Wild Origins on the shelves of @shop.thesunroom. I'm teaching a workshop there soon! Info and registration on their site. 📸 from their insta.
I have a whole lot of medicinal ferments and vinegars and tinctures going right now. This is an especially gingery kimchi made with ginger my partner grew.
That's the little room I stayed in at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Knowing that this place and way of living is such a healthy, vibrant possible reality is changing and shaping what my future looks like. And what my now looks like. We were profoundly affected and now I can't wait to go back.
Tomorrow my little family is heading to an intentional community in Missouri. We're going for a week so we can unplug and reconnect with each other but also so we can learn. I don't like the exploitative social structures or power structures or the distractions of the society we live in and in a lot of ways I just don't participate.... but I want to know about the other realities people are creating and living. I want to see how people thrive outside of mainstream Mother Culture. I want to know how I can live even more truly aligned to what I value. I want to see how all of that works in the village and how it feels. Anyway, I'm going to probably stay off social media for the week so I can be truly open to the experience. Can't wait to share when I get back.
No, these aren't tomatoes. 🍅 I collected rosehips from @oldslatefarm's rugosa rose bushes and threw them in apple cider vinegar. I'm brewing a high vitamin tonic to take in the winter. (They rose hips are only above the vinegar for the picture. I've since weighted them down so they're totally submerged)
Today's tea is hibiscus, chamomile, peppermint, catnip, and nettles. I've been low energy lately and struggling with how to address that with herbs and nutrition instead of caffeine to mask the problem. So I've been making a lot of yummy teas. On another note-- we've been playing with mixing herbs other than nettles in with coffee. Do Not Use Chamomile 😝
The workshop is up! In case you haven't heard, @sarahharste and I are hosting a Vagina Party at @whollycraft on the first Friday in November. We'll be weaving vulvas and making yoni steams. It's going to be a blast so I hope you'll join us. ❤️
Lavender to release muscle tension. Lavender to ease an upset stomach. Lavender to fall asleep. Lavender to relax menstrual cramps. Lavender to chill out a headache. Lavender in tea. Lavender sweets. Lavender baths. Lavender under my pillow. / photo by @racheljoybarehl
On Monday, November 6 I'm leading a workshop at the beautiful @fountleathergoods in Columbus on herbal teas. We'll talk and taste infusions, decoctions, and tisanes, learn how to make our own herbal blends and how to use different plants for health and balance. @fountleathergoods is a pretty unusual place-- they only use skins that are left over from processing animals to eat and buy from a tannery that uses natural oils in making the leather. So while I don't eat or typically even wear animals I so appreciate what they are doing. Not to mention that their products are made by hand in Cleveland. This workshop is discounted from my normal price so I hope you can join us. Tickets in my shop at the link.
👋🏻👋🏻 Hey! for those who are newly following me and only know that I'm an herbalist with a babe named Maxwell I thought I'd share a little more about me. I'm also really really really into reading so coming up with a few of my favorite titles seems like an appropriate place to start 📚 ... in no particular order I'm a huge fan of Sex at Dawn, Ursula K LeGuin's The Dispossessed, The Good Life Lab, Ishmael, Be Here Now, A Wrinkle In Time, The Year of the Flood, He She and It, Peace is Every Step, Manifesta, Taking Charge of Your Fertility, Herschel's The Sabbath, Weathersford's Genghis Khan, Persian Pilgrammages, The Practicing Herbalist, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings... and so many other books I can't think of off the top of my head ❤️ and now it's all I can do to barely finish my book club book every 6 weeks. 👶🏼
Did you see where I was mentioned in the latest issue of @ediblecolumbus? It was easy to miss...
Pssst! All orders over $30 have free shipping right now! The code is freeship ❤️❤️ / 📸 by @racheljoybarehl
I've been MIA for the better part of a week because I ignored a cold that was coming on and it got me. Instead of dosing up with fire cider and elderberry and nettles and echinacea I ignored that I was tired and thirsty and scratchy so I could keep working or keep cradling Maxwell. I'm way better today (because I started taking that fire cider and elderberry and echinacea yesterday) which is good because being stuck on a couch with a baby while sick is NO FUN. Anyway I have 4 workshops coming up in November that I put up on my site in the midst of all that. I'll post about them in more detail this week. Hope to see you at one!
The what happens when you invite a food stylist/ photographer over for a potluck. Rosemary and black walnut grape bars. 💜 photo and food by @mariasirianophoto
At the @columbus_flea this Sunday with the usual goodies, some 1/2 off salves, and @everybodyand.co and her gorgeous candles. Come say hi and visit for a few.
Getting ready to send out my newsletter! DM your email if you want to be added. (I have piles of seeds I'm saving on my desk. I just noticed you can see a couple stray ones in this picture...)
Your daily ritual. 🌱When I've asked repeat customers what they use the bath and body oil for their answers are myriad-- massage, oil cleanser, lotion or moisturizer replacement, makeup remover, gentle perfume...
🤗I was interviewed by the hosts of @scrappaperpodcast about a month ago and they just released the episode! Full disclosure... I haven't listened to it (yet?). Being interviewed was a blast... but listening to that interview seems like it might be rough. I mean for me. I bet you'd enjoy it. 😊photo from @scrappaperpodcast
I'm pretty uninspired when it comes to using fresh herbs in my cooking. I mean, I do it... but I feel like my approach is kind of haphazard and informed more by the medicine of the herb than the flavor. The everyday herbs we use in our cooking have so much to offer in supporting the digestive system. Some relieve gas, others calm a crampy stomach, or help break down a heavy meal more easily. One thing I do love doing with basil is making veg sushi basil bombs. They are 🙌🏻 💥 🌿 #pestoperpetua #basil