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i'm in love

i'm in love

I'm in love. In love with resin. In love with trees and their gifts & wisdom, in general. While I was on my hike through the forest a few days ago, I decided to take a break & sit at the base of a huge pine tree. I sat there for a while and just listened to the quiet; to the wind, to the wildlife around me. When I got up, I noticed there was quite a lot of resin build up on this tough old pine. So I asked, and then collected a bit of resin. It's like receiving...

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nettles are up!!

nettles are up!!

Nettles are up!! 🌱 I love this time of year; when the sun comes out, the days are warmer...and longer...and the sweet green leaves of plants start making their appearances. I went for a walk through the woods this morning and found a patch of nettles. It was a small-ish patch but I was able to harvest enough to make some pesto. But nettle isn't just good for pesto. We use it in our nourishing herbal infusions several times a week. We make (and sell) a lovely tincture, and many of our skin care products contain nettle infused oils & extracts....

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morning routine

morning routine

I think it's important to have a morning routine. Maybe even a ritual, if you will. Most mornings I wake up, splash my face with cool water and make my tea. A nettle infusion is made before going to bed each evening, so I strain that into my glass. Then it's time for yoga & meditation. It's important not to skip this part. It can be so easy to say there are other things to do. There's always something else you could be doing, right? But these two are KEY to getting into the right brain-space & physical space for the...

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i dreamt of red clover last night

i dreamt of red clover last night

I dreamt of red clover last night. Fields and fields full of this simple ally. So many people think of clover as being a nuisance...a weed...and they spend so much time & effort to try to eradicate it and other nutritious & beneficial "weeds" growing in their yards. I've never understood exactly who decides that something is a weed. With common grass being nearly the least beneficial thing you can grow in your space and serving no purpose to humans, how did we get so far from growing plants that can nurture & help heal us? It's still a bit...

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making pickled beets

plant based food recipes

making pickled beets

Lately, I've been getting a fair amount of emails from longtime customers about nutrition, overall wellness and "food as medicine" - so much so that I've considered offering some sort of Food as Medicine counseling. While that certainly seems like a logical step for me, I'm yet to figure out exactly how to offer that.  So until then, I'll continue answering questions through email and I'll be writing blog posts about these topics. This post however, is loosely based on the food as medicine idea.  I made these easy pickled beets a couple of days ago and they're so damned good...

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