Journal


Balsam Poplar

Balsam Poplar buds

Sticky and aromatic Balsam Poplar buds

Young Balsam Poplars

I have been looking for this tree, Populus balsamifera. I wanted to get to know it and make an oil with some of its buds, a traditional medicine. Today I found a small stand and have permission to harvest.  The trees are a bit invasive where they are and so need to be managed and smaller ones removed so we can work together, a best case scenario! So grateful.


Scar oil

Rosehip seed oil, Argan oil, cistus and helichrysum essential oils. All organic. Blended to help reduce scarring and promote healing of damaged skin.
In dram (3.75ml) tap dropper amber glass.
I like the way the lines of Light knit together, just the way we want the skin to heal.
So thankful to be of service to those in need.

Scar oil lines of light

The lines of light


Rhythms of Life

In the weeks leading up to the Solstice I had a huge flurry of work to prepare for the upcoming markets. Each day I was aware of less and less light and more and more pressure [mostly that I put on myself] but still trying to breathe deeply and pace, enjoying all the sunrises and sunsets, birds, two foxes, deer, and my family at home. As soon as it was all over we took a vacation over the new year to Peaks Island, Maine, to be with the rest of my family. There I was enveloped in a boost of loving arms around me and the Rhythms of Sunrise and Sunset and Tides. Having all this together was a bit of healing for me and a lot of inspiration. Here’s a series of sunrise and sunset photos that we took on the island.

Sunrise on Peaks Island, ME
Sunrise 1 on Peaks Island, ME
Sunset
Sunset
sunrise
Sunrise
sunset
Sunset
goodbye sunrise
Goodbye sunrise
sunset selfie
Sunset selfie

Stay tuned for more of my Holiday and Gift sets to be put up on the Webshop for sale {we have been having some technical difficulties}. Please contact me via email if you have any questions about ordering something you see or saw at one of the markets.


Frankincense resin oil

This is Dalzielii Frankincense resin extract, after the tears have been hydro distilled for their essential oil, and after the water soluble gum has been removed.  The aroma is pure and regenerative, just what I need right now!  This is a resin extract dissolved into oil and the result is full of aroma and the healing properties of Boswellic acids.

frankincense resin in oil
Frankincense resin dissolving in hot oil.

After about 1/2 hour, it’s dissolved and there are a few bits and pieces of bark floating about.  I filter out about one tablespoon and this goes on the wood stove, where as it warms it continues to fill the house with wonderful aroma.

dissolved resin of frankincense
Dissolved resin of frankincense with bits of bark
bark and resin bits
Bark and resin bits

Now I have a 1:3 ratio of pure oil to use as-is, as a base for salves, or in other new creative ways I might find to share with others. This is another amazing gift provided to us by nature.

We use only the finest fair-trade frankincense resins, sourced directly from Dan Riegler at fairtradefrankincense.com. Dan deals directly with local harvesters in Africa, ensuring that the local communities, whose people are the true caretakers of these botanical treasures, are fairly compensated for their work.

I encourage you to read Dan’s posts to learn more: