for a Harvest season harvest! 🙂
Similar to my last extended gap between posts, I’ve been working outside of gardens (or meditation centers/contemplative programs for that matter :-|), earning a living by somewhat more traditional means. However this year, those more traditional means–along with being emotionally rewarding–have provided me with the funds to plant new seeds in my garden of grower’s/healer’s skills! 🙂 By the end of this year I will be a certified aromatherapist, a certified doula, certified in permaculture design and have completed the first year of a community herbalism apprenticeship! 😀 These are all skills/experiences/delights that I’ve wanted for years but previously couldn’t afford or didn’t have the time or energy for, usually because I was trying painfully & to no avail to ground myself in conventional activities like 9-5 jobs, romantic relationships, college, etc.–see previous post about it. But now that I’ve got work that supports my tumbleweed-ish ideal lifestyle, I can study all the holistic-healing, sustainable-growing, “granola-head” modalities I want, so I am! 😀
My latest healing education began with the essentials–essential oils that is, via an aromatherapy certification course in April in the gorgeously Great Smoky Mountains(!) lead by experts from Natural Options Aromatherapy.
the precious stones that arose when I went diggin’ at a local gem mine; lots of amethyst– a healing stone 😉
cameltoe strawberry from the local strawberry patch
My new favorite “naughty” fruit
. I chose Natural Options because their courses are comprehensive, teaching students how to make their own blends for specific ailments as well as requiring case studies be done proving the efficacy of our blends before receiving full certification. 🙂 I love experiments!
That being the case, it’s taken me until early June to get all three of my required case studies started 😅 and I still have some untested blends I made during the course that I’d love to share and test!
Select one below and email me [ email@example.com ] your mailing address to see for yourself:
This blend is designed to promote deeper meditation when diffused during a session
Blended to ameliorate rheumatoid arthritis when massaged on affected joints
This roll-on should soothe joints affected by gout
This roll-on is designed to help heal osteoarthritis when applied to affected areas
This roll-on is blended to alleviate symptoms of menopause when applied to pulse points or meridian tapping points
If you’re wondering why I made so many blends for arthritic pain, I was inspired by loved ones. (And the blend for depression I made works so well I’m keeping it for myself! 😉
A cream blended to soothe aching muscles wherever applied
Most of all though, I’m relishing this opportunity to get to know some of my favorite herbs better. Speaking of herbs, the first year of the Community Herbal Apprenticeship at Centro Ashé starts in August! I’ve already started working in the herb garden there, meeting/weeding around more healing plants than I’ve known before:
Like these prickly tender teasles that help heal from lyme 🙂
And of course, nettles. Can’t have a healing herb garden without’em.
Marshmallow in bloom! How much of this herb do you think is in the puffy cylinder sweet?
Just before and in tandem with that apprenticeship I will begin the Birthkeepers Apprenticeship,
learning to holistically cultivate human babies instead of plant babies and enlightenment. 😀 Although becoming a doula has little to do with gardening or mindfulness, the birthing process is something I’ve always been curious about. I’m not the type to let mysteries stay mysterious.
Also overlaping my apprenticeships will be a permaculture design certification course that I’m really looking forward to led by a man who calls himself “Mangy”. 🙂 Sounds like a man who knows the wilderness well, despite being an urbanite.
Even though these are all very distinct courses, each one employs concepts or tools from the others: aromatherapy during labor & with infants will be explored during the doula/birthkeepers apprenticeship; permaculture protocols are used in our herb garden classroom; gardening with littles & making herbal remedies for colic will be shared in the herbal apprenticeship, and I’m sure there are other examples of how all I’m learning this year is tied into the same knot of wisdom. All in all, I’ll close the year with a greater understanding of life on Earth, making it easier to be at peace, grounded and feel at home while living rather rootlessly. 🌬🍃🐉 Come tumble along through these nature schools with me!
Doing some gardening yourself and want a ‘bug off’ essential oil blend? Let me know. 🙂
~*A deep, grateful bow to Chelsea Allinger for introducing Centro Ashé to me and cooling me down last summer.*~