Today is Beltane, an ancient Gaelic festival that celebrates the halfway point between spring equinox and summer solstice. It is a time to celebrate fertility and optimism as the days continue to get longer. One of our favorite things to do at this time of year is to head up to the Cascades and celebrate the fertility of our old growth forests. As we get above 4000’ in the mountains, the primary ground cover changes from Oregon grape, our state flower, to pipsissewa. This valuable botanical is the newest addition to our line of single herbal extracts. Our Pipsissewa Extract is made from ethically wildharvested material from the western Cascades, and the tincture itself is handmade here in Eugene using only certified organic alcohol.
Pipsissewa is a diminutive plant with bright, shiny evergreen leaves and beautiful white or pink flowers. Although it hangs onto its leaves year-round, the plant does receive a significant portion of its nutrition from fungi in the soil, making it a partial myco-heterotroph. The herb has astringent properties, though it is low on the spectrum of astringency, making it appropriate for regular to semi-regular use.
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