Making Crafty Magic

Herbal Infusion Offerings

ABM_1388544381I spent New Year’s Day refreshing my selection of olive oil herbal infusions. Below, you’ll find a list of available infusions that are waiting to be used in a salve, lotion, body butter, hair & body oil or whatever else one can dream up. (On board are hops, rosehips and lemon balm…I’m just waiting on some containers to put them in.) They’re ready to use right now and available through this listing as a salve. If a salve isn’t your cup of tea, just ask me to use them in another product; I’m flexible. To reflect these new improvements, the ingredients in my essential oil conditioner will now include chamomile, nettle and rosemary infused olive oils because they’re fantastic for hair (I’m also using nettle extract too!). So let me know if you have any questions.

♥ Burdock Leaf & Root (Arctium lappa): acne & boils and skin rashes. *organic

♥ Calendula (Calendula officinalis): acne & boils, athlete’s foot, insect bites & stings, breast tenderness & sore nipples, diaper rash, inflamed skin rashes, nettle rash, varicose veins and wounds & bruises.

♥ Chamomile (Chamaemelum noblie): headaches & migraines, skin rashes and irritated skin. *organic

♥ Comfrey Leaf & Root (Symphytum officinale): acne & boils, fungal skin infections, healing wounds, inflamed skin rashes, stiff & aching joints and healing bruises & broken bones. *organic

♥ Dandelion Leaf & Root (Taraxacum officinale): acne & boils and nettle rash. *organic

♥ Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia): acne & boils, cold sores, canker sores, insect bites & stings, chicken pox and shingles. *organic

♥ Lavender (Lavandula officinalis): back pain, insect bites & stings, burns & sunburn, headaches & migraines, insomnia, neuralgia and stiff & aching joints.

♥ Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha): acne, boils, canker sores, gum problems and oral thrush. *organic

♥ Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica): insect bites & stings, diaper rash and nettle rash. *organic

♥ Peppermint (Mentha piperita): digestive headaches, eczema, nausea with headache, respiratory infections, skin pain and neuralgia. *organic

♥ Plantain (Plantago major): healing bruises & broken bones, stops blood flow, encourages repair of damaged tissue. *wild harvested

♥ Red Clover (Trifolium pratense): Used to treat skin conditions, normally used in combination with other purifying herbs such as burdock. *wild harvested

♥ Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): circulation problems, migraines, and tired & aching muscles. *organic

**Herbal info taken from The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants by Andrew Chevallier.**

Disclaimer: Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease or substitute care by a medical practitioner. All recommendations are believed to be effective, but since actual use of this product is beyond our control and can vary from individual to individual, no guarantee as to the effects of their use can be given nor liability taken.

Health, Wellness & Enjoyment

The good & the bad

Apothecarycircle registrationI’ve been excitedly looking forward to Laura Emily’s Apothecary Circle starting up since I signed up for it back in August. Signing up for the circle was my way of patting myself on the back for working my arse off in 2012. It was going to be my way of making sure that I practice better self-care in 2013. Thankfully the wait is over and the circle officially began at the end of December. So far, so good. I’m really enjoying what I’m learning and I’m enjoying the special community of women that Laura Emily’s brought together for the next 12 months. Here are the basics of what the Apothecary Circle is (taken from Laura Emily’s web page–the link is above):

Apothecarycircle preview
This is what the online format of the Circle looks like.

A full year of holistic living at your fingertips to earn your certificate in training for keeping a home apothecary:
*learn how to craft up your own herbal remedies.
*how to replace your medicine cabinet with fresh, gorgeous food.
*develop a foundation for abundant and vibrant health by engaging in our monthly group challenges
*dive into a buffet of e-courses and workshops
*read up on weekly lessons
*monthly tutorials
*and be surrounded by a gorgeous and thriving community of women, all desiring to weave some earth medicine into their own lives.
*and  if you feel called to, use your time in the apothecary circle to apply towards an accredited course to become a certified Holistic Coach, and more.

Here is the monthly schedule. It’s a 12 month experience.

Now I don’t know Laura Emily personally but I enjoy her blog immensely, she lives by the same principals as I do, the people I admire from my online community stand by her, and her classes and products are downright helpful to people. I truly believe she’s doing the world a great service. So it really got under my skin when I read her Facebook update a few days ago that said a family member turned her into the authorities because she sells dried herbs (such as lavender, mint, etc…) and tinctures–which to them meant that she was a drug dealer. So her business license was suspended, all of her products that she sold through Etsy had been confiscated at the post office without her knowledge (she tried to send me two packages, 6 months apart, and both had been confiscated–we figured they had been lost because no one tried to contact her) , and on and on.

I can’t believe the ridiculousness of all of this…oh yes, I actually can. Ideally, I would like to provide similar herbal services but a while ago I realized that even a highly trained herbologist cannot give any advice whatsoever to help people without the fear of some authority coming down on them–whether it be the FDA or the police or the lawyers. Is this really what this world is coming to? We can’t get a grasp on big pharmaceutical but we sure can do a number the life of a well-intentioned person who sells LEGAL medicinal herbs. Granted, there are dangerous herbs out there and individuals can potentially have severe reactions to even the most harmless of herbs. However, I have four books on my shelf right now that inform me of the uses and potential side effects of each herb. If you have an ailment and want to treat it with herbs all you have to do is go to the library, the bookstore, or search the internet. Herbal information is readily available and has been compiled for centuries because they have been used for centuries–and with good reason. Can you say the same for the pharmaceuticals they have on the market today? I just did a Google search on FDA approved medicines they had to take off the market because of their harmful side effects and it was a long-ass list. It’s just silliness and I’m very disappointed that our litigious, pro-corporate, nature-fearing society has let such a well-meaning person down.

On a happier note, Laura Emily isn’t letting this hiccup stop her and the Apothecary Circle is going strong so if you’re interested, the circle is going to be offered several more times over the course of the year (the next one starts in March). She also has some other really neat looking Accredited Courses on her blog and other offerings in her Good Earth Living Etsy shop.