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Herbal Liqueur Spotlight: Liquore Strega & Italian Witchcraft Lore September 11 2020, 0 Comments

The Legend

Liquore Strega, an Italian digestif distilled from a secret recipe of around 70 herbs and spices, has been produced out of the same factory in Benevento, Italy since 1860. Amazingly, the distillery is still run by the original Alberti family and is now in its fifth generation.

The city of Benevento claims to be an ancient site of witches’ rites. Witches from all over the world are said to have gathered at night around a magical walnut, where they created a magic potion that forever united couples who consumed it. 

As legend has it, Giuseppe Alberti, a spice merchant, was out gathering herbs for his elixirs with his father when he came upon a witch trapped beneath a fallen tree branch. He and his father helped her, and as a reward, she bestowed upon them the secret formula for this magical liqueur. The only condition was that they never reveal the recipe to another living soul. To this day, only two people alive know the secret formula for Strega, which is the Italian word for "witch". 

The Liqueur

With so much mystery surrounding the formula, what we do know is that of its 70 herbs and spices, it incorporates Ceylon cinnamon, Florentine iris, Italian Apennine juniper, and Samnite mint, which grows along the riverbanks in the whole region. The liqueur gets its characteristic yellow color from the precious Saffron that is added to the herb distillate.

We also know that it is aged in ash barrels over a long period of time to ensure a perfect blending of the different aromas. The resulting distillate is 80 proof, making it as strong as any standard spirit like vodka or gin. Only after the aging process is the liqueur bottled and distributed all over the world.

The classic and dreamlike label of Strega depicts both a hooded crone possessing a broom, as well as an ensemble of sparsely clad women, raucously dancing hand in hand with satyrs in the forest. 

Saffron 

Based on Strega's lore of being a magic potion that forever united couples who consumed it, and knowing that the liqueur's recipe incorporates saffron to create its distinctive color and flavor, we're going to take a closer look at saffron and its uses. 

Saffron, likely the most precious and expensive spice sold on the planet, is deep yellow in color and pleasantly sweet in flavor. It's made from the dried stigmas of the Crocus flower, which originates in Southwest Asia and can be found in some parts of Europe. Though it is said to grow well enough in most gardens, each flower only contains 3 stigmas, thus requiring over 75,000 flowers to make a pound of saffron. Harvesting is done entirely by hand during only one magical week per year. It's for this reason that saffron can be found for no less than $500-$5,000 per pound! 

 

 

 

Saffron's History

The Greek legend of Crocus and Smilax details not only their love affair, but also explains the vivid color and magickal effects of the crocus flower that gives us saffron. The story goes like this: "Crocus, a handsome and virile man, fell in love with a nymph named Smilax. During a brief period of idyllic love and passion, Smilax, flattered by his amorous advances, was under the spell of his devotion. But soon Smilax became bored by Crocus’ attentions. After he continued to pursue her against her wishes and became obsessed with her, Smilax bewitched him, transforming Crocus into a saffron crocus flower. With its bright orange stigmas, it is said this remains a symbol of Crocus’s undying passion and eternal flame of love for Smilax."^

 

 

 

It's no wonder the witches of Benevento incorporated saffron into the love potion thought to have become Strega! 

Not only does saffron's story date back to ancient Greek times, but we see its use dating back 50,000 years to prehistoric sites in Iran, where cave wall depictions contained saffron-based pigments. 

Saffron's Modern Use

Of course, saffron's use extends far beyond that of ancient history. Western use primarily associates it with traditional cuisine, lending its distinctive color and flavor to Italian risotto milanese, French bouillabaisse, Spanish paella, and Indian biryanis. 

Medicinally, it has been used for a broad variety of conditions, including coughs, colds, stomach ailments, insomnia, depression, fever, heart trouble, and fertility. Ancient healers Galen, Pliny the Elder, and Hippocrates touted saffron as a panacea-like herb.

It is still thought to be effective for these ailments, but, realistically, has become too expensive to be worth using in any sort of effective quantity. Adding to its price and scarcity is the fact that climate change and overproduction of monocropping pose a significant threat to the future of the crocus plant. For that reason it's important to research the source of your saffron, should you choose to explore its benefits more closely. 

