THRIVE is the tea for sipping after a meal. The lemon balm, peppermint, dandelion, and bee balm work together deliciously to soothe the digestive system and get things moving. The primary flavor is peppermint with a hint of bergamot-y bee balm.
A limited amount of this tea and five others are available to preorder right now. They will ship on April 12. .
I came to herbalism initially because I felt pain after so many meals in my mid twenties. Peppermint was the plant that changed my life, opening up a world in which I could not only function normally, but thrive. I read books by herbalists Rosemary Gladstar and Guido Mase and learned how to use herbs to balance my digestive system and eventually I didn't even need to rely on the peppermint. Then I just kept reading and studying and making and eventually found a teacher who taught me so much more.
The bee balm is a favorite of mine. It comes from my garden and its parent was a plant that came up in the woods outside the house I grew up in.
According to the midwives’ math, Maxwell’s “due date” was a year ago today 🍀 (according to my math it was the first day of spring 🍃 ). I spent a lot of time in the last month drinking tea in my back yard both soaking up the last bits of truly alone time and just wanting so badly to meet the babe already.
This tea blend is EXPAND. This is the tea to drink before you meditate or start an hours long conversation because it opens you up and mellows you out, allowing you to really connect. The damiana melts anxiety and helps us feel open and soft, California poppy is deeply relaxing, and tasty holy basil promotes a gentle feeling of well being..
Someone reviewed it by saying it is “a tea I look forward to coming home to. Preparing a cup feels like a sacred self-care ceremony, and it only takes a few sips of its earthy body before I feel centered, wide open and supported. A truly incredible tea that has aided in my stress reduction journey beyond measure!” ..
Teas and smoke blends are available for preorder now and will be shipped by April 12. Just check out the bio link. ☕️☕️
The teas and smoke blends are in the shop and I could not be more excited. Each tea is formulated to evoke a different feeling or experience I've had on my personal herbal journey..
This tea, made only of flower petals, is BLOSSOM. I have never been more myself than I am right now. I have never been so truly following my instincts, my desires, my calling than I am now and it has so much to do with my choice to study and work with the herbs. They have helped me to heal, let go, and open up..
I'm going to ship out the first limited batch on April 15 so now is the time to preorder. Plus, all preorders receive a $2 discount off EVERY tea or smoke blend. Explore the teas through the link..
I've been sad about removing the teas from my shop since it happened a year ago. I never quite got over it and cannot express how happy I am to be offering them again. I know some of you are super excited too 💚🌼🌿
Time's running out to sign up for the Herbs For Springtime workshop I'm leading @small.talk.shop next week. I'll be talking about the medicinal plants and wild edibles you can use to wake up and shake up your body after a sedentary season. We'll talk about plants that can support your digestive, circulatory, and lymphatic systems and each make a simple tasty herbal vinegar tonic to take home. Check out @small.talk.shop's workshop page on their site to read more and register. (And if this class sounds good you can sign up for the three springtime workshops I'll be leading there for a discount).. pic by @meganleighbarnard
I just made a fresh batch of the face wash and it still smells strongly of the lavender and rose. This wash absorbs excess oil without stripping or drying out the skin. It’s made from a few edible ingredients and clay. That’s it! And that’s enough to make it appropriate for oily, dry, combination, or acne prone skin. Really. Today (the 12th) is the last day to get 20% off anything in my shop with the code TWOYEARS to celebrate Wild Origins’ second birthday. 🍰 link in bio.
I’m spending my Saturday in the kitchen playing with herbs. Three of my retired teas will be returning next month and I’ll have three new ones alongside them. Right now I have all of my recipes drafted except for this one because while I wanted the tea to be exceptionally flowery it turns out that exceptionally flowery is a little too much to handle! It needs one more herb to round it out and then it’ll be 👌🏻
The TEAS and SMOKE BLENDS are coming back! I cannot express how excited I am about this! I've really missed them this past year (and I know many of you have too) so I figured out how to make it work <3 I'll be offering them again in a month or so.... look out for an announcement about PREORDERS in the next few weeks. .
There will be some new blends and everything will be packaged differently.... I'll need some taste testers to come by for feedback in the next week. Anyone interested?
I love making and selling herbal preparations because doing so gives me a chance to turn SO many people onto using plants. It’s an easy place to start because an herbal face wash or a natural deodorant is way less intimidating than a tincture, right? I keep making these products, excitedly waiting to talk about herbs with anyone who pauses in front of my table at a market. It’s hard to hold back my passion for it. Photo by @thisismedude from the winter @columbus_flea
Brewing bitters. Infusing bitter and aromatic herbs in alcohol creates something that’s flavorful and supports digestion. It’s wonderfully easy— I completely covered the herbs with vodka and am shaking it every day for a month. Once it’s done I’ll strain out the herbs and take a little bit at the start of a meal or whenever my stomach is feeling off. This batch has orange peel, gentian, cardamom, dandelion, ginger and a little chaga (because I want to be taking it but I can never manage to take anything regularly other than my bitters!)
