Celebrate & Remember Moms with Local Flowers – Floret Flowers

If you're looking for a meaningful way to recognize the special ladies in your life this Mother's Day, the team and I have put together an awesome gift guide for flower lovers over on the Floret Blog. It includes local bouquet and flower subscription options from members of Floret's Farmer-Florist Collective, our free online directory … Continue reading Celebrate & Remember Moms with Local Flowers – Floret Flowers

Spring Greens and Spring Awakening

Spring has arrived in our mountain forest. The emergence from the long cold nights of winter gives way to spring and the eternal reminder of rebirth and renewal. Dandelion flowers are everywhere, basking in the warming of the earth, opening to the sun. I’ve been gathering the young leaves for cooking and adding to smoothies. … Continue reading Spring Greens and Spring Awakening

Embracing Ancestral Fires and Fire-starting at Beltane

The Druid's Garden

An awen-shaped sacred fire, created from my flint and steel An awen-shaped sacred fire, created from my flint and steel

The tiny sparks from my flint and steel shower down on my char cloth.  This flint and steel set was a gift from a fellow druid from almost a decade ago, a gift that has long offered me a connection with my ancestors.  It takes me a few moments to remember the technique he taught me, striking the steel against the flint in a particular way with a particulary angle to my body.  Starting a fire in an ancestral way isn’t just a mental act; its an emboded one.  I breathe deeply and remember, and the tiny sparks fly from my tools to the char cloth. After a few more attempts, a single spark lands on the cloth and starts to glow orange. I carefully pick up the char cloth and blow on it to increase the ember size, then…

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The Finesse of Grossing Mommy Out

Little Granddaughter has developed a way to utterly gross out her mommy, but also adds to the many reasons why we are an herbalist. Herbal infusions come to play and thank goodness she takes her herbal vitamins every day. We also raise and rescue German Shepherds, Bones is a rescue, but maybe in this video, … Continue reading The Finesse of Grossing Mommy Out

Herb Fairies: A Magical Tale of Plants & Their Remedies

Herb Fairies is a children's herbal learning system that engages kids through stories and encourages them to learn more by providing exciting hands-on activities. Download our Herb Fairies cookbook as our gift to you. Source: Herb Fairies: A Magical Tale of Plants & Their Remedies Herb Fairies will only be open till this coming Tuesday, … Continue reading Herb Fairies: A Magical Tale of Plants & Their Remedies

How to Make Natural DIY Cleaning Products

We all know that many conventional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to both our bodies and the planet (not to mention the budget-busting expense and all the waste produced by those empty plastic bottles and extra packaging!). We’ve been creating our own cleaning formulas for years, and we love how easy and inexpensive … Continue reading How to Make Natural DIY Cleaning Products

What FDA Dietary Supplement Regulations Mean For Herbalists

Learn how potential changes to FDA dietary supplement regulations surrounding the use and sale of herbs as dietary supplements may effect herbalists. Source: What FDA Dietary Supplement Regulations Mean For Herbalists

The Business of Herbalism

Botanical medicine, the art, and science of collecting, preparing, and utilizing plants for healing, is one of the oldest healing methods in human history. The World Health Organization estimates that 80 percent of the world's population presently uses herbal medicine for some aspect of primary healthcare. There is a wide range, however, in what is … Continue reading The Business of Herbalism

Spirit, Nature, and Healing

There are many resources in books, online, and in classes and at conferences about connecting with the spirit of the plants. Rather than simply re-post that information here, we want to share wisdom from Rosemary Gladstar. We asked Rosemary about the importance of intention in working with plants and in healing. Here is her response: … Continue reading Spirit, Nature, and Healing

FULL MOON IN LIBRA ~ RISING, RELEASING, REMEMBERING

This morning we have a Full Moon in Libra at 4:12 am PDT (7:12 am EST) ~ this is our second Full Moon in Libra this year and one that can support you in trying again! When the Moon is on the cusp (29 degrees) it can yield strong energy to the sign in which it is … Continue reading FULL MOON IN LIBRA ~ RISING, RELEASING, REMEMBERING