The Eclectic Herbalists

Popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the "Eclectics" practiced herbal medicine in a time when standard Western practices often included barbaric approaches like blood-letting. Looking at plants and Native American medicine for inspiration, Eclectic physicians approached healing with the perspective of "whatever works" - so long as it did no harm. We … Continue reading The Eclectic Herbalists

The Scent of Magick | Phoenix LeFae

After working a full day at my shop, I get home smelling of candle smoke and incense. My hair holds the scent of magickal herbs. For days after working in the shop, my clothes will retain the smell of essential oils and amber. It clings to me like a second skin. I don’t smell it, … Continue reading The Scent of Magick | Phoenix LeFae

2019 Harvest Moon Mabon Ritual — Spirit de la Lune

The new season is almost upon us and soon the trees will shed their leaves and prepare for the darker half of the year. Mabon is the threshold for the darker half of the year. A balance of light and dark, the Autumn Equinox gives us a balance of day and night and is a beautiful … Continue reading 2019 Harvest Moon Mabon Ritual — Spirit de la Lune

Archaeoastronomy.com Explains the Reason We Have Seasons

The sun bathes our planet with heat and light. Indeed, seasonal temperatures vary depending upon how much solar radiation falls at a given latitude. Only at the moments of Equinox, twice each year does sunshine fall in balanced proportions on our Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Otherwise, the 23°26' tilt of the earth's axis to the … Continue reading Archaeoastronomy.com Explains the Reason We Have Seasons

Plant Medicine: CBD

Depending on where you live, you may have started to see "CBD" products - capsules, tinctures, salves - pop up in your natural food stores or even at the supermarket. And if you're "canna-curious," you may have questions about the health benefits of this non-psychotropic medicinal as well as its different forms and delivery methods. … Continue reading Plant Medicine: CBD

A Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Ritual | Create Your Own Smudge wand — Spirit de la Lune

The Summer months are in full swing over here in the Northern Hemisphere. This Full Moon in many ways marks the last big planting time of the season. All that needed to sprout roots for the long months ahead is in the ground growing towards its full potential while we prepare and maintain for the … Continue reading A Full Blessing Moon Eclipse Ritual | Create Your Own Smudge wand — Spirit de la Lune

Summer Solstice Celebration Oil – Wylde and Green

The Summer Solstice, or Litha as it is known in the old Celtic calendar, is only a few days away now. The single day of the year of the when the light lasts longest and I want to put it in my pocke… Source: Summer Solstice Celebration Oil – Wylde and Green

A MID-SUMMER CELEBRATION

The young maid stole through the cottage door, And blushed as she sought the Plant of pow’r; — “Thou silver glow-worm, O lend me thy light, I must gather the mystic St. John’s wort tonight, The wonderful herb, whose leaf will decide If the coming year shall make me a bride.” In addition to the … Continue reading A MID-SUMMER CELEBRATION

Homestead News: Cleaning and Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware

The Care and Feeding of Cast Iron: Cleaning and Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware Cast iron pots and pans are the basis of a well-stocked kitchen and will last a lifetime if you learn the methods for cleaning and seasoning cast iron cookware to maintain the cured surface. The hallmark of any country kitchen is an … Continue reading Homestead News: Cleaning and Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware

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