After many months of it being closed due to me transitioning into this new life here in the PNW, my Etsy shop 🌟 @earthandcoven IS NOW OPEN AGAIN! 🌟 I’ve only updated it with a few items for now, but within the next few days a HUGE UPDATE will flood the shop! I’ve been a busy bee 🐝 working away at bottle labels these past few days and I’ll be bottling everything up over the course of the next few days, so get ready for an awesome update of amazing offerings including adaptogen, Reishi and anxiety-relief tinctures, and some deeply nourishing face oils! Oh! And maybe even a rose water face toner mist! 🌹 🥰 #seekingwithsonia#earthandcoven
The making of Chamomile Glycerite - Matricaria recutita - we warm our glycerites. They’re just better with this step. There was a time when my older sons were down for the count with flu. We were snowed in well, they were 2 & 3 years old, and wracked with fever that rises always as the sun sets. Mama is slipping into symptoms due to all the coughs and sneezes we take face on as we tend close to our little ones. The crankiness was rising with the fevers and I went to my apothecary somewhat delirious with fatigue, pain, and feeling completely overwhelmed. I prayed for a remedy to jump out as I walked there because thinking and figuring hurt my head and body. As I opened the doors, out fell a pound of chamomile flowers which sat on my feet, and Anthony walked over all snot and tear ridden and picked it up saying ‘here mama’. Simple strength in hard times is the medicine of Chamomile. For flu, fever management, lousy dark moods, anxiety, angst, and stress that keeps us from the present, detoxing from substances - yes it’s given as tea in the hospital for this 🙏, to stomach distress, liver and digestive support, mild to moderate pain relief and muscle cramping, insomnia, to healing skin and conditioning hair. I brewed a big pot, steeped a good while, and strained all into a bath for them except for one big mug with honey that we shared while I soaked my feet as they bathed from sobbing to laughter and play. A far more comfortable state. We all slept like a pile of puppies deep and well. Honoring always how plants speak. 💫Glycerite started for the parents asking often. 💫 yes, glycerine is sickeningly sweet (preserves) and offsets the bitterness a bit. Add to water. If leaning on tea, make it strong to a bit bitter to get the good medicine and just get it down. 😘
"Morning" meds... minus the ADD med because it's a stay in bed day. I'm sick again (womp womp) there is a nasty cold going around. Most of what I take are organic and vegan supplements. Not pictured is my magnesium, collagen, and my new supplement that is "chocolate flavored" those are all powders I mix into water. I'm seeing so much improvement in my over all health... fighting everyday to get my Hoshimotos under control. Hopefully my immune system will catch up soon. I currently can't take otc cold meds so I make my own... also not pictured.
Chickweed, Dandelion leaf, Arugula and Parsley pesto with almonds, lemon, garlic and the usual olive oil and pecorino I love. So good spooned over goat cheese and added to soups, salads, pizza, warm sticky rice with eggs - near anything savory around here ♥️ Still so much to nibble on out there even with hard frosts. Chickweed is amazingly resilient and resonant with the maiden within the feminine healing trifecta of Maiden (Chickeed) - Mother (Motherwort) - Crone (Mugwort). But there is a Queen journey sometime after the Mother in there that calls for honoring these days. For the record, my Queen loves this pesto🌱 what plant jumps up for you when considering the Queen archetype?
More immunity elixir in the works! Thank you to these strong allies for their support - elder, rose, astragalus, lomatium, and schisandra. After simmering the plant material in water, I strained and pressed out the liquid and added brandy and honey as preservatives. I don't want to be without this elixir on hand this winter!
Chamomile🌼, lemon balm🍋, holy basil🍃, and cinnamon💥 are among the best herbs for curbing anxiety😰. Learn how to make a calming tincture to reduce feelings of worry🙏💚.
🌼 Chamomile has anxiolytic and antidepressant properties.
🍋 Lemon balm also calms the nervous system.
