DIY Moon Board Creation — Spirit de la Lune

A Moon board is a Mood or Vision Board with a Lunar twist! Each section is created specifically for each Moon phase! And in this blog, we will teach you to step by step how to create a Moon board and how it can help align you and help you manifest your dreams and intentions for any moon … Continue reading DIY Moon Board Creation — Spirit de la Lune

Holiday Egg Dyeing with Herbs – Traditional Medicinals

As herbalists, we are naturally intrigued by all plants – for their historical use as traditional medicine, but also for art and creativity. We mark the passage of time with the growing and blooming of the plants we love, and with spring in our midst, we feel the natural urge to be more creative and … Continue reading Holiday Egg Dyeing with Herbs – Traditional Medicinals

Happy Spring

Plants are expressing their life force as they emerge from the soil to meet the light. Aphrodisiac Honey - to give you Spring Fever! Honey - 1 quart, local raw wildflower or buckwheat honey Red Roses - 1/2 cup Orange blossoms - 1/2 cup Blood Orange peels - 1/4 cup Tangerine peels - 1/4 cup Vanilla … Continue reading Happy Spring

Working Deeply with Water: A River Healing Ritual

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A healthy stream A healthy stream

One of the incredible things about the hydrologic (water) cycle on our great planet is how connected these cycles are and how a single drop of water may continually travel the globe over a period of time. The waters that rain down upon me here in Western PA likely came after being evaporated from the Pacific Ocean and making their way in gas form across the North American continent.  From the clouds, they solidfy and rain down, slowly moving down our mountain property to the stream that sits at the bottom of our property: Penn Run.  Penn Run leads into Two Lick Creek, which runs into Blacklick creek, which runs into the Conemaugh River.  The Conemaugh becomes the Kiskiminetas, which runs into the Alleghney, which meets the Monogahela in Pittsburgh and becomes the Ohio. After passing cities such as Cincinatti and Louisville, it merges with the Mississippi…

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Herbs in Cocktail Drinks – From Mixology to Mocktails – The Herb Exchange

When it comes to cocktails, most people probably focus on alcohol that goes into them. While alcohol is one of the major components in cocktails, you can take yours to the next level by adding various ingredients. Things such as garnishes, rims adornments, herb-infused syrups, and bitters can dramatically change the taste and flavor of … Continue reading Herbs in Cocktail Drinks – From Mixology to Mocktails – The Herb Exchange

How to Build a Classic Cottage Garden Shed

Because of its simplicity, this classic cottage can be used as a potting shed, or be converted into an artist’s studio or a children’s playhouse. Other people have used this compact 7'×9' design for a writer’s retreat, a yoga studio and even as extra accommodation for weekend guests. Keep it basic or wire it for … Continue reading How to Build a Classic Cottage Garden Shed

Dog Rose Hip (Rosa canina, Rosaceae)

The rose (Rosa spp.) hip (also sometimes written as “rosehip”) is a pseudofruit in the economically important Rosaceae family, which includes apple (Malus spp.), strawberry (Fragaria spp.), plum (Prunusspp.), and almond (Prunus spp.). The genus Rosa includes more than 100 species that have been cultivated since ancient times in a vast array of climates.1 Both rose petals and rose hips can be used in … Continue reading Dog Rose Hip (Rosa canina, Rosaceae)

How to Live & Celebrate the Cycle of the Year

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer ~ these are the seasons we all pass through as we travel the cycle of the year. We celebrate with food and ritual-laden holidays. But... there is so much more ~ daily, weekly, monthly and personal cycles within cycles that affect our health, moods, desires, tasks and foods....and each of these, if attended … Continue reading How to Live & Celebrate the Cycle of the Year

Dandelion, A Common Spring Garden Herb

Taraxacum officinale Also, Known As: Blow Ball Cankerwort Dandelion Lion's Tooth Pissabed Priest's-crown Puff Ball Pu Gong Ying Pu-kung-ying Swine Snout Telltime White Endive Wild Endive The dandelion is a common garden herb, with easily recognized flowers. During the spring season, the leaves and the root of the dandelion begin to produce mannitol, which is … Continue reading Dandelion, A Common Spring Garden Herb

Working Deeply with Water: Waters of the World Shrine and Sacred Waters

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Primal Water from the Plant Spirit Oracle; tan paint is from Tanoma Iron Oxide! Primal Water from the Plant Spirit Oracle

In the druid tradition, water represents the west, the place of emotions and intuition, the place of our ancestors and of the honored dead. Water is often connected with the salmon of wisdom, the salmon who dwells in a sacred pool, offering his wisdom to those who seek him. Water may serve as a gateway to other worlds and as a tool for scrying. Water can be used as a tool understand flows of all kinds. You can study flowing water through observation, fishing, boating or swimming and connected with in order to help us understand deep insights.  Snow and ice can likewise, be used as spiritual tools.  Water-based animals like turtles, fish, salamanders, dragonflies or water-based plants like cattail, calamus, or lotus are powerful allies for spiritual work. Working deeply with water is part of several druid teachings and courses, and…

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