If you missed last night’s workshop @shop.thesunroom you can still come make tea with me there on December 17! I’ll be there with jars full of herbs for anyone who’s interested in making tasty gifts of tea blends for friends and family. Make one or twenty while sipping tea and chatting herbs. No sign ups needed. Just come by.🌿🍃
Just got this #mywildorigins shot of @toolegittoquilt’s bathroom shelf! Hey, why don’t you take a snap of your Wild Origins products out in the wild (AKA your bathroom 😂) and tag it with #mywildorigins too?
Spent the morning in my kitchen teaching a rad doula about herbs, spending the afternoon on emails and orders after a weekend-long market, and planning on spending tonight on workshops and a tea making pop-up for holiday gifts. (Does a tea making pop up sound appealing to anyone?) Gabor Szabo is playing on the stereo and yerba mate is in my mug. Hit the ground running. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Come say hi tomorrow or Sunday at the @craftinoutlaws holiday show. I’ll be at the convention center with all my usual PLUS premade gift boxes and a bunch of older products on clearance. 🌿🍃
There are only a few spots left in next Wednesday's Herbs for Self Care workshop @shop.thesunroom. Snag one of the last tickets and spend an evening sipping tea and learning about herbs you can use for self care. We'll all make an herb blend to take home and use. / photo by @racheljoybarehl from when Maxwell was still aquatic and self care was a whole lot easier.
Irregular cycles and painful menstruation are a real problem for many... but they shouldn’t be. Balanced bodies don’t experience the hellacious periods so many of us have come to expect. If you missed the vagina party and are curious to learn more take a look at my Balanced Cycles online course. Emails full of information are sent to your inbox twice a week. The readings and worksheets can be completed at your own pace with special attention given to the herbs that can specifically help you. / this is a testimonial of the course on my site. Follow the link in my bio for more info.
When I was 16 I was given a zine called Radical Menstruation that totally changed how I thought about my period and my blood and the corporations that make mainstream pads and tampons. It was real exciting to share a bit of that at Friday night’s Vagina Party while I led a group of women, half of whom were doulas, in making yoni steams. AND the workshop was at the place I first got reusable pads 13 years ago, @whollycraft. Now I want to do a workshop that dives way deeper into natural and herbal menstrual care. I’m writing some of that in to my next workshop @shop.thesunroom. Thanks @sarahharste for approaching me about collaborating on an event where I could weave a vulva and @goauntflow for being there and bringing goodies. This reusable pad photo is from @holy_sponge.
I love using a percolator to make a quick, potent tincture. And yes, this is indeed a crystal on top the the packed herbs because it keeps them from floating in the alcohol. My textbook specifically called for using a crystal! Plus it looks pretty. ...and maybe I like the witchy implications of using a crystal in my medicine making.
In the last 48 hours I woke up with mastitis (I’m averaging a clogged milk duct a week right now 😩) and sliced my finger pretty deeply in the kitchen. For the mastitis I made a quick tincture with my new percolator (it’s the upside down half wine bottle in the second picture). The math required to use it was a fun challenge because I make everything using the folk method normally (also known as the eyeball it method). I love the percolator and the mastitis is already clearing with the help of he tincture! As for the finger, when I cut my it I immediately sprinkled it with yarrow and kept the it closed with pressure until the yarrow stopped the bleeding. After cleaning the cut I slathered it with everything salve because the comfrey it promotes rapid skin cell regeneration. I woke up this morning with it looking like the picture above. This is what using herbs in the home looks like. Getting other people to feel just as confident as they work with plants is why I teach. // A picture of today’s walk, a respite from preparing for tomorrow’s workshop and next week’s markets.
Claim one of the remaining spots for this Friday’s Vagina Party @whollycraft. 🎉 what better way to spend an evening than with a friend weaving a vulva under the direction of @sarahharste and making a yoni steam with me? Link in bio!
Keep your eyes open this week if you’re on my mailing list. I’m sending out the gift of a short article I wrote just for my newsletter about plants and practices that can balance your menstrual cycle... because periods don’t have to be painful. It’s a little glimpse into the year of research I did on the subject for my herbal apprenticeship, and for myself as I corrected my imbalances so I could get pregnant. If you don’t see the newsletter this week, check that my emails aren’t going to your spam folder 😘
Yoni steaming is a gentle and easy at-home act of self care to promote less painful menstrual cycles. Make your own custom yoni steam with me and a vulva weaving with @sarahharste on Friday @whollycraft at our Vagina Party! Workshop link in bio.
Experimenting with new herbal oils this week. Right now I'm playing with a kava kava oil for melting muscle tension. It's not quite done yet... I'm waiting for more than "I sort of feel it" from those who are testing it out for me.
A big dollop of syrup made of rose hips gathered from @oldslatefarm. Great for when I'm starting to feel sick.... or just want a spoonful of something sweet.
Went to a very special hill in the woods yesterday to harvest goldenseal roots now that it's fall and the energy of the plants is moving from the leaves down into the ground. The hill was covered in goldenseal but I just needed 10 plants for the year so that's all I took for us to use for infections.
Come learn how to make tinctures and herbal liqueurs with me at @jewelweed_ floral studio on December 5th! Tickets and in my shop. / photo by @racheljoybarehl
Maxwell and me at the last @columbus_flea by @thisismedude
In the world of weird Columbus events.... yesterday I went to a meditation in the alley next to @blockfort.columbus led by my husband's puppet. And on November 3rd @sarahharste and I are heading up a Vagina Party @whollycraft and we'd love for you to join us. Vulva weaving and yoni steam blending (pictured) and drinks. Sounds fun, right? Read more about it at whollycraft.com
Fermented ginger, pickled ginger, ginger bug... what else can I do with all of this ginger from @swainwayagrarian? (Notice the skin. It's so tender it doesn't need to be peeled.)
Wild Origins on the shelves of @shop.thesunroom. I'm teaching a workshop there soon! Info and registration on their site. 📸 from their insta.