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Botanical Oracle: Juniper, Juniperus communis

Botanical Oracle: Juniper, Juniperus communis

March 19, 2021

Juniper and juniper berries were one of the first plants I ever worked with as an herbalist. Juniper essential oil is also a great part of the plant to work with, and I’ve used it in many of my blends.

A lot of people may think of gin when they think of juniper, but the berries from this tree also has a deep-rooted history as far back as the Roman Empire (and probably even further back than that). They are also used in cooking, medicine, and in some cases, flavoring.

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#11 Recipe and Ramblings: Perfect Couple Spray

#11 Recipe and Ramblings: Perfect Couple Spray

March 17, 2021

This is a very difficult and personal recipe and rambling for me today. If you have been following the series, you may have seen that I am divorced after 14 years of marriage. When I found this quote, though I love it, it made me wonder if I had a right to use it, given the state of my dissolved marriage.

However, I am adding it to the series because over these adversaries {link previous blog}, I have learned a lot of great things. Now that I am dating someone new, I am consciously unmaking previous mistakes in this new relationship.

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Botanical Oracle: Marshmallow, Althaea officinalis

Botanical Oracle: Marshmallow, Althaea officinalis

March 11, 2021

Marshmallow is an extremely common herb you will find in almost every herbalist pharmacy. The roots, leaves, and flowers of this plant are all used in herbal medicine, and its use goes back for centuries.

At times, it has been used for medicinal purposes, like a stomachache, but has also used for enjoyment in sweet wine and even those fluffy marshmallows we enjoy today – though it is no longer used in your everyday grocery marshmallow. Usually, though, you will find this herb in a tincture or tea for gastritis, digestive disorders, or used as a mild laxative.

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#10 Recipe and Ramblings: Bitch Blend

#10 Recipe and Ramblings: Bitch Blend

March 09, 2021

For my mother's 40th birthday, my father gave her a gold pendant that said #1 Bitch. She wore that pendant probably every day to the day she died.

When I found this quote, I thought of my mother and her pendant and knew it would be a great addition to my Recipe and Ramblings series. Bette Davis’ quote reminds me of everything my mother taught me about being a woman in a man’s world.

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Botanical Oracle: Hollyhock, Alcea rosea

Botanical Oracle: Hollyhock, Alcea rosea

March 05, 2021

The hollyhock plant has a variety of species. The most common one is alcea rosea. The hollyhock plant is interesting because the leaves, stems, flowers, and all the in-betweens can all be used for human consumption. Alcea has been used to cure fevers, treat sore throats, relieve inflammation, relieve teething in infants, digestive disorders and wound healing.

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#9 Recipe and Ramblings: Hot Water Rollerball

#9 Recipe and Ramblings: Hot Water Rollerball

March 02, 2021

Eleanor Roosevelt has always been a favorite for me. She always advocated for women's rights even before they were called women's rights or society thought there was a need to advocate for them. I believe she is one of the most important women in US history. She had over 35 honorary degrees, wrote a newspaper column for 27 years, and was the first to include women journalists in the White House.

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Botanical Oracle: Lady’s Mantle, Alchemilla vulgaris

Botanical Oracle: Lady’s Mantle, Alchemilla vulgaris

February 25, 2021

Lady's mantle has always been used as a wound healer. This is a very common herb that you will find in any herbal pharmacy. As is stated in the common name, lady's mantle, this herb also has quite a few uses for females. It helps reduce heavy menstrual bleeding, aids menstrual regularity, and supports premenstrual syndrome. Lady's mantle has also been prescribed for certain female conditions such as uterine fibroids and endometriosis, and has been used in certain digestive teas and tinctures to support gastrointestinal issues.

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#8 Recipes and Ramblings: Shake It Cause You Got It Blend

#8 Recipes and Ramblings: Shake It Cause You Got It Blend

February 22, 2021

In 2019, I was awarded Business Woman of the Year from my local Chamber of Commerce. I wasn't really expecting it, but I was excited and nervous. I am someone that is more comfortable working in the background then in the forefront. So, when I found out I would have to go in front of a group of people to accept this award, I freaked! 

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Botanical Oracle: Rowan, Sorbus torminalis

Botanical Oracle: Rowan, Sorbus torminalis

February 18, 2021

Rowan, otherwise known as mountain ash, is a descendant of the rose family. The fruit of the tree is similar to dates and can be used fresh a variety of ways. There is not a lot of medicinal information on this plant as it’s not typically used in herbal medicine, but it is used a lot as a building material. 

These trees and shrubs offer birds, insects, and some mammals a great deal of food because their harvests are so plentiful. 

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#7 Recipes and Ramblings: Solitude Meditation Blend

#7 Recipes and Ramblings: Solitude Meditation Blend

February 17, 2021

There are pure blends in this series that will touch upon self-reflection and meditation. I believe that in order to be our best selves, we need time to get to know ourselves.

I have a friend from college that I hadn't seen in almost 10 years. The person that she was to me in college, was not the person that I had lunch with. To say that she had changed is an understatement. As my brother would say, she did a 180. 

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Botanical Oracle: Elderberry, Sambucus nigra

Botanical Oracle: Elderberry, Sambucus nigra

February 11, 2021

Elderberry – the go-to for the flu, cough and cold, sinusitis, gastritis, and other viruses.  Elderberry is thought to boost the immune system. But did you know the berries of the elderberry tree are poisonous until ripe? And if the berries are not cooked, they could make you nauseous.

As popular as elderberries are in folklore, it’s the flowers that herbalist use the most. The flowers are the powerhouse when it comes to fighting upper respiratory infections and viruses.

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#6 Recipes and Ramblings: Confident Trees

#6 Recipes and Ramblings: Confident Trees

February 09, 2021

Sometimes, in order to be the apple on the top, the only thing you need is true confidence within yourself. Confidence to succeed, confidence to love, and confidence to be true to yourself. That is what the Confident Tree Blend is about. It's about being confident in your own skin, even when you don't think you can. 

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