Magickal Use

Fortunately, for magickal use, one can get away with using the smallest amount of saffron for just as much benefit as more. For that reason, I recommend using Strega! You not only get the benefits of saffron, but also the symbiotic benefits of all the other 69+ herbs in its formula. If we imbue saffron's associations onto Strega, we see that they are associated with:

- The Fire element & Leo
- Eos: Titaness and the goddess of the dawn
- Venus: Roman goddess of love, sex, beauty, & fertility
- Aphrodite: Greek goddess of love, sex, beauty, & fertility
- The Sun & the planet Mars. 
- Wealth, power, and rarity.
- Powers: Love, Healing, Happiness, Lust, Strength, and Psychic Powers

If it isn't clear by now that saffron is a powerful ingredient in rituals and spells for passion, love, lust, and fertility, then I didn't do my job. It can used straight or diluted with moon water to anoint candles and sigils, but be aware that it can stain. 

Due to saffron's high value and rarity, it is an excellent offering for any deity and is a traditional ingredient in crescent moon cakes made in honor of the Phoenician Goddess Ashtoreth.

Add it to your bath to channel the Fire element, drawing passion, strength, and intuition.

Drinking saffron infusion is thought to enhance psychic abilities. If you're using Strega in its place, however, I urge just the smallest amount (1 ounce or less depending on your alcohol tolerance). While some traditions call for intoxicants in order to channel other realms, I personally feel that alcohol intoxication threatens a genuine connection to the higher self. 

Recipe

I formulated the Scarlet Enforcer for the Spirit Haus. Light and herbal yet still potent and spirit-forward, it is a delicate but strong slow-sipper, versatile enough for any time of year.

1 1/2 oz Gin
1 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
1/2 oz Liquore Strega

Add contents to a glass stirring vessel, add ice, and stir for 15-20 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh mint in spring and summer, or a star anise pod in autumn and winter. 

If using for ritual purposes, replace the gin with plain water or moon water if that's in your practice. Otherwise, enjoy heartfully during some much deserved "me" time, or with your sweetheart to see if the legends are true! 

Cheers! 

 

Sources:

^https://wisdom.thealchemistskitchen.com/saffron-an-ancient-healing-ally/

https://www.strega.it/en/liquore-strega/

https://newcitywitchescocktailcoven.com/2016/01/12/adventures-in-strega-italian-witch-liqueur/

https://www.thekitchn.com/inside-the-spice-cabinet-saffron-122034

https://catalystmagazine.net/novices-grimoire-saffron/

https://witchipedia.com/book-of-shadows/herblore/saffron/


Autumn Equinox: How to Celebrate Mabon's Harvest & Ground For Winter September 08 2020, 0 Comments

What is Mabon?

Mabon is a celebration of the Autumn Equinox and occurs over Sept 21st to Sept 29th in the Northern Hemisphere. The days have been growing shorter and, on the Equinox, are exactly as long as the nights. Days will continue to grow shorter and nights longer through the season.

"As a holiday, Mabon represents the time of honoring the dead, visiting burial sites, giving thankfulness for the end of the harvest season and the bounty it provides. These are the themes of closing, letting go, and remembering. For the year, the harvest, and for those who were lost to land of Avalon during the year.

Although many view the Harvest season as a celebration of life, it is also a celebration of death. The bounty you gather from your garden provides nourishment for you, family, and friends. But it is also the death of those plants and vegetables which have been harvested from that garden. Thus Mabon is a celebration of the cycle of life."
- Magickal Winds

 

What Does It Mean?

Personally, I love incorporating the seasons into my day to day life. And sales of Pumpkin Spice Lattes tell me that a lot of you do too! So let's look at how we, as humans, can follow nature's lead through this time.

Autumn is associated with the Earth element. We can remember this if we think of how, after we've harvested the final fruits of the summer, nature begins pulling its energy down into its roots, grounding and protecting itself for the coming winter. No more flowers, no more fruits. Leaves are falling, nature is preparing to go dormant with all of its energy is moving into the ground.

Summer, which ends at the Equinox, is associated with the Fire element. It's Fire is seen metaphorically as we're all taking trips, getting outside, and bursting with extroverted energy (or Yang as it's called in Chinese medicine). It's also seen quite literally, as seen in the wildfires that inevitably ravage some locations at this time every year. 

Normally, I like to pre-emptively balance Autumn's Earthiness by using the Fire element series in the shop. It can prevent excessive sluggishness and depression from developing by the time winter comes along (or excessive Yin energy). That just doesn't make sense to me anymore, as the skies above the entire west coast of the US already burn red and rain ash. So now we're calling to Autumn's Earth to show up and tame Summer's Fire. To pull that wild passion down to the ground, down to the physical presence that we all hopefully come to after a meltdown: that "woah, I can't believe I got that carried away but I feel a lot better now and I'm ready to stop and analyze what just happened." 

