Saturday, February 1, 2014

A New Project - As Gypsies Wander


I have fallen in love...with a book. A book written by a woman in the 1940's published in the 50s once, then never again. I can only find evidence of this first pressing so the number of books out there is very limited especially in the States.

This book “As Gypsies Wander” is a rare and hard to find account of the herbalist  Juliette De Bairacli Levy's wanderings through Europe meeting with and learning from the Gypsies she encountered.

When I first learned about this book I went out on the hunt to track it down. When I found it, I saw it selling for anywhere between $200-1500. Furthermore, my hunt in the California library system was difficult finding only one that was often checked out already. When I finally did get my hands on it, I scanned all the pages with the idea of turning it in to an ebook to share with the world.

As an act of love and devotion, I have decided to hand type out this entire book. I know, I could just put out the scanned pages (as terrible as they are) but I want to do this right and I love the idea of re-reading the book on such an intimate level. This 300 page book will take me a while and after spilling the beans to a few fellow herbalists and seeing their excitement for it, I decided sharing the work as I type it out was the best course of action.

Every week I will post a new block of text from the book, including any pictures included in the page range. When I am finished, I will compile the book into an epub format and have it available for free download on the blog As Gypsies Wander.

I hope you will take this journey with me

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Moments of joy

This morning I had one of those moments where you stop for a second and realize "THIS is my life".
A lot of times you hear this in the context of something negative, like "how have I gotten to this terrible place" or "where did I go wrong" but for me, this morning, it was joyous.

THIS IS MY LIFE...and I love it.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

With a little help from the sun

Guess what friends. I'm getting married in October. It's lovely.

In the meantime I'm keeping busy makin' stuff. Here are the things I've been working on today (with a little help from the sun):

Sun tea, 4 thieves vinegar, and herbal salve

4 Thieves Vinegar

Found some apples (IN JULY) so I picked up all the first falls, cleaned off the bad parts, froze the good, and...

made some apple bread!



Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tinctures

For the past few years I have been slowly teaching myself the art of herbalism. I have chosen the route of learning each herb as needed for myself & those around me so I can actually see the herbs in action as I learn about them. This may take longer than going to a school but this is how I learn best. 

One of my mainstays at my Homemade Food Swaps has been my herbal teas.  The most potent of which is my "Active Infection" blend. This tea blend is great to start taking as soon as you feel an illness coming on, throughout colds & flus, if you have a skin infection that isn't wanting to heal, etc.

Teas are great, but if you really want to kick the healing up a notch you want a tincture.


So today, I have decided to take my tea blend, and turn it in to a tincture (some should be available for the next swap in July). I removed the spices added for flavoring and concentrated on the most potent healing herbs. 

Pau D'Arco, Astragalus root, Calendula, Nettle, Hibiscus, Turmeric, Echinacea, Elderberries



The herbs sit in an alcohol water mix so both the alcohol soluble and water soluble nutrients are extracted, which is what makes tinctures so much more potent than teas. 
Each batch takes around 6 weeks to complete and should last around a year.