Experimenting with herbalism 101

I started with Goldenrod Honey

I live in an area where goldenrod and other herbs (weeds) grow readily.  All I have to do is take the dogs for a walk and I stumble upon at least 25 different herbs that I can identify without the help of a book, and I’m not even that knowledgeable in herbalism.

As a triple earth (Virgo/Taurus/Capricorn) the older, and hopefully wiser I got the more I came to realize that my connection with mother earth needed to be nurtured more in order for me to step into my fullest potential.  What better way than to incorporate herbs in my everyday life.

Honey has antioxidants, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties, and goldenrod is used to reduce pain and swelling (inflammation), as a diuretic to increase urine flow, and to stop muscle spasms. It is also used for gout, joint pain (rheumatism), arthritis, as well as eczema and other skin conditions, among many other things. So I set out to try this as my first herbal infused honey.

Depending on where you live it can begin blossoming as early as July, but here in Ontario it was in full blossom this year from early September all the way through to late October.  I made sure to pick the goldenrod flowers only from the tallest branches, to make sure they weren’t peed on by the local doggies. I asked mother earth for permission and only took enough for one jar of honey and a few decorative flower arrangements for my home.

I went through all the flowers carefully inspecting them for ants or any other bugs. There’s always some and it really is unavoidable. Once I took the bugs out, I chopped the flowers into small pieces to increase the surface area and so that they would saturate the honey better.

When choosing the honey, I wanted to use I had to make sure it was local and unpasteurized.  It had to be local because when honey is imported its pollen sources are different from what your immune system needs.  It needed to be unpasteurized because pasteurization exposes the honey to high temperatures, it may destroy or remove honey’s natural properties. This means that raw honey may offer more powerful health benefits, in terms of healing wounds and fighting infections, than regular honey.

I placed the chopped goldenrod flower in a mason jar big enough to handle 1 cup of goldenrod flowers, 2 cups of honey, and enough room at the top for the honey to move freely.  I placed an airtight, leak-proof cap on it, shook it thoroughly until the goldenrod and honey were fully mixed and the flowers were thoroughly coated with honey.  As it cured over the next few weeks in a dark cupboard, I would flip it upside down every once in a while, to get things moving and shaking in the jar.

After 3 weeks I was ready to try it out! You can strain out the flowers with a cheesecloth or a sieve, but I just left mine in there because I’m low maintenance like that (which translated to sometimes lazy).

I love trying things in different ways so the first thing I did is use it as a facial, and I must say, the next morning my face was incredibly glowy and dewy. Then I tried it in my coffee, and I loved it. It had a slight earthy flavour with a floral aroma. It’s best not to cook with it so you don’t destroy the enzymes.

I’d love for you to try this out next fall and tell me how you use it in your everyday life.  Drizzle it on your oatmeal or take a spoonful of it in the mornings if you’re experiencing seasonal allergies. You rally can use this in so many ways!


Jan/Feb 2022 – The Dark Days

Jan/Feb 2022 – The Dark Days

The Dark Days

This candle is black simply for the reason that sometimes it’s hard to see through the pain, the unknown, the deep feelings that feel like there is no way out.  
Dressed with 3 rose buds, these beautiful flowers represent balance.  These flowers come with thorns.  Such pain hidden behind beautiful buds that when pricked by the pthorns the pain feels unfair.  The number 3 represents what came before us, the present moment, and what will come after us.  We are not the first to experience challenges, and we will not be the last.  To see challenge and pain from a broader perspective is important in understanding the temporary nature of feelings and experiences.  

Aquamarine, the stone of the sea enables us to access our deep inner wisdom. This, in turn, empowers us to remain true to our deepest values, expressing our feelings openly and communicating with others from the heart.  Not only does this activate our inner courage, but it inspires creative expression and enhances artistic skills. It is this alignment with oneself that promotes empathy and kindness. These qualities, of course, engender trust and peace with others.

Sprinkled with frankincense, it’s thought to have strong vibrations that drive away negative energies when burned, and is therefore very useful in spiritual rituals and meditation.

Lastly, the black and blue shimmer represents the infinite possibility of creativity that can come from being in the dark, like the stars in the cosmos, shining unto themselves while still a part of something greater, something unknown.  

