Hooray! - summer has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest. For the past few weeks I've been busy harvesting linden, calendula, echinacea, motherwort, plantain, pineapple weed, and St. John's Wort (featured in this newsletter - and a big shout-out to my husband, niece, and friend Staci for their assistance!). In addition to gathering and medicine-making, we are renovating our old "boathouse" into new office space for my practice. By "we," I mean primarily my husband with help from friends, and by "boathouse," I mean it might have once housed a rowboat or canoe when the property had lake access decades ago prior to subdivision. My contribution has consisted of logistical support (food and water), encouragement and accolades ("You can do it! It looks great!"), and picking out paint colors.
Part of the push to remodel now is timing. The hotter temperatures usually don't kick in until late July, and there is a window between the rain and the heat that is ideal for remodeling. At least for us. Once summer is in full force, the heat has a way of making you relax whether you want to or not. We're trying to be productive and industrious now so we can sit back and enjoy as summer lengthens.
Ziggy is already into the relaxing phase.
After we finish, we're hoping for at least one visit to the ocean (check out the seaweed article below!). And for those times when the remodel doesn't go as planned, we're using the handy technique below to keep us centered even though the lighting fixtures aren't.
Enjoy the sun!
The real St. John's Wort
Not to be confused with the larger, more popular border plants of the same name, this amazing roadside "weed" heralds the official start of summer. It treats nerve pain and depression and is a superior wound healer commonly used in skin salves. These are only some of the reasons why it is a plant to know, not mow.
O, Say Can You Sea...
Step aside kale! (No offense to this great green.) Good for everything from high cholesterol to the thyroid to blood pressure and the lymphatic system, it's no wonder that seaweed is being touted as the "newest" superfood. If a slightly smelly seaweed salad makes you gaggy, check out this post for delicious (and sneaky) ways to use this nutritional powerhouse.
How to Manage Overwhelm
Does the bombardment of up-to-the-second news make you feel off-kilter or on the edge? This simple technique can help you regain your sense of composure and sense of humor before you reach the senseless "I CAN'T EVEN" stage. Read more here.
The goat milk and rose water soaps are poured, and curing time is about six weeks. If you placed an order, you can look forward to receiving your bars by the end of August.
If you didn't get a chance to order or would like to order more, there are a few bars available from the June batch. Email me if you'd like some. Thanks to my friend Judy for the use of her heavenly roses and to the goats at Lost Peacock Creamery!
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