4.09.2014

DIY Herb Love & Lore


Three more spaces available this Saturday for HerbShop. We'll be making first-aid remedies, drinking probiotic tea & identifying wild, healing herbs of spring! Sign up via the Square marketplace.
Hope to see you there!



4.08.2014

Happy 3

photos taken at Belle Isle Skills Course

In motion all day, we celebrate your three sweet years with us! Anything but subtle, fiercely loyal, we love to see you're "ready to be friends with anyone who was friendly & didn't give a fig for anyone who wasn't." What a gracious brother you are turning out to be.

3.28.2014

April HerbShop: Skincare & Seasonal Relief

Zzzzzzz Cream
Skincare & Seasonal Relief

Learn & practice hands-on methods for making herb infused oils & medicinal tinctures to help protect against & recover from common skin ailments & allergic reactions. Starting with an overview of herb properties, we will examine different extraction methods while learning when they can be best applied. The remainder of the class will be devoted to preparing an herb & essential oil first-aid antibiotic salve, a bentonite clay body powder & ending with a Q&A session and talking the pros & cons of ordering herbs in bulk. Our structure is a lab rather than lecture, so please come ready to work with your hands & revolutionize your medicine cabinet while having lots of fun! 

All materials will be provided. Each student will walk away with a travel size healing salve, recipe cards to jog the memory at home, book lists & online resources... It's taken me 4 yrs to learn where to find the best ingredients at affordable prices & what works for sensitive, damaged, acne-prone or newborn skin. I'm just sharing the love!

Date/Time: April 12, 2014 / 2-4pm
Location: 23223 (my house)
Cost: $35 (includes all materials) 
Sign up via the Square marketplace 
Hope to see you there!
xoxo 
Megs

2.18.2014

March HerbShop: Skincare & Seasonal Relief



LIMB AND LEAF HERBSHOP
Skincare & Seasonal Relief

Learn & practice hands-on methods for making herb infused oils, salves and poultices. Starting with an overview of herb properties, we will examine different extraction methods while learning when they can be best applied. The remainder of the class will be devoted to preparing an herbal first-aid & antibiotic salve, ending with a Q&A session and talking the pros & cons of ordering herbs in bulk. Our structure is a lab rather than lecture, so please come ready to work with your hands & revolutionize your skin-care practices while having a lot of fun! All materials will be provided. Each student will leave with a travel size sample of healing salve, recipe cards to jog the memory at home, my book lists & online resources... It's taken me 4 yrs to learn where to find the best ingredients at affordable prices & what works for sensitive, damaged, acne-prone or newborn skin. I'm just sharing the love!

Date/Time: 2-4pm, March 22, 2014
Location: RVA's Northside, 23222
Cost: $35 (includes all materials)
Register on Square Market

1.10.2014

Frankie


Today I would like to tell you about my Nana. She passed away Wednesday, around five in the morning, peacefully sleeping at home, cared for by her children. Her grandchildren visited throughout December, knowing it was her last lap with lung cancer. She was my inheritance. Our beloved matriarch, a well-read & well-traveled woman, a loyal wife & longtime widow of her best friend, a nurturing mother to the very end, dignified, full of faith, the devoted friend I wish to be. My face & temperament is more like hers than I realized until looking in the mirror this morning. She let me have her cocktail dresses when I was still young enough and small enough to wear them out. She gave me a gift to congratulate me on becoming a woman the first time I got my period. She always let us into her world and always knew when to give us space. She treated my mom as a friend rather than an in-law, & I cherish their remarkably open & unpretentious way with one another.

Nana loved to sing & dance, took us to the Nutcracker Ballet every Christmas, invited us to her beach week each year & let us join her adventure across Ireland to celebrate retirement at 70. (I was 16, & felt like she was giving me the world.) I hope to convey the depth of her kindness & inclusive love to our boys as their memories of her are sure to fade. Frankie was like no other. I'm thankful she's at peace now. And I'm so glad to share her memory with all of you.

