Wednesday, September 26, 2007

New Teas for Women...

...But a little bit of Nourishment wouldn't hurt Men either ;).

My tea blends are based on and inspired by Folk Medicine and a branch of herbalism called the Wise Woman Tradition which focuses on Nourishment and Prevention to remain healthy and to heal thyself. Interconnectedness with Nature and the Spiritual Realms is also very important. This branch of herbalism has its roots in the knowledge and wisdom of our Foremothers and Ancestors as well as being in harmony with Nature and its Seasons (changes don't only occur in the Wild, but in our bodies as well).

- WEMOON HERBAL TONIC is a nutritious herbal tea blend naturally loaded with vitamins & minerals. Forget about the synthetic vitamin tablets that your body can't assimilate...It's time to start drinking nourishing teas along with a healthy balance diet. Your body will thank you ;).
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7221204

-WISE WOMAN POWER TEA is a gentle blend that aims at strenghtening your body and balancing your cycle naturally.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7222668

Both these teas have been tasted, tested and approved by me...They taste great and make me feel good (healthy & energized) ;).

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Words of Wisdom...

"For years, copying other people, I tried to know myself.
From within, I couldn't decide what to do.
Unable to see, I heard my name being called.
Then I walked outside.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep. "

RUMI

Thursday, September 20, 2007

EARTH GODDESS CLAY BROOCH

Hopefully this is the first of a long serie of Clay Goddesses ;)!

I only use natural clay: white, red or black (a very dark grey in fact).

I intend to add more engravings, stones and even incorporate some pigments or herbs...Whatever my Muse will suggest. I will most likely make more brooches, pendants...Maybe some figurines too ;).

I like this design, it's both primitive and modern with a discreet charm. I think she'll look great on a jacket or a shawl.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7151894

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Alchemy of the Autumn Equinox

This is taken from Glennie Kindred's book "The Alchemist's Journey". As you already know, she is one of my favorite authors. I have a lot of books, and this one is one of my best acquisitions.

"...The Autumn Equinox is a point of Union and balance between the Light and the Dark, between Fire and Water, between the Yang and the Yin. We all have been encouraged to become disconnected from our Yin, the intuitive, "feeling" parts of ourselves, when in reality both our Yin and Yang aspects create the whole self and, if they are not blocked, flow in a continuous holistic motion of Unity and equilibrium.

...The Autumn Equinox reminds me to balance all parts of myself, the active and the passive, the known and the unknown, the outer journey and the inner journey, the seen and the unseen, the logical and the intuitive, the conscious and the unconscious. From this place of Unity new doors open, and new directions and new possibilities are revealed.

...At this time of the Earth's harvest, I look at my own personal harvest - what has come to fruition in my personal life, what I have learned from my experiences. I am aware that the Earth's energy is about to change and I follow Nature's lead, gradually closing down the outer world and opening up to the inner world, preparing for rest, regeneration and reconnection to my roots.

The Sun has ripened the fruit on the outside, and inside lie the seeds from which next year's harvest will grow. As I look at my personal harvest, I also look for the seeds that lie hidden within it, the seeds that I will nurture in the dark of the winter. It is time to gather my seeds, my resources, to look within, to seek wisdom in the dark of the year, to find renewal in rest and to explore hidden parts of myself.

I am learning to listen to my inner voice, to value and develop my inner senses, to trust my intuition, to follow my heart, to find balance and wholeness in myself, in my life and in the world..."

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Alchemille's Garden featured in September's Little Black Box

What is the Little Black Box?
The Little Black Box is the perfect place for consumers to try sample sizes of their favorite bath/body and candle products before they purchase from wonderful online retailers.

The next sample box goes on sale September 21, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. PST!

I prepared 3 different teas for the occasion: Amber Spice tea, Timeless tea and Love Potion...Which one will you get in your Little Black Box? It's a surprise!

http://thelittleblackboxes.com/index.html

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Organic Calendula

If you're looking for high quality dried calendula flowers, I suggest you check Mountain Rose Herbs.

I've been very pleased with their calendula flowers. They have a very bright golden-orange color with a strong scent that doesn't dissipate when you use them.

I just made a calendula infused oil today with their flowers. The oil came out with a beautiful deep golden color and a strong calendula scent...I'm really delighted ;).

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/ (or see my links)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Wild & Wise Collective celebrates the Fall

We've had a creative challenge going on and I must say that we have been very creative and inspired. Lots of colors and warm scents. We are all ready for the change of season.

Here's a little flavor of our offerings:
-Griselda from Awesomeart has made 5 one of a kind Spirit Art Dolls which make great altar decorations and conversational pieces.

