Journal of Cazimi

Exploring the Queer Magical Intersections of Healing, Plant Medicine & Dreams for Justice.

Preparing for Spring Allergies

Every year I forget I have spring allergies (don't ask how this is possible). I think about it in December, usually, and that feels a bit too early to begin the mega doses of herbs and making the diet changes necessary to defend my body from trifling pollen grains....

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Flowers in Spring Bloom

So let's not just overshadow the really obvious fact that these flowers, while typically the first to bloom, are a *tiny* bit early this year. The photos posted below were actually taken at the end of January. I have been slightly worried as thoughts of a permanent...

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The Green of Winter (2011)

In December my sweetie and I went for a walk in the Carolina North Forest in Carrboro. It was bright and sunny and one of those unusual warm days...that are becoming less and less unusual I suppose. When looking out around the forest, it seemed dry and dormant. The...

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Black Cohosh Harvest

This week my good friend Nick Fox and I headed out into the falling leaves to harvest Black Cohosh rhizome and root (Actea racemosa, formerly Cimicifuga racemosa).  As it is late in the season, much of the green above ground parts have already begun fading into...

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Pisgah National Forest Spring Wildflowers

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend a day-long workshop on The Nervous System as well as a plant walk led by 7Song, the director of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine.  7Song has been running his school in Ithaca, NY for 13 years and is also the...

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Wild Spring Greens Pesto

On Friday, Sadie and I discovered some very unusual seeds as we planted the rest of my herb garden in her front yard.  I had never planted Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) and the seeds are some of the most beautiful I've seen: The range of colors and the textures...

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Spring Awakenings

There are some really gorgeous plants in bloom right now in Greensboro, NC...some of the first flowers to show themselves before things start to really turn green.  They are such a treat when things are still brown and crunchy.  Here are a few of my favorites, maybe...

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My New Blog!

I've decided to create a blog.  Although being the creator of something like this has been far from my mind in the past, it seems appropriate now.  Springtime is here and I've been inspired to write articles, share stories and photos about medicinal plants and their...

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