11.12.2013

Limb and Leaf Herb DIY Workshop


Four years ago, as a new mama running out all of the gifted teas/soaps/lotions/powders, many aspects of natural, whole-body care felt elitist & pricey. The library & a YouTube video weren't enough to help me find raw, healing, plant-based ingredients that were affordable to DIY. 

Herbs were once the medicine of the people. Their natural beauty & virtue have fallen out of common practice in the home, as it takes time, trial & error to learn. I would like to share some simple, natural solutions & resources to let you see if it works for your family. To the first 10 people who sign up, please enjoy the second...


LIMB AND LEAF HERBSHOP
Immune Defense: Herbs for inner strength

Learn & practice hands-on methods for making herb infused oils & medicinal tinctures to help protect against & recover from common winter infections. Starting with an overview of herb properties, we will examine different extraction methods while learning when they can be best applied. The remainder of the class will be devoted to preparing an essential oil vapor balm & honey cough syrup, ending with a Q&A session and talking the pros & cons of ordering herbs in bulk. Our structure is a lab rather than lecture, so please come ready to work with your hands & revolutionize your medicine cabinet while having lots of fun! 

All materials will be provided. Each student will leave with 4 oz of carrier oils, a sample of vapor balm, my book lists & online resources... It's taken me 4 yrs to learn where to find the best ingredients at affordable prices & what works for ailing ears, throats & noses. I'm just sharing the love!

Date/Time: December 14, 2013 / 2-4pm
Location: RVA's southside (email for street address)
Cost: $35 (includes all materials)

Hope to see you there!

At this stage, we're using the Square marketplace to allow HerbShop participants to reserve their slot. For locals who want to pre-order gifts for pickup at the Holiday Handmade Fair, please order via Square & pickup on December 7, 2013 between 12-4pm at 400 W. 32nd St RVA 23225. Unopened/unused products may be exchanged with 14 days. Empty, used bottles & tins may be returned for a "refill" discount on the next item ordered.

10.29.2013

Forest Nursery Homeschool


Mama's Goals for Winter Contentment
  • Continue learning a healthy way to feed our family, one that nourishes our bodies & brains
  • Include the boys in small bits of food prep & clean-up daily
  • Read books on education & solidify our educational philosophy
  • Spend 3-5 hrs outdoors with the boys daily, in fields & forests whenever possible
  • Keep a nature journal(s)
  • Practice the art of story-telling & let the boys narrate back to me uninterrupted
  • Learn/refresh a foreign language
  • Further acquire a taste for poetry
  • Brush up on rusty skills & create something beautiful (watercolor pencils in stockings this year?)
  • Memorize Scripture together & some nursery rhymes

10.22.2013

Holiday Handmade Fair

Limb and Leaf will be selling again at the Holiday #HandmadeFairRVA on December 7, 2013 from 12-4pm. Make merry with us & shop for meaningful gifts made by hand!

10.17.2013

limb and leaf: holiday additions

Beard Kitten

Meet your beard’s new best friends. Plant-based ingredients will tame whiskers, soften scruff, & encourage fuller beard growth while remaining pH neutral, hypoallergenic & make-out friendly.

WHISKER WASH: The hardy, subtle fragrance works with rugged scruff or a full-grown beard, helping moisturize surface skin & condition follicles. 4 oz of raw vitamins & minerals; ideal as a full-face wash & shave oil. Made with castor oil, grapeseed oil, peppermint & eucalyptus essential oils.

BEARD BALM: Antibacterial nourishment gives beards a stronger hold with maximum cuddle mojo. Smells like Earl Grey tea by a campfire. To tame coarse whiskers, use as a styling pomade. 4 oz should last all winter. Made with coconut oil, unrefined shea butter, beeswax, calendula, evening primrose oil, lavender, cedarwood, bergamot & vitamin E. 

BEST USE: Apply whisker wash, massage into beard & surrounding skin, comb from root to tip. Rinse as needed. Smooth damp whiskers with balm. Done. Beard kissers everywhere, rejoice!


