At first I was anxious about identifying trees without any foliage, flowers or berries but soon worked it out and now I can spot a hawthorn or elder a mile away!
As elder is my herbal aly this year it was good to visit this work again.
|Elder amongst holly|
|Younger, straight elder branches|
|Branches gathered for bark|
|Bark was stripped off with a pen knife|
|I made a double infused oil|
|Completed oil and salve|
I don't know if there is a right or wrong way to collect your bark but this worked for me. A few weeks after I made this a friend's husband fell down some metal steps and badly bruised his legs; I gave him some salve and he thought it was great and was very thankful. I made some more salve with essential oils added to give an analgesic effect as well.