💥 Cinnamon is an anxiolytic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
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Tincturing ashwagandha root! I got a late start on the garden where I planted these this year, so they didn't grow as large as roots I've grown in the past, but I can still feel their power from working wlith them throughout the medicine making process. They smell spicy and strong, and as I connected to them before harevsting and dug, washed, and cut them I could feel their medicine in action. Calling in strength, resiliency, and support. Recognizing the Ayurvedic tradition as the source of knowledge of this plant. In these stressful, violent times, may ashwagandha be a resource.
hawthorn was calling to me last night. i have so much i need to replenish and rebalance and restrengthen after seven and a half consecutive years of being pregnant and/or nursing... more on that later.
we woke up around seven this morning, i rallied the kids and we hit the road to the mountain before nine. hiked around, found the common hawthorn, gathered as much as we could and made it to family yoga by 11, whew! it will take me DAYS to finish processing these (de-stem & dry), but there is just that kind of magic in collecting your own medicine ✨
My new obsession is Chamomile-Lavender lattés with oatmilk. Keeps the cranks away.... mostly🙄
1 tsp Dried Chamomile, a pinch of dried Lavender flowers steeped in 2/3 cup water for JUST 10 minutes (it will get bitter if longer- which if that’s your pleasure -do it up). Heat milk on the stove & add to fill up your mug the add raw honey/ sweetener to taste & drink up! #drinkyourmedicine#kitchenwitch
🌿It is said that at Samhain the veil that separates the worlds is at its thinnest. I wonder though for the veil seems always thin these days. And when thin, our world, the world of Other, and that of the Dead, blend as one. It’s a night of wonder and magic should one set their heart on opening the door to honor Death as well as the Birth it feeds. On this night, around 10/31-11/1, the Old Crone, the Elder, the Ancient One, rises up to strip the leaves from the trees and hasten the decay of detritus of flesh and soul of the year so that it may feed the new life to come. We can also ask Her for help in lifting the unwanted aspects of our personal year away, so that these too might be composted into understanding and healing. And yet, even on the darkest night of Samhain, when our minds turn to face the truth of our own mortality and catch a glimpse of our own rotting soul flesh... if we listen carefully, we can hear the sound of a new-born child crying for its Mother. It travels on the wind and fills us with the knowing that soon it will be Winter Solstice, and the Wheel of Life will turn once more. 🌿
The Elder Tree holds keys to honoring this Birth-Death-Birth rhythm. These keys are woven through the gnarled roots and arching branches to the fragrant flowers and magenta drips from each tiny berry to create a gateway. Every part of Elder’s flesh as root, bark, leaf, flower, and berry houses medicine with some parts so potent to the point of becoming a poison depending on how one doses. There’s medicine in poison too. 🌿
Leaning in means listening to more than the Elderberry Syrup craze we currently see. There is more. Elder shares more. 🌿
Monthly Herbal Council at ElderMoon School - live, recorded, and archived 🌿details in profile 🌿 the medicine and magic of Elder in Honoring Birth & Death 🌿
I loved seeing so many thoughts and questions about fire cider! There is too much to my complete medicine making process and too much to fire cider to put it all into one little post, but here is some more info! Fire cider can include a wide variety of immune boosting/antimicrobial/circulatory/etc. medicinal/culinary plants, which are then chopped and let to sit covered in a mix of apple cider vinegar and and honey (I use around a 4:1 ratio, but you can adjust as you'd like) for a month. You then strain out the liquid and sip, add honey to taste, and then use it in salad dressings and foods, or take dropperfuls (or shots!) as needed to ward off illness, strengthen the immune system, and call in boundaries. Onions, garlic, horseradish, and hot peppers are classic ingredients, and you can also add ginger, tumeric, citrus, pomegranate, rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, rose hips, gogi berries, schisandra berries, and so many other amazing medicinals! Each time I make it my recipe is a bit different, just based on what I have and what calls to me. I didn't go out and buy any of the ingredients I used for the fire cider in this picture, it was all just what I happened to have in stock. I've been to some beautiful fire cider gatherings where everyone brings some ingredients and we co-create some good medicine. Then of course there is blessing the ingredients, infusing the fire cider with energy, setting intentions, and honoring connection to the Earth. What do you put in your fire cider? What is your tradition?
