Milky Oats + Damiana + Ashwagandha Extract
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This blend calms an amped up nervous system caused by stress, overwork, too many loud noises, too much reading of the news.
Side effects included, for me, my body remembering where it put my libido, being able to be around people, and go to work at my busy customer service job without feeling constant overwhelm.
++1oz bottle, alcohol extract of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), fresh Milky Oats (Avena sativa), and Damiana (Turnera diffusa).
Here's what I wrote about this blend on Instagram:
I’m an introvert, and I’ve felt it since before I knew the word. I was late to start talking, and as a kid I was always happier with a book than anything or anyone else. As I grew older, I learned there are so many “types,” and ways to describe oneself. I’m an INFP. I’m vata (but kapha too). I’m a Gemini sun, Gemini rising, and Aquarius moon – all air signs. I’m easily distracted, anxious and super fucking sensitive. It makes sense to me that the situation most calming for me is quiet, outside in nature with my bare feet on the ground.
I’m also a barista at a very busy coffee shop here in Austin, and on most shifts I get to talk to hundreds of people. It took me longer than maybe it should have to realize that this is really stressful on my nervous system… I got to the point where any stimulation beyond that started to feel like overstimulation. I needed hours of quiet to ‘recover’ after busy shifts. I didn’t want to talk to anyone, be touched, or have anything expected of me. I couldn’t find motivation to do anything. I figured out that I need a little help to be a functional human, not to mention a good partner and friend.
“Astra inclient, sed non obligant” – The stars incline us, they do not bind us. I started thinking about what plant allies might be able to work with my specific issues stemming from these frayed nerves I am prone to. I ended up combining #milkyoats, #ashwagandha and #damiana. All three are sometimes called aphrodisiacs, but they are really among the nervine tonics and adaptogens that combat stress, fatigue, anxiety, and low sex drive that is caused by nervous exhaustion. (jim mcdonald has some really great and easy to google information about the energetics of aphrodisiacs..)
I find this combination in tincture form the easiest bit of self care and I take it at least twice daily. After a week or two of consistency, I found that my body remembered what a sex drive is and it’s wonderful. I shared this on my story recently and had such a curious and positive response that I decided to make it available in my shop.
Calendula Shea Salve
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Super simple, very healing calendula salve - calendula infused Texas olive oil, unrefined shea butter and beeswax.
Use this salve on any kind of skin issue - scratches, eczema or psoriasis, bug bites, rashes, cracked or rough and dry patches, discolorations, topically for yeast infections, etc.
Available in 1 oz tin because that was all I had on hand. More sizes coming soon!
(A note on shipping - orders of only one item rarely cost $8 to ship; I will refund you the difference)
Peach Leaf Elixir
Y'all, get this medicine while it's hot. Take this when it's HOT. Peach is perfect for summer, especially here in Austin!
Peach leaf and twig extract is so lovely when you're experiencing heat - like when all you can think about is how hot it is and how itchy you are from whatever it was that bit you. When your skin is red and reactive, when your allergies are acting up, and you are just plain irritated in all ways - peach is the cooling calm to bring you back down.
It can be super calming for your stomach if you're nauseous or if you have the kind of anxiety that messes with your guts. Peach extract can also calm the puking or dry heaving of hangovers :D
Above all, it is just very nice and pleasant tasting.
I tinctured the leaves, twigs and baby peaches in whiskey and the resulting taste is sweet, bitter and a little sour. It's slightly drying in the mouth but moistening to the body. I added a small amount of honey for its additional sweetness, moisture and soothing qualities.
Available in 1oz and 2oz dropper bottles or 4oz screw-cap bottle.
An herbal consultation is a 1-2+ hour meeting and conversation where we will go over who you are, how you are, and how you want to be. I will send you a form to fill out and send back before your appointment so I can better understand you and your situation. We will go over your current health and history and any concerns you may have.
After our conversation, I will create for you a personal protocol that may include herbal formulations and/or dietary and lifestyle recommendations to help you get to where you want to be. I will create formulations that will be convenient for your lifestyle.
