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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P. S. Keep reading for a special Early Moon discount! 

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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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Source of Strength : Herbs for Birthworkers

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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!

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::right now::

Right now, I am…

:: celebrating my love’s graduation from midwifery school!

:: settling in to life in California – the fourth state the Apothecary has been in over the past year and a half.

:: excited about the Olympics (woohoo!) and the fact that they taking place during the season of Lughnasadh – a Celtic harvest festival involving games of skill and competitions in honor of the Goddess Tailtiu.

:: recognizing moments of pause and … pausing … in them.

:: loving the clever ones who support the Apothecary.  Get a sneak peak of just what an Apothecary package looks like at Daily Nuggets.

:: relishing escapes to magickal cabins in the Vermont woods.

puppy on his favorite chair complete with socks on the arm.

:: thinking about how it is that the Apothecary puppy has been with us for one whole year!  We rescued him down in Austin and he was gracious enough to welcome us into his pack.

:: wearing a hot pink headscarf with a turquoise and white accent scarf.  Bright colors are food for my soul (and a great way to pick me out of a crowd)!

:: jumping up and down seeing our Essences in Sword+Fern up in Portland, OR.  See our little essences here!

:: considering the possibility of designing an e-course and continuing the Clever Hedgehog School of Herbology in an online and in-person format.

:: hoping for more hot summer days here on the coast – I’ll send the cool weather to the midwest for a bit more warmth by the sea!

:: feeling joy every time I step out onto the potted garden porch that I’m currently cultivating.  It has lots of Basil in it of all sorts of varieties!

:: reading The Compleat Herbal by Ben Charles Harris which focuses on the wisdom of herbs through the Doctrine of Signatures.

:: listening to Eivør’s Trøllabundin on repeat.  Seriously magickal sounds…

:: laughing at toddlers who know how to work a room and tear up a dance floor.

:: enjoying fruit!  Fresh, local, organic California fruit!

:: smiling at Sage (Salvia officinalis) and all the ways we’ve been spending time together – making oils, infused-honeys, and sacred bundles.

:: readying myself for the upcoming harvest season – some of the most enchanted times of the year for me.

:: loving the continuing adventures of Basil making new friends at the park.  He likes to wrestle with a Aussie-doodle named Cody, play tag with an Irish Setter named Lola, and has a grey twin named Jameson who he is just getting to know.

:: singing Lucy Love’s We Are the Stars.

:: brewing batches of medicinal honeys, herbal oils, and more tea blends for wizards.

:: sending out lots of Traveling Tea Parties!

:: working on the Apothecary’s first ebook!  Morning Mischief: Enchanted Herbal Recipes for Delicious Awakenings + Resolute Magnificence! will be full of remedy recipes, inspiring instructionals, and be full of colorful pictures as well as our unique design aesthetic that keeps this Apothecary quirky.

:: grateful for long summer days with golden light and seaside breezes.

:: wanting more sweet watermelon picnics.

:: wishing everyone a beautiful golden summer!

Where We’ve Been (And Why We’ve Been There)

Hiya!

Been a bit quiet on the Apothecary blog for a while and we thought we would give you a wee update on what’s been brewing!

First, we got a puppy.

He loves plants as much as we do.  We call him Basil.

We have new teas coming soon!  Pictured above is our new tea for children – Buzzy Blend – and we also have a new lightly caffeinated, deliciously cooling iced tea blend we’re calling Watering Hole.  We’re also developing some new products for the bath and healthy herbal blends for dogs!  And did we mention the Elixirs?  Phew!

Check back soon for product premieres and fall sales!

Owl Post! ~ Hogwarts House Teas Have Arrived ~

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We are delighted to introduce our new line of Hogwarts-inspired House Teas to those lovely Muggles, Witches, and Wizards who shop the Apothecary.  It is no secret that we’re fans of the magical world of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and have spent many an hour dressed up as Professor Trelawney and dreaming of having a copy of One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by former Hogwarts Headmistress Phyllida Spore.  Hopefully our new Hogwarts House Teas will inspire the student of magic in you! (more…)

Luxurious Locks: Herbal Hair Vinegar

Our Herbal Hair Rinse combines golden, raw apple cider vinegar with healing herbs that will help promote hair growth and beautiful locks.  Raw apple cider vinegar is an all-natural conditioner for the hair, aids in manageability of your luscious locks, and cleans the scalp of residue and build-up.  Vinegar is balancing and helps restore health to a scalp prone to dandruff and itchiness.

To use combine 1 – 3 tablespoons of our Herbal Hair Rinse with 1 cup water.  Generally, you’ll need 1/8 to ¼ cup of Herbal Hair Rinse per bowl of water.  After you’ve wet your hair thoroughly, slowly pour the Herbal Hair Rinse mixed with warm water onto your head, massaging it into your scalp.  Rinse and enjoy your majestic mane!

Our Herbal Hair Rinse includes the following scalp-nourishing, itch-reliving, hair-growing, highlight-enhancing herbs:

CHAMOMILE Matricaria recutita: Accentuates golden highlights as well as relieves an itchy scalp.

LAVENDER Lavandula officinalis: Soothing to the scalp and spirit while helping the hair to grow

ROSEMARY Rosmarinus officinalis: Prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth

PEPPERMINT Mentha piperita: Balances the pH of the scalp so hair is not too oily or too dry.

ROSE Rosa damascena: Nourishes and revitalizes hair.

BASIL Ocimum basilicum: Great for hair growth.

NETTLES Urtica dioica: Promotes the growth and regrowth of hair, reduces dandruff and helps thicken hair.

YLANG YLANG Cananga odorata Essential Oil

LAVENDER Lavandula officinalis Essential Oil

ROSEMARY Rosmarinus officinalis Essential Oil

Our Herbal Hair Rinse and other enchanted herbal goods

are available in our S H O P.