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::forgive::

One of the first things that I always speak to my clients about is leaving the past in the past. We can’t change what we did or who we were. We need to accept and embrace the mistakes we made-see them as lessons that shaped who we are today.

What good is it to constantly berate and punish ourselves? What does that serve? Everything-EVERYTHING is designed to teach and to create space for us to grow.

Once we forgive ourselves for our past, we can heal.

The biggest and first step in healing is forgiveness. It’s also the hardest.

I am taking free 10-20 minute initial phone consultations on Monday mornings. I would love to talk to you and see if working together is right for you. All consultations are strictly confidential with absolutely zero judgement. Only empathy, a listening ear, and an open heart.

Schedule HERE

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::authentic::

authentic: of undisputed origin; genuine.

This is a pretty big buzz-word these days in the mindfulness/wellness/intentional living crowd. Living authentically. What exactly does that mean? Being honest? Maybe. Being true to yourself? Closer. To me it is something that I have really struggled with 98% of my life. I was always such a people pleaser and wanted everyone around me to like me, that I wasn’t always ME. I didn’t express my feelings when I was upset or sad. I did things or acted a certain way to not rock the boat.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized 2 things:
1~Hiding who you are is being dishonest.
2~You aren’t responsible for other people’s feelings and their opinion of you is not your business.

Think about all the ways you are not being authentic to yourself. Whether it is towards your family and friends, your customers or employers, society at large. Changing who you are or not honoring yourself does no one any good.

This week, I started noticing that still today I am not being fully authentic. Mainly in my work. My passion is plant medicine. Wild herbs that grow around me in unadulterated states. Working with them from dirt to medicine is my truth. Not being true to myself would be using exotic plants and essential oils. NOT THAT THEY ARE BAD OR WRONG-but that they do not resonate with me on any level whatsoever. BUT. My customers and society at large are huge fans of essential oils. And with so many people and companies selling them and using them, I felt like I needed to be a source that I know people are getting SAFE products with mindful direction. But every time, I still feel like I am lying. Because I am not connected on a deeper level with them like I am my plants. Yes~I know essential oils are derived from plants. But my medicine is that the sum of its parts are greater than the whole. I don’t want to use just one specific component because all the components work synergistically with each other in perfect harmony. Recommending an essential oil product and using them in my medicine is not authentic to me. I want to make my customers and clients happy, but not at my expense.

So, once my rollers sell out, I will not be restocking them. I can refer you to amazing aromatherapists who are more connected to essential oils and hope you form great relationships with them!

Please feel free to use the code AUTHENTIC at checkout if you are interested in purchasing any rollers before they are gone to receive a lovely discount. Essential Oils

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::nurture::

As we awaken from our winter season’s slumber, many of us think of ways to coax our bodies back into health. As if the cold and dark is the time we wane from self care. Some people believe that cleanses and detoxes are integral to igniting the fire within-that we are damaged and need to be fixed. But I do not believe in this form of wellness and care.

Like the plants retreat inward during the winter, as do we. Plants do not detox themselves as they begin anew. They simple ARE. They pull in the nutrients and energy from the earth and sun. They soak in the rains and flourish. We need to take lessons from plants. Follow nature and she will not guide you wrong.

Below are some simple steps to awaken your inner fire this spring.

  • BE gentle with yourself. Do not punish yourself with detoxes and cleanses because you believe you have treated your body poorly. Forgive yourself.
  • Spend time outdoors. Begin to work your garden. Don’t have a garden? Pot some plants for your porch, stoop, or balcony. Get dirty. Get dirty. Get dirty.
  • Listen to the wild plants in your yard. The new spring greens that pop up are full of nourishment. Sorrel, dandelion, henbit, violet, nettle. A wild salad or soup will fill your belly and your soul.
  • Drink herbal infusions. Herbal infusions are bursting with nutrients and allow for optimal wellness. Susun Weed has a free course on them at www.nourishingherbalinfusions.com
  • Move. If you’ve been hibernating all winter, getting your body moving with gentle yoga or walks outside will loosen up those stiff joints and fire up your metabolism.
  • Commune. Join up with your brothers and sisters. Find groups of like-minded people to share space with. In person. Virtual community is amazing, but humans are not solitary creatures. We are pack animals. And our society has isolated us from our tribes. Find your people.

If you are looking for more one on one guidance in nurturing yourself, please reach out! I have created a variety of program to align with the needs of anyone who is searching for assistance. Follow the link for more information! Be well. http://wildearthherbals.com/consultations/

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::renew::

It’s pretty typical that as the calendar year turns a page, I would write about renewal. We can’t NOT think about change, goals, and starting anew during this time.

Personally, I do not create resolutions. They are rarely sustainable or achieved. I also don’t set goals or benchmarks. They tend to be quantifiable which means there is an endpoint.  I set intentions. Intentions are long-lasting ideals of how you want your life to manifest.  A few of my intentions are:

  • having a home and business management system in place to hold space for calm, creativity, and organization;
  • building a sustainable garden to provide nourishing foods for my family;
  • creating the opportunities to be able to travel and vacation; and
  • reflecting what I teach by maintaining optimal health.

