When used in right relationship, plants can be remarkable allies in healing work. All preparations are handmade by me with loving intention and spend time charging on the Community Altar at Madrona House.
I work with plants in many ways both during session work and as take home self-care to support clients through physical and emotional healing:
Infused Herbal Oil application
Smoldering Aromatic Herbs for clearing and blessing
Lustral Waters* for anointing
Aromatic mists for clearing and blessing
Essential Oil application
Herbal Salt Baths
*Using Lustral Water is an ancient Greek practice of making holy water to clear miasma, or the "energetic dust" we accumulate by moving through the world. It's made by ritually burning a small plant sprig or leaf, saying a prayer of blessing, and extinguishing the flame in water. This invokes all four elements to bless and consecrate the water. Depending on the use, I will also add salt, essential oils, herbs, and flower essences to use as anointing waters, clearing sprays and for asperging during space clearing ceremonies.
I believe engaging with the healing power of plant medicine is an active form self-care. I also believe that returning to the land for healing is an act of anti-capitalist resistance. I have begun my own medicinal garden from which I will be harvesting some of the herbs I use. For the rest of the herbs I use, they most often come from Star West Botanicals or Banyan Botanicals. It is my intention to seek local suppliers or harvest from my own small but growing medicinal garden wherever possible.
When we work with the spirit and energy of plants we are building an intimate relationship with them. It’s important to consider that the wisdom and healing energies of plants do not exist simply for us to use for our own evolution. The path to our evolution does not equate to commodifying what is accessible to us, rather, it is the process and journey of discovering and fostering a relationship to the plants you work with. They enjoy and gain as much in working with us as we do with them…when in right relationship with them.
“Take me on a journey with you and we will tell each other of the earth, return me changed that I may tell the earth of you.” -pyrocanthis
My love for nature and crafting magical potions began at a very early age. As a child, I would drape myself in all of my grandmothers scarves and sashes, adorning myself and all my tree friends with her costume jewellery. Taking a blanket to lay on the grass, I would set up a crafting station filled with all the fanciest bowls and decanters I could find, filling them with oils, herbs, spices and rainwater. I remember fondly going out to the greenbelt behind our house to forage for ingredients to make my potions. Looking back now, I see that ritual has always been a part of my life, the song of ceremony living in my bones.
Most of my knowledge is self taught, however, part of my certification as an Ayurvedic Practitioner included herbology. While I use many western plants in my practice, the Ayurvedic lens of individual elemental constitutions and subtle energetics of the plants informs the work I do.
I'm currently studying how Humourism, an ancient Greek system of medicine associating the metabolic agents of the Four Elements in the human body, compares with the tridoshic theory of Ayurveda.
Madrona House Apothecary
The beginning of my Apothecary, as seen in the image below, started as a small collection of herbs and handmade products I myself found helpful in my own healing journey that I wanted to share with others. Eventually this grew into what is now the Madrona House Apothecary, which, if I'm honest, happened completely by accident!
At this time the Apothecary is only open to visiting clients and students, or by appointment. I prefer to connect with folks individually to find meaningful ways of reconnecting with yourself and developing good practices for reconnecting with the spirit of the land.
Below you'll find an online catalogue of most of the standard remedies I like to keep on the shelves.
The Apothecary offers a variety of bulk herbs, tinctures, infused oils, essential oils, flower and gem essences, bath salts, blended teas, and other self-care, personal care, and energetic hygiene products.
All products are handcrafted in house with care and intention to support the needs of clients and students.
infused body oils
INFUSED BODY OILS ARE MADE IN-HOUSE BY INFUSING ORGANIC HERBS INTO A BASE OF ORGANIC OILS FOR 4-6 WEEKS AND ARE ENERGETICALLY CHARGED ON OUR COMMUNITY ALTAR WITH GEMSTONES AND CRYSTALS
Everyday Self Care [4oz] $16 nourishing and balancing herbs infused into a base of olive and sesame oils
Anxiety + Sleep [4oz] $16 nervine and sedating herbs infused into a base of coconut and sesame oils
Hair + Scalp Oil [4oz] $16 nourishing and stimulating herbs infused into a base of sesame, coconut, and argan oils
ANOINTING OILS ARE USED FOR INTENTIONAL PRACTICES OF ENERGETIC PURIFICATION, PROTECTION, AND BLESSING. MADE IN-HOUSE BY INFUSING ORGANIC HERBS AND FLOWER ESSENCES INTO OLIVE OIL FOR 4-6 WEEKS AND ARE ENERGETICALLY CHARGED ON OUR COMMUNITY ALTAR WITH GEMSTONES AND CRYSTALS
Ritual Transformation [3.3oz] $14 infused with plant medicine to support times of transition and growth
Grief Support [3.3oz] $14 infused with plant medicine to support grief and loss
Consecration [3.3oz] $14 infused with plant medicine to support energetic clearing, blessing and protection
ALL OUR TEAS ARE LOOSE LEAF AND BLENDED IN-HOUSE USING ORGANIC HERBS
Reclaim [1oz] $15 energetic compound supports reclaiming of sacred sexuality
Grief Support [1oz] $15 energetic compound supports times of transition and loss
Release [1oz] $15 energetic compound supports strength and compassion to face internal suffering and avoidance of painful emotions. Loving integration of blame/shame and limiting self-beliefs
Attune [1oz] $15 energetic compound supports intuition and psychic abilities
Embody [1oz] $15 energetic compound supports rooting into self and connecting with earth pulse
OUR TINCTURES ARE ALL MADE IN-HOUSE USING ORGANIC HERBS AND ORGANIC CANE VODKA AND/OR BRANDY AND RAW HONEY. INFUSIONS ARE SHAKEN DAILY FOR 4-6 WEEKS BEFORE BEING PRESSED AND ARE CHARGED ON OUR COMMUNITY ALTAR WITH GEMSTONES AND CRYSTALS
HERBS CONTAIN MANY CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS SOME OF WHICH ARE ONLY WATER SOLUBLE AND SOME ONLY ALCOHOL SOLUBLE. SOME OF OUR TINCTURES HAVE BEEN DOUBLE EXTRACTED TO ENSURE ALL USEFUL CONSTITUENTS ARE EXTRACTED
IN ADDITION TO OUR PRE-MADE BLENDS WE ALSO CARRY SINGLE HERB TINCTURES, AND CUSTOM BLENDS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Immune Support [1oz] $15 organic herbs and flower essences to support bodies natural defenses and reduce symptoms if present
Anxiety Soother [1oz] $15 organic herbs and flower essences to soothe nervous energy and calm the mind
Good Night [1oz] $15 organic herbs and flower essences quiet mind and body to help fall asleep and stay asleep
Digestive Bitters [1oz] $15 organic herbs and flower essences to support digestive fire and increase nutrient absorption
Iron Lung [1oz] $15 organic herbs and flower essences to support heavy lung congestion. Expectorant
Liver Support [1oz] $15 organic herbs and flower essences to support proper function of liver especially during cleanse/detox
OUR BATH SALT BLENDS ARE A THERAPEUTIC BLEND OF EPSOM AND DEAD SEA SALTS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS TO SUPPORT ENERGETIC HYGIENE AND INTENTIONAL RELAXATION OF BODY AND MIND
Ritual Bath [9oz] $10 with herbs, flowers, and essential oils to support intentional energetic hygiene
Self-Care [9oz] $10 with essential oils to support intentional heart opening and self-love
Tobacco + Sandalwood [9oz] $12 with a special blend of rare and potent essential oils to support intentional energetic hygiene
Ease [9oz] $10 camphorous and penetrating essential oils to support muscle tightness/injury/over-use
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