I just remembered I set up a few jars of gorgeous medicine to solar-infuse while I’m out of town. Decanting the jars to smell and feel and see the end result holds the same anticipation as opening a waited for gift. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Pic by @angelafortinstudio
Just finished an incredible week @spiritweavers filled to the brim with kitchen seva work, healing ceremonies, and workshops on ancestral ways. Now I’m on the Oregon coast with family reveling in the chilly, beautiful beaches and the aromatic rainforests, dreaming new medicines up for Wild Origins. This trip has been everything I needed and more. ✨✨
Orders placed now may not go out until 6/28. That's when I'll be back from Oregon after spending a week in the woods with @spiritweavers and a week on the coast with family for some emotional recovery.
I've been writing a lot in my journal about pleasure since we lost the baby, specifically about not putting it off. It's been shifting a lot for me actually-- how I dress, the choices I make around travel (and my thoughts about whether or not I can afford it and how to get around not being able to afford it), how I react when I'm frustrated with my partner, the music I listen to, the amount of time I'm spending in movement or outside, how much time I spend in front of my computer for this work instead of tending to the plants, and my plans for what I want to offer next through Wild Origins. I'm slowly, steadily feeling restored.
portrait by @angelafortinstudio
The rose + mugwort oil relieves tension, opens a heavy heart, and helps us to slip into dream states. It's my favorite to massage into my shoulders and across my chest at night.
photo by @stefstreb
I'm really loving my Leonorus cardiaca (motherwort) this year and the healing it's bringing me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The latin binomial and the common name are clues as to how it supports the body. LEONORUS just means that the flowering top looks like a lion's tail but CARDIACA = heart. This plant is relaxing, great at relieving a racing heart or heart palpitations. It helps with anxiety, especially post partum anxiety or depression. Once I recognized and accepted that I am post partum and need to take care of myself with that in mind this was the first plant I gathered. MOTHERWORT is an apt common name as it also helps with other reproductive imbalances like cramping during a period.
Motherwort is great at helping a cycle start when it feels stalled. This is something that I regularly experience when I’m out of balance— it’s a full-force hormonal, bloaty, crampy feeling of my period about to start, an uncomfortable premenstrual state that can last for days. When I’m balanced I’ll just feel it for the hour before I start bleeding, if at all. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ve just been harvesting it one leaf at a time because it’s bringing bees to the garden and it’s kind of stunning. Mine is already taller than me.
New products coming late this summer...
Last year I attended a magical workshop on the steam distillation of herbs with @sovereigntyherbs. Ever since that meditative experience I've been drawn to the hydrosols that steam distillation produces. They're normally thought of as a by product of making essential oils but they're potent medicine in their own right. And the equipment to make hydrosols is beautiful! Just google what a copper alembic still looks like. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Because they contain microscopic amounts of the plant's aromatic essential oils hydrosols are known as flower waters or fragrant waters. I use mine during meditation to focus and relax my body and mind, and to tone and cleanse my skin. They can be sprayed on a pillow before sleep, used as perfume, to freshen up a room... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I will be making hydrosols from plants that grow abundantly in the land that I steward and plants from my own garden. I've said this before, but I'm very slowly (as I run out of labels) ending production of many products that require ordering herbs from afar. As my understanding of ecology, overconsumption, and Gaia deepens, as I settle further into what owning a business as an anti-capitalist means, what I produce is getting more focused, more special, more potent, more meaningful. I’m so excited to offer this beautiful medicine.
photo by @racheljoybarehl
All orders until June 4 are 25% off with the code WARMUP. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I've had to cancel workshops while I'm healing and I'm (hopefully still) going out of town for a couple weeks in June. If you've been eyeing something now is the time to try it. I never post discounts this big.
photo by @stefstreb
Plants have so much to offer the grieving. The right plants have compounds that release tension or ease shallowed breathing. They can soften our response to stress and lighten that which feels unbearable. They can help us stay asleep or even connect us in our dreams with those we have lost. I'm still in awe by how effective plants are at helping us heal, however it is we need to.
Using medicines that were gifted to me or were made by my own hand (especially the ones grown in my garden), seem particularly healing. Teas and oils and broths and tinctures and essences are sensually tangible lifelines right now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Blossom Tea’s colors and textures captured by @racheljoybarehl
Please tell me the ways you've managed going through things that feel like they're almost too much to bear.
I'm writing a lot about loss and grief, letting friends cook for me, spending hours every day in my garden, making healing teas, using the Rose + Mugwort and Dream oils every evening, meditating, and reading a lot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I'm also finding solace again in making products and packing orders. It feels good to do work that's engrossing and easy. Photo by @angelafortinstudio
Last week we lost the baby. We were so far along in the pregnancy we had no reason to think it could happen so I’m still in some shock from the whole experience. Sharing here and now about it feels strange for me as an introverted and private person but since my pregnancy has been part of Wild Origins’ IG reality it also feels appropriate.