The fourth intention is what I am speaking on today. Here are my current challenges: emotional eating, stress eating, and the use of stimulants-well, one stimulant. Coffee. I LOVE coffee. Like, irrationally. I make 3 French Presses a day which translates to about 6-9 cups of coffee. THIS IS NOT HEALTHY. How can I talk to my clients and customers about taking care of their bodies by reducing stress and stimulants when I don’t? How can I give lectures on fatigue and adrenal health when I don’t ensure that I’m doing everything *I* can to model it?

The negative effects of regular use of coffee are pretty well known-I am mainly concerned about the addiction aspect and the contribution to chronic fatigue.

I won’t call this a resolution to quit coffee. I won’t make a goal to be caffeine free by XX date. I will say that my intention is to manifest a healthy body by only using nourishing foods and herbs daily, and only using stimulating and sedating herbs and foods when indicated. Am I there yet? No. I have a cup of coffee sitting right next to me. But, I do have a game plan.

  • I am creating a nourishing blend of herbs that I can replace my early morning warm beverage with.
  • I will drink my nourishing herbal infusions daily.
  • I will get at least 7 hours of restful sleep a night.
  • I will be gentle with myself when I find myself with a dirty chai in hand from the local coffee shop.

All in all, I’m excited to go on this journey. If you are needing some guidance for any various health related or life related issues, I would love to talk! I am doing free 10 minute consults right now. If you feel that you need something more in depth, we can schedule a longer  intuitive plant medicine consultation. Even though I face my own struggles, I would honored to help guide you through yours.

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::alchemy::

This has been an amazing year of change and growth! After a slight adventure last winter in the Midwest, we returned home to the south to put down roots.

There is definitely a magic to this area. Ancient and deep. Magnetic. We seem to be in the sweet spot of South Carolina~not too far north to hit the red clay, but not too close to the coast to have all the sand in the soil. Nature flourishes in the heat and remains steadfast in our mild winters.

Getting a bit real for a moment~I jumped into pulling Wild Earth Herbals out of a part time hobby job into a full blow sustainable business by the skin of my teeth. It was a do it now or it will never come to be moment. So, I took the plunge. With a paltry amount of savings (I think I had 1 month’s rent banked) I decided that I would not get a ‘real job’ and focus all my energy in creating this amazing business. And I really hate calling it a business. Because it’s a way of life. And I want it to become a way of life for my community. To be able to create your own plant medicine-to go into your backyard and make a meal out of ‘weeds’ is such an empowering feat. I want to share it with the world!

My goal for 2017 was to be able to sustain my little family on the sales of my products. And I have done that for the past 8 months. Sometimes just barely-but the rent was always paid, and we always had food on the table.

I’m challenging myself to surpass that goal. But, I’m doing it a little differently.

1-I have worked like a dog this year. Some days from 6am to midnight.

2-I took next to zero time for self care. What kind of healer am I to talk to others about nourishing their bodies when I don’t?

3-I did the bare minimum regarding making connection in the community.

Looking forward~

1-My best week this year (yes, it was a 4 figure week-I’m most proud of that!) will be the starting point for 2018. My goal is to make that my baseline and double it by midsummer solstice. I will NOT do this by working harder-but smarter.

2-I will ensure that I am nourished and cared for. I will continue to expand my heart center and build on the tribe that is forming here.

3-I will branch out into the communities surrounding me and create connection with those around me.

My intentions are to have the product sales become more self propelled and the production be handled by apprentices and eventually employees. Leaving room for me to focus more energy on classes, consultations, workshops, and sacred circles.

2017 was about breaking through the walls and removing what no longer served me: doubt, fear, toxic relationships. Heading into 2018 is birth. creation. transformation. alchemy.

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Holistic Pregnancy Consultations

photo credit: Elizabeth Manatad
photo credit: Elizabeth Manatad

Pregnancy is such an amazing and overwhelming time in a woman’s life. Growing another human is a huge responsibility. Many women choose pregnancy as a time to turn their lives around and eliminate bad habits, eat more nutritionally, and remove toxins from their lives, so they can create an optimally healthy environment for their baby. A benefit of having a healthy pregnancy is a lowered risk of interventions during birth. During a pregnancy support consultation, I will meet with the mother 4 times-one in each trimester, and then again for a postpartum visit. Each visit is designed specifically to each mothers’ individual needs. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation, or just want to find out more information, please email me at angelina@wildearthherbals.com

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Join My Instagram Community!

Instagram is turning into the this amazing community of people who share beautiful and mindful images. Getting sneak peeks into our lives, promoting products that mean something to us, and educating each other is what I see.

If you enjoy photography, herbalism, and scrolling through Instagram, then this is a great opportunity for you!

I am looking for 5-10 people each month to join my team. As a member, you would make several posts a week (mainly on Instagram, but you can do Facebook as well) to market my products. You must be able to make mindful captions to encourage engagement.

If you are interested, please fill out the form below! I will be selecting the first group of people for January 2018

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Would you like to be on The Herbal Path?

