The Lunar Apothecary just got better (even before it began)!

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We’ve had an incredible group of women join the Lunar Apothecary so far and I’ve been thinking about all the ways to make the Lunar Apothecary an incredible experience. I know that my own studies have been enriched by long-term connection with incredible folks and practices, where I can sink down roots, be vulnerable, be brave, and be present day-after-day, night-after-night.

So, my clever friends, we’ve made a change to the Lunar Apothecary.

It’s still an incredible twelve week ecourse for women overflowing with wild knowledge of lunar herbology…

It’s most definitely still a space for folks to explore the heritage of medicinal astrology in western herbalism…

Oh, and you better believe we’ll be working not only medicinal herbology, but plenty of magickal herbology, as well!

But we’ve gone ahead made space for deeper levels of learning and experience to occur! When you join the Lunar Apothecary you’ll have access to the private learning circle for ONE FULL YEAR!

AND… Any NEW material I develop for the Lunar Apothecary during that time WILL BE YOURS. No extra charge or sign-ups required.

Are you ready to answer the call?

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Herbs for Times of Tragedy

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Hiya, everyone,

Given the recent events in Boston, I was reminded that I have wanted to start a community conversation about herbs in times of tragedy. In my own practice I work with lots of folks who are recovering from various levels of violence and trauma in their background, so I have certain herbs (including flower and gem essences) that I find myself reaching for often. In general, I reach for adaptogens (such as Tulsi Ocimum sanctum) and nervines (like Oats Avena sativa) for dealing with the impact of trauma. I think Bach’s Rescue Remedy is an excellent in-the-moment aid and I usually keep a small bottle on me. The remedies I use range depending on the circumstances as well as when I use them, but Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca), Elder Berry and Flower (Sambucus nigra), Ghost Pipe (Monotropa uniflora), Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) have all been useful. For those who hearts are hurting right now, consider inviting Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) in as a tea, tincture, glycerite or powder.

For herbalists, street medics, birthworkers, social workers, and others who find themselves working on the edges, I always recommend knowing what plants are your allies – the ones who have your heart when things get really tough – and to develop a sacred relationship with them before the hard times come.

What other herbs have folks used? I look forward to learning about other folk’s herb allies and the way we support our communities when they are in pain. Join in the conversation here on the blog and over at Poppy Swap.

Be well, be tender, and reach out to those around you,
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The “G” Word: Honoring the Roma

I am reblogging this post in honor of International Roma Day! 

Today is International Roma Day which celebrates Romani culture and contribution to society as well as raising awareness of the ongoing issues that the Romani people face throughout the world. As herbalists, herb folks, herbal medicine users, and people who like Nettles, we have an opportunity to make our communities more inclusive, more kind, and more just by simply adjusting our language to honor a culture that many feel inspired by.

The term “Gypsy” is a pejorative and offensive word used to describe the diverse population of people known as the Roma / Romani / Romany / Rroma, depending on local Roma dialect.  While many folks on view “Gypsy” as just another descriptive term to be used to describe a situation, a person or to sell items it is important to recognize that words are the framework that hold together institutional racism. Words and their connotations are necessary tools of oppression, so they do hurt, they do matter, and they are worth questioning and hopefully dismantling.

As herbalists, especially those who practice Western herbalism, we have a particular responsibility to honor cultures that have perserved herbal knowledge through the centuries and that we now use today.  In my practice and devotional work with our plant kindred, I have watched how we become more like the plants we work with and the plants become more like us in turn.  So when there is a plant that plays particular importance within a culture or a remedy that is associated with a certain people, I pay attention to both the stories of the plants and of the people they are so closely intwined with.  There are many plants and remedies associated with Romani culture, from the mythic Queen of Hungary Water to “Gypsy” cold cures featuring Peppermint, Yarrow, and Elder, many herbalists have not only heard about these remedies, but make them as well.  What’s more is that there is so much romanticizing that goes on about Romani culture and the Roma themselves, that learning historical Romani herbal remedies can be a hard thing to do, especially since Romani culture is beautifully diverse.

As a humyn creature of mixed ancestry, I am particularly invested in changing the ways we talk about, around, and over Roma peoples, like myself.  In the United States there is not a lot of real information about Romani culture and it has been my experience that most Americans aren’t even aware of the Roma of an actual ethnic group, so sometimes it can be harder for folks to understand that Gypsy is a pejorative word used passively as a form of ignorance and actively as a form of violence.  For me, the foundation of changing language is wanting to more authentically describe the world and our experiences in it to better understand ourselves and each other.  So if you use the word “Gypsy,” I would ask for you to let it go, put it in the compost, allow it to decompose, be transformed, and fertilize your garden of knowledge resting in that noggin of yours.  It’s easy, honorable, and a whole lot of fun coming up with a new vocabulary to replaced outdated terms that no longer serve us.

