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10 Must Have Items for the Winter Medicine Cabinet

10 Must Have Items for the Winter Medicine Cabinet

The season of our discontent is upon us. Illnesses. Maladies. Ailments. Cold. Flu. Winter blues. Since the beginning of time, plant medicine -- the art and science of using herbs and natural, Earth-based remedies -- has been the world's primary form of promoting health and treating illness. Today, many of us continue this form of traditional healing as intended, from the comfort and security of our own homes. The primary focus of building a Winter Medicine Cabinet is to treat those we love -- irrespective of the ailment -- and to create a sacred home environment in which all those who enter are encouraged, and freed, to experience their own innate healing power through the … Continue reading...

Frugal Tips for the Novice Solo Female Backpacker

Frugal tips for the solo female backpacker

Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you. ~John Muir I have become what some would call a bona-fide solo female backpacker. My journey began months ago when the draw of solitude -- and the desire for a raw connection to the source -- reignited my love for life on the trail. The act of backpacking solo, especially as a female, is often met with concerns of danger, risk, and difficulty...but it certainly doesn't have to be. While doubt, fear, and insecurity are legitimate concerns for some -- I have found that a woman who hikes alone... enjoys experiences most people only dream … Continue reading...

Herbal Pulling Oil: How to Make Herb-Infused Oil for Your Oil Pulling Regime

How to make your own herb infused pulling oil for use with your oil pulling practice.

If you haven't yet incorporated oil pulling into your natural hygiene regime... ...chances are, you have at least heard of the practice. Oil pulling has been used for thousands of years, and is attached to some pretty amazing health benefits! This method for oral hygiene, originated in India and is a fairly simple (I say "fairly" as it requires a bit of patience) detoxification process where you place a couple teaspoons of oil in your mouth -- ideally first thing in the morning -- and swish the oil around gently for 10-20 minutes before spitting it out into a trash can. In the beginning of the "oil pulling craze" I was a bit resistant to the practice. Now... ...I'm a … Continue reading...

How to Make Pinon (Pinyon) Oil and Salve

How to make pinon oil + salve

I just returned from a backpacking trip to one of the most magical places I've EVER been...Fossil Spring, AZ. In the plant world, this area of Arizona is known as the Juniper-Pinon belt. It contains such a unique collection of flora...in fact, most plants living here are known only to this region! And what an honor it was to share space among them. In just a few short days, I was able to harvest numerous plants (under the energy of the full moon as a magical bonus). One of the most notable, was the Pinon. What's so amazing about Pinon? Pinon trees were everywhere along the trail! They provided the respite we so desperately needed to shade ourselves from the intensity of the sun. … Continue reading...

How to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks :: And a List of Plants Commonly Used in Smudge Sticks

Make Your Own Smudge Sticks  And a List of Herbs Traditionally Used

According to countless ancient ways of knowing, all plants possess a sacred spirit... ...a spirit that goes well beyond, and vibrates deeper, than its physical constituents. It is this pure and hallowed nature of plants {and our inter-connectedness} that has led to their traditional/medicinal use in :: healing {physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual} cleansing {a space or our bodies} consecration guidance protection community-building altering, or shifting, consciousness religious ceremonies personal exploration Contrary to popular thought, the use of plants for these purposes is not a new idea...nor is it new-age, super hipster mumbo-jumbo. It is … Continue reading...