Weed Love : Red Root

May 15, 2019 by Micah  
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For this edition of Weed Love, I’m looking a bit outside our own property for inspiration- but what inspiration I found in our area as Spring finally arrives!
These beautiful flowers are Red Root, also known as California Lilac, or botanically, Ceanothus. They come in many forms, from ground-hugging shrubs to graceful small trees, and for [...]

Weed Love : Calendula

February 4, 2019 by Micah  
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As always, this edition of weed love was inspired by the plant itself- specifically, a lovely, fiery orange bright spot in my otherwise sleeping garden.
In my research about Calendula, I found that its name is taken from the word “calendar”, since the flowers bloom year-round in all months. So, perhaps the little bit of welcome [...]

Weed Love : Red Clover

October 25, 2018 by Micah  
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As I get older and my hormonal balance shifts, I’ve been looking for supportive herbs and Spagyrics to make the transition as gracefully as possible. I eat well, exercise and do yoga, and live a relatively stress-free life, so I’m in a good position to help my body find its own balance with just a [...]

Weed Love : Yarrow

July 21, 2018 by Micah  
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There are many reasons to love Yarrow- its beauty, its tough and easy-to-grow nature, the beneficial insects it attracts, and its medicinal properties and healing versatility. My love for Yarrow is simpler and more sentimental- to me, it is the herb of camping, and the clean smell of its leaves brings me back to many [...]

Usnea : Healing Symbiosis

October 8, 2017 by Micah  
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Here in the Northwest, our local forests have many evergreens, which are beautifully green year-round, along with an abundance of Alders. Alder trees are deciduous, green in the summer and leafless in the winter, without much autumn show in between. As they lose their leaves this time of year, though, I can see that they [...]

Flight : Witches on Brooms

October 4, 2017 by Micah  
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This time of year, we see many Hallowe’en decorations showing the classic witch figure, hunched over a bubbling cauldron of flying ointment, or crossing the skies on her broom. Most of these images are fanciful and fun, and part of the ritual of the season. But there is some interesting truth to the legendary flying [...]

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 [...]

Featured Spagyrics : Helper Herbs

March 14, 2016 by Micah  
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Coming up on the Equinox, we have been meditating on ideas of balance- between night and day, light and dark, Sun and Moon, and the different healing effects that herbs can give us. Some of these complementary Spagyrics are discounted for our Equinox sale, but getting that list together brought up a few other herbs [...]

Spring Sale : Clearing Energy (ended 7/28/13)

March 4, 2013 by Micah  
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Note that this sale has expired; we’re leaving the post up so that the information about these Spagyrics is available. To see what’s currently on sale, click here.
Spring cleaning is a multicultural ritual, traditional around the world [...]

New Spagyrics : Solomon’s Seal & Goat’s Rue

March 5, 2012 by Micah  
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We’ve been busy in our lab the last few months, creating new Spagyrics of some herbs we’ve long wanted to explore and share with you. There’s a new Vervain Initiatic, which has its own article here, and Spiritualized Essences of Solomon’s Seal and Goat’s Rue.
Solomon’s Seal is a beautiful plant of the deep forests of [...]

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