"I've been using the Dream Oil every evening and I don't wake up at 2 anymore."
"Somehow the Awakening Oil is all of my favorite scents all in one!"
Please keep the comments about all the new oils coming. Here's mine....I recently got a massage from a friend who used the Awakening Oil on my head and neck. As soon as she started with the oil I split into laughter, unable to stop. It was so strange, like a great block opened up within me and released pure joy.
photo by @racheljoybarehl
Hi! I wanted to introduce myself to the new names I see following along. I'm Aniko, the herbalist behind Wild Origins.
In 2014 I moved back to Ohio from NYC for the chance to apprentice with a wickedly smart herbalist/ ethnobotanist/ farmer who studied under Rosemary Gladstar.
Now through Wild Origins I offer carefully formulated herbal products (oils, teas, smoke blends) meant for indulgent self care and I teach workshops to introduce people to the power and pleasure of plants. I'm forever obsessively studying and right now I'm most interested in learning how time in nature and away from modern society changes our brains and how plants can protect our skin from sun damage, revolutionize our digestion, support the female reproductive system, and can help us tap out of anxious and depressive states. Pop in the comments below and introduce yourself. <3 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photo by Miriam Handler from the Winter @columbus_flea
I love this amazing image of a goddess smoking the Meadow blend so much. 📸 By @angelafortinstudio and @pooksbakedgoods 💎 @themysticsisters 🍰 @pooksbakedgoods 💁🏼♀️ @hellocollins 💃🏻
@fulltime_babe of @virtuevegansalon 🌿 @wildorigins 💍 @onesixfivejewelry . . .
#iamwomanvenusshoot #youmakemewanttoeatcake #femmefocusedcollabs #venusvibes
Tomorrow (2/12) is the last day to preorder the new Awakening Oil at a discount.
It’s described as “formulated to enhance mental clarity, lift tension, anxiety, and inhibitions, promote openness and playfulness of mind and spirit, spark creativity and joy, and enhance passion and intuition.” And if you’re on the newsletter you’ll find that last week you got a code for an additional $5 off. Just follow the link in the bio.
Valentines Day Giveaway — if you missed out on the last giveaway this one is equally 👌🏻👌🏻
We have brought together an array of Michigan and Ohio plant based babes to bring you a truly sensual plant experience for your valentines day this year. Enter a chance to win luxurious, foraged, and locally grown plant based products to pamper yourself and your loved one this valentines day.
@13botanicals- lavender licorice root hydrosol, violet & ginger breast oil, comfrey & marshmallow root face mask
@whitepinerising- hello lover elixir! with damiana, vanilla, and ashwagandha
@wildorigins- rose & mugwort body oil, and oat & rose face wash
@thirdcoastherbalcollective- calendula & sage bath salts with three heavenly beeswax candles to lite up your tub.
1. Follow each of these amazing plant based accounts
2. Like this post
3. Tag 3 friends in the comments section below.
4. Repeat on each page for multiple entries!
Contest ends February 10th, winner will be announced february 11th @13botanicals. Open for U.S. residents only.
Basil for anxiety, basil for tension, basil for stomach aches. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I'm dreaming of my garden for the spring. It's hard but I have to accept that this yard just doesn't support growing much food! The soil isn't right (yet), it's pretty shady, and we have a most egregious groundhog in residence. I'm going to stick to growing a lot of a few favorite aromatic herbs (both for food and for formulations). The groundhog doesn't like most of those and they're so weedy it seems like they can grow anywhere. ( though I do hope someday soon I can start growing a ton of food again.)
so many times @racheljoybarehl has captured the magic in a moment that I feel but can't see. This is a swirl of steeping tea.
Thank you, so many of you, for asking how I'm doing. I've been taking good, slow care of myself as I work through this grief. I'm drinking so much herbal tea and waking up well before dawn so I can write and meditate and stretch and oil and shower before Maxwell wakes. I'm spending time with friends and reading good poetry and just moving slowly through everything.
💥SELF CARE WINTER GIVEAWAY💥
you guys, winter is exhausting. so it’s important to set aside some serious self care time during those cold dark months. and i’ve teamed up with some awesome ladies to help you out with our self care giveaway!! want to win this rad self care kit? here’s what you gotta do: ✨
HOW TO ENTER:
1. like this photo!
2. follow ALL FIVE accounts tagged!
3. tag two friends in @stefstreb’s original post who you think would love a chance to snag this self care kit too! ✨
WHAT YOU WIN:
a 15 minute massage chair and 30 minute sauna session from @ebb.and.float, two candles from @everybody.collective, a dozen freshly baked cookies from @pooksbakedgoods, body butter and body oil from @wildorigins, and a full one hour goddess session during the month of february from @stefstreb!! ✨
must be 18+ to enter.
must be local / able to travel to the Columbus, OH area to pick up prizes and to redeem ebb and float and goddess sessions.
winner must sign model release form allowing stef streb to use goddess session images for promotional use on instagram, website, etc. (please make sure you’re okay with this before entering!!) ✨
giveaway runs through 2.7, winner will be announced on 2.8!