Sound familiar? 

So let's all spend this Mabon to follow nature down into the Earth, humbling ourselves and giving thanks for nature's bounty, friends, family, hearth, and home. If you'd like some tools to amplify this intention of gratitude and grounding, check out the Mabon Self-Care Kit. 

"The Time of Change is upon us again –
the Equinox comes, the Wheel turns…
The Goddess and the God prepare for
Their journey to the Otherworld,
as the Earth and all of Her children
prepare for the Time of Quiet and
Reflection that lies ahead…
May we use this Autumnal period
to seek for the strength and power within
to assist us on our own quests for
vision, feeling, and peace…
May we see and feel the presence of
the Goddess and the God within, though
without, the Earth begins Her slumber…
Keep us in Your light…
Who Was Mabon?"
-by Dana Corby


Buddleja | Butterfly Bush: Graceful Transitions with this Resilient Flower September 05 2020, 0 Comments

Oh so lovely Buddleja, often called Butterfly Bush, while revered by butterflies, bees, and other pollinators, is actually cast as a noxious weed here in the US, despite her prominent beauty and lingering soft honey aroma. 

The same qualities that categorize Buddleja as a weed, however, can also be seen as positive attributes in energetic qualities: It is highly resilient and adaptable to many environments, growing and spreading rapidly, even in earth that doesn't seem conducive to growth...rubble, cracks in concrete...it's even been called the "bombsite plant" because it was the first plant to grow where bombs fell in London during the Blitz^.


These enduring qualities translate seamlessly into Buddleja's beneficial properties. Energetically, her gentle resilience lends well to use in courage, endurance, breaking barriers or patterns, the hope of freedom, and rebuilding, all while maintaining grace and poise. Meditate or pray with the flowers, keep a sachet under your pillow, use it in rituals, or on your altar as an offering. "Empty-nesters" may find comfort in Buddleja's presence during that particular transition.  

Medicinally, Buddleja has traditionally used for inflammation, rheumatism, and skin conditions. It also offers protection from UV damage and is particularly protective for mature skin*. Infuse dried flowers into oil to make a skin defensive salve or liniment with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. 

 

Due to Buddleja's wildly prolific nature, many regions in the US require that non-sterile varieties not be planted. But if non-sterile plants already stand, it's best to remove all of the flowering or seeded heads each August (in the northern hemisphere) before they can be spread.

What better excuse to make your own Buddleja concoctions for your Mabon festivities! 

 

 

^http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2010/09/buddleia-for-bees-butterflies-and.html

*Raja S and Ramya I: A review on ethnopharmacology, phytochemistry and pharmacology of Buddleja asiatica. Int J Pharm Sci Res 2016; 7(12): 4697-09.doi: 10.13040/IJPSR.0975-8232.7(12).4697-09.

-https://www.fieldfreshskincare.co.uk/buddleja-skincare-bush/


6 Ways to use Echinacea That Aren't a Cure For the Common Cold August 25 2020, 0 Comments

Echinacea I dried from the garden is looking mighty moody today and I love it. Can you even with that color?

A History of Indigenous Use 

The name Echinacea comes from the Greek word echinos, a word used to describe the nature of a hedgehog or sea urchin (referring to the bristly, pokey cone at Echinacea's center). This North American native plant, also called coneflower, has been used extensively by indigenous populations for all manners of ailments. In Western tribes like the Ute, coneflowers are associated with elk and called "elk root," due to the belief that wounded elk seek them out as medicine. Roots were used as traditional healing herbs by many tribes, especially in the Great Plains and Midwest, to treat many types of swelling, burns, and pain. Coneflower has also been chewed ritually during sweatlodge ceremonies and is considered one of the sacred Life Medicines of the Navajo tribe.

red and white flowers in tilt shift lens

Echinacea in Modern Use/Misuse

With such a purposeful history, it's unfortunate that echinacea got broadly promoted as a "cure for the common cold" by the masses. While it has been shown to increase T-cell counts and stimulate the immune system, it is not an antibiotic or antiviral that attacks pathogens, as it's been painted to be. The truth is, there is no one herb that is perfect for everyone. Especially if it isn't used properly. Herbs aren't like drugs where you take them to get rid of a symptom, causing wild side effects in the process. Herbs work with your own body's chemistry to restore balance so that it can do the work on its own. They aren't a bandaid or a cure-all. 

