In case you missed the newsletter— all orders over $15 get a free face wash thrown in til 12/14! You’ll love what this soapless powder does for your face, I promise. After that the shop is closed til 2019. 🍄Photo by @everybody.collective
I'm sitting quietly this season, drawing further inward and making my own magick now that the sun and warmth and smell of earth are long gone and still far away. I'm lighting candles, drinking tea, smoking Meadow, taking tinctures and essences, oiling before every shower, and spraying the hydrosol I had a hand in making before singing or dancing or meditating or writing or reciting. And it’s so working. Photo by @racheljoybarehl
In a favorite place, barefoot, with some favorite people, visiting with the fall bodies of some favorite plant friends.
I got asked recently what I did for a living. After a pause I answered herb-farming, magic-making, and teaching. That’s accurate. Right? Whatever it is I do I love it.
In case you missed it all orders through Monday get entered into a drawing for one of two $75 shop credits. And 20% of ALL orders will go straight to RAICES through Monday too. One of the oils is on sale til then and the online courses are permanently $60 cheaper.
Pic of me holding a little bottle of magic by @thisismedude at the last @columbus_flea .
I am grateful beyond words for all of the ways my community has shown up for me. Your continued orders give me focus and allow me to support my family even after canceling events and closing my shop for an extended period. I have a few ways to thank you...
First, 20% of all orders placed between 11/16 and 11/26 is going to RAICES. .
Orders through 11/26 will be entered into a drawing for two $75 Wild Origins shop credits.
There's a new goldenrod and yarrow oil in the shop (that's it in the picture) that's perfect for uplifting your spirit in the winter. Massaging your body with this for 5 minutes before your shower every day is amazing. It's on sale this week.
The prices for the Beyond Chamomile and Balanced Cycles email courses have permanently dropped dramatically for you. They're just $29 now and forevermore. 🙏🏻
The last month has been an intense exercise in being present and intentional and accepting. I didn’t leave Budapest after my brother’s wedding because my father had to be taken to a hospital and has been in the ICU here battling sepsis since. We don’t know if he will make it.
As much as Maxwell loves when we ride the trams around to fill the time we aren’t at the hospital he needs his normal routine again, even more than the rest of us. The rest of my family will stay here while I go back this week with my partner and Maxwell. An excruciating decision to make but it’s time.
I can use your support as I transition to my life back home. I canceled events and closed my shop, which is hard for a small business like this one. My shop is now open again. Please show up to see if there’s anything you’d like to stock up on or any gifts you’d like to start getting for the holidays. We’re really not too far from the Black Friday madness. Everything will ship next week.
Thank you everyone who has been reaching out. It has meant so much. Photo of my hands by @racheljoybarehl for @hannahhoffmanjewelry
My shop is temporarily closed. I am out of the country for a family emergency and don’t yet know when I’m coming back. I am so grateful that I am with immediate family who can speak the language and navigate the system we’re in.
An added stressor is that because of the nature of my work I am not making money while I am away. The best support I can receive is orders for gifts once I am back home and my shop is back online.
Hug your loved ones close today, please.
I’m receiving a lot of help from plants as transitions rule my life right now. I’m really feeling the shift into longer, cooler nights, the reality of aging into a new role as a daughter, and I’m still, slowly working on the move from maidenhood to motherhood. I’m massaging my body daily with herbal oils, drinking lots of soothing, warming teas, and getting a little energetic cheer from fresh flowers or herbs sprinkled into my food... and it all feels more manageable because of it. As long as I keep the time for it. That’s the trick as always.
Almost everyone who tried the dream oil at the Flea preordered a bottle on the spot! I love the love that this oil is getting. Some of the things people said after trying it— “Can I fall asleep right here?” “I’ve never smelled anything like that before!” “That’s..... intoxicating.” Thank you, thank you for receiving this project. It’s energizing me to keep playing and experimenting with new oils and products. / Preorders until the launch party on October 27 are 20% off.
@underaurora creates magic when she works-- wearing one of her perfumes or oils, each inhalation is absolute bliss. It was a lot of fun experimenting to create the exact balance for our Dream Oil because she's so intuitive and talented, able to capture some alchemy that seems like it is just out of reach. .
I have a lot of gratitude for Tina. She found me while I was an apprentice posting pictures of my teas and oils, just keeping track for myself of what I was learning. She asked if I would teach an introductory workshop and all the air was suddenly sucked out of the room. Everything stood stark still for a moment while I contemplated how unlikely it was that my future dream was becoming my now. Someone was giving me permission to do exactly what I wanted to do. Since that start Tina has been there for me when I want to talk about anything from labels to dilution rates to GMPs to mindfully running a business.
I'm so very grateful that Tina reached out to me almost three years ago, giving me the tiniest push I needed to start Wild Origins. I'm grateful for her thoughtfulness and friendship and excitement around creating something new and very special together. 📷 ✨by @racheljoybarehl
I’m a plant person, 4w5, voracious reader, tinkerer/maker, Leo, folk herbalist, Magyar, INTJ, wannabe anarcho-primitivist, perpetual student. Helping others move toward greater self reliance, self awareness, and self empowerment drives all I make and teach through Wild Origins. I think that drive comes through pretty strongly in my workshops. I hope it does. / photo by @racheljoybarehl for @hannahhoffmanjewelry
So excited to announce this collaboration w/ the very talented @underaurora! Our Dream Oil combines intoxicating oils and herbs to bring on deep relaxation and heightened dream states. The naturally blue oil can be used on the temples as a ritual before bed or massaged over tense muscles to release tension of the body and mind.
