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pine resin, pt 2

pine resin, pt 2

This is the first batch of the year, of our lovely pine resin infused oil (with the cutest succulent peeking out from behind). I wish you could experience how wonderful it smells in here right now. 💚 This oil is made in very small batches, depending on how much resin I've been able to collect. It will be made into a very limited amount of pain relief salve. If you're interested in having some, let me know either in the comments or message me and I'll put you on the list.

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happy little heartleaf arnica

happy little heartleaf arnica

Happy little heartleaf arnica. 💛 I went wandering through the woods again this morning, to gather a bit of heartleaf arnica (arnica cordifolia) for making salves. Incidentally, arnica has saved me this week - I managed to pinch a nerve in my neck on Sunday and was in such great pain - the kind that makes you holler out. Had it not been for remembering that I stashed a jar of arnica salve in my bathroom drawer, I have no doubt that the pain would have lasted longer. Instead, I was able to get out & forage today. Our salve is infused...

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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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