Updates, Specials and Little Nuggets

Wonderful people! I have made it to August and I have made many wonderful things for you.
I have a new set for August: a Fungi set!
This contains 3 items: a bag of dried Black Trumpet mushrooms for eating, a tincture of double-extraction Mushroom Blend (Reishi, Chaga and Turkey Tail) for immune support and a solid Black Trumpet scent–intense, woodsy and not for the faint of heart.This set provides an immersion in the world of Fungi for exploration and fun.
Sets are 30.00 and ship for 5.00!

black Trumpets!
black Trumpets!

@foragerstrong!
@foragerstrong!

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I also would like to announce a new line of restorative blends-tasty, gentle supportive elixirs for the body and mind.
Oatstorative: Milky Oats, Reishi, Scullcap
Rosestorative: Rosa Rugosa, Raw Cacao paste, vanilla, honeycomb
Florastorative: Hawthorne flower/leaf/berry, Linden leaf/flower, elder flowers
Chocostorative: raw Cacao paste, Milky Oats and Vanilla

One ounce elixirs are 10.00, or for the week of Tuesday August 5 to Monday August 11, I will offer four elixirs as a set for 30.00! (Please specify which 4.)
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Some other extra-fabulous elixirs I’ve got ready here are:

Blue Ruin, named after a Prohibition-era Gin drink, it’s a blend of fresh Scullcap, Blue Vervain and Violets. Relaxing!
Foothills elixir, Angelica, Roses, Orange, Calamus Rhizome, Currants, Maple.
I’ve got fine Rosa Rugosa and Rosa Multiflora elixirs made with my own honeycomb.

I’ve got Dandy Day elixir which combines entire dandelions-fresh flower, leaf and root-with fresh Oranges and chunks of honeycomb. (sticky, but in a good way.)

And of course I still have my award-winning Calamus bitters!
Just a taste of the apothecary, friends, I’ve got a vast inventory list and I’ll mx you up a special order on request.

Also, I will be at the IM4US conference in Portland, OR (www.IM4US.org) in September talking about bringing the JOYS of movement to the not-so-athletic and I will be at the Dandelion Seed Conference in Olympia, WA in October discussing Body image and why it matters to health care and Radherb convergence at Farmacy herbs in RI talking about niche herbal business and plant-walkin’!
Another class is in the works for me at the awesome new Providence Bodywork School in Providence RI, date yet to be determined.
I hope to see y’all there, and if you’d like to make an order go right to the source by e-mailing me: Fellowworkersfarm@gmail.com ( I use PayPal) or use this link to my Local Harvest store!

http://www.localharvest.org/holiday-special-order-3-tinctures-or-set-C23759
I thank you all fondly for your continuing support, it is my pleasure to share my treasured plants with you.

lavender fiends unite!

although i thought of lavender as being “too mainstream” for far too long i have sure changed my tune. yes, every crappy shower gel shop  at the mall, battery-powered aromatherapy diffuser and glade plug-in refill features fake made-in-china lavender scent. but let’s not let that crap ruin it for the rest of us. real lavender is nothing like that stuff, and it is very good.

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lavender, (lavandula  angustifolia and allied species), is in the mint family and thrives in sandy light soil in full sun, building up delightful and soothing volatile oils. originally from the mediteranean area it is one of the few plants i grow that does  not like to be very wet.  many people are familiar with the essential oil of lavender, and sure it’s nice but tricky to make and you need a lot of plant material to get a little of the highly concentrated oil.

i make a tincture of fresh flowering tops which is just super, so very soothing. to me, it is the definition of “balm”, a cooling energy mover and nervine . i love to use it as a digestive bitter-especially post-eating. the tincture moves gas and stuck digestion. it is also nice used as an elixir or dried in tea blends.  the elixir is very fun in a bit of seltzer before bed.

the tincture helps relieve tension, headaches due to tension and spasms, nervousness and anxiety. herbalist david winston gives the indication “stagnant depression” which i see often especially in winter.

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additionally lavender has properties which whack bacteria,  support teeth and gums and treat mild burns. it has become one of my top wouldn’t-want-to-be-without herbs with a truly broad spectrum of application which i turn to over and over!