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September 2021 – Taste For Freedom

September 2021 – Taste For Freedom

Taste For Freedom

This land was once beautifully mixed with cultures and traditions from different emperors.  A melange of Babaonian, Macadonian, Mongolian, Iranian and Indian worlds in one tapestry. 

It’s in the 1900’s that the political challenges escalated and have since been out of control due to England and then America.  It has been a very very long time since the people of this land have had any semblance of stability.  Now in the most dire straits, some people are lucky enough to flee for refuge, while others endure the tyranny. 

Needless to say, this month’s candles are working towards the distribution of food, medical supplies, water, hygiene kits and medical supplies, as well as supporting the approximately half a million Afghan refugees coming to Canada.  We’ll be donating to Islamic Relief Canada.

The Light

The candle is made in a clay pot perfect for soups and stews.  The two lids help keep the fluids hot for longer periods of time and as we head into the colder months this becomes symbolic for provision and shelter. 

The combination of the neroli and honey scents were inspired by Traditional Afgani dishes that I love eating.  They make this beautifully light honey cake, and if you know me you know I love cake.  The other dish was a rice pillow with hints of orange.  Just by thinking of the food I feel comfort, warmth and nourishment.

Symbolically acorns are used to represent growth, perseverance or stability and it felt fitting that we use this nut as we pray for positive changes for the people of the land. 

Orange represents confidence, joy and enthusiasm, emotional balance, harmony, freedom, and expression of emotion.

I chose to use a citrine crystal to represent protection (which not many people know about citrine but it’s been true for me).  This is also a great stone for encouragement and activism.  I am not naive and I am aware that it will take much more than a citrine crystal to change the circumstances there but I also believe in collective prayer and miracles.  I hope you do too.

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The Evolution

The Evolution

I started to experience paranormal experiences when I was 8 years old. It became an immense fear of the dark and basements.  I could see shadows on walls, lurking in corners, and even in empty seats.  Sometimes peoples faces would morph into scary images.  I never spoke to anyone about it. 

I would watch horror films with my cousins but then I would be a hot mess for days, not being able to go to bed or not even feeling safe being left alone.  At around 14 years old I remember seeing colours around people’s bodies.  The lines on their palms and foreheads started to tell me stories.  I had no rote or rudimentary knowledge of things, but I would open my mouth and things would come out and I would have no idea where it was coming from.  My mom thought I could be of service to people so she would tell her family and friends and would have me sit with them and I would take their palms and just talk without thought or filter.  They would sit there and quietly nod their heads, some would cry in relief that someone saw their pain and struggle.  Others would ask me a million questions and the answers would appear as shapes on their palms or an inner knowingness I couldn’t explain.

After a while I got tired of other people’s emotions and I lied to my mom.  I told her the gift was gone.  I just woke up one morning and all the gifts were gone.  Poof.  She believed me.  So to help me get my gifts back she registered me in a class with a Reiki practitioner.  I took ongoing classes with her for two years.  By that time I had become a young adult and the only thing I could think of was independence and men.  So naturally, I left my parents house and pursued my so-called future.  I no longer practiced or even cared for the healing arts.  

Since that day it took me 11 years to remember my gifts and for them to be magically turned on again.  Life experiences had forced me to wake up from my deep slumber and remember the things I used to be able to do.  Fervently I began taking classes, joining workshops, searching for spiritual mentors, and reading every possible book I could find that helped me:

1. Give me words for what I had experienced as a child

2. Give me an explanation for what I was able to do with my mind and my body that other people were not experiencing as their reality too.

3. Better practice and sharpen the skills that came naturally, and cultivate the skills that I wanted to harness.  

Since then I have studied Muank Ki, Huna, Reiki, Divination, Tarot, Channeling, Mediumship, Vastu Shastra, Feng Shui, Ancestral Medicine, Foundations of Ritual, Freudian Dream Interpretation, Numerology, and the list continues.  I have now been living this path of knowledge and practice to the point where it has become devotional.

If you are at all inspired by what I’ve shared I want you to know that I have devoted myself to my work for over 20 years.  My skills and knowledge did not come to me overnight, and still I know nothing at all.  There is still so much for me to learn and apply.  I’m not telling you these things about me so that you look up to me, but rather to remind you that we are all on a journey and that nothing will happen overnight.  It will take time, only if you apply yourself a little bit at a time, daily.  Whether you want to make small changes or large changes in your life, it is absolutely possible, but you must start somewhere.