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Cris Fellows

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since Apr 01, 2014
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Wife, mother of 3 awesome and eclectic grown boys, grandmother. Pediatric ER suture nurse. Urban Food Forest tinkerer. Herbal medicine maker and learner. "Together is our favorite place to be" at UnAbandoned Gardens.
Youngstown, Ohio
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Recent posts by Cris Fellows

I was gifted this folding chair for Christmas.  The tools are cheap and I won't care so much if I lose them...but the chair is awesome!!!  I am hoping it will help keep my tools in order.  Also, I found my Hori Hori!!!  Since it is time to start seeds in the basement, I pulled out trays and found it in one tray that I had put another tray on top of!  So happy!!!  It's a beautiful tool.
4 days ago
Wow!  Good list.  I will add to it Yarrow, ginger, Tulsi and Spikenard.
5 days ago
I work in a children's hospital ER.  I was trying to get them to offer elderberry instead of Tamiflu as research suggests it can shorten the course of the flu by 4-5 days compared to Tamiflu's 24 hours with none of the side effects that are inherent with hallucinations.  Although my suggestion won't be taken, I have been given the go ahead to make an informative flyer.  I do suggest it on my own if families show any interest in what they can do besides medicine to help.  I often suggest a strong steeped ginger tea with lemon and raw honey for sore throats.  
At home, we add to these sage honey.  (Cut up garden sage and fill a jar in the fall, cover with raw honey, add more sage or honey to keep sage covered and fill jar.  Let this sit and spoon off from the top all winter.  Add to tea or as stand alone tea is great for sore throats).  We also make fire cider (adaptations of Rosemary Gladstar recipe) for when your head is clogged, nose stuffy etc.  
My favorite addition this year is a cough syrup with Spikenard, Elecampane and Lobelia.  Imagine that, a cough syrup that actually works!!!  If anyone is interested I will dig up Richo Cech's recipe.
3 weeks ago
Hi all, we offer a class monthly here in Youngstown, Ohio featuring three new herbs each month.  This month is collectively titled Breathe and we will be discussing Mullein, Lobelia and Spikenard.  Mullein and Lobelia both have what multiple herbalists would call intelligence.  Lobelia seems to know where to go and what to do, and it acts as an excellent driver.  We have two blends (one for allergies and one for pain) and we chose Lobelia to be part of each for it's particular property of being an anti-spasmodic and bronchial relaxant plus it bosses the other herbs in the blend around and tells them where to go.  :)  Mullein seems to have intelligence in setting bones, particularly those that are difficult to set...unlike Comfrey that sets it where it lies.  I would add Yarrow to a list of intelligent plants too.  What are your experiences with plant intelligence?
3 weeks ago
Oh my goodness!  This might be the most excited I have ever been about a freebie!  I am a pediatric nurse, urban permaculture gardener and herbalist...who made a commitment to buy no books this year (to be clear, I already broke my commitment but I am trying again).  I have looked at your books Dr Tilgner, several times, but they have not made it to my shelf yet.  But I feel like one should be alongside Matthew Wood, Stephen Harod Buhner, Rosalee De La Foret, Ricoh Cech. Sajah Popham etc.  :)  Welcome here!!!
3 weeks ago

I'm not really, have just taken to sleeping alone of late.  Perhaps something that happens when you have been together most of your life, the kids are gone and you just want to listen to a book before you sleep...then hear no snoring and feel no movement.  It's been rather lovely here alone in this little room.
1 month ago
I love it!  How exactly are you growing them indoors?  They look like they are just in jars of water.
2 months ago

Devin Lavign wrote:
Big difference is hori hori are made for garden use, while Lesche are made for metal detecting.

I did not know that!  I just use it in the garden!

2 months ago

Eric Tolbert wrote:Just curious - How did you lose a knife in your garden? How big is your garden?

I can do it.  My garden is three city lots but it is heavily stacked and sometimes I lay down a tool and it gets covered over (I guess?).  Anyways, I can't find it, haha.
2 months ago
Who has both?  Or has tried both?  Which do you prefer and why?  I loved my Hori Hori but it is lost in the garden now.  😞  The Lesche is harder to lose and has a little ledge helpful for stepping in for digging.  I don't know why exactly but I always preferred the Hori Hori.  Here is a pic of the Lesche if you are unfamiliar.
2 months ago