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Thank you!

The name poll is now closed. A big thanks to all that voted! Looks like the original name, Radiant Botanicals Facial Serum, is staying.

If you voted and would like a 25% off discount for The Herb & Petal Shoppe follow this link to my online store where you can send me a message. I will send you your coupon code as soon as I can. I’ll keep the offer going until July 5th. 🙂

Thank you again!

Have a wild and weedy day,

Danika.

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Playing with macro photography. My Calendula is blooming and will be made into a rich calendula salve this year.

Whenever I get a chance lately I have been focused and busy breathing energy and life into my sweet little herbal shop, The Herb & Petal Shoppe. I have been learning how to make the most of my camera’s abilities and while nothing like my analogue SLR (yes, I know I am far too young to be so behind the times…) it is capable of taking some fine photographs and touching them up in the camera itself. Cool. So I have been doing photo shoots the last couple of days with a clean and crisp concept and lighter, brighter images. Considering I have a 3 year old, a husband, study and a household to run, not mention seizing opportunity to wildcraft this rainy spring, it is taking a long time! I tend to have a lean on in some pic’s… like the way I slice bread. I need a plumb line to take photos or something. Maybe a tripod would be a good investment! Anyway, I am working my way toward a total re-shoot of all of my products.

Chamomile in my wild and weedy garden. Last year was made into a healing balm. This year, tisanes, tincture and more!

I’ve been creating new blends that have been floating around my head for over a year now, things that got put on the back burner when I accepted my job as Sous chef to Chef Mathew Morazain. I really don’t know why I don’t share more recipes with you all when I have some incredible and simple to prepare dishes made from herbs, weeds and wild foods in my repertoire. I am digressing here… but recipes are definitely something to look out for here on Girl Gone Wild and Weedy. So back to my new creations. I am currently having some of my tribal bellydance peeps and herb school class mates test my first raw honey mask and I can’t wait to reveal it to the world! It is a dreamy melange of raw honey, rose petals, rhassoul clay and organic essential oils of cacao and vanilla, and precious rose otto. In my opinion, it is nothing short of divine. But I would say that so lets wait to hear my test subjects feedback.

Still a little dark, will re-shoot for a brighter label.

Playing with light and shadow.

I’ve also decided to add some simple, raw products that I bought to blend into potions but are fabulous to use on their own, such as my awesome organic rose hip oil and evening primrose oil. I also have my hands on, in my opinion, the best supply of raw shea butter in Canada. I buy in bulk so I have decided to package and offer for sale to others this incredible shea butter from the Tapko Widows Group. It is the best!

Pure Evening Primrose Oil. Sooo lovely! I quite like my photograph, also.

With so much creative energy beginning to flow in me I am so excited for the future of my little shop and the love filled, herbal potions I have to offer the world. Here’s hoping Herb & Petal blooms into it’s full potential, for I would love nothing more than to have a real brick and mortar shop with a clinic for consultations in the back and a front room full of my herbal creations to offer my community. My dream come true.

Oenothera biennis or Evening primrose, growing in my wild garden. Ain’t she sweet?

Looking forward to sharing more of my creations with you!

With Love,

Danika.

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A Spring outing with my son to gather Arrowleaf Balsam Root leaves.

Well there goes May, and with it Spring leaves me as early Summer rolls on in. My month of May was impeded by a chest infection but I still managed to get out to my Herb School classes and spend time wildcrafting and medicine making. I have welcomed into my life the act of prayer. In the past I had always associated prayer with religion and so avoided it. But as I grow older and connect deeper with Nature through my studies and passion for herbal folk medicine, my perception of life expands and opens, and my heart asks me to be more still, more quiet, so I can listen to the voices of the forest, of wild water and animal chatter, and if I am lucky perhaps for a moment I will hear the song of their Spirit. Prayer gives me a way to offer my intentions to all of creation here on Earth, be it of healing given or needed, love shared and received, joy and sorrow. It opens the door to communion with loving, healing, spiraling consciousness. And maybe it does far more… For me it is also a way to give offerings of love and to announce my intentions when working with the plant world.

Belly to the Earth, intoxicated by the scent of Oregon grape inflorescence.

Arrowleaf Balsam Root (Balsamorhiza sagittata)

Leaving the magical Nettle forest…

May brought fresh Nettles once again, something that makes me very, very happy. I have a weird fear of not having enough Nettles! I can’t live without them. On Mothers Day, I drove out to a friends farm with my son and husband and we spent the day picking beautiful, vibrant green Nettles. I dried about 10lbs, steamed off some for the freezer, made nettle infused oil for an under eye cream I am working on for Herb & Petal, my herbal skin care line, and cooked with nettles to my hearts content. I made a very yummy rustic nettle and goat cheese pie with whole grain sage pastry. I wasn’t completely happy with the result, next time I will add more creamy goodness to it like cultured cream cheese and mix the filling well with it, rather than leaving the cheese in chunks, to make for a richer, moister pie. When I have perfected my recipe I will share it with you…

Drying Nettles on an old screen.

Chopping Nettles for oil infusion.

Making Nettle oil infusion for skin care.

Cooked Nettles.

Making Rustic Nettle and Goat Cheese Pie with Sage Pastry.

Nettle and Goat Cheese Pie.

May also brought a ‘Super Moon’, which was very beautiful, although by the time the Moon rose over the mountains behind my house I had  missed the effect of it’s largeness. It was still an energy charged night and I was determined to have a fire outside to enjoy it. I searched around for a second hand brazier to enable backyard campfires but there was no way I was going to pay much for one. So I got my spade out and dug a lovely fire pit for free. 10 minutes later I had an awesome, rock lined fire pit and we have been loving it! Besides, I can cook on my backyard fire pit. Braziers are for….

The full Moon as it drifted over my side of the mountain.

I also had the opportunity to go to Summerhill Organic Winery for the Fertility Festival and interviewed local folk punk band The Dirty Earth. Lots of fun, yummy food and wine, artists, artisans, music and beautiful, shining people everywhere. I’ll post the interview in a separate blog entry soon!

The Dirty Earth played in the Kekuli at Summerhill’s Fertility Festival this May.

Well, I had more to say but I am fading in my enthusiasm presently. It’s been a long week, motherhood has been trying for me lately with low energy levels and the lingering infection in my lungs. Finding time to do all I must and rest to recover is almost impossible. I haven’t even set up shop at my farmers market yet this season, something that bothers me to no end. I must persevere and hope that I am filled with boundless energy soon!

Thanks for stopping by, see you again real soon!

Danika.

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