Interested in learning more? I recommend the following article by Professor Ian Hancock. He is of Romani descent, teaches at the University of Texas Austin, and writes about the history of the use of the word “Gypsy” and why it is a term that is offensive and oppressive to the Roma people.

What’s In A Name?

As a final note, I hope that any conversations that ensue from this post are from a place of compassion, willingness to learn, and understanding that words hold power so we should celebrate that gift and use them respectively.

Opre Roma!

The Moon is calling, the herbs are singing, we’re sharing our dream!

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I feel grateful and awe-struck to be able to put this work out into the world and to invite so many beautiful and clever souls into a circle of learning and magick! I have designed the course that I was looking for years ago – a place to dig deep into the world of herbology, revel in mystery, take delight in our ability to heal, and embrace the enchantment of our lives and worlds.

The circle is forming, the web is singing, and the Moon is calling our names…

I hope to see you at the Lunar Apothecary!
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The Lunar Apothecary is for the brave, the odd, the curious, the moongazers, and midnight gardeners. Come if you are ready to experience a world of Moon medicine and magick, where we seek to know “As Above, So Below” in our herbal practice. If you are drawn to live your life by the pace of Lunar tide, recognizing your inner changes with the changing face of the moon – come meet us in the garden at midnight. If you want to learn to make herbal remedies and formulations both medicinal and magickal – join our circle. If you are intrigued by the world of medicinal astrology and its important legacy in Western Herbalism – sit down for a cup of moon-blessed tea with us.

We have space for you, clever friend, if you’re ready to answer the call.

Expect to work with lunar plants in new ways, incorporating the written and spoken word to better understand the influence of the Moon in your life, herbal practice, and medicine-making.

Expect to learn in a way that recognizes enchantment as a tool of healing. Whether crafting charms or brewing tinctures, both are given equal reverence and attention.

Expect to change and shift, opening yourself up to the cleansing and compassionate power of lunar herbology.

Expect to embrace all that is dark and beautiful, night-filled and starry, to fully experience the rich spectrum of a life lived not just for the bright expanse of day, but the healing mantle of night.

The Moon is rising – are you ready to join our circle?

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The Lunar Apothecary is a twelve week ecourse for ☾ women ☾ composed of weekly newsletters, pdf books, hand-drawn goodies, and guided meditations. You’ll be invited to join an exclusive online circle with your fellow Lunar apothecarians and I’ll be present to answer questions and offer weekly guidance.

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Weekly:

  • Moonwise: The Lunar Apothecary Newsletter
    • Full of Lunar inspiration for the coming week and guidance about the current moon phase
  • Guided Journal Exercises
  • The Mansions of the Moon Guide
    • Exploring the ancient Lunar Zodiac
  • The Celestial Wheel : The Moon + The Zodiac
    • Exploring the twelve signs of the Solar Zodiac and Lunar Herbology

Monthly:

  • The Lunar Compass : Nightly, Weekly, + Monthly Calendar
  • Herbal Moon Ritual / Amulet / Charm
  • Medicine-Making Tutorials (Twice Monthly!)
    • Teas
    • Extracts
    • Flower, Gem, + Moon Essences
    • Lunar Dreaming
    • Basic Lunar Aromatherapy
    • The Basics of Formulation

BONUSES!

  • o Guided Moon Meditations
    • Five 30 minute audio recordings of guided meditations including building your own sacred lunar space + meeting your lunar plant ally
  • eBooks:
    • Moonrite: Creating Nightly, Weekly, and Monthly Lunar Rituals + Celebrations
      • Developing a Lunar spiritual practice for yourself and your community, including a guide for hosting Moon Tent Revivals full of herbal magick + medicine!
    • Moonlight: Using Moon Signs to Guide Medicine-Making + Healing
  • Growing + Harvesting Plants by the Moon Illustrated Chart
  • An annotated bibliography for further reading and explorations
  • All the materials from the Lunar Apothecary are yours to keep and use and learn from and love forever.

Start Date: May 1. Space and sliding admissions will be limited, so to secure your seat at the circle sign up early!

Early Moon Special :
ENROLL by Monday, April 8 and receive 15% off
with the coupon code “EARLYWORTMOON” 

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