Herbal Gang$ta

April 17th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Chinese herbs + gangsta = awesomeness. Check out their tumblr.

The Second Most Simple Essential Oil Body Spray

April 14th, 2013 § 3 comments § permalink

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An ideal Saturday afternoon for me consists of a walk, a nap, a cup of tea and playing with herbs! I was lucky enough to spend last Saturday just so, with lots and lots of herb exploration. I had a number of ¬†orders to fill for my herb shop which included making some body sprays. » Read the rest of this entry «

Cleavers out there in the herb blogs

April 5th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

Cleavers, Galium Arapine

I have cleavers on the brain. They are growing tall and thick this time of year in the city and in the woods and meadows. I’d like to share a few links about this awesome and prevalent herb I found out there on the interwebs. » Read the rest of this entry «

A Classic Chinese Herbal Formula: Gui Zhi Tang – Cinnamon Twig Decoction

April 4th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Even a Chinese medicine student knows Gui Zhi Tang is an really important formula. Gui Zhi is Chinese for Cinnamon Twig; Tang means ‘soup’ or ‘decoction’. It is named so because of the chief (representative) herb of the formula, Gui Zhi/Cinnamon. This formula is simple yet complex, and demonstrats the elegance of Chinese herbal formulation. I am not attempting to disseminate the theory behind this formula or its combinations, which I do not feel prepared to do as I am still exploring it as we speak, but instead will share a bit of my experience with this awesomely tasty and effective tea. » Read the rest of this entry «

Midnight in the Garden ~ Treasury

April 1st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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'midnight in the garden' by AuldNua


Woodland Hair accessories, Flower Headband, Secret Garden Headpiece, Floral Multicolor statement Fascinator, Hair accessory women - SchickiMickis
Hawaiian Jasmine, Patchouli and Amber Natural Solid Perfume - Cimbalom Honey Pot - Organic Exotic Pikake Fragrance - IlluminatedPerfume
8x12 After - f2images
Flower Portrait, 5x5 Photography,  Offering, Dreamy Pink Purple Flowers Print - ellemoss
No. 9903 - kariherer
Still Life of Flowers and Skull and Wasp Nest 10x10 - lucysnowephotography
Surreal Garden - 11 X 8 colorful fine-art print - StoriedEye
April Flowers Tapestry nature photograph - 11 x 14  yellow brown white pink dark background - GardenCapture
Iris High Waisted Geometric Color Block Panties Undergear Made to Order - undertheroot
flora print - britthermann
Ivory Roses with Black Tulle - RobinMacKillop
Map Paper Flowers- Wedding Bouquet-Fall- Home Decor- Party-Rose-Centerpiece-Paper Wedding Bouquet-Recycled - WeaselBees
Vintage Gold Umbrella Wedding Prop 50s to 60s Crystal Inlay Handle From Nowvintage on Etsy - nowvintage
Body Scrub, Elemi & Rose, trial size - lebotanicals
Badger's Dream- Print of original watercolor painting - amberalexander

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

I just wanted to share a a bit of inspiration from my main channel for {Western} herbalism at the moment, Etsy.
Joellen from the shop AuldNua curated this botanically inspired treasury. So many treasuries are made every day, hundreds? Maybe thousands? This one really stood out as conveying the dark, elegant beauty of a nighttime garden. Treasuries are a collection of items sold by the artisans, craft supply and vintage sellers.

 

 

April around the bend

March 30th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Two important changes are in store for April 1st for me. It is the beginning of Spring term for my grad program. Winter term is always the most difficult one of the year, so to start Spring term means I made it through the hard part… here’s to a new start and forward motion. » Read the rest of this entry «

End of March Blooms in SE Portland

March 28th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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It’s been a spectacular spring so far in SE Portland (all 8 days of it). Today was in the upper 60′s, sunny with a few white puffy clouds. The flowers, cherry blossoms, herbs and buds have been quite wonderful, too. Each day a new bloom is heading the show. Floral perfume wafts the streets. Bees are on the prowl for fresh nectar. » Read the rest of this entry «

Alley Wonders

January 5th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Poke Flowers - Phytolacca americana

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Camus River, Washington

August 19th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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It was a partly-cloudy, windy and warm Thursday. Off to the river with my school friends. We went to a place I have never been, the Camus river in Washington. » Read the rest of this entry «

My Favorite Neighborhood Empty Lot

August 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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Abandoned houses can be found everywhere. Bad for the economy, yes; but very good for herbalists! » Read the rest of this entry «

Eastern Oregon Adventure

July 30th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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Herbed Olive Oil + Color Study

July 12th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Color can tell us a lot. In just a minuet or two of observation, some subtleties about a plant can come forward. » Read the rest of this entry «