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Top 5 Fall/Winter Herbal Remedies

Fall is officially upon us in SE Georgia.  And while I am sure you love the cooler temperatures as much as I do, I am sure you don't like the upper respiratory muck and crud that comes along with it! Me either; so let's let you in on a couple of my family secrets for health during these cooler months.   1) Elderberry Syrup Ingredients 3½ cups water 2/3 cup elderberries dried, or 1 1/3 cups fresh or frozen 2 tbsps ginger macerated 1 tsp  cinnamon 1/2 tsp cloves 1 cup raw local organic honey   Instructions  Pour the water into a medium saucepan and add the elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Bring to a boil and then place on low covered and reduce to a simmer for 1 hour until...

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Altar Craft

Let’s talk altars.   What are they and What do they do for you? The Nine Key Elements of Sacred Space Altars are referenced not only in nearly all pagan literature prior to Christianity but also throughout the Bible.  People have seemed to always understand we need a separate, sacred, intentional space set aside for our personal interaction with the Divine.   Every indigenous culture I can think of at the moment uses altars also for ancestral worship.   It stands to reason if we can contact the Divine in this sacred space we create we could also seek counsel from our ancestors in this same space.   There are nine things which seem to transcend most altar craft: aromatics, fire, water, sound, food,...

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No Guru, No Method, No Teacher

No Guru, No Method, No Teacher-Van Morrison Over and over again of late two things are happening in the store which are compelling me to speak.  I don't make a habit of living in the past, so I don't frequently bare witness to my own struggles and my own practice to live every day in the present.  Part of this is, I'm a private person.  I have 39 friends on Facebook all of which I physically know and have physically known most of my entire life as either family members or classmates.  I believe strength comes in a small, loyal circle, not as the result of winning a popularity contest.  The second part of this is, I believe adamantly that...

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Oathbreakers and Oxymorons

For 20 years and counting I've been entrenched in the Artisan community across the United States. I've taught organic farming, homesteading and sustainability at venues large and small all across the country, as well as owned a commercial organic farm. I have championed the Buy Local movement since its inception on the West Coast. So it is deeply disheartening to me when I see words like: artisan, local, sustainable and organic thrown around by people who have no ethics and are just in as a marketing gimmick. The consumer doesn't know the difference. You want to do good and there are too many people today out their willing to lie to you and sell you "good". That's just sad. So...

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True Savonnier Soap vs. Craft Soap

Educating my customers about the history of soap and the soap making process has been a passion of mine for over 20 years.  I've been making soap in various forms since my first solo batch of traditional lard soap at the age of 15.  I'd been watching both of my Grandmothers make soap since I was a small child.   I have made and sold soap in various states across the US as my husband of 22 years is a 100% disabled Army veteran who retired with 23 years of service from the Army in 2017.  Everywhere we went, I made soap gaining loyal customers across the US.  I have made pretty much any form of soap you can think of. ...

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