I use essential oils sparingly in only a few products because I want to make ethical medicine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Most of my products have a milder smell than people are used to because their scent comes from whole plants, not just the essential oils. This mild smell is not what people expect but it's a sign that I make good medicine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
An essential oil is only one component of a plant's medicinal qualities. When I infuse whole plants into my body oils I am making medicine that has a much broader range of phytochemicals than if I use essential oils alone. My oils are without a potent smell, but not without potent action. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Also, generally speaking (in very broad terms), essential oils are worse for the planet. Enormous quantities of a plant are needed to distill a tiny amount, like an an ounce, of essential oil. Huge swaths of land need to be dedicated to a monocrop that yields a very small amount. This is in contrast to using a tiny bit of the leaves or roots of a plant infused in water or oil or alcohol. These options are such potent medicines and far less wasteful.
This year I'll be phasing out the salves and balms with essential oils. I'll only use a small amount of essential oils in the herbal body butter and in my exciting and thoughtful collaborations with @underaurora. I fully trust her DECADES of knowledge and practice. She can navigate which oils are the least impactful and which small, ethical companies are best to buy essential oils from. I learn so much every time we work together.
I'm really passionate about this topic though I am not normally terribly outspoken about it. I do use essential oils at home from time to time but there are so many great, local, low impact, and easily homemade alternatives for cleaning or calming or healing or meditating (like teas, hydrosols, infused oils, tinctures). I’ll talk more on the topic if people are interested while we make infused oils at the upcoming Skincare Workshop I’m hosting in my home.
I'm sending out the newsletter next week. I'll be sharing (only through the newsletter) a code for a free $5 shop credit (that can be applied to my skincare workshop too!) and information about a beautiful new collaboration with @underaurora. If you aren't already on the list you can sign up at the link in my bio. ❤️❤️
The deodorant is now in a travel size for carry ons or gym day or when you’re gonna sweat bullets before a presentation. 😅
I'm so happy to start teaching again this month.... It's my favorite part of what I do and it's been since September since I've had the chance. I have new classes (Herbs with our Little Ones + Feed Your Skin), new venues (Franklin Park Conservatory + Denison University), and some private workshops in a corporate setting. Sharing what I know and am learning is an ongoing act of resistance and love for me. Learn more about the workshops at the link in my bio. photo of @amanitaandtheflame taking notes at a summer workshop.
I make smoke blends for the social smoker, the ritual smoker, and the habitual smoker who wants to quit. I'm a ritual smoker... a couple times a month I'll smoke the Dusk or Meadow blend just before I dive into meditation. If that sounds appealing but you don't know how to roll an herbal cigarette I made a short a video with instructions at the link in my bio.
Oiling daily is dramatically changing the relationship I have with my body. The oils soften my skin, make it glow. They also soften the sticky feelings about my body that still linger sometimes. Using herbal oils to strengthen and soothe is a daily devotional practice that grounds my nervous system and pulls me out of my head for a bit no matter what I’m dealing with and going through.
I talk more about the practice of body oiling in a saved highlight. I could go on and on about how life shifting this has been. Photo from a walk in the woods with @racheljoybarehl
Yarrow is one of my favorite plants...I'm sure it's a favorite of a lot of herbalists. It's ABUNDANT (which is important) and weedy and beautiful and fragrant and versatile in its support of the body. It can be worked with in so many ways-- as a delicious tea, in a body oil, crushed and pressed against the skin, taken in a tincture, sprinkled into a wound as a powder. Used on the skin in an oil it reduces inflammation, eases aches and bruises, and acts as an antiseptic. I use it primarily on bruises and massage it into my abdomen during my cycle. It's unreal how much it helps release cramping. (@racheljoybarehl took this yarrow portrait on an impromptu plant walk I led in her yard)
All the new body and face oils are on sale this month.
Also, I would love even more reviews and testimonials for these new special products-- any review I get on the oils will get a $5 shop credit in return! please email or DM me what you think and I'll send you a code. (photo by @racheljoybarehl)
These oils are now yours. ❤️ They first surfaced as sketchy formulas in the margins of the notebook I kept that month in Budapest. Working on them and using them in my daily rituals kept me steady once I returned home, split open and raw. I hope you love them as much as I do. All of these new offerings are 15% off in the web shop, all January. No discount needed. Enjoy.
Last night, new moon: I started reentering the world again in some real ways. I read for the book club that I haven’t been to since my dad got sick late summer (it’s Beloved and it’s incredible so far. She just came up from the water). I went to a contra dance and spun and twirled my heart out to live music (and then dreamt most vividly of dancing with my dad this morning). I’m working every day on the new, juicy body and face oils I’m releasing this week after months of research(I’m so excited! Are you?) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
While in meditation I’ve thought a lot about what my dad would have done with more time and it’s voraciously learn and travel and experience ever more more more (he was a 7). So this year I’m honoring him by doing exactly that with open arms.
I'm lighting a lot of candles to remember my wild-haired, ever-curious father on this darkest day of the year. There's been time away from a lot of my daily life in the four months since my dad unexpectedly became unwell, the two months since he entered the hospital, the weeks since he died .
I was able to show him a lot of love and lavish him with a lot of time and affection and song while he was sick. That time we spent together is a balm for my pain. I focus on that instead of the terrible period in the hospital though I'm letting every thought and feeling come up to the surface. Once anything comes up I sit with it without judgement, feel it completely, and then let it go. Doing this (however much it needs to happen, over and over) is allowing me to move through and out of this pain. In this way, over and over I accept, I accept, I accept what has happened. I accept this new reality where he exists only as a part of me. That helps— and reading poetry, oiling daily, using @sister_spinster’s offerings, and taking things as slowly as I can. But still, grief is wild and terrible. I miss my father.
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