 

TV doctors and supplement companies would like us to believe that a single herb will work for everyone in order to get sales. But since all herbs aren't for everyone, if it doesn't work for you then you're naturally led to believe that herbs in general don't work. Echinacea is just one herb that can be used to bolster the immune system, but many herbalists are more inclined to work with plants like elder, astragalus, turmeric, yarrow, and many others, depending on the individual. Hardly any herbalists I've spoken with during COVID have been recommending Echinacea for herbal toolboxes.

red-petaled flower

That said, if we do think about echinacea solely as an herb with constituents that can help bolster our immune system, we can find other ways to use Echinacea if we look deeper at what our immune system actually does. In it's simplest form: It protects us from pathogens that wish to do us harm. For that reason, I'm personally more inclined to use echinacea in its whole dried flower form as a protective energy. Her cones are shockingly spiky and her petals dry to an elegantly intimidating shape and hue, lending to her forceful presence.

Here are 6 ways to use Echinacea that aren't for the cold or flu:

+Echinacea is associated with the Earth element, lending a grounding and protective energy. Carry the dried root or flower during meditation to assist with spiraling, uncontrollable thoughts.

+Carrying Echinacea is thought to provide inner strength during trying times. Keep a small jar or sachet of it in your bag, pocket, or office drawer during these times. 

+Keep echinacea in a jar near your front door or on your nightstand to shield from negative energy. 

+Grow it around the house or cut it for a vase to draw prosperity into the home and protect the family from suffering from poverty. 

+Use it as an offering, to a loved one you wish to protect or in your spiritual practice for place spirits and river Gods/Godesses.

+Including Echinacea in any ritual use is thought to increase effectiveness. It has been used historically as a tool to add powerful strength to rituals used in money, fertility, and abundance.

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Soon, you'll be able to find echinacea as the grounding ingredient in our Water Element Bath, which helps center your self-care ritual on attracting abundance.

You can shop our growing ritual line here.

What has been your experience with Echinacea? Do you take it when you feel a cold coming on? Let me know in a comment below!

purple flower in brown clay pot

Persons with allergies to other members of the Asteraceae family should exercise caution with Echinacea, due to the presence of Echinacea pollen. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.


How to Harness the Moon's Reset Button [A 5-Step Ritual] August 18 2020, 0 Comments

Hours, days, weeks, months, and even years seem to be passing by faster and faster, don’t they? How many times have you not realized that a conversation you thought happened yesterday actually happened a week ago? That the friend you thought you hadn’t seen in a month has actually been away for a year? Time sneaks up and escapes us when we aren’t looking. But nature provides us with markers for this passage of time. Reliable markers that have existed since the earth was born.

If we can take moments to be mindful of these markers, maybe we can slow time down a little and squeeze out a few more precious minutes. Not literally, of course, but the more we’re on autopilot the more our minds let the forgetful things slip away. If nothing stands out as worthwhile then nothing gets saved. If we draw our attention to nature’s regular and consistent markers of change, perhaps it won’t all blur together as much.

 

A Constant Cycle of Renewal

Let’s take a look at what these markers of time are, so we can more clearly see the numerous ways nature’s cycles offer us a chance to achieve an end and begin anew…

The daily rising and setting of the sun.
The monthly waxing and waning of the moon.
The yearly passing of the seasons.
The birth, life, and death of an individual.

From a single day to an entire lifetime, nature is in a constant cycle of rebirth. We only get one life as far as we know, but each morning that we wake up we get to start a new day. Each spring when the snow melts we get to start a new year. And each month the sky becomes dark during the New Moon is no exception to this rebirth. It’s a chance to reflect upon our recent lessons, but more importantly, it’s a chance to set new intentions and goals for the coming cycle.

The New Moon

The moon has 8 phases, each one with its own specific energy to call upon and draw from. As you learn to bring your awareness to each of them, or at least a couple of them, you’ll feel time in a different way. Much like living with the seasons, you’ll naturally come to a flow that allows your own personal energy to move in cycles, with energetic times and restful times. We weren’t designed to be go-go-go all the time. I’ll get into each of the 8 phases in future posts, but for now, let's start at the beginning.

