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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The Longest Night: Herbs for the Winter Solstice Season

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The wheel of the year turns deeper into the dark, bringing us to the longest night of winter.  The Winter Solstice is both a time of honoring the reflective gift of solitude and the distant promise of the seed sparking to life.  With this spirit we invite herbs into our practice that root our dreams into reality as well as warm us with the inner fire of the sun’s promised return.

So put on the kettle, prepare your charm, and welcome in the winter!

PINE Pinus sp.
Evergreens are sacred trees and remain green throughout cold seasons when other trees lay bare.  The needles of the Pine tree can be made into a tea and is an excellent source of vitamin C (more vitamin C, in fact, than citrus fruits such as lemons and grapefruit!).  Drink Pine tea throughout the day to clear up congestion and excess mucus.

ROSEMARY Rosmarinus officinalis
Warming Rosemary gives us the gift of a dry, Mediterranean heat in the long dark days of winter.  After a bought of sickness or a round of the blues, drink Rosemary tea to restore your body’s inner warmth and fire for life. Rosemary is very restorative to all of our blood organs such as the liver, heart, spleen, and kidneys, bringing back balance after a period of fatigue.  It is also helpful for a dispelling the winter fog from a dull mind.

VALERIAN Valeriana officinalis
A root of water and earth, Valerian is gently sedating, helping us to fully settle into the Season of Slowing Down.  Restlessness, insomnia, nervous stomach, and tension, dissolve with the use of Valerian.  My favorite way to take Valerian is as a glycerite, but it can also be enjoyed as a tea (even though we use the root, it should not be decocted since that would destroy its delicate volatile oils).  Mix Valerian with other herbs such as Mugwort, Anise, and Peppermint to create a potent brew for inducing visionary dreams.

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CHAMOMILE Matricaria recutita
A classic herb for stomach upset, nausea, and indigestion, Chamomile also supports a sense of peace and cheerfulness in the body through its nervine qualities.  Chamomile flowers are miniature suns and can be used in bath, steams, teas or made into an herbal oil to uplift the spirit, calm the cranky, and center wayward energy.  I think a jar full of Chamomile flowers is a pleasant sun-honoring addition to the home altar.

I also find Flower + Gem Essences to be beneficial at any time of the year!  The following are excellent deep winter wonders:

SAGE Flower Essence
The Winter Solstice is the cusp between the signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn – Sage is a plant of Sagittarius and its ruling planet Jupiter.  As a flower essence, Sage has an initiatory quality to it, helping us to ease through life transitions.  It is an excellent rite of passage herb and provides release to stagnating emotions.  For the season of the Winter Solstice, Sage helps us to express our deepest kept secrets in ways that bring us joy.

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OAK Flower Essence
As the Wheel of the Year turns from the Holly to the powers of the Oak, the energies of Capricorn begin to shine.  A tree of Saturn (which rules Capricorn), Oak is a great flower essence for those folks who struggle on even though they are exhausted – they put on a happy and courageous face, hiding their feelings, and never complaining in hopes of not being seen as weak.  While they appear tireless, they have only become rigid in a state of constant stress brought on by a need to achieve the next thing on their list.  An excellent remedy for Capricorns who tend to burn the candle from both ends (you know who you are).  Oak helps us know our limits and be kinder to ourselves by realizing that taking time to rest is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of intelligent strength.

HEMATITE Gem Essence
A reflective mirror of night, Hematite is grounding and centering during the hustle of winter holidays.  Hematite is also a very protective Essence and helps folks feel shielded from fears, especially those of the “lurking in the dark” sort of insecurities, teaching us that it is not the dark we fear, for darkness is beautiful and necessary, but what we perceive to dwell within the shadows.

Be well and drink deep the darkness for after the Winter Solstice the days begin to grow longer as we prepare for the burst of spring!  

Create your own delicious + fully enchanted recipes for the winter with The Winter Apothecary!

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Hematite Gem Essence is available in our Apothecary along with other fully enchanted herbal remedies for the wintertide.

Growing Bellies Oil

GROWING BELLIES OIL

An oil of SWEET & SPICE that SUPPORTS the growth of beauty, strength, and ever-present JOY. Use generously on your stretching skin and know the PEACE of changing bodies.