In case you missed it yesterday all orders are 20% off with the code TWOYEARS until March 12. On that day I’m celebrating two years since I taught my first workshop and Wild Origins really began. It only happened because of the invitation and encouragement from @underaurora 🙏🏻❤️
I'm grateful for friends who read poetry with me, yell at the moon with me, pick flowers with me, make medicines with me, learn with me, teach me, share their food, their talents, their hearts, their babies with me. Leaving the friends we had in NYC was hard and I didn't expect to find such whole hearted, creative, generous, brilliant community in Ohio. Thank you for the fertile ground that allowed me to start Wild Origins two years ago and allows me to support my family doing what I love most.
From now until March 12, which is the date that I first taught as Wild Origins, all online orders will be 20% off with the code twoyears 🌿🎉 .
picture of Katie and me @oldslatefarm by @racheljoybarehl
Maxwell’s been waking up at 3 am lately and then my mind gets busy and it's hard to drift back to sleep... especially since I ran out of my hops and valerian tincture and am only now getting around to making another batch. The valerian slows my thoughts which allows me to get to a deep relaxed state so I can sleep perfectly without any grogginess when I wake up. (Interestingly, somewhere between 5% - 10% of people who take valerian have the opposite reaction. They get nervous, excitable, jumpy) I dumped this bowl of herbs into a big jar, covered the herbs with vodka, and set the jar on my counter. My teacher shared something about tinctures that is really interesting-- apparently most of the chemicals are infused into the alcohol within the first 24 hours. That means that I'll strain a little to use for the time being, and leave the rest of the to sit for a while and increase potency.
Today (Friday!) is the last day to participate in this incredible giveaway for local Columbus folks. Check out @ebb.and.float for full details.
Join me to learn about Herbs For Springtime on March 21. Some plants stimulate our livers after a long period of eating heavier foods. Others help move lymph fluid to ease our body’s transition to more movement after a cold, sedentary season. All attendees will make a vinegar tonic to help them shift into spring. Event info though @small.talk.shop’s bio link. Calendula gifted from @thespoonandshovel 💚
Sometimes I forget how far I've shifted from how and who I used to be. But then something comes up, often in conversation, and it HITS me hard. My normal isn’t actually typical.
My normal includes no television, lots of time outside in wilder environments, typically using herbs instead of conventional medicines, not ever worrying about eating too much, eating very little processed food, tuning into how my body feels and teasing apart causes from symptoms, one car for the two of us, radically open and compassionate communication with my partner, rarely buying new things (even and especially clothes), reading, not worrying how soft my body looks, experiences I can't explain, valuing time over money, valuing now over the future, valuing people over things, valuing experience over stability, valuing truth over easiness, and recognizing interconnectedness.
This new normal is a place with so much less uncertainty and anxiety and self doubt. Most of it comes from recognizing how much we have given up and lost as a culture in the last decades, centuries, millennia, and trying to make small shifts to reincorporate those things, to live a life that is more connected to our wild origins. That's not a joke, that's actually what gave me the name. I am so passionate about reconnecting to the wilder parts of ourselves and our past and have so enjoyed helping others with it through Wild Origins. .
To stay true to this mission I'm going to abandon some of the products I make that don't hold that kind of meaning for me and will be filling the space with herbal medicines I feel strongly about. Let me know if there's something you really don't want me to lose.
picture by @nicoleparente
This is kind of the last (best) bit of time to use herbs in preparing your body for allergy season. Once your body is in crisis (feeling itchy, sneezy, watery) you can try to put out the fires as they come but that approach won't work nearly as well. Right now I'm taking bitters with every meal to stimulate and strengthen my liver (this helps the body better respond to allergens), drinking plenty of nettles tea, and treating myself to a daily spoonful of last year's local spring honey. In preparing to take this picture I realized that I'm about out of bitters and I didn't plan well enough to have another batch ready in time. ah! I can’t decide between making a gingery, rosy, or hoppy batch? They just all sound so tasty.
I have been building bone and blood for the last twenty months. flesh and sinew. It has been the most consuming of any task in many ways and only recently I've begun to find clarity to think and dig deep and explore outside of this tiny realm of two of us. It correlates with Maxwell eating foods and needing a little less nourishment from my body (though he's definitely still nursing). Now I'm co-creator instead of sole creator and yes, it frees up my time and body. But also my mind and heart. I'm finally learning new things again at the manic pace I love and missed. I'm still reading The Lost Language of Plants and I can't help but underline so much of every other page. (I'm also rotating between Peace is Every Step and books about unschooling, herbal ferments, cooking with herbs, herbal pharmacology, botany... I have a hard time keeping it focused).
Putting together a couple herb packs for my friends. This friend is getting about a dozen herbs to try as she works though my Balanced Cycles course. Another friend is getting a selection of herbs to help her heal and relax through a hard time. Any recommendations for that second friend?
alleviate your allergies 🌿 on February the 21st I’m leading an evening class @shop.thesunroom on using herbs to mitigate the discomfort of allergy season. Read more and register at the link. 🍃