alleviate your allergies 🌿 on February the 21st I’m leading an evening class @shop.thesunroom on using herbs to mitigate the discomfort of allergy season. Read more and register at the link. 🍃
We’ve never had a valentine’s day where we spent so much time together. Because we were alternating between being sick in the bathroom and sick in bed, flitting in and out of a sleep state for 24 hours. Together. 🙊 also because we typically don’t celebrate valentine’s day.
It’s been almost ten years since we met and transitioned into adulthood together, eight years since we decided to get married (and did, three weeks later), and a year since we welcomed Maxwell earthside. It’s a dream to be with someone who might be inspired to recite a poem from memory while foraging mushrooms for dinner on a hike, and draw a few before preparing them while singing a song to Maxwell. photo by @racheljoybarehl
Skin care routine 🌸
Daily- wash just with water and moisturize with rose + mugwort oil 🌸 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Twice a week- mix sugar and rose + mugwort oil for a scrub and wash with gentle face wash // it took a week or so for my face to adjust to not being washed every day with a stripping facial cleanser but now I don’t need it.... balance. // photo by @nicoleparente
Sipping tea made from service berries and spice bush twigs I foraged last summer. Do you know why women in our culture, and increasingly in other cultures, shave under their arms? Because of a dress advertisement that ran in 1915. Why most of us shower every day? Because soap companies convinced us we need to. We trust advertisements to teach us what’s normal. And we trust what’s normal is okay. It’s not even about what a company is trying to sell, it’s about the images of normalcy that dig in and take hold, take over. And how many car or clothes or cereal or restaurant logos can you/ I easily identify? How many trees or mushrooms or plants or flowers or birds could you or I identify, or share anything about? These aren’t original thoughts. Just what’s on my mind as I prepare my house for another skill sharing potluck, an antidote of sorts.
Trying to stay warm today, dreaming of summertime herb and flower harvests with @oldslatefarm. Captured by @racheljoybarehl
Using herbs isn’t wishful thinking or spell casting. 🙄Plants have nourishing nutrients and chemical compounds with particular actions. Nettles, for example, has anti histamine properties which makes it great for allergies. I’ll be talking about nettles and other plants in an upcoming workshop about herbs for allergies I’m teaching @shop.thesunroom in two weeks. I’ll also talk about the role the liver has in allergies and herbs to strengthen and support it. Read more at the link if you have seasonal allergies.💚
Last summer we found clusters of haunting #ghostflower and harvested and tinctured just the tiniest bit because it is so rare and special. Have you seen this gorgeous flower? It doesn’t photosynthesize. It’s all white, including the stem! We’ve been saving the beautiful purplish black tincture until we really needed it, which was now. My partner had insistent back pain for several day and with three DROPS of the tincture the pain faded and became manageable. He took it nightly for a few days until he felt at ease again. This is not a plant to always harvest. It’s too rare and special for that. If you must, harvest only a couple stalks and flowers from a cluster so it can hopefully grow back in the future. 💫 Plant medicine can be sacred and we feel such reverence when we use something harvested from land we love and take care of. This is what Wild Origins was originally about, connecting with the earth and the plants and our bodies. I’m circling back around to why I started all this two years ago and feel like it’s time to refocus, cut the fat, and make sure that I’m actually aligned with my original purpose. (And I know I’m not. Shifts are coming).
My husband just put this shiitake time lapse together from footage he shot @swainwayagrarian and I’ve been watching it on repeat. I’ve been thinking a lot about plant-time lately. How sped up do we seem compared to the slow, patient lifecycle of a tree? And have you seen time lapse footage of vines growing? The tendrils reach and twist until they find something to latch on to. The movements look... so animal. When Maxwell was first rooting, trying to latch, the movement was the very same. Anyway, fresh shiitakes are 👌🏻We eat them all the time because they taste so good and are part of our plan to hopefully avoid cancer. If you want to see the WHOLE video, and with some beautiful music, it’s on his Vimeo page: Bradley In Space
I’m sending out my newsletter with upcoming events and markets! DM with your name and email if you’d like to be added. 💌
Plants can best help us prepare for allergies when it’s winter fall and winter, BEFORE the body is in springtime crisis mode. I’m teaching a class on February 21 called Herbal Protocols for Allergies @shop.thesunroom. Check out the link in my bio if you think you might be interested in naturally readying your body for allergy season. 🌿🌾 // photo of my tea blend by @racheljoybarehl
Exactly two years ago was when I left my job and jumped head first into teaching and working with the herbs. In these two years I’ve met so many interesting, challenging people and learned so many incredible, difficult things while on my herbal journey. It’s been wild and I hope that I’ve been able to bring some value to your life through a workshop or an herbal offering. I love doing this; thank you for your support and love. 💚💚🌿 this video by @racheljoybarehl is from the first few months of Wild Origins when I was pregnant and didn’t know it yet.
Lip tints are back in my online shop. Made with alkanet and beet root, not beetle bodies. If you don’t want to deal with shipping come see me at the @columbus_flea this Sunday. I’ll be there with @tesspugsley and her gorgeous art. (I just counted the pieces of art we have up. Half are Tess’s)
Last weekend I went to Part 1 of a two part workshop on Herbal Energetics taught by Erika of @sovereigntyherbs. It was SO GOOD to have an opportunity to learn from a teacher again. It’s been a while with just me and the books and I needed some new inspiration. I’m playing with the herbs in a slightly different way since the workshop, challenging myself to think of the herbs in terms of drying or moistening, warming or cooling which is beyond how I normally make formulations. I’m so looking forward to part 2. // photo of me blending a cycles tea by @nicoleparente
In most of my workshops I touch on how easy and restorative herbal self care is... but lately for me that’s just looking like using the rose + mugwort oil on my face before bed and then trying to stay awake long enough to read a few pages of my plant language book. Every time I think I get a handle on who Maxwell is and what he needs it all switches up again. Sometimes it feels like I’m learning a whole new vocabulary every couple of weeks. Motherhood is WILD, guys. And yeah, I’m doing it. And he’s incredible. But will I ever get to finish a book again? // picture of me using the rose + mugwort oil by @nicoleparente
I have mixed feelings about using chaga. It can’t possibly be sustainably harvested with the number of people who want to consume it so I’m slowly stretching out the little I have already and probably won’t buy more. Today’s chaga, peppermint, and hibiscus tea was inspired by a delicious drink I had at @racheljoybarehl’s house last week.
Today I entered my studio wanting a high vitamin tea. Oatstraw, raspberry leaf, hibiscus, nettles, and dandelion all made it in. // I just finished a round of antibiotics and I know I really needed them but now I’m doing the long work of bringing my body back into balance. That means eating kimchee and kraut and other ferments every few hours. And it means a little while longer without chocolate or fruit or honey because of the sugar. 😩 🍫
“The creative adult is the child who has survived.” We’ve been reading Ursula K LeGuin aloud to Maxwell since she died earlier this week. What a genius.
Remember when this account was mostly pictures of my daily teas and herbal practices? I just realized I miss that so I’ll be sharing more of what I’m drinking and using again. My tea this morning is an emotionally uplifting reproductive tonic that tastes and smells dreamy. It’s a bit summery but that’s what I’m feeling today. Holy basil, rose, lemon balm, raspberry leaf, and damiana.
Pre-packed gift boxes are now in the Wild Origins shop🌿 and the local Columbus shops are restocked with face wash, salt scrub, and body butter.
My friend @tesspugsley and I are sharing a table at the next @columbus_flea on February 4th. Her work is beautiful and she’s phenomenal and I’m so looking forward to spending the day with her.