Tending Nature

Tea, Tincture and Oil: The Making of Traditional Plant Medicine

After tending to and collecting clippings from medicinal plants in the wild, the Syuxtun Plant Mentorship Collective meets to make traditional medicines from purple sage, we’wey and olive oil. Founder Julie Cordero-Lamb shares why the group was named after the former Chumash village that once stood in what is now Santa Barbara. As the group gathers to band, cut and jar their medicinal plant clippings into tea, tincture and oils, they muse on the healing and community building properties of connecting with the plants — and with each other — across the table.

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