The New Moon occurs when the sun and moon come into alignment in the sky. This actually results in us not seeing the moon at all on Earth, giving us dark nights with only the brightly contrasting stars popping through the black sky to light our way. When this happens, energetically, it’s time to find stillness and plant new seeds of desire. During the New Moon, you are given a chance to breathe new life into any areas of stagnation or places where you would like to impact positive change. This time for rest and reflection is the perfect opportunity to practice a simple ritual to turn inward and examine what you want to call into your life.

A Simple Ritual

Your New Moon ritual doesn’t have to be elaborate or dramatic unless you want it to be. There’s no right or wrong way to pay respect to your plans and dreams, only what feels powerful to you.

Cleansing

This is an important step and physical representation of the blank slate the New Moon is giving you. I highly recommend taking part in all of the following if you have the time, but if not just choose one:

  • Taking a bath with candles, salt, and calming herbs like lavender, rose, calendula, and yarrow.
  • Sweeping the house, finally folding that laundry, doing the dishes,
  • Smoke cleansing your space or yourself with dried herb bundles.

Grounding

Offer a destination to any wild or spiraling energy that is causing you racing thoughts, anxiety, or stress.

  • Call upon a source of energy that you connect with the most. A diety, spirit guides, angels, the Earth, the tides, the elements, the directions, etc.
  • Practice yoga or a meditation where you visualize yourself with roots that send any unruly or negative energy deep down into the Earth, through the layers, into the core, and then draw positive energy back up through your feet again.

Intention

Write down the things that you wish to call into your life. Self-love, a new job, a new outlook, financial stability, a romantic relationship... Focus on the positive things you wish to begin, rather than the negative things you wish to avoid. Be detailed and specific. Conjure what seems out of reach and create the vision.

Creation

Now speak these dreams aloud as if they are already in your existence. Take note of the feelings that come up when you say them aloud. This is not just throwing a penny into a wishing well. As you write these dreams and wishes down and speak them aloud, you are committing to do your part to make them a reality. Light candles and add a symbolic act to make your intentions concrete.

  • If your wish was to ignite your creativity and intuition, burn a piece of paper with your idea written on it.
  • If your wish was to put yourself out there more in business or love, tie your wish to a paper balloon and release it.
  • If you have several intentions, meditate on each one as you focus each on an individual bead. Give each intention it’s own bead and tie them one at a time onto a string to make a bracelet or keychain.

Reflection

Now sit quietly, follow your breath, and visualize your life as it is now, except that your desires have already come to fruition. Resolve yourself to be open to these energies coming into your life, along with any other lessons in growth you may need along the way.

Find ways to keep these intentions at the forefront of your awareness. This is a very important part. Put your written intentions in a visible spot on your mirror, at the front door, or in your wallet. Put your beaded keychain you made on your keyring. Make notes about your progress. At the full moon, find ways to take action on those intentions and celebrate any progress.

End your ritual with a showing of gratitude to whatever energy source you called upon. Acknowledge and be grateful for all that you have right now at this moment in time, all that you have been given in your life to make it this far, and all that you will receive for the rest of your life. Blow out any candles that are still burning and find a home for your new intentions where you will be reminded of them until the full moon.

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How to Live Seasonally With the Elements October 08 2015, 0 Comments

Some of you may be wondering what our products called Air, Water, Fire and Earth are all about. 
"A deodorant that smells like water? A tea that tastes like Air? Uh, awesome..."

To get a better understanding of what these elements mean in regards to our products, lets first start by looking at what the elements traditionally represent. 

In astrology and Pagan traditions, the elements Earth, Water, Air, and Fire are used to relate to a particular function of the self:


Earth represents the physical body and matter
Water, our emotions
Air, the mind and intellect
and Fire, the spirit and intuition. 

 
Elements are also connected to astrological signs,
Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are Earth signs
Pisces, Scorpio, and Cancer are Water signs
Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are Air signs
and Leo, Ares, and Sagittarius are Fire signs.

We've attached elemental varieties to our deodorants, teas, fragrances, raw balms, and soaps. 

Does that mean you are only allowed to use an item that is of your sign?

Certainly not!

While many people I meet do happen to prefer the variety tied to their own sun sign, many others are drawn to their opposing element, which can bring balance. For example, Fire and Water are opposing, as are Fire and Earth, Earth and Air, and Water and Air. That would leave matching signs to be Water and Earth or Fire and Air. There really are hundreds of potential explanations as to what will draw you to a scent, including the possibility that it has absolutely nothing to do with astrological sign! 