The Herbal Path

 

When I was taking applications for my apprenticeship program, I noticed a few things: 1- People WANT to learn about herbalism and a more natural holistic way of life. 2-Time and distance prohibited a lot of folks who were interested from applying. 3-I got a lot of great applicants and I am going to have a really hard time choosing only 2 people!

All of these things led me to realize that if I could somehow create an online interactive program, I could reach and serve all those people who really want and need herbalism in their lives. 

Out of that came The Herbal Path. A comprehensive beginner’s herbalism course set in an a private Facebook group. Sort of like a classroom. I wanted it to be in a group format so students could help and learn from each other-and maybe make some friends! Other online learning programs seem so isolating with limited human interaction.  

This is a 5 month program that will give you an introduction to the basics of working with herbs: methods of medicine preparation, history of herbalism, folklore, wildcrafting, beauty and skin care products, replacing chemicals in your home with natural homemade methods, how to eat a whole foods diet (both traditional foods and veganism), and more. 

The group is hosted by myself and my good friend Carolyn Schreiner of The Natural Choice Apothecary. Each week a new file will be uploaded to the group. That week we will work on that particular topic. Assignments will be uploaded to the group for group discussion.  Each student will receive a small sampling of herbs to work with-with the option to purchase more if desired. 

Now, for the part that I am sure you are all wondering about: cost. That is always the big inhibitor, isn’t it? There are TONS of things that I have found that I would love to join and take part in, but they always cost way too much for me to be able to afford. So-with that in mind, I want to make this program available for EVERYONE who wants to participate. It is only $30 a month.  That’s right! Can you believe it?  This is such an amazing deal. $30 is about the cost of 1 class, typically. AND, you don’t have to leave your house. You don’t even have to put clothes on! So, you get 4 classes for the price of one, don’t have to get dressed, don’t have to spend gas money, and get a great learning experience. How can you NOT sign up?  Our next series starts April 1st, so be sure to sign up soon!

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Fall 2015 Workshop Lineup

 

workshops

 

Hop on over to the Classes page to check out details and register for our fall workshops. We have something for everyone!

September 26th, We have our Medicine Making Workshop-you’ll be making salves, tinctures, teas, and oils.

October 10th is our Winter Wellness and Tincture 101 class.

November 7th we are doing a DIY Mom & Tot Pampered Spa Kit! Just in time for the holidays.

As always, I am available to do private classes in your business or home. Just send me an email at angie@herbandrenewal.net 

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How to Make a Garlic and Herb Oxymel…for respiratory health

garlic and herb oxymel

It really is that time of year. The lush green of Summer melds into vibrant hues of red, yellow, and orange. There is a slight crisp to the morning air. And your kids wake up with the crud. You know the crud. Not quite sick enough to stop life, but left to its own devices, the crud can quickly turn into something worse.

Well, this morning, my youngest daughter, Liza Jane-4, woke up with the crud. She had a slight cough last night, but by morning it was hacking and phlegmy.  The first thing I did, was give her a healthy dose of my Elderberry Plus Syrup.  Then, I got to working on my Garlic and Herb Oxymel recipe. Before I get into the details of the recipe (there are two ways to make it), you are probably thinking “Oxy-what?” Oxymel comes from the Latin “oxymeli” meaning “acid and honey”. Put simply, it is a mixture of an acid-vinegar-with honey to make various herbal remedies. In our case, for respiratory support.

As I mentioned earlier, there are several ways to prepare your oxymel. The first is the preferred, but as is the case with most herbal preparations, it takes time to reach its full potency and is the way that you would make it BEFORE you need it. The second is a faster preparation for those of us who need something NOW.

The ingredients that you need for both methods are exactly the same:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar (preferably raw and organic)
  • Raw Local Honey (if possibly)
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Various Herbs (I chose mullein, thyme, sage, and oregano because these are great herbs for respiratory health)

METHOD 1

  1. Get a clean canning jar. Put equal parts of chopped garlic and your herbs in the jar. Fill it 1/3-1/4 full.
  2. Add equal portions of vinegar and honey until jar is full.
  3. SHAKE IT! Give it a shake every day.
  4. Patience. Let it sit for 2 weeks.                                                                                           IMG_0585
  5. Strain, label, and refrigerate.

METHOD 2

  1. Add herbs and apple cider vinegar to a glass pot/pan. Make sure that you use twice as much vinegar than you intend to have at the end. Also, make sure that you have a glass pot for this method. Vinegar leaches minerals and you do not want any metals leached into your oxymel. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Please be careful as vinegar is very strong when heated.                                                            IMG_0583
  2. After vinegar is reduced by half, strain, cool, and add equal parts of honey.
  3. SHAKE IT!                                                                                                                             IMG_0614
  4. Try to convince a very picky 4 year old that it doesn’t taste disgusting! I usually give a tablespoon or two every 3 hours. It should get rid of the crud fairly quickly. I’ve never had to give an oxymel for more than 24 hours!

Now, there is a pretty popular oxymel that is making its way around the internet-any guesses as to what it is called? The first person to comment below the correct answer wins an 8oz. bottle of my Garlic and Herb Oxymel-not available for purchase!