Grave Robber

Soothing, aromatherapeutic vapor balm. In the 15th century, four thieves were charged with robbing the dead & dying victims of the Plague. At trial, the magistrate offered leniency if they would reveal how they avoided contracting infection, despite their close contact. These perfumers & spice traders had rubbed themselves with concentrations of the aromatic herbs mimicked in this balm, disinfecting the air they breathed as well as their skin.

Made with organic virgin coconut oil, mullein leaf & essential oils of clove bud, lemon, eucalyptus, cinnamon bark, & peppermint. Smells like a gingerbread house. Most effective when applied on the soles of the feet, behind the ears & under the armpits (think lymph nodes) at the early onset of symptoms. Tin holds 4 ounces & can be made into a balm if you prefer. Shelf-stable for 1 year.

PLEASE: For external use only. If your symptoms persist, I urge you to consult your physician or health practitioner. This information has not been evaluated by the FDA & is not intended to replace professional medical care.

Refresh Mineral Toothpaste

Kiss morning breath goodbye & remineralize tooth enamel by gently removing plaque while naturally supporting a healthy mouth. This toothpaste will help neutralize acid, remove bacteria-filled organic matter, leach out infection & promote healthy gums. It also gently removes stains that results from drinking tea, coffee & red wine.

Made with bentonite clay, organic cinnamon bark, organic stevia leaf, baking soda & Celtic sea salt. Sugar-free, fluoride-free, glycerin-free & safe to swallow. If you would prefer peppermint, I’m happy to make a custom batch.

Brush once a day with a pea-sized dollop for 2-3 min, focusing on the teeth & tongue but going easy on the gums. Bottle holds 4 ounces & is shelf-stable for 4 months (due to water content.)
PLEASE: Always store bentonite clay products in glass containers.

Elderberry Tincture

Food can be medicine! Concentrated doses of elderberry are useful against several strains of influenza & common winter viruses, colds, flu, hay fever, sinusitis & sore throats. Most effective when applied at the early onset of symptoms. Dissolve 1 tsp. elderberry tincture into 8 oz warm water (letting the alcohol evaporate) or juice; add 1 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar if you have some. Sip or gulp as needed up to 3x daily during illness.

Made with organic, non-GMO elderberries, organic cinnamon bark, 100 proof vodka & infused over a six (6) week period to achieve full strength. Bottle holds 4 ounces & is shelf-stable for 2 years.

PLEASE: If you have serious health issues or think you might be pregnant, I urge you to consult your physician or health practitioner before adding this tincture to your diet. This information has not been evaluated by the FDA & is not intended to replace professional medical care.

Breathe Easy

Soothing, aromatherapeutic vapor balm for congestion & coughs. Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, camphor-free, petroleum-free & friendly to all skin types. Most effective when applied on the soles of the feet, temples, behind the ears & under the armpits (think lymph nodes) at the early onset of symptoms.

Made with cold pressed organic coconut oil, mullein natural beeswax, & organic essential oils of eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender & tea tree. Makes a great personal go-to solid perfume or works well as a gift. Rave reviews when given at baby showers, as stocking stuffers & as thank you gifts. Tin holds 4 ounces which is about 2 ounces more than a Badger Balm tin.

PLEASE: If your symptoms persist, I urge you to consult your physician or health practitioner. This information has not been evaluated by the FDA & is not intended to replace professional medical care.

Honey, cough (syrup)

Mild tasting, herb infused cough syrup to sooth raw throats, expel congestion & soothe inflammation. Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, alcohol-free. Most effective when administered at the early onset of symptoms. Dissolve 1 tsp. Honey Cough into 8 oz warm water (making a pleasantly mild tea); add 1 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar if you have some. Sip or gulp as needed. 

Made with the golden ratio of organic honey, organic cinnamon bark, organic mullein leaves, distilled water & lemon juice to preserve. Bottle holds 8 ounces & should be refrigerated between uses for up to 6 months.

PLEASE: Do not feed Honey Cough to infants under one (1) year of age.
If your symptoms persist, I urge you to consult your physician or health practitioner. This information has not been evaluated by the FDA & is not intended to replace professional medical care.
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