I’m working with the motherwort, nettles, scullcap, lemon balm, and sage in my garden to help my body and heart to find balance. I’m resting a lot. I’m using the Dream Oil and the last of the kava oil. They help immensely. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Orders may take a few days longer than usual for now but I will get to them. Thank you for understanding 🙏🏻
Aromatic bee balm fireworks are one of my favorite parts of summer! I grow bee balm (monarda didyma, not fistulosa pictured here) for my Thrive tea and I love sharing what bee balm tastes like in my workshops. It's pretty bergamot-y which means you can make your own earl grey tea if you mix it with some black tea leaves! It's really easy to grow and so delicious. If you live locally and would like a bee balm plant, let me know. I'm happy to share.
photo by @racheljoybarehl
You can make an easy herbal oil right now (or as soon as you have a handful of herbs, vegetable oil, and any old kind of jar). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
First: fill a jar half way with dry herbs OR fresh herbs that you let get all wilty on the counter (You don't want juicy, fresh herbs to make the oil moldy so really let them get limp for a couple hours if you aren't using dry herbs). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Second: fill the jar the rest of the way with oil. You can really use any oil. My favorites are avocado, olive, jojoba, and coconut. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Third: place the jar in a warm sunny window for a month. Shake the jar up every day or every couple of days.
Fourth: after a month, strain the herbs out and start using the oil.
My favorite herbs to use are rose, mugwort, yarrow, calendula, comfrey, and goldenrod. (notice anything about those herbs?) photo by @angelafortinstudio
The body butter is infused with calendula flowers to soothe and repair skin that's too dry, a little burned, itchy, scratched, or stretching.
photo by @stefstreb / model @dzbribri
The frankincense + calendula is more than a killer night serum. It's also an effective sun protectant that can reverse skin damage. If you've gotten burned, try a little of the oil for a couple days and see how quickly it disappears. I’ve already heard from those of you who have used the oil this way and it makes me 💕💕 to hear about the results ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photo by @stefstreb of @selasoleil
Leas than a week left to register for the $25 workshop on herbs for allergies. If the weather cooperates we'll take a little medicinals walk around my yard. More info in my bio, including the remedy we’ll each take home. Photo by @angelafortinstudio
Does it make sense that all of the time I'm spending in my garden and the woods feels almost too personal to share on social media lately? Writing that out sounds weird but honestly that's how it feels! I don't want my phone anywhere around when I'm outside and that's where I've been spending most of my time.
This is my third growing season in our house and I think I'm finally understanding the needs and possibilities of the land better. I'm investing most of my energy in the garden in growing a lot of flowers, a few veggies that might withstand the onslaught of our groundhog neighbor, and a pared down list of herbs.. I'm focusing on the mint family. They are among the easiest to grow in less than desirable conditions and are some of my favorite plants (this year it's peppermint, tulsi, bee balm, scullcap, lemon balm). I'm also growing a lot of sage, mugwort, marshmallow, red clover, motherwort, California poppy, nettles, and calendula. That's a pared down list, really!
Maybe I'll do a virtual tour of the yard when things are growing more and my outside space feels a little less newly sacred.
I'm still teaching private and public workshops a few times a month, still busily running the web shop and doing markets. I'm just a little quieter on the web as I dig into the dirt, letting it help me work through the loss of my father and the dramatic changes we're about to experience as we transition from 3 to 4.
Picture by @angelafortinstudio
Which oil is your favorite?
Photo by @stefstreb
Are you oiling every day yet? It relaxes an over-busy body and mind, improves immunity (through lymphatic stimulation), soothes, smooths, and seals skin, and gets you back in touch with yourself. Plus, if you're using an herbal oil you're absorbing the benefits of the herbs through your skin.
picture of @amanitaandtheflame by @stefstreb
The next workshop I'm teaching in my home is Herbs to Ease Allergies.
There are so many herbs to help dry up the gunk, ease itchy eyes, relieve the sinus pressure, and decrease our overall allergic reactions. We'll be tasting and talking about a variety of herbs and at the end of the workshop we'll each make a vinegar-based herbal remedy that's a natural antihistamine to take home. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you've already been to one of the workshops I've taught in my home, message me for a $5 discount code off the workshop price. <3. Photo of my little family by @racheljoybarehl
"I use the Dream oil on my pulse points every night. I fall asleep quickly and don't wake up at night anymore! And my dreams. They. are. so. vivid. Thank you." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Dream Oil with model @mysticmurk shot by @stefstreb