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He saw the gardens of her soul ... Wild, unruly and blooming like crazy. And he fell in love with the scent of her survival.                                                                                                                                  - Alfa Holden

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Wild Garden Love

I'm really a fall/winter person which is one of the reasons I love living in the mountains of Western NC.  Though in the last few years, spring has brought a new found sense of awareness and love for my garden. Once upon a time, we planted veggies and some culinary herbs but that was years ago. Soon after my housemate moved out, I discovered I'm not really a great solo gardener as I tend to lack the time and motivation it takes to cultivate those well maintained and manicured gardens you see about town. When I talk about my garden, I always giggle a bit when I say "garden" because mine is a wild garden; somewhat organized, lush (slightly overgrown) and brimming with possibility.

 

Last spring, I was blessed with a few wilds growing naturally in my yard. I became fully immersed in the benefits of purple dead nettle, plantain and dandelion. I brewed teas, tinctures, salves and oxymels. This spring, I discovered I have 46 wild growing medicinal herbs/plants growing in my yard. Having been here for 4 years with the last tenants before me having been here for 10 years, I can accurately say no pesticides have been used on this land for at least the last 14 years and I am so grateful I can work with these natural medicinals in making my favourite butters, elixirs, syrups and salves.

 

There's so many laws governing herbal body products, it's doubtful I will ever create a full fledged herbal business. My eyes tend to roll when people talk about how you can't say your product is organic (even though it is) or how you can't proclaim something works (even though it does). So for now, I will continue to gift my creations to my friends and as always, gratefully accept donations.

 

Here's a sample of what's steeping, brewing and happening in my homegrown apothecary.

Comfrey Salves

Comfy Salve

Olive oil infused with comfrey, tulsi basil, poke root, plantain, lavender buds, and roses. Works great for all general bone, muscle, tendon related issues. Relieves dry skin, insect bites, surface scratches, bumps & bruises and inflammation.

 

Ingredients: Beeswax, kokum butter,  cocoa butter and coconut oil. Essential oils of frankinsense & lavender. Contains 1 moonstone crystal to further promote healing.

Suggestions: Apply as needed for any pain affecting bones, muscles and tendons. Relieves dry skin, insect bites, surface scratches, bumps & bruises, blemishes and inflammation. Not recommended for infected or open wounds.

 

Notes: Sustainably sourced, all natural, no chemicals

Whipped Body Butters

A Walk in the Woods Body Butter

 

Think leisurely woodsy walks and carefree days filled with sunshine, love and friendship.

 

Ingredients:

Cocoa butter, coconut oil, Kokum butter, Shea butter; essential oils of sage, lavender, and bergamot

Suggestions: Apply as needed to moisturize dry skin

 

Notes: Sustainably sourced, all natural, no chemicals

Deep Salve

Olive oil infused with comfrey, tulsi basil, poke root, plantain, chili peppers, black pepper corns and peppermint. Works great for all general bone, muscle, tendon related issues, bumps & bruises and inflammation.

 

Ingredients:

Beeswax, kokum butter,  cocoa butter and coconut oil. Essential oils of eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, cinnamon leaf and arnica. Contains 1 moonstone crystal to further promote healing.

Suggestions: Apply as needed for any pain affecting bones, muscles and tendons. Not recommended for freshy shaved areas, infected or open wounds.

 

Notes: Sustainably sourced, all natural, no chemicals

Assorted Sundries

  • Tinctures

  • Oxymels

  • Vinegars

  • Infusions

  • Syrups

Aphrodisiac Elixirs

Crave Elixir

 

Crave is citrusy with notes of lemon and orange blossom. It's sweet and sexy like playing footsies under the table while flipping through the Sunday morning paper, stolen glances and giggles over dishes, and how slow dancing in the kitchen leads you back to bed for that sweet morning tussle. 

 

Ingredients:

Wildflower honey infused with herbal base of (Lemon Balm, Skullcap, Rose, Schisandra, Maca root, Rosehips, Reishi mushroom); brandy herbal tincture infused with Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Gotu Kola, Rhodiola). Orange Blossom water, Vanilla extract, Lemon extract. Contains 1 carnelian crystal for that added boost of sexy love!

Dosage: 3 dropperfuls. Take throughout the day to get back to that happy, lovin' feeling.

 

Notes: Sustainably sourced, all natural, no chemicals

Rapture Elixir

 

Rapture is cacao based with notes of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and rose. This one will have you sending seductive texts to your lover with hints of fantasies you always secretly desired. This is the one that turns "How was your day?" into unbridled passion where you can't even make it to the bedroom and end up on the living room floor.

 

Ingredients:

Wildflower honey infused with herbal base of (Dong Quai, Schissandra, Rhodiola, Damiana, Maca root, Rose, Rosehips, Reishi mushroom); brandy herbal tincture infused with Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Gotu Kola, Rhodiola). Rose water, Vanilla extract, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger,  Cacao. Contains 1 carnelian crystal for that added boost of sexy love!

Dosage: 3 dropperfuls. Take throughout the day to get back to that seductive, sensual feeling.

 

Notes: Sustainably sourced, all natural, no chemicals

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