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 [...]

Spring Sale : Old World Initiatics (ended 5/5/12)

March 1, 2012 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.
Inspired by our new Vervain Alchymical Initiatic, we decided to have a 20% off sale on Old World initiatic [...]

What are Spagyrics?

February 26, 2012 by Micah  
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To many of you, knowing and supporting our work for so long, that may seem like a very basic and easy to answer question. If so, thanks for paying attention all this time! But, if you’re new to our work, or would just like a better understanding of what we do, this question is a [...]

Tonics vs. Specifics : the Philosophy

January 4, 2012 by Micah  
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A recent conversation with some friends in natural animal care led to a deeper discussion of the idea of tonic herbs, and to questions and thoughts on just what makes an herb tonic, and what that means in practical use. The discussion was about pet care, but it’s a relevant one to all herbalism, and [...]

Shroomtastic : new Somalixir Formula for Immunity

October 3, 2011 by Micah  
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Shroomtastic is our newest Somalixir formula, and was inspired by my own struggle with seasonal allergies. In my research, I discovered that several medicinal mushrooms have shown the ability to balance the immune system’s mode of operation in a way that can reduce allergies, and Paul’s genius at formulation created this formula to help me [...]

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