Dictionary.com defines the word “outlandish” as:
1. freakishly or grotesquely strange or odd, as appearance, dress, objects, ideas, or practices; bizarre:
outlandish clothes; outlandish questions.
2. having a foreign appearance.
3. remote from civilized areas; out-of the-way:
an outlandish settlement.
4. Archaic. foreign; alien.
We, in the world of standing stones, Scottish highlanders and “Sassenachs”, the followers of the brilliant Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon, often use the term “Outlandish” to describe something related to the advenure-filled tales!
So it’s only natural I name my first blog post as such.
I became enamoured by the books after I stumbled upon the television series of the same name. As a brief summary for those who don’t know about it (OMG! You HAVEN’T READ/SEEN IT?? You seriously need to get on that!). Claire Randall is a nurse who returns to her husband after the end of WWII. Said husband, Frank, takes her on a second honeymoon to Scotland so they can reconnect while he researches his family tree further. Claire comes upon some standing stones that, when she places her hands on the centre stone, wisk her away 200 years into the past. She is taken in by a Scottish highland clan, who rescues her from Frank’s many times great-ancestor. The story revolves around her survival in a foreign place in a foreign time, and her struggle to get back to the standing stones to return to her own time. It hooks you in, believe me!
So after binge watching Season One, I had to delve into the books.
Boy am I ever glad I did! Between following an intense/adventure filled/magical love story and the history interweaved into the series I am hooked!
But if there’s one thing that has really inspired me in the Outlander books it’s the fact that Claire learns to heal with plants.
As a person in the complimentary therapy field it has always been an interest of mine but never had the courage or patience to delve into it. Until our Lady of the Pages (Diana) worded her way into my life 😀
Now I play with the herbs I grow, the weeds I pick, and the coconut oil that has always been a part of my practice.
Today I am drying dandelion heads I have been harvesting, to use in a salve. According to those in herbal medicine field, dandelions have a beneficial effect on arthritic pain. I make no claim to it as I don’t have the authority to say such things. But this is where my blog comes in. An Outlander fan in one of the groups I belong to asked if I would share my recipes. So, I thought “Gotta help a Sassenach out” and now I am sharing what I create.
The recipe for this salve will be in the next post as I am still waiting for the rest of my harvest to dry out. I’ve been reading that if you use fresh dandelion heads, you are risking having a sludge that will be difficult to get rid of, in the oil it’s diffused in.
To date I have made an “anti-itch/poison ivy” Jewelweed salve, a scratch/wound salve made from a select bunch of herbs/plants and a chocolate mint body Butter. All for my family’s use!
So I hope you’ll join me in sharing! Each post will hopefully be about something new that I create, or recreate should I find something on the internet that looks intriguing…in which case it will be a review of said recipe!
Have you got any favourites in the herb department? (Keep it legal and clean! lol) Do you want to see any particular type of salve/body butter/jams/muffins/breads (because the “White Witch” brews more than just remedies) in the future on one of my posts? Comment below.
**DISCLAIMER**This blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you have a medical issue, PLEASE go see your doctor or primary health care provider! Also, if you use medical creams or salves already, you REALLY SHOULD check with your pharmacist or doctor before trying any other (with or without said medical treatment). Just be smart about these things. Nature’s medicine is lovely, but it can be potent, powerful and harmful. Thanks for using your cerebral cortex 😉