Red Willow Medicine Opens Summer

Welcome to stektektsxwíIhp, laying down the summer out of her own healing language, spring.

Summer is the medicine.

The berries are edible but bitter, a kind of relish; the inner bark is a blood tonic, heart tonic and contraceptive. All in all, red willow, or red osier dogwood, is an important means by which life on this land is regulated. This summer view is the regulated life. Europeans call that beauty. It’s that, too.

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