Weed Love : Plantain

April 25, 2017 by Micah  
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Earlier this Spring, I was inspired to write about Dandelion and its connection to Spring and the Celtic goddess, Brighid. I really enjoyed talking about that humble weed, and so on a walk a few days ago, I looked around our place to see if any other weeds deserved mention, and I noticed the several [...]

Sale : All The Tastes (part two)

April 19, 2017 by Micah  
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This sale started as a simple bitters-for-Spring idea, but it quickly blossomed into much more. Doing inventory before breakfast is like shopping on an empty stomach- everything looks delicious!
Click here to go right to our sale page, or here for the first part of this sale- sweet, sour and salty herbs. Or, read on for [...]

Sale : All The Tastes! (part one)

April 19, 2017 by Micah  
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This sale started as a simple bitters-for-Spring idea, but it quickly blossomed into much more. Doing inventory before breakfast is like shopping on an empty stomach- everything looks delicious!
Click here to go right to our sale page, or here for the other part of this sale- bitter and pungent herbs. Or, read on to explore [...]

Brigid and her Dandelions

January 27, 2017 by Micah  
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This week marks the ancient Celtic time of Imbolc, the festival marking the midpoint between the winter Solstice and spring Equinox. Catholics celebrate the feast of St. Brigid during this time, which connects back to the more ancient dedication of Imbolc to the goddess Brigid. Candlemas, too, falls in this week, and as a celebration [...]

Flora and Fauna : Animal Energies in Plants

July 30, 2016 by Micah  
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In the distant past, humans and our ancestors were more tied to Nature, and that meant being closer to animals, both physically and in our understanding of them. The discovery stories of many of our most useful healing herbs list animals as the teachers of their uses, and even today, many herbs have an animal [...]

Connect, Act, Reflect : Working with Al-Kemi Spagyrics

July 29, 2016 by Micah  
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If you’ve visited any of our event booths, read the followup email after placing an order with us, or contacted us to ask about using our Spagyrics, you’ve heard what we consider the most important technique: take a moment to think about why you’re taking our (or any) medicine.
This simple pause for connection opens you [...]

Marking a Milestone

May 25, 2016 by Micah  
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This month marks 25 years in our partnership- a quarter century since Paul and I fell in love and started Al-Kemi together. It seems like hundreds of years, and at the same time, just a few minutes. As a wise elder woman once told me: the days are long, but the years are short.
When we [...]

Adventures in Sourcing : Antler Reishi

October 19, 2015 by Micah  
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Years ago we went on a quest. We had heard about an amazing medicinal mushroom that we wanted to work with, and this being the pre-internet days, we had to hit the pavement in person to find it.
All over San Francisco Chinatown we went, asking at every herb shop we came to. The answer was [...]

Amber : the Electric Fossil

February 5, 2009 by Micah  
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Revered since ancient times, Amber has been used in jewelry, medicine, and trade for thousands of years. Homer, Aristotle, Plato, and Pliny the Elder all mentioned Amber in their writings, and it was prized more than gold in ancient Greece.
Amber washes up from deposits in oceans and seas around the world, and the Greeks believed [...]