• Chia

    For years now I have been enchanted by the whimsical blooms of Wild Desert Chia (Salvia Columbariae) also known as Golden Chia, for the way the tiny seeds shimmer in the midday sun. In springtime,

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  • Chia Face Mask

    This uniquely moistening mask will breathe life back into your skin. Masters of conservation that they are, desert plants have a supernatural ability to restore suppleness to even the more tired of tissue. In the

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  • Cleavers

    Due to its abundance, and its admittedly obnoxious habit of clinging to anything that so much as brushes past it, Cleavers is regarded as a pesky weed by many folks.  But in reality, it’s a

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  • Blush

    This is one white wine that’s sure to make you blush. Just a few sips will get your blood flowing and inspire amorous sensations throughout your body. Don’t fret if you don’t have all the

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  • Rosemary

    Rosemary is an herb of optimism—of wholehearted hope, against all odds. Her sure and purple blooms persist even in the chill of mid-winter.  If you’re feeling dull, heavy, lethargic, or depressed, regularly interacting with rosemary will work quickly

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  • Blood-Building Syrup

    The blood is a living river of nourishment upon which all organs and systems of the body depend. While the health of our blood is not something modern peoples give much thought to, it is foundational to our vitality and longevity. Replenishing the minerals in the blood on a regular basis is a recipe for good health—particularly for folks who menstruate. We nourish the blood by eating mineral-rich foods, getting plenty of aerobic exercise, and consuming blood-building herbs.

    Nutritive herbal syrups are a staple in my home apothecary. Molasses is my sweetener of choice, as it contains iron, magnesium, calcium, selenium, and B6 which all need to be consumed regularly for optimal health.

    This syrup is one I always take with me when I travel and recommend to anyone who is experiencing increased stress or a period of transition. It tastes delicious, is easy to prepare, and lasts for months in the fridge. I recommend making the full recipe and giving a bottle or two away to your favorite friends who could use a boost!

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  • Solstice Rituals

    The weeks and months leading up to this day mark a time of waning light in the Northern Hemisphere — and with the lessening light, our own vitality and sense of hope often wane as well. Our ancestors, knowing this to be the case, took special care to fan their inner flames of vitality during this descent into winter. They intentionally courted the seasons of renewal that they knew lay still ahead.

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  • Piñon

    There is, perhaps, no other tree or plant that my life has become as interwoven with the Pine. Her changing gifts mark the turning of the wheel of the year–wood harvested in Spring, cured in

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  • Sun Tea

    Sun Tea is probably the simplest herbal preparations you will ever make, and also quite possibly the most wonderful!  In the Summer, this wholesome preparation becomes a integral part of my daily rhythm and an

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  • Yarrow

    The scent of fresh yarrow is one of the best that I have ever known. Yarrowsmells sweet in the way that butter, or a puppy’s breath, or a newborn all smell sweet; pure and good and wholly untouched

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