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Calm + Cool Vervain Oxymel
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This small batch medicine is an interesting and pleasant blend of bitter, sour and sweet. An infused cider vinegar with wildcrafted, fresh Texas Vervain and Prairie Verbena combined with local-to-Austin honey. It's enough to send a shiver down your spine..shivering seems like a far away dream in the middle of a Texas summer when it barely dips below 80 even at night.
These two plants are long-used nervines, plants that calm down the nervous system. They happen to also be pretty bitter - a taste that is known as cooling and calming in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine models. Vinegar is also recognized as cooling due to its sour taste.
I like taking this in the afternoon when I feel myself out of patience for the heat. Or out of patience for other people who are out of patience for the heat, to be honest. It's real, this heat can be crazy making. This oxymel provides a nice "snap out of it" moment when paired with a deep, slow breath.
Available in 1 oz or 2 oz size dropper bottles.
Honey Hand Balm
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With the seasons changing, I have found that my skin is less excited about the drop in humidity than the rest of me. My hands especially get dry and cracked and my cuticles are a mess more so than usual. I wanted to make a super heavy, thick lotion to put on my hands before I go to bed, to soak in overnight. So, that's what I did - I combined olive oil infused with calendula and plantain (two big skin healers) with coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax. Lastly, I added castor oil and honey. Castor oil penetrates deep and honey heals cracks. I find this combination of deep mosturizers and surface healers/protectors to be delightful, and it smells so good I want to eat it.
Honestly, I just spend a few minutes rubbing it in around my cuticles and between my fingers and then throw socks on my hands so they don't get stuck in my hair and i don't leave much of a grease print on my sheets.
2 oz tin
Ingredients: organic coconut oil, organic olive oil infused with organic calendula & plantain, cold pressed hexane & paraben free castor oil, honey, organic raw unrefined shea butter, beeswax
Herbal Iron and Mineral Syrup
This syrup is a must-have for people who menstruate, especially menstruating vegans! If you find yourself achy and crampy before and during your period, your body is begging for minerals.
Best to start taking this a week or so before and throughout bleeding. A tablespoon a day, or two if it feels good and you are experiencing heavy bleeding fatigue.
This formula includes many mineral rich herbs, berries heavy in Vitamin C and yellow dock root. Plant based iron is not always easily to assimilate, but when it binds with vitamin C, it is easier for your body to absorb. Yellow dock root helps your body find and use the iron it already has stored.
The herbs are extracted first by soaking in a water and vinegar mixture and then slowly decocted to concentrate, then combined with molasses for extra iron, minerals and deliciousness.
4 oz bottle. Lasts 6 months.
Ingredients: organic yellow dock root, organic dandelion leaf, organic nettle, organic red raspberry leaf, organic oatstraw, organic horsetail, organic dandelion root, organic elder berries, organic hawthorn berries, spring water, black strap molasses, organic raw apple cider vinegar. Alcohol to preserve.
Elderberry Reishi Ginger Syrup
Elderberry is the medicine to have on hand throughout cold and flu season. It can be taken daily as a tonic, especially if it seems like everyone around you is getting sick. I take it every day because I work in customer service and nobody stays home when they are sick anymore (I see you, capitalism) and instead cough into their hands and then hand me their money.
Elderberry has been used forever as medicine and in magic. In modern times, the berries are mostly used for preventing and treating upper respiratory infections and for shortening the duration of a cold or influenza. There have been many human clinical trials testing and validating these historical uses in modern times.
Taking elderberry syrup at the first influenza type feelings and then taking it every couple hours (at least four times a day) can drastically reduce how long you're down and feeling crappy.
Reishi mushrooms (and all mushrooms) are radical magic and just might be the ones to save the planet. In humans, though, reishi is well proven to be antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral, antianxiety, antiinflammatory, liver protective and immune system supporting.
Ginger is warming, stimulating, delicious, and pain relieving.
4 oz bottle.
Organic elderberries, organically grown reishi mushroom, organic fresh ginger, organic cinnamon sticks, organic nutmeg honey, brandy, extracts of: dried organic echinacea, dried organic elderberries, dried organic cinnamon.