Welcome the sun, welcome the flowers and the crisp flowing waters that heal us through the hot days. Wildflowers galore, sweet juicy peaches and watermelon slushies. BBQ’s with friends and family, hiking to mountaintops, bug bites and sleeping outside-Summer in all its glory!
The element, Fire, is associated with the Summer season and with heat. The element is associated with the heart, pericardium, small intestines and related to the tongue. Emotionally, this element is associated with the mind and it’s stability. The heart is the “seat” of the mind and therefore, its highest expression is love. Enthusiasm, warmth in human relationships and conscious awareness. The heart Chakra is in the center of the Chakra system and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. When imbalanced, we may either lack joy (depression) or have an excess of joy (maniac condition). Fire is symbolic of maximum activity or greatest Yang; nature at its peak of growth, and the motion is upward. Agitation, nervous exhaustion, heartburn and insomnia are other indicators of imbalance in this area.
Physically, when the fire element is balanced, the heart properly governs and circulates the blood and ensures proper assimilation of the beginning breakdown of food in the small intestines. Emotionally, when the fire element is balanced, sensitivity and expression, true fulfillment and the equilibrium between heart and mind are our greatest rewards. Keeping the fire element in balance is all about nourishing your passions and allowing yourself to feel loved and be nourished. That is my hope with all these medicines-that they act like a portal for you to let your heart light shine.
I hope that your heart and soul find these herbal medicines supportive through the Summer months, and that they hold deep healing + love for you. These are gifts that mother nature so willingly shares with the human kind and I am brought to my softest and most heartfelt places of my spirit in sharing them with you. May you revel in the gifts from the earth with this seasonal Summer solstice bundle and feel loved. My passion lies in creating seasonal products that feature the plants truly in their essence of thriving as species to be honored and understood as beings of healing. These medicines were all made or selected with the season of Summer in mind highlighting some of the most abundant and joyful plants of this time of year. Enjoy these gifts throughout this time and may you find each one supportive and nourishing to you in many ways. All of the medicines in this bundle are lovingly wildcrafted or sourced from local & organic farms. This bundle includes- pine magic tallow balm, strawberry & milky oats shrub, Rose & wild sage mineral soak, fresh nettle & dandelion herbal vinaigrette, violet tincture and citrus blossom hydrosol.
We would like to thank our local farmers, growers and the land we call home here on Washoe land for sharing its gifts with us. A special thank you to organic roots olive oil, gray apiaries, shared abundance farm, ebb n flow herb farm, sunset ridge fine fruits and sonoma county herb exchange.
Pine Magic Tallow Balm-4 oz
Meet our newest heal it all balm that is healing and protective for everything skin related! When I started to dream up a new balm I knew that pine, calendula, and yarrow would be the all-stars of the formula. These three skin healing allies are some of the most reputable herbs for soothing the skin topically and together they are even more powerful! Blended together with nutrient rich local grass fed tallow, local beeswax and olive oil from our friends at Organic Roots Olive Oil. Soothe your skin with this gentle, healing balm made with local beeswax, sierra pine resin + healing herbs. Soothing to chapped lips, cracked hands & feet, minor cuts, scrapes, burns and rashes. Or my favorite Summer use for this balm is on bug bites, it is oh so soothing to the itch and helps to heal the swelling and inflammation.
Ingredients: cold pressed extra virgin CA organic olive oil infused with calendula flowers(Calendula officinalis), Yarrow leaf +flower (Achillea millefolium), grass fed tallow, wild pine resin (Pinus ponderosa) and local beeswax.
Suggested use: A little goes a long way! Use topically as needed on scrapes, burns, chapped lips, rashes, and irritated skin. The herbs and pine naturally possess gentle but powerful antimicrobial herbs for profound healing. This balm is also so nourishing to dry hands and skin. Try applying to dry feet before you put on socks or apply to hands as needed.
Strawberry & Milky Oats Shrub-8oz
Strawberry and milky oat fields forever! This one was so well loved last year I decided to make it again this year with the additions of beloved tulsi basil and fresh local peppermint. The strawberries are local from a small farm in Marysville and are free of any organic or chemical pesticides-truly a dream. I hand harvested the wild milky oats along the Yuba river when they were perfectly in “milk.” Milky oats are a supreme nervous system restorative medicine offering a big dose of calcium, magnesium and minerals to a depleted nervous system. May you feel nourished by this local strawberry and fresh wild milky oat shrub.
Ingredients: Apple cider vinegar infused with fresh sweet local strawberries and farm grown milky oats(Avena sativa), tulsi basil (Tulsi kapoor), local peppermint (Mentha piperita) and raw local wildflower honey from the valley we live in.
