Last September I attended a workshop called “Super Natural Sodas, Magical Meads and Local Liqueurs” (click here for the 2104 offering). Besides spending a beautiful day in amazing gardens and sampling tasty cordials, elixirs and ferments, the most incredible thing I got from the workshop was the concept of cultural topsoil. We tend our gardens and fields to create rich topsoil. This top layer of soil is where the majority of biological activity happens and having robust topsoil is integral to plant health. Similarly, we must tend our cultural selves too. In an age of mass produced, anonymous commodities we have lost much of what made communities diverse and unique. But through our stories, our crafts, our actions we can enrich our collective experiences. We can honor the special something of every place, of our place. It’s the story behind the cordial. The recipe handed down from generation to generation. It’s the ritual. It’s that one moment in that one place. And it’s our collective remembering and holding of it all.
My intention for this blog is to enrich your experience of my products and the place from whence they come. Through my writings and photographs I will share stories and (mis)adventures in the green world. I want to create the context of Herb Angel. So that when you use a Chocolate & Rose body scrub, you can imagine a North Carolina chocolate factory. You might hear the sounds of friends laughing in the kitchen or weeding together in the garden. It is all in there.
When one makes medicine with the plants, there’s an alchemy that creates something bigger than any of the individual parts. The tinctures, teas and salves are all infused with our energy, intentions and carry the spirit of the place. So please enjoy this blog and my humble offerings.
From my heart to yours,