While originally formulated to support the changes of pregnancy our Growing Bellies Oil is nurturing to all sorts of bodies and they’re changing. Use after a shower or dry brushing to promote healthy elasticity in the skin. The scent of our Growing Bellies Oil is light and blossoms on the skin and a little goes a long way! Conveniently packaged in a glass amber bottle with pump, our Growing Bellies Oil is a delight to use.
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Flower + Gem Essences for the Journey : The First Trimester

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Over the next few weeks we’ll be exploring Flower + Gem Essences that are particularly useful during pregnancy, labor and postpartum (to learn more about what Flower + Gem Essences are visit our previous blog post).  The wonderful thing about Flower + Gem Essences is that they are good remedies that, by their very nature, can do no harm which makes them wonderfully safe to take during pregnancy.

Let’s begin by looking at the First Trimester.

Wow, I’m pregnant (!) (?) (.) (!?)

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Buzz! Buzz! New Tea Blend for Children and Busy Folks!

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There they go again! Our buzzy little bees are off on another adventure! Let’s help them land back down softly on the earth (or at least dock for some down-time) with our calming, soothing and altogether centering Buzzy Blend. We work with a lot of kids (whether as a nanny or herbalist) and appreciate the importance of children maintaining their equilibrium so they can explore the world in a mindful and joyful way. Buzzy Blend is full of delicious, nutritious and deeply calming herbs to balance buzz with bliss. (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.

Vibrational Medicine: Flower + Gem Essences

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Flower and gem essences are a form of vibrational healing that recognizes the energetic foundation of all healing work and that all living things are infused with energy. Flowers and gems appear again and again through the ages as potent healing medicines, often used in religious rites to alter the states of those present, to cleanse hearts, bodies, and minds of impurities, and to protect against illness and disease. There has been a recent renaissance of the use of flower and gem essences as a healing therapy, starting in the early 20th century with the work of Dr. Edward Bach and continuing to grow and flourish as a practice around the world.

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Iron & Amazons

As has been shown in previous posts, we love Medicinal Vinegars and all their benefits for our bodies and taste buds.  It is with great pleasure that we introduce our two newest products in the Apothecary: TOUGH AS NAILS Iron Vinegar & Amazon Brew!  Not only do Medicinal Vinegars make us feel good, but they make us feel kick-ass!  Join us in our tough-enough brigade!

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Herbs for the Road: Traveler Blend

It is always a holiday somewhere and so to say the holiday season is coming up is both a bit misleading and redundant.  We are terribly dedicated to leading no one astray – unless misdirection is part of the remedy.  A good remedy for when the wind fills your sails and you’re off on another adventure whether to a far off land filled with relatives or a forest full of gnomes, we’ve an herbal powder to help clear the way.  We like herbal powders for traveling because they don’t require a source of hot water to make tea, they are relatively compact, and are easy to take on the go!

Our Traveler Blend strengthens the body against fatigue, colds, and getting overwhelmed while also helping address common travel troubles of indigestion, insomnia, motion sickness, and allergies.  Clear roads and fair winds ahead!

CHAMOMILE Matricaria recutita: A classic herb for stomach upset, nausea, and indigestion, chamomile also supports a sense of peace and cheerfulness in the body through its nervine qualities.

LICORICE Glycyrrhiza glabra: For indigestion, inflammation, nausea, allergies, fatigue, fever, Licorice is also antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and an overall tonifying blend that supports the immune system.

CALENDULA Calendula officinalis: Antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immunostimulating, Calendula helps clear the body of infection and toxins.

REISHI Ganoderma lucidum: Antiviral and immunostimulating, Reishi is an herb of longevity and spiritual receptivity, calming spirit and mind. Great for treating insomnia, altitude sickness, and relieving fatigue.

ASTRAGALUS Astragalus membranaceus: An adaptogenic herb that is immunostimulating, Astragalus is also an adrenal tonic, antiviral, and helps the body resist invasive pathogens.

Available in convenient 1 ounce and 3 ounce sizes in our S H O P.

A Tea for Each Trimester: Herbal Tea Blends for Pregnancy

Consistency is good – and consistent variety even better!  When I began to create a blend to support the needs of a growing pregnant body, I created birthed three.  Triplets!  While each tea can be enjoyed at any time during your pregnancy, I crafted them to build upon each other and to address specific issues that tend to happen during different parts of pregnancy.  Budding pays special attention to building up nutrients in the body and relieving morning sickness.  Blooming brings in herbs that are especially strengthening and tonifying to the uterus, as well as calming herbs like Chamomile, to regulate and sustain energy levels.  Blossoming continues to tonify the uterus and also includes herbs to help bring milk and the development of colostrum.
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