in the herbal medicine community, there’s a saying by famous herbalist and author David Hoffman, “if in doubt, choose nettles.” this time of year in western Oregon, the nettles and their now glorious flowers are everywhere. beyond their exceptional and vast uses, they’re a plant that if you had to choose just one, would be one of nature’s best multivitamins. I love this view from below of this towering queen nettle rising up above the trail on my run today. on a day when I had a few rough emotions to process, nettles was a good one to be drawn to amongst a sea of green.
all my favorite colors and a spring minestrone 🎨👩🏼🌾👩🏼🍳
the weekend’s run adventures both featured this side jaunt into my favorite month of May hawthorn and wild rose grove. the trees are a little run down here and somehow makes me love them all the more. With May being my birth month, these two special and medicinal plants in bloom now, a middle name of 🌹, and hawthorn being the tree of the Irish faeries, this has definitely become one of my special places to run and just soak up wisdom.
they say if you see (or hear) the message three times, it’s definitely time to pay attention and heed the advice. amidst my eclectic order of nutrition exam study materials is this thrice-appearing message: adrenal health. something I’ve been ‘working on’ a lot these past few months. but you know, nowhere on that list does it say ‘try harder’ or ‘add to to-do list’. along with getting a healthy dose of vitamin c and all the other antioxidants, and eating a ‘balanced diet,’ this slow down list is extremely important for short and long-term health. let’s proceed accordingly. 🌿✌️
how to celebrate spring // put strawberries in all the things. this is strawberry tabbouleh which keeps the middle eastern spice and seasoning vibe but changes up just about everything else. 🤷♀️🙋♀️ you can find the recipe on the blog!
“this year I think I’ll make a pancake cake” 😆 borrowed ideas from @gkstories new cookbook, doubled my favorite batch of pancakes, added diced rhubarb and cinnamon to the batter, layered whipped coconut cream, sunflower butter, and chia berry jam, and topped with fresh local strawberries. am pretty sure this is definitely a new 🥞🎂 tradition!