How to Follow the Traveling Apothecary

Hiya, clever friends!

A bit of a housekeeping announcement today! As Google Reader has moved beyond the veils of the internet and may be reborn in middle earth as a plucky kid who will become the greatest superlibrarian the galaxy has ever known, we thought we would let you know where you can find us and how you can follow us.

Bloglovin’ is our favorite Google Reader alternative and you can follow our latest posts and site updates by following us there.

If you want to keep track of not only the latest blog posts but first dibs on new products and programs (including our upcoming Lunar Apothecary!), including exclusive discounts, blogs, and recipes, The Hedgehog Herald is a direct owl to herbal awesomeness.

Our Facebook page and twitterings are other ways of following not only our posts and latest Apothecary updates, but more personal stories, photos, and insights into the day-to-day workings of a modern, urban Apothecary!

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Source of Strength : Herbs for Birthworkers


As an herbologist who has been involved in the birthworker world for many years and is partnered with a midwifery student, I work with a lot of birthworkers in my practice. The needs of on-call birthworkers require herbs that hold a certain quality of flexibility and adaptability that reflect the often unpredictable hours and demands of the birth world. We need herbs to lend us strength when negotiating overculture systems of health that don’t always respect our holistic models of care. Or herbs that remind us to take care of ourselves in the same ways we compassionately tend to our clients. Herbs are excellent allies for birthworkers and when used conscientiously and consistently they can be very effective remedies.

First, a very quick breakdown of general self-care:

  • Eat Well
  • Sleep Well
  • Love What You Do
  • Love Who You You Do It With
  • And Love All that is You 

Assess and redress any shortcomings on the list above – always strive for surplus love.

We’ll begin our series of Herbs for Birthworkers with a brilliant group of herbs that are known as adaptogens. Adaptogens are herbs that help us to adapt – especially to stressful situations. Birthworkers, at our best, could be called the adaptogens of the birth team.

Adaptogens are fantastic daily tonics as their healing qualities are best experienced over a long period of time helping the body to find balance and build up its reserves of strength and adaptability. For birthworkers, in particular, adaptogens help us to be present by supporting flexibility in all of our body systems, which is needed when you’ve had three hours of sleep in the past 24 hours and you’ve just been called to your next birth. And you can’t find your shoes. Or the car keys.

Let’s begin!