The birdsong at first light this morning was more than it's been in half a year. Spring is early and I'm reveling in it-- starting seeds, sketching an herb spiral for the garden, planning the best places to wild harvest herbs as they reappear.
The warmth of the spring sun has also been a creative tonic for me. My Wild Origins shop began a month ago with my favorite formulas but some point, as I was filling out my shop with new products, I couldn't get the new tea blends to taste the way I wanted them to. The new creams weren't working right. When I stepped back I found that I was forcing the process of formulation, wanting so much to start a new shop that I was creating things I thought other people would want, things that would sell in my shop. I was making the medicine but was several steps removed from it because it wasn't really for me. Plant medicine is powerful partly because we tap into a deep tradition of supporting the health of ourselves and our communities out of what grows freely and abundantly. It's a way to have ownership over your health by making your own medicine, or knowing who is making it. Whole plant medicine is medicine for the people. Starting Wild Origins was more about making the community I worked with larger than about making money. Creating formulas for the sole purpose of selling them left me stuck.
The warmth of this early spring brought me back to this time last year when I first started formulating for myself and my friends. I remembered the incredible feeling of creation and service and put aside the teas that weren't working. I asked my body what it needed. When you look at what I sell in my shop you now see what I am working on for myself and my community. I sometimes get cold sores and my menstrual cycles are irregular, I know several people with back pain, my friend needs a nervous system tonic for her anxiety, another friend is a massage therapist. I find that when I make for myself and my community my products end up so much better. And that natural process is far more fun.