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Rue 💫Ruta graveolens 💫the leaves have a smell so unique and unforgettable. While I work more with Rue for women, there is a strong weave of stories around helping royalty plagued with parasites. Yes this is true. And my distant family tells stories and share a Rue cake recipe made with potatoes for spring and fall clearing of the gut for this very same reason. But I’m moved more by how Rue supports a woman to open for release from the womb. The action being to soften the os, the opening in the cervix, which is directly wired neurologically to our central nervous system. So whether it’s to support early labor, to ease premenstrual tension that delays our bleeding or to support release of any kind from our womb physically or emotionally, Rue supports. It’s stronger than most so a little bit works fast and deep. Higher doses even faster and deeper. Labeled an abortafacient means this is not for pregnant (unless to encourage labor as short term support) or breastfeeding women. But for the rest, yes, think softening. Opening. Releasing. We carry some hard stories in the pelvis and womb. Some we’d rather not work. But with every birth, every miscarriage, every abortion, every bleed, and every cycle with the Moon, the stories are stirred. Body and soul seek release to renew. Think soften. Opening. Releasing. Understanding. Rue supports through all phases of being woman. I mix a few sprigs within a tea pot of Red Raspberry leaf, Roses, and Jasmine flowers if I have when I know easing the intensity of the West of our cycle, the premenstrual time, is what’s needed. It doesn’t matter if you bleed or not. We cycle. Always. Rue supports softening towards where we know we need to go. No brakes or accelerations. Just a neutral coasting with softening. Always. Tincture can be taken in 5-10 drop doses added to water or other herbal tea if you find it hard to find. I do. Most dried Rue I see looks anemic so I dry my own. Fresh tincture is easy and we have this in the apothecary. 💫link in profile 💫 Love Rue Always. 🙏
Who’s skin is begging for a luscious cream? (Hand raised!) With reports of snow just two hours North and the wood stove started up ❤️🙏❤️ and there’s such love and gratitude for this but holy holy holy, the skin starts demanding some extra care. Calendula Creams and Rosemary Avocado Creams are getting whipped up already. This old way of skin care is efficient for a little goes a long way and all chemically sensitive people can breathe a sigh of relief. All edible pure simple goodness with Olive and Safflower oils infused with fresh herbs, water, beeswax, and a touch of pure essential oils - that’s it. 💫 link in profile 💫 small batch here means no sitting on a shelf. They’re made to order my friend ♥️ did I mention it’s great on wet hair to moisturize and dry hair to tame if you choose too and whole body massage before sliding into the bath. 😘
This is me being an irresponsible herbalist. Look at all of the medicines I've made without labeling them!! This is not a good practice, and I'm hoping to let go of this pattern. It is important to label every medicine with all the plants it contains, the menstruum, and the date it was made. I also like to add the locations where I sourced the plant, any specific blessings I gave it, and any other meaningful information. I do still remember this info for all my jars, but I need to not rely on my memory, because it's a great loss if I forget and can't identify what I've made! Hold me accountable - if you see me making medicine without labels, tell me I know better! Off to make some labels....
Plants who need winter tending inside with us have been brought in with much work and a whole lot of laughter today. It’s stressful for them, just like us. We do our best to soften the edges for them.
So we added two Bay trees to our family last spring bc I make a Bay After Shave for some 20 years that is just out of this world better with 💫fresh💫leaves. And we cook up a storm here and love the leaves fresh for food. I hope to have more Bays all lined up in my living room and taller than me one day. I’ve met a few like that and they are so majestic and stunning to be near. Bay has much history in the magical incense making world too and is added to loose blends we craft from time time. The two new ones here have tripled in size since spring while out with the Bees all season.🌱🙏🌱
Here is the first time ever for me hearing the voice of Bay Tree once hooked up to the ‘Music of the Plants’ device. I knew Bay would take to it fast. Some need time and learn. Some just won’t. Some practice the scales for a while, like Burdock. And others, like the Elder and Lilac here, are masters from the start. 🙏
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