The Living Earth Labrador Tea
The Earth holds the memories of all lives lived
since the beginning of time, stored in the soil beneath our feet.
Every song, every emotion and every word spoken leaves a shadow
behind, marking its place in the never-ending passage of years.
These shadows, these ghostly footprints of time-passing,
are either the good energy or the bad of lives lived. They are
our memories interwoven with the other lives we shared, whether
equal in purpose with ours or alone in intent, but always in
a struggle of balanced stewardship.
This timeless collecting of memories is the Earth's
reminder to us that we are more of a burden to her than a benefit.
She turns the wheel of time with the tips of her fingers, so
each life lived is kept alive, yet each life is a ghost, following
behind us like a small breeze. In the dark of night they become
whispers, child-like songs that cling to our very souls. The
beauty of the Earth is the greatest gift we have been given.
It is the path we all travel.
Bear berry is a trailing shrub with small dark green
round leaves. Its flower is white to pink and hangs in small
bell clusters. The berry is red and is one of the first foods
that bears can eat in the spring, giving it its name. This plant
is also called Kinnikinnik. The leaves can be dried and used
as a tobacco.
Bearberry is also a healing plant: the leaves can be brewed into
a tea for bowel disorders.
Labrador tea is also classified as a shrub, but looks
more like a small tree branch growing out of the ground.
The leaves are very distinct in their appearance.
They look like slender canoes. Dark and fuzzy on top, underneath
the sides are usually rolled inwards.
The leaves of this plant make an excellent brewed tea; great
as an evening drink. I have heard it is good for just about any
ailment but most commonly as a cure for insomnia The leaves,
as a poultice, are effective for burns, poison ivy, rashes and