I am happy to be one of the founding members of the Portland chapter of Rapid Eye Technology. While I don’t practice Rapid Eye as another energy work modality, I do support some amazing ladies that do. We launched our website Rapid Eye Portland not too long ago and have just started offering classes on Rapid Eye and it’s principle Life Skills (see the events page for more info!). Please check out the RE PDX website for more info on what Rapid Eye Technology is and how it can help you and your loved ones with their trauma without reliving the incident.
This past Fall, we were fortunate enough to contribute a Botanica Apothecaria product to a good friend's Seasonal Wellness CSH (Community Supported Herbalism) seasonal herb box out of Sante Fe, NM. The theme of this season was Immune Health, so I made my take on the infamous Four Thieves Oil into a hand sanitizer spray. Have you heard the story of the Four Thieves? During the plague, a group of 4 thieves were looting the dead and dying of their prized possessions. When the King caught wind of it, he wanted these men captured so he could ask them why they didn't get sick as the they were robbing the ill. When they were finally arrested, the King asked for their "secret" in exchange for leniency. This recipe was written down and formulated into the Four Thieves Vinegar (in. Turns out the thieves were placing multiple aromatic herbs in the "nose" of their masks. As they breathed in the strongly antimicrobial herb blend, the aromatics of the herbs protected their own immune systems. What a fun collaboration!
Here is their Mission Statement:
Seasonal Wellness Community Supported Herbalism (CSH) was born out of a desire to empower folks to take ownership over their health and wellness through preventative herbal medicine. We wanted to create a venue for small herbal product makers to share their wares and wisdom about addressing the changing needs of the human body as it shifts through the seasons.
Inspired by the now popular Vegetable CSAs across the country, Community Supported Herbalism creates a symbiotic relationship between herbal product makers and CSH members. Members buy shares that support herbalists by off-setting initial seasonal costs to grow herbs and make products, while receiving items each season share helps members strengthen their relationship with herbal medicine.
As the seasons change, so does the body’s need for allergy support, respiratory health, immune strength and overall resilience to our environment. The Seasonal Wellness share is designed for folks who want to build their herbal pantry and gain a greater understanding of using medicinal herbal products.
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We had a chance to contribute a tea recipe for the zine, Protest Fuel: The Revolution Must Be Fed. It is a zine inspired by the 2016 U.S. presidential election to arrive around inauguration time. It is a response to the question "what can I do?". The tea included (and a photo of it below) is a recipe for a version of our Post-Election PTSD Tea that was created after the election when a good friend of ours was having trouble getting back to daily life and just couldn't shake the results. The recipe contains calming herbs that support emotional healing and the nervous system, bring sunshine back into the life, strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure and add in some vitamins and minerals for nutrition.
All 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Women's Environment and Development Organization. The author "hopes that this zine inspires you to choose life, to be active within your own communities, and to support the people and initiatives committed to positive change".
Below is the preorder link to buy if you are interested:
This past fall, we worked on a collaboration with our dear friend and fellow cat lover, Nimble Craft to make essential oil blends to add to her infant car seat pillows. These pillows will attach to car seats and will have sachets that can be recharged as needed with the scents. Three blends were formulated with high quality essential oils that have properties for each issue: Queasy for car sickness, Catnap for insomnia and naptime, and Quiet for relaxation and crankiness. As always, be very cautious and do not apply essential oils directly to infants (or anyone!) unless properly diluted and as advised by your healthcare practitioner.
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Is health insurance like someone is speaking a different language to you? Does it make your eyes glaze over? We were clueless once too and had to learn everything by ourselves when others wouldn't help. To share this knowledge, we've created this guest blog post on WellPDX, as a guide to navigating insurance options on the health insurance marketplace. Use it to empower yourself to be educated about your own health insurance contract.
WellPDX is a website dedicated to helping people in Portland search for holistic practitioners in their area; and you can also search by various features including what insurance they take. Handy!
We wrote a guest blog post for our talented photographer friend, Tara Donne, about using herbs to make your own face and body scrubs and she supplied the beautiful photos. Check it out here on Tara's blog!