-Madame Night from ShaktiStudios made a pair of "Druid Bling" Autumn Oak and Acorn earrings with beautiful earthy colors : shades of copper and green to symbolize the changing trees. Bronze Pearls that look like the burnished brown harvest of nutbearing trees, copper beads that kinda reminiscent of pine cones, green Bloodstones, copper glass beads as well as a beautiful copper Oak Leaf charm and an Acorn charm. Don't miss out on her ultraviolet handsculpted altar Goddess ;).

-Madame Piper from WhimsyHollow prepared a batch of Apple Jack & Peel handmade soaps. These soaps are symbolic of the abundance of the autumn harvest, the crisp and comforting scents of autumn... juicy ripe apples, warm grounding cinnamon and clove.

-Melissa from manicmagnolia makes us dive deeper into the Fall with her Pumpkin Harvest Soaps. Moisturizing and loaded with natural goodness: Pumpkin puree, goat's milk, organic honey and many spicy, woody oils.

-Sarah from lilithsapothecary wants to adorn and pamper us for the Fall. She made an Autumn Equinox necklace with glass seed beads, citrine nuggets, orange jade trade beads, swarkovski crystals, glass nuggets, bali silver, and silver ivy leaf pendants. As well as herbalicious facial steams and body polish ;).

-Juli from OzarkGypsyArt made a Folk Art Rag Doll with recycled materials. A wonderful creature ready to bless any space with his delightful presence.

-Madame Xiane from the House of the Three Ravens blended a Lunarsa anointing oil. A base of Safflower oil - safflower being one of humanity's oldest crops - Red sandalwood powder has been steeped to add a woody base scent as well as a vivid orange shade to the oil. Macerated with the red sandalwood is crushed Coriander seed, which adds a lemony-spicy note to the oil, and finally pure Red Mandarin essential oil.

-Michelle from violetroseherbals prepared an Autumn’s Salt and Earth Scrub. Blended with dead sea salt and sassafras, this scrub is a great exfoliator and detoxifies the skin. Sassafras root is a blood purifier and has been used for skin troubles. Apricot oil is a light, non-greasy oil appropriate for any skin type. The essential oils include bottom notes, such as patchouli and cedarwood, and are sure to calm the spirit.

-I have prepared some natural Spicy Harvest Soaps with organic apple juice, real cinnamon and cloves, a touch of rhassoul clay and a wee bit of amber perfume oil. The scent is gentle yet gets stronger under the shower ;). I also blended a Mabon/Fall Equinox tea with organic rooibos, apple and spices...Sweet, earthy, fragrant and aromatic. It's a Fall Symphony in your cup ;).

To find out more about our creations, please go to: http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_query=twwc%20mabon&search_type=tag_title&order=&page=1

Thank you for browsing.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

A Celebration of Fall

There is a creative challenge going on with my fellow wise women from the Wild & Wise Collective. We are celebrating the arrival of Fall through our creations. There are still a few days to go before the deadline but we already have some very nice items: soaps, jewelry and tea.

I love the Fall, it has always been my favorite season so I've been very inspired ;). I currently have 2 items listed: a tea and some soap.

*MABON / FALL EQUINOX TEA*:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6988619

*SPICY HARVEST SOAP(S)*:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6988996

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

TRIPLE GODDESS LOTIONS

I have a new line of natural lotions for women following the 3 different stages of Womanhood: Maiden, Mother & Crone. Your skin's needs are very different whether you are 15 or 30, that is why I formulated 3 different lotions with 3 different blends of oils and herbs.

You can choose from:
-THE MAIDEN LOTION with a blend of organic extra virgin olive oil and camellia oil infused with organic elder blossoms, organic chamomile, organic thyme and pesticide-free rose petals as well as organic lavender hydrosol. Recommended for women age 15 to 25.

-THE MOTHER LOTION with a blend of organic extra virgin olive oil and sunflower oil infused with organic lady's mantle, organic nettle, organic marshmallow roots and pesticide-free rose petals as well as organic rose hydrosol. Recommended for women age 20 to 45.
USE SPARINGLY DURING PREGNANCY.

-THE CRONE LOTION with a blend of organic extra virgin olive oil and shea oil infused with organic sage, organic nettle, organic elder blossoms and pesticide-free rose petals as well as organic rose geranium hydrosol. Recommended for women age 40 and more.

To find out more about these products go to:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6976318

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Vegan Friendly...

I will be offering a vegan version of some of my products. I discovered today a natural and vegan substitute to beeswax: apricot kernel wax. It's not a widely known product but it can be used wherever and whenever beeswax is needed.
I have already listed a vegan version of my Wise Woman Creams on Etsy, with apricot wax instead of honey and beeswax in the formulation.
I guess it can be interesting to use it in soaps too...I will have to try ;).
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