So what plants do they use already!


Well, since Earth represents the physical, it is a very grounding and practical element, bringing us back to reality. For this reason we have used deep, sturdy herbs and roots such as dandelion root, sage, and clove.

Water, being tied to the emotions, is sensitive and inward. These items, like taking a swim, are fresh and cooling. Invigorating herbs like peppermint and rosemary are balanced with calming herbs like lavender and oatstraw so as to stimulate creativity but not to cause turbulent waters!

Air, being connected with the mind and intellect, is innovative and full of ideas. It's herbs are sweet and soft, with crisp notes like lemon and vanilla to inspire, balanced with calming herbs like lavender and chamomile to keep focused and not let thoughts run in circles or flit about. 

And finally Fire, the element of spirit and intuition, is passionate about life and acts on it's gut. Its herbs are spicy and warming with lots of ginger, balanced with soft herbs like catnip and vanilla to prevent overheating. 

What's the point? 

Why bother matching nature's elements to body care products? 
If we can bring a little bit of mindfulness to the way we treat our bodies, maybe that can translate to how we treat our whole being and those around us. Taking the time to build a personal ritual into your daily routine gives you the opportunity to slow down and think about what feels good to you, both inside and out. Maybe you wake up feeling excited but scattered, or calm but depressed. Maybe an invigorating ginger spray or tea sounds agitating today. Or maybe a grounding soap sounds boring. Having the tools from nature to bring balance to those feelings can offer peace of mind, body, and spirit. 


Shop element products here.



For a definitive reading on the subject of astrology I encourage you to read  "The Astrology Bible" by Judy Hall. 



Spring || Ostara April 07 2015, 0 Comments

Spring // Wellness // Seasonal // Detox // Outdoors 

Organic // Vegan // Ethically sourced


Spring is the time of year when things get moving again. We're no longer burying ourselves under blankets & bon bons for our winter slumber.

Similarly, nature is no longer hibernating under blankets of snow while stockpiling energy for the impending growth spurt... 


For this reason, spring is the best time to support your detox organs and get that stagnant energy moving. The liver & muscles will need special attention during this time, to support healthy movement & elimination. Your skin will go from needing extra moisture from winter dryness, to extra healing from its increase in activity. 

(by helenaljunggren)


The Spring Collection is a bundle of the best herbal and holistic practices for nourishing and toning the body's major elimination organs: the liver, skin, kidneys, lungs, & colon.


The liver filters the blood, either destroying toxic molecules we've absorbed through our food and environment, or converting them into particles that can be removed from the body by the kidneys, colon, lungs, & skin.


Symptoms of a sluggish elimination system often include lack of energy, acne, indigestion, headaches, constipation, poor sleep, muscle stiffness or cramping, poor blood clotting, & more.

 

It is important to remember that no organ works alone in daily detoxification of our bodies. The liver, kidneys, lungs, skin, and colon all need strengthening and support. You can tone the liver all you want but if the increased amount of filtered toxins have no way to exit the body then they keep cycling through the blood and tissues, causing even more damage!

 

The Air element is associated with Spring and the astrological signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius

 

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Autumn || Mabon September 01 2014, 0 Comments

Autumn // Wellness // Seasonal // Large Intestine // Lungs // Metal // 

Autumn is associated with the metal element in Chinese Medicine, which is characterized by expansion, contraction, and transformation {think about what metal does when it gets hot or cold} on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. For this reason, the organs associated with Autumn are the lungs and large intestine, due to their own expanding and contracting nature. This makes Autumn a great time for detoxification by supporting and toning these organs which are imperative for toxin elimination.


You’ll see nature pulling it’s vitality down into its roots after it provides us with it’s final fruits of the year. This makes Autumn the ideal time to harvest and use root medicines, since that is where the plants energy is being stored for now. This allows us to get rid of any residual excesses from Summer’s Yang, and prepare our bodies for the calmer and quieter Yin of Winter.

Saatchi Gallery, London © Jorge Mayet 2008

 


Autumn is associated with the Earth element, and the sun signs Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius. As we begin grounding down into the earth for the coming months, this season’s kit will bring balance with Fire, to warm and enliven the senses, preventing congestion, worry, and depression that can come from “burying” oneself excessively in Earth.



Give your body what it wants to stay well this Autumn & make sure to enjoy the fruits of the harvest!

