The other day I went into the woods with intent of finding a precious object. I love the quote “treating myself like a precious object will make me strong” from The Artist’s Way. The idea is that precious gemstones are still rock hard.  It’s okay to be kind to oneself, and in doing so we become stronger. It’s counter intuitive for me, and I love it.  And I was certain if I kept my eyes open I would find a token in the woods that would be a reminder for me.

From a distance I saw some bright orange spots in the foliage. I didn’t recognize them as berries or any flower I’d seen before. As I got closer I realized they must be a species that either didn’t normally grow in the northwest or one that was very rare for the forest I’d grown up by.

I picked a few sprigs and brought them home to both post on Flora Forager, and look up the name.

Jewelweed.  Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 11.40.45 AM

I found out they are also called Touch Me Not for how their seeds blast out of their pouches when touched, it is the cure for poison ivy, and to put the leaves underwater because they look like silver. I thought it seemed unlikely because they just looked like normal leaves, but when I put a leaf in a bowl of water I gasped! Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 11.38.49 AM

An instagram friend of mine (the mushroom forager YellowElanor ) said, “It makes me believe that this is what the Elves of LothLorien used for their cloaks and jewelry 🍃✨  Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 12.01.58 PMSigh. A precious object indeed, with the power to cure poison, an arsenal of seed weapons, and hidden silvery strength!

Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 11.39.07 AMI found this botanical print online.  I love that it looks like my picture, and has those lovely butterflies!  I wish I knew the author.

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2 thoughts on “Jewels

  1. This is such a precious and delightful find on your forest walk! I have never heard of these special jewels , so interesting, and if I were a forest elf , I would make a cloak of these leaves !

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