Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Herbal Potions and Notions

Last weekend I went to The Herb Shoppe with a friend for a medicinal oils and healing salves class. The class was taught by the owner, who is also a naturopath. It was a nice balance of learning about herbs and having a chance to make a few things.

The class started with everyone choosing a tea to enjoy. With so many choices this was a difficult decision, but I finally decided on a lemon blend. Then we spent some time talking about herbs to use for different ailments and deciding on our personal blends. As I was talking to the instructor, she also suggested that I drink peppermint tea for half the month and chamomile tea for the other half to help regulate cycles. I like both of these teas, and realized that I had recently been craving chamomile tea. It seemed my body was intuitively telling me that I should switch from my usual peppermint tea to chamomile. Since I have been trying to focus more on being in my body it was nice to have my intuition confirmed in this way :)

After the class we stopped at the Hawthorne Market Stand where I picked up some kale and potatoes to make soup. I've been experimenting more with soups lately - rainy winter weather seems like the perfect time to warm up with a bowl of soup, and there's just something about adding a bunch of random things to a big cooking pot...

Overall the day seemed like a good balance of body, mind, and spirit. And the soup was yummy :)


  1. Sounds like a lovely class and it's great that got the confirmation of what your body was craving was what you needed. I love herbal lore. and soup. and tea ... :)

  2. Finding balance is not always an easy thing to do.

    Exploring herbal lore is very interesting. One of the parts of the SCA I'm enjoying. :-)

    Soups and homemade ones are always good!