I accidentally set up two special things for orders placed through June. 🤷🏻♀️ I meant to do just one.
All orders over $24 get free shipping with the code TWENTY4.
And all orders of any amount get a great little zine thrown in courtesy of @bookspace_columbus called TO CHANGE EVERYTHING.
pic by @racheljoybarehl. We’ve been drinking a lot of iced RELEASE lately. ☕️ ☕️ ☕️
happy rolling! (btw choosing music is the hardest part of videos)
Almost done with a video to help those of us who can’t quite get how to roll an herbal smoke. Or you can just use a pipe!
I recently taught a couple of introductory workshops in corporate lunch & learn settings and actually loved it. It felt like I was offering a subtle invitation to a new way of thinking and being and everyone was SO interested in what I had to share.
TBH it also felt strange since herbal medicine is medicine for the people. Using plants is easy and affordable, often free, and sharing it with people who need it the most is what I'm actually interested in. Yeah, everyone is stressed, but that’s different. I'm working out what the balance will be for me and how I can consistently work with all populations. DM me if you have any people or places in mind that I can connect with. This is new, vulnerable territory for me.
Not sure how to roll? At the last Flea I kept hearing that while people loved the smoke blends many struggled with rolling them. Someone had to ask their little brother to help!
I think I might make a little tutorial video if it sounds useful to ya'll. You can also always use a bowl or a pipe until then!
A recent review raved that the smoke blends "are amazing! They taste beautiful, are so relaxing, and I have been sharing them with all of my friends..” 💨💨 photo of my friend Bailey rolling us a MEADOW smoke by @racheljoybarehl
Have you felt the relief of diving back into your body after you've been disconnected, destabilized? I am again reveling in the exhilarating pleasure of feeling wind and water, of singing and dancing and hiking and eating and breathing deeply. I've been stuck in my head for a long time now and am finally easing back into my body, am starting to feel alright again.
To make an herbal tea pour 1 cup of hot water over about 2 tsp of fresh or dry loose herbs and cover to prevent the steam from escaping. The herbs can sit anywhere between 5 minutes and overnight. The longer it sits the stronger it will be so I tend to let mine steep for at LEAST 15-20 minutes before I strain out the herbs. ✨✨ Two pro tips: pour more hot water over your strained herbs each time until you can’t taste the herbs anymore and use a glass French press because the herbs are beautiful and the French Press is so easy to use. Pictures of me brewing some BLOSSOM tea by @racheljoybarehl
I'm headed to the woods this weekend to spend time with the woodland medicinals. It'll be the first time camping with Maxwell since he was four months and sleeping through everything so I'm not sure how well it's going to go but I'm very excited to hike with him and see the goldenseal, the ginseng and spice bush, the blue and black cohosh, st john's wort, heal all, yarrow, monarda, clover, and hopefully some morels.
This is how I ward off anxiety and depression: time spent outside with friends, moving, learning the plants and the patterns of nature. Because we are not built to be sedentary. We are not built to be inside. // Snapped by @racheljoybarehl
Humans used to abundantly consume wild plants nourished and balanced our bodies. But most of us don't eat wild edibles anymore. Instead many of us eat small to moderate amounts of cultivated plants. Plants that are cultivated to be more palatable often end up less medicinal along the way and so part of our natural process of healing is off. Our bodies are amazingly capable of healing themselves under normal circumstances, when they are fed by plants that nourish and support the body and help to correct imbalances. But we do not live under normal circumstances.
In addition to wild plants, or plants in general, being largely missing from our diet, we consume all manner of things that stress our bodies’ healing response. (Sugar; the endless list of processed things that aren’t food but are in our food.) Our bodies know what to do with the wild plants that are full of medicine.
This topic is incredibly fascinating to me. I'm going to riff a bit more on this at tonight's workshop but if you want to read more start by checking out "Eating on the Wild Side" or "The Lost Language of Plants" for great research and insight.
@racheljoybarehl drove to the woods to document me with the plants. I’m pretty grateful for her friendship and the magic she is able to capture (or is it conjure?) with her camera.
Join me on Wednesday evening this week to learn about a dozen edible and medicinal flowers, half of which might already be growing around your home. At the end everyone will make their own blend of blossoms to take with them. (We won’t be trying forsythia, which I’m collecting in this picture, but I just learned that it too has edible blossoms!) register @small.talk.shop. Picture by @nicoleparente
Things I’m into right now: daily nettles, marshmallow, oatstraw, and chamomile tea; listening to Amadou and Mariam on repeat; eating every meal outside; trying to find information about Hungarian folk medicine; learning how to walk a slackline.
Maxwell doesn't really like water but he normally enjoys herbal tea... and if had a favorite herb it would probably be nettles! 🌞 Also, I love this pink color of BLOSSOM tea.
Never one to waste much, I like collecting the bits of herbs that fall on the table while I’m blending teas to create a mega blend. And you can see from what I swept off the table today that I especially love using medicinal blossoms. I’ll be talking about which backyard and garden flowers are medicinal and edible in next Wednesday’s Flower Medicine workshop @small.talk.shop. We’ll be exploring hops, calendula, violet, rose, cornflower, chicory, dandelion, hibiscus, and others. 🌺 ☕️
This is the most beautiful (and cute) view I’ve had from my table at a market. I have a busy week coming up: May 4 and 5 I’ll be here at The Rural Society. May 6 is the spring @columbus_flea. May 12 I’ll be selling (and teaching a workshop) at Herb Day in Gahanna. Come by to say hi and taste some tea.
He loves feeding me violets and dandelions 🌼
A shot from @crystalsirl of her enjoying a cup of RELEASE. ☕️ please keep the shots of your Wild Origins teas and body butters and sprays coming. I love seeing them. #mywildorigins
Preparing my feet for summer with the lavender salt scrub. It smells so good and it’s really relaxing to massage your feet with the lavender infused salt and oil (...though honestly walking around barefoot as much as possible is super healthy and tender bottoms of feet aren’t really great for that. I don’t go crazy with making my feet look unused. Or whatever is up with how women’s feet are “supposed” to look)
We’re in Nashville this week taking a welcome little break from our every day. We’ll be busy down here hiking and dancing with friends so all orders for the next couple of days will take some more time. I’m throwing in an extra salve for orders placed before Wednesday when we get back as a sorry/thanks for understanding. 💚🌱
The rose + mugwort oil is glowing moisturizer, heart opening massage oil, makeup remover, hair oil, and dreamy scent all in one. ☀️ oils are not my favorite herbal medicine but they’re definitely the most satisfying to make in my opinion. I want to start playing with new ones once the tea-making settles down. 📷 of me pouring oils by @nicoleparente