Suggested use: Enjoy 1-3 tablespoons, as needed in your favorite tea or water. Try adding a few tablespoons to some bubbly water with a wedge of fresh lemon juice or your favorite Summer cocktail. Milky oats are a favorite restorative tonic for the nervous system,offering a dose of magnesium & calcium, tulsi & peppermint are known to uplift the spirit and strawberries bring heart and soul love! Drop in and feel the magic.
Rose & Wild Sage Mineral Soak 6oz
Feel the love and power of love through the rose medicine as you soak in this lovely bath soak made with locally wild harvested herbs and healing mineral salts. If you know me you know I love baths so much I try and take one every night or at least get a foot soak in. There’s nothing quite like having some special herbal salts to accompany your chill time and make it even more of a ritual. I was grateful to receive some beautiful damask roses from Sonoma County Herb Exchange in Sebastopol, CA and the sage and mallow leaf is harvested with love and care from the land we call home. All blended together with rose hydrosol spritzed magnesium flakes to give your body a dose of magnesium-this soak is a little slice of heaven.
Ingredients: Magnesium flakes-Magnesium chloride, Sonoma county grown roses (Rosa damascena),Wild Checkermallow leaf (Sidalcea reptans)Big Sagebrush leaf (Artemisia tridenta)and a mist of rose hydrosol.
Suggested use: Add a few handfuls or desired amount to a warm bath. Soak, Relax and enjoy the rose medicine & magnesium salts as they deeply nourish your sore muscles & joints, and receive a dose of magnesium via the skin. Drop in and feel the heal.
Nettle & Dandelion Blossom Vinaigrette 8 oz
Nettle and dandelion seem to be two of the most abundant medicines I get to work with in the Springtime here in the Sierras. I am always searching for new ways to work with them and add them to herbal delights. I’ve been meditating on a vinaigrette for awhile now and Summer seemed like the perfect time to bring it to fruition. If you know nettles you know they are a herbal powerhouse of minerals, can support inflammation and are great for allergies, while our friend dandelion is a gentle but powerful medicine rich in antioxidants and nourishing for the skin and liver. Relish in the wild flavors of nettle, dandelion blossom and locally farm grown herbs in this delicious vinaigrette to make all your Summer meals a true hit.
Ingredients: apple cider vinegar infused with wild nettle leaf(Urtica dioica), wild dandelion blossoms (Taraxacum officinale), lemon peel, thyme, redmond's sea salt freshly ground pepper and nettle seed all blended with CA cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.
Suggested use: This is a great herbal vinaigrette to pour on everything yummy this season. Shake well and use as a dressing for salads, marinade veggies and proteins for Summer BBQ’s, or add a splash to your favorite veggies, protein or soup. Experience the magic!
Violet Flower Tincture-2 oz
Oh sweet violet, one of my favorite herbs. I search low crawling on my hands and knees harvesting this sweet blossom. Violet is also known as heartsease, helping to ease tension in the heart and chest. I feel an immediate sense of softness working with this medicine and it's safe to say it's one of my favorite allies. Internally violet is also demulcent which means its moistening to the tissues of the body, making it perfect for Summer dryness. Feel the magic that violet flowers bring to your heart & the soothing it lends to your soul.
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Ingredients: Organic cane alcohol,local mountain spring water, organic glycerin, fresh wild sagebrush flower(Viola beckwithii) and Violet flowers (Viola odorata).
Suggested use: 15-30 drops as needed for children. 30-90 drops as needed for adults. Can be added to water or tea or taken straight as is. I love this tincture in lemonade, agua fresca or bubbly water. Supportive to soothe the tissues of the body and ease the nervous system. Drop in and feel the magic.
Citrus Blossom Hydrosol 4 oz
If you've ever walked through a citrus grove in bloom you know the true power of the scent and how it immediately makes you happy. I experienced this once when driving through a citrus farm and couldn't get my mind off wanting to capture it in a bottle. The blossoms of the citrus trees are known to help soothe a tense and worried mind and help us get out of the negative mind loops. Topically the blossoms in hydrosol form also known as “neroli” are lovely for scarring, tonifying and healing inflammation topically. Enliven your senses and soothe your skin with this enchanting citrus blossom hydrosol.
Ingredients: Distillation of locally farm grown citrus blossoms made with local mountain spring water.
Suggested use: enjoy as a face and body mist or a room spray. Citrus blossoms can support the emotional realm, offering tranquility to a tense mind. It’s additionally known to promote skin regeneration and helps improve the elasticity of the skin. It can support all skin types and also support stretch marks & scarring. What's more, it also has compounds that may reduce the damage caused by stretch marks and scarring. Drop in and feel the heal.