Gifts from Mother
since I became active in our Tribe I have
strived to make homemade presents and items of
interest to the Native American way of life.
Since my karma is to use what Mother Earth gives
us as plants, herbs, and other items that we can
use. I have always enjoyed accepting these gifts
from Mother Earth and trying to use them to help
others and especially my friends in life; even
the animals I enjoy watching and visiting with.
To others these were called homemade presents or
gifts from nature.
first they were little simple crafts considered
cute or brought a lot of laughter when opened. I
especially loved the economical practicality of
making my own presents. I always thought that it
would be helping the world to grow more “green”.
Especially thinking of the atmosphere, smog and
other chemicals the large factories were
emitting into the air for us to breathe trying
to make all our wishes for us commercializing
thought by giving my own presents from herbs
which is grown locally by Mother Earth would be
a great way of thanking her by using them to
help others. This could impact Mother in a
positive way and not contaminating her by using
the items produced through mass production and
the mess that would be left in the air. Does
that make any sense to you? I liked the idea and
hope you can follow some of them as I continue
to write for the Smoke Signal News.
are some tips and advice that might help you to
go “green” also. Although I don’t think much
of commercial holidays but some do so I try to
help you along the way with giving which is the
Native way called “The Great Give Away”. This
was practiced in most of the tribes many years
ago. Some humans gave away everything they had
and depended on others to help them.
are some things that you can do to participate
in the great “Give Away”. this season.
is the nectar of the flowers of plants, gathered
by the bee and transported in the stomach to the
hive. Ancient honeys were produced from a wild
variety of plants. I think bees are strongly
attracted to medicinal plants and honey produced
from medicinal plants continue to have those
same qualities present in the flowers. This is
Mother Nature’s ways of helping to heal us. The
Creator has it all planned if we just study and
follow his wise ways for health.
examples are; elder, balsam root, chokecherry,
valerian, Echinacea, wild geranium, dandelion
clover and alfalfa where most of our honey comes
from today. On the other side of this, honey
made from poisonous plants, will poison the
receive the many nutritious qualities of honey
you should always choose raw, unprocessed honey.
Flavored honeys can be made with a variety of
different fragrant herbs. They can be used alone
or in a mixture. To make this simple treat fill
a glass jar with desired herbs, cover with
honey, turn upside down every few days. You will
want to refrigerate the honey after about three
days. It’s ready at this point, but of course,
will get better with time. The amount of herbs
you use will be dependent on the potency of the
fragrance. You will be happy filling an entire
jar with rose petals; however, lavender only
requires a couple tablespoons of fresh flowers.
Some honeys you may want to strain before
eating, while others are wonderful as is.
Rose Hip Honey
rose hips after they have developed and turned
red. Make sure you know what Rose Hips are and
select them wisely. Some herbalists recommend
waiting until after the first frost for improved
flavor. (These fruits are commonly found on
bushes well into winter.) Rinse rose hips well,
and deseed the hips using a knife or spoon. (I
find them easier to de-seed when frozen.) Fill a
jar half to completely full with the hips. Fill
the remainder of the way with honey and mix well
either by stirring or by turning the jar upside
down. Let sit for three days and then place in
Herbal Syrup Ideas
Comfrey leaves (Symphytum uplandica), Chicory
roots (Cichorium intybus), Dandelion flowers or
roots (Taraxacum off.), Elder berries (Sambucus
canadensis), Lavender Plantain leaves or roots (Plantago
majus), Osha root (Ligusticum porterii), Pine
needles or inner bark (Pinus), Sage (Salvia
off.) Wild cherry bark (Prunus serotina)
Hip Syrup Recipe
syrup keeps well in the fridge. It is especially
good on pancakes or to sweeten teas.
Gather rose hips after they have developed and
turned red. (These fruits are commonly found on
bushes well into winter.)
Rinse rose hips well. Remove any stems or flower
Boil two cups of water to a boil, add four cups
of rose hips. Simmer 20 minutes Or until the
water has been reduced by half.
Allow to cool slightly and then strain through a
Stir in one cup of honey, or to taste.
Rose Hip Cordial
the Rose Hip Syrup Recipe through step three,
and add whole cloves and a cinnamon stick to the
boiling mixture. Strain after twenty minutes.
Allow to cool slightly and then add half part
brandy and honey to taste. Bottle and cork. It
keeps well in the fridge and improves with time.
to 2/3 Cup Honey
mixture of choice
make heat water and honey over medium heat until
honey dissolves. Bring it to a slight boil,
remove from heat and add fresh or dried herbs.
Steep from 20 minutes to 12 hours depending on
herb and desired taste. Strain and store in the
freezer. You can also add 2 Tablespoons vodka to
the mixture to prevent it from freezing too hard
(this won’t affect taste). Suggested
Roasted Dandelion Chai Tea
parts dried roasted dandelion root,2 parts dried
burdock root; 2 parts cinnamon chips; 1 part
cardamon pods,1 part ginger root,˝ part whole
cloves. Blend together and store in a
tightly sealed container. Including brewing
suggestions on the label: 1 cup of chair blend
per quart of water simmered gently for twenty
minutes. Strained with milk and or honey added
to taste. (2 Tablespoons chai mixture per 8 oz
burdock root,1 part chamomile,1 part nettle
leaves,1 part oatstraw,1 part red clover
blossoms1/10 part cinnamon chips (optional),
lavender,1 part catnip,1 part red clover,1 part
dried rose hips.1 part hibiscus
dried hibiscus flowers,˝ Cup dried rose hips,˝
Cup dried lemon verbena leaves
dried peppermint leaves,˝ Cup dried orange peel
and store in airtight container. To brew, mix
one tablespoon with each 8 oz of water.
you will enjoy these recipes. They will help you
to honor the medicine and help you retain your
position in the Hoop of Life. Try to continue on
the good path and you will be rewarded with a
long life and good health. Do na da go hvi
(Until We Meet Again) ~Harvey Walks With