Get your Autumn Wellness Bundle here

 

photo via tumblr

 


Summer || Litha July 27 2014, 0 Comments

Summer is the prime time to focus on growth, joy, and spiritual awareness. The predominant nature of Summer is Yang: related to excitement, assertiveness, and exuberance unlike the darker and calmer Yin. This makes summer the ideal time to take the actions necessary to form positive change in one's life!

Summer is associated with the Heart and the element of Fire. When the Fire element is inharmonious, one's joy can be imbalanced, resulting in too little or too much. Agitation, nervousness, heartburn, and insomnia are symptoms that one's Fire is too high. To counteract this, take advantage of the long summer days. Get up earlier in the morning, go to sleep later at night, and try to rest at midday. You will probably naturally tend to eat a lighter diet over heavier foods. 

Water, the element opposing Fire, is also important during the summer. Some of the negative side effects of summer fun include sunburns, dehydration, and a lack of energy. <<<This is counteracted by the items marked with a ^ below>>>

Give your body what it wants to stay well this Summer & make sure to drink lots of water!
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What you get:
↬ Sunscreen ^
<zinc oxide based, non-toxic, goes on white rubs in clear>

↬ Rose & Calendula After Sun Mist ^
<Calming, Cooling, Anti-inflammatory, & Astringent>

↬ Nuisance Salve
<Calming & Astringent for bug bites, sunburns, hemorrhoids, and other itchy inconveniences>
<<Does not work on children or spouses... or does it?>>>

<Completely natural, safe, and non-toxic deodorant bar that works>

<Sea Salt & Seaweed texturize hair while Rosemary and Tea Tree clarify hair follicles.>
<<Gives hair that beachy look.>>

<to wind down after a long day of having adventures>

↬ Cedar & Oat soap ^
<Moisturizes & Exfoliates, Grounding & Purifying>
{limited quantity}

<Essential oil based insect repellent. DEET free. Great for camping>

↬ Skin Polish ^
<Customizable skin scrub & mask. Exfoliates, Detoxifies & Nourishes>
<<a shop favorite>>

↬Coffee & Sugar: Lip & Hand Scrub Bar ^
<Use this bar to scrub dead skin from lips and hands, leaving them tingly smooth & rejuvenated>

<<<Individual item links will be added as items become available>>>

When you'll get it:
We will begin accepting orders beginning on June 1st.
Packages will ship out June 21st, the first day of summer.
Kit availability after June 21st will depend on remaining supplies & inventory.

Makes an awesome gift for that loved one who is trying to transition to a more natural lifestyle but isn't quite sure where to begin!

Please make your own informed decision on the ingredients in this product to determine if it is right for you. This natural product has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, mitigate, treat, or prevent disease, or to affect the structure or function of the body.
Please read our shop policies before purchase.

Seasonal Wellness Subscriptions January 11 2014, 0 Comments

Seasonal Wellness Subscriptions

We are excited to announce that as of Spring 2014 we have expanded our medicinal line and introduced many of these new items via our seasonal bundles.

What does this mean?
Basically, you can choose to receive a generous package from us for Spring, Summer,  Autumn or Winter which will include much of what you need to support wellness and happiness for that specific season. 

You can also purchase a full year subscription at a discounted rate and we will send you all three bundles over the course of the year.

For example,

Spring is the best time for our bodies to cleanse and rejuvenate after a long winter's hibernation {or, more often, long winter's holiday-stress-and-over-eating!} Our livers need extra support during this time. It's also the time that we are peeling ourselves out from under our wool and parkas to get back outdoors, tending to our gardening, hiking, and other favorite activities. Our muscles and skin will need some extra love as we put them back to work. 

Our Spring bundle will include medicinals and body care items to support the body's own internal processes {such as our liver support tincture & detox tea} as well as external treatments to nourish {such as the hard working skin salve & muscle/joint rub}. You can expect 8-10 full sized items per shipment.

 

You can still look forward to seeing our infamous grooming products as well as tried and true herbal remedies that have been used for ages but are new to our shop. You can trust that it will all still be vegan, eco-friendly, and as organic as possible. Our seasonal and annual subscriptions will make a great gift for someone in your life who is trying to transition to a healthier, natural, toxin free lifestyle.

We will be posting detailed listings on the site for pre-order as the bundles become available. New medicinals will be available individually as well. You can look forward to the first subscriptions going out March 20th, the first day of spring!