Finding Our Roots

I took some time off from everything while we were in the big city. I felt oppressed and fearful there and it was hard to find inspiration and even a desire to come out of my hidy hole to play and chat with my plant family. Then we had an opportunity fall right in our laps which placed us right back in the mountains of NC that we LOVE so very much! We are laying down roots so we have called our new house Root House! 

My youngest introducing Root House <3
I am still a bit overwhelmed with homeschooling our kids and trying to find time to dive head first into every topic that interests me (there are a lot of them), but I have been finding time where I can to go out and play. This weekend we went hiking and had so much fun creek stomping and digging roots! 

I set out for the hike with the intention of finding Yellow Root (Xanthorhiza simplicissima) and Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis). I had almost used up all my Yellow Root tincture I had made a few years ago and needed to make some more. I didn't need any Bloodroot but to see her leaves or beautiful flowers is magical! We found both!!

Yellow Root (Xanthorhiza simplicissima)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

 And a few more lovelies.... 

Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea)

Wakerobin (Trillium erectum)

Sweet Shrub (Calycanthus floridus)
American Mandrake or Mayapple (Podophyllum)

Some that I had never seen before. 

Dog Hobble (Leucothoe)
Blue Star (Amsonia tabernaemontana)

Crested Dwarf Iris (Iris cristata)
 I came home and prepared the Yellow Root for tincturing! 

It was such a wonderful day!! I am so grateful we have found our forever home! 
Until next time, wishing you as much beautiful sunshine in your life as this Yellow Root holds!! 


  1. It is so good to know you and the family are in a wonderful place that will truly nurture you and the girls. Can't wait to read more about the fabulous herbs and plants you discover.


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