Mugwort stimulates dreams and eases muscle tension. Hops, and essential oils of German and Roman chamomile, ylang ylang, neroli, and vetiver all deeply relax the body, preparing it for sleep. —————————
We’re offering 20% off for all preorders made before 10/27. Go to underaurora.net/shop to purchase (link in profile). Columbus folks will be able to remove shipping fees if they would like to pick up at the super fun release party we’re planning at @goldmedalco on Saturday, Oct 27 from 5-7pm! Use the code GOLDMEDAL at checkout if you would like to pick up.
Pssssst.... retailers this is available for wholesale as well! Get in touch if you would like to stock it.
Spending July off instagram has made me feel really free about taking days (or a week!) off to spend time focusing on life outside these pretty little boxes. The last week I've been working with everything I learned over the summer to make some really luscious body oils beyond my favored rose + mugwort. I've also been oiling once or twice a day to help with the seasonal transition and it's grounding and relaxing me in a way that my treasured daily cup of nervine tea has never touched! .
It's more than just hydrating the skin, more than the light massage the body receives, more than the medicine penetrating to the bloodstream... I have so much more to learn about body oiling. I would love any resources people have to suggest as I dive deeper down this rabbit hole of my practice.
Tonight I’ll be @stumpplants in Italian Village sharing teas and oils, talking about the ways in which we can work with plants to deepen our self care and find balance and calm. Details at the link in their bio for last minute tickets. I love this topic and cannot wait for this evening ❤️
When I see spicebush growing I suddenly know a little more about the soil health of the forest I'm in. I start to look for other signs that ginseng or goldenseal might be nearby (those signs might be a lack of poison ivy and excessive underbrush, evidence of wild ginger, trillium, mayapple, blue cohosh, a little fern nicknamed 'seng pointer...)
Maxwell and I chew on the all-spicery, citrusy leaves while we hike. The leaves and twigs of spicebush I use for tea, the berries I dry, grind, and sprinkle on my food. .
The tea is warming and stimulating, perfect for tense conversations or negotiations, perfect for stimulating digestion and circulation.
I’m playing around with some super small batch oils to release this fall. Right now I have a special kava and arnica oil extracting on the stove and every day I’m slowly, mindfully, collecting more goldenrod and yarrow for a different oil. Somehow I’m still amazed by the ability of these oils to release the tension or cramping or anxiety in a body. Even though this is what I do for a living, I’m still in awe.
It’s not just about how good they smell or feel. The herbs in salves and balms, oils and sprays are absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin. If that seems too wild for you, think about nicotine or hormonal birth control patches— those work, right? .
The dream balm and rose + mugwort oil may smell so good but most of the work they do to relax and release is happening in the minutes after you’ve used it. .
Teas are still my favorite medicine but I’m starting to fall deeply in love with the aromatic, sensual magic of herbal oils and balms. .
Photo from the spring flea by @thisismedude
Someone in my family has been unwell and everything has felt upside down and unsure for weeks and weeks. The unsureness of it all is one of the hardest parts and I’m surprised by that. .
Lately I’m relying a lot on skullcap tea, valerian and mimosa tinctures, mugwort hydrosol, and I’m working with kava oil again. All of the medicine either I made or was grown by someone I know and that feels very appropriate and healing. .
I’ve also been harvesting. Walking in the sun or in wild places and mindfully collecting food and medicine is medicine in itself, of course. .
This experience is shifting how I want to teach the Herbs for Self Care and Herbs for Self Empowerment workshops that are coming up. I created these workshops when I was in a very different place and this will add texture and nuance to what I teach. This feels very personal now. I hope you’ll join me.
This summer I've been obsessing about how crucial sun exposure is for the health of our immune system, our skin (really), and our mood (duh).
It's all about keeping ourselves from getting burned. Tanned is healthy, burned is potentially dangerous. In the Plant Based Skincare workshop I'm teaching next month we'll talk about the oils and botanicals we can use to keep our skin nourished and safe in the sun while still drinking in its benefits. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We'll also talk about the HUGE way what we eat affects how our skin recuperates from oxidative sun damage, as well as general plant-based daily skincare routines that can keep our skin clear and healthy. (hint: we need to stop using so much soap!) We’ll start off with an herbal facial too... can’t beat that, right? Check out the link in my bio. ❤️🍃🌿 pic from my last workshop by @racheljoybarehl
“diverse nonidustrial cultures [...] told interviewers that they did not obtain their knowledge of plant medicines from the exercise of reason or through trial and error.
They were uniformly consistent in saying that their personal and cultural knowldege of the medicinal actions of plants came from ‘nonordinary’ experiences, specifically: dreams, visions, direct communications from the plant, or sacred beings.” From the best book I’ve read in years, Buhner’s “The Lost Language of Plants”