herb garden, with lemon grass, bronze fennel, and lavender in the forefront. 3- one of my all time favorites, lemon verbena. 4- just discovered my aunt has abundant feverfew growing right outside her house. I’ve been wanting to make a headache tincture with feverfew for ages! 5- my new-ish little mugwort from @yesyesnursery, and some chamomile that I started from seed that would probably be happier in the ground. 6- my “fire tea.” The west wind was blowing the marine layer inland this afternoon, as it often does this time of year, but the haze was a little yellow, and as soon as I got a whiff my insides seized up. Smoke. I remembered the last few bags of this tea, brewed one immediately, and made a mental note to make more for the now back-upon-us fire season.

  • thewestwitch11 months ago

    Ah, love this! Growing herbs is my jam. Thanks for the resources to other queer herb nerds 🌿💓

  • jillbertini11 months ago

    Do you know Karyn Schwartz the proprietor of @sugarpillseattle ? She is an amazing queer herbalist doing so much for our community here. Thank you for sharing your work with us.

  • 3.fourriverroad11 months ago

    awesome. herbs 💞💞💞 , fires terrify me.