A Blessed Bee

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“By His Hand We Are All Fed”

The constent chirping of Cardnials can be heard above the whining of the turbines at Kanawha Falls. The birds are continuous contact with their mate as they forage in the Appalachian Forest. Mottled sunlight filters down through the canopy of Elm, Oaks and Sycamore. Most of the insects become little balls of light as they pass through the rays and I’m learning that the flight patterns can give a clue about what type of insects they are. Some float, some zig-zag and others circle. Bees fly in straight lines most of the time. So when I noticed the straight lines near the St. John’s Wort I knew that the bees were at work. I moved forward a bit and focused on the bright yellow flowers and waited for the next bee. It wasn’t long before the little bumblebee accommodated my efforts. They’re not really aggressive but I have learned to stay back a bit in order to catch them behaving naturally. If I get too close they seem to rush through the tasks and then move on. I snapped several shots before moving to the next subject and when I got home I pulled up the file and spotted the little bumblebee approaching the bloom. The first thing that struck me was the effect of the beating wings made it look like the bee was about to break the sound barrier. Then I saw the face. The bee’s tongue is fully extended. She’s so excited about her meal that she’s licking the air! Her world is one of plenty. This part of the forest is rich with nectar and she’s ready to enjoy every drop. I remembered the verse about “consider the lilies” and how God takes care of his creation. Then I remembered that we are also part of that creation and how much God cares about us. It’s comforting To know that there’s blessings for us everywhere if we can just learn to trust and take the time to find them.

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Forage Friday #67 St. John’s Wort

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Please remember that Forage Friday is only intended to be a conversation starter and not an endorsement of treatment. All of the information is presented as trivia only.

The rocket’s red glare had barely faded above the Appalachian Mountains and I’ve turned the big blue truck onto a road I haven’t traveled since the mid 90s. The gravel crunches beneath the tires as I pass the little side roads that once lead to logging operations and then to strip mines. In the years since I last came here to learn how to cruise timber the property has been sold off in plots and a good portion of forest has healed from the disruption of industry. I had gone as deep into the road as I was comfortable with and not knowing if there would be a place farther up the mountain where I could turn the long wheelbase of my truck I took advantage of the nearest private drive. No sooner had I brought the front wheels back around to face the way home I spotted the bright yellow flowers in the ditch.

Image Titled “St. John’s Wort 71020b”

The plant is one that’s commonly found on the shelves of pharmacies and supermarkets but when I was last here this wild medicinal herb was hard to find. That’s because those who harvest for the purpose of selling to commercial buyers had gathered the vast majority of the plants off of the mountain. At the time St. John’s Wort was celebrated as a natural cure for chronic depression and supermarkets couldn’t keep it on the shelf. At this point there was a controversy over if the herb was any better than modern day pharmaceuticals. There were people who took both treatments and from what I can remember a few died from the interactions between the herb and the pharmaceutical.

Image Titled “St. John’s Wort 71020c”

So did it work? Well that’s a bit tricky to answer. Some people say it helped. Others say it did nothing. And since I’m not legally able to give an opinion I’ll have to ask you to do your own research.

However, the use of St. John’s Wort in treating depression was only the latest use. Traditionally it’s a topical ointment for wounds, bruises, herpes and shingles, as well as burns and rashes. The websites and books that I’ve read say that when used topically St. John’s Wort should help sooth the nerves in the affected area but they also warn that St. John’s Wort may cause you to be sensitive to sunlight.

Image Titled “St. John’s Wort 71020d”

To make the ointment the internet suggests collecting fresh buds and flowers and soaking them in olive oil until the oil turns red. Then strain and cap the bottle or jar.

As a forage plant St. John’s Wort would seem to offer a wide variety of herbal uses and it’s probably one that is worth further research.

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