Seed Saving - Protecting Genetic Information

November 05, 2022

Seed Saving - Protecting Genetic Information

  As the winds and longer days of the Autumn begins to remind us how to let go, we can benefit from incorporating seasonal routines which save our energies and resources in order to prepare for the coming Winter.

  One of the quintessential ways in which humans have traditionally saved energy - and at times even genetic memories - has been to dry and store the seeds from this year's harvest Gathering together within our communities to share in the harvest while saving seeds from the past for the future lives yet to come.  

  At times when books are banned, and knowledge is scarce, it can be such a blessing to carry ancestral wisdom within our seeds and recipes. 

Helpful Tips for Seed Collecting:

- In many cases, as with Kiwicha (Amaranth), it can be very effective to hang small bundles or branches of the Herbal Ally upside down to dry. While doing so, locate the leafy plant above wax paper, cardboard, or some other material from which the seeds that later drop may be easily collected. 

- When in doubt, refer to trusted Plant and Seed ID handbooks or photo guides. Click here to begin finding resources. 

- Living in observance of Nature is especially important when it comes to seed collecting. The phases during which plants produce their seeds generally come during or just after the plant has produced their flowers and/ or fruits. Take time to observe Nature, and begin to know the phases of the Plant Nations. 

Helpful Tips for Proper Seed Storage:

- Store in a cool/dry place

- Avoid storing inside the plastic. Some great alternatives to plastic are ceramic, cardboard, and paper containers.

- Avoid contact with direct sunlight. Contact with direct sunlight will degrade the protective layers on the outer shell of the seed, and will lower germination rates. 

- Label the container holding seeds if you won’t remember them each by name.

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Original Instructions School Blog

The Power of Warming and Wrapping the Womb
The Power of Warming and Wrapping the Womb

June 20, 2023

 Having a special cloth and or tapestry with which to wrap around your womb and kidneys is a traditional practice which Indigenous cultures throughout the world implement for promoting good circulation, fertility, and overall health in women. With just one special piece of cloth or tapestry has many uses for a well woman care in regards to childbearing....

View full article →

Vaginal Steam
Vaginal Steaming DIY + Recipe —> A Traditional Indigenous Herbalism practice

June 16, 2023

Bottom (often Vaginal) steaming has been practiced since time immemorial by women from all continents albeit in varying forms. Bottom, or vaginal, steaming can be very helpful for passively receiving plant medicine into the labia, vaginal canal, cervix, womb, and ovaries. In addition to receiving medicinal properties from the essential oils and nutrients Which are evaporating within the steam, you are also working to directly heat up the womb center, which is key in promoting fertility.

View full article →

Advocacy for Women’s Sexual Sovereignty is Advocacy for Earth
Advocacy for Women’s Sexual Sovereignty is Advocacy for Earth

June 05, 2023

This inherent knowledge has brought us to offer our advocacy certification trainings for those who wish to serve as advocates for survivors of sexual and reproductive trauma. As a holistic practitioner, Earth activist, well being practitioner, sensual being and human being of any kind it isimperative to address the pervasive issue of the objectification of women and Earth. To advocate for one is to advocate for the other.…  it is impossible to heal one and not the other.

View full article →