Fanning the flames…..a round of up things that excite, incite and ignite.

As psychologist James Hillman once put it, “It was only when science convinced us the Earth was dead that it could begin its autopsy in earnest.”  The greatest act of disobedience to the mechanistic model is to reclaim our empathy with the living planet, our ability to feel.” -Stephen Buhner

2014-09-28 11.27.03This is an interesting article from an amazing herbalist, ecologist, and earth wizard Stephen Buhner, which explains why herbal medicine, as a living medicine, not a mechanical scientifically reduced modality is so very important.  Constituents and physiology are important and useful tools, but not at the expense of the very real and even more powerful reality that plant medicines are ALIVE, and their life force is a power far greater than simplistic models.  Its the life in the plants that primarily supports the life in the human body, both as food and medicine.

http://thesunmagazine.org/issues/468/living_medicine

I was thrilled to find Radha’s Sacred Ayurveda e course this winter, just at the perfect time I was craving and seeking a reconnection with self care, and the healing modalities of energetic food medicine.  I had the good fortune to also meet Radha in Flagstaff a few weeks ago and sit and share conversation and coffee together, and I have to say, she is such a sister of the soul, and I’m grateful to have connected with her.  Her work in Sacred Ayurveda is so beautiful, deeply nourishing and so exciting!!  I’m sure you will want to check out her offerings.

Irene was my apprentice several years ago, and is blossoming her own magical creations now in the southwest, including her beautiful wild inspired perfumes at Durga Botanicals.  I am loving the latest, Sweet Clover Musk so much.  And though I’m not much of a perfumer myself, she did spend a lot of time learning and collecting plants with me, and I 100% trust her products, abilities and connections with the plants to be of the utmost care and quality.  Its such a gift to watch your students blossom and become amazing gifted plant magicians themselves!  Irene’s wings are gorgeous!  plantwhisperer button

Music moves the soul…..whats fresh now?  I recently completed the Plant Whisperer Journey and here’s the soundtrack I put together on Spotify to inspire and excite.

The Everyday Sacred- 28 Day Journey

Coming in 2015

Start the coming year off by calling in your plant allies, creating sacred space, ceremony, and personal healing with

Shamana Flora: The Everyday Sacred
28 Day Journey

For the length of the First Moon Cycle of 2015- Join me for daily practices, journeys, challenges and plant wisdom delivered to your inbox to invite the Sacred into your EVERYDAY for 2015. Daily practices are designed to take 15-20 min, and be simple to incorporate into your daily life. At completion you will have a toolbox available to you for the rest of the year to create sacred moments, ceremony and connection with your plant medicines and allies on a daily basis. Includes online community sharing space.

Jan 19 – Feb 18

$28

Join The Everyday Sacred Journey!

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I am so excited to offer this new mini journey with the plants coming in January.

We are going to start the coming year off by calling in plant allies, creating sacred space, ceremony, and personal healing with
The Everyday Sacred:
A 28 Day Journey

The new year is often a time of resolutions and goals, and hopes for a change in the coming months. But rather than taking large leaps and setting expectations and hard to live up to standards, we can tend, nourish and foster the tiny everyday steps we take to create more beauty, connection and Sacredness in our lives.

For the length of the First Moon Cycle of 2015- Join me for daily practices, journeys, rituals, herbal remedies, and plant wisdom delivered to your inbox to invite the Sacred into your EVERYDAY for 2015. Daily practices are designed to take less 15 min, and be simple to incorporate into your daily life. Baby Steps. Small daily changes and tools that add up to a way to tend and nourish a new perspective and intention to hold the Sacred in our Everyday moments.
At completion you will have a toolbox available to you for the rest of the year to create sacred moments, ceremony and connection with your plant medicines and allies on a daily basis. Includes online community sharing space.

Each of the four weeks has a theme we will explore- intention, honoring, releasing, and protection, as we work with plants, herbal remedies, sacred moments and creating awareness. New and Full moon rituals, guidance on connecting with plant helpers for your personal intentions, community support, and celebrating the magic of our every day moments with spirit and plant medicine allies.

Jan 19 – Feb 18

This is for you if you are wanting to create more day to day magic moments with your plants, how you tend and nurture your spirit, and how to invite more mindful sacred moments into the busy bustle of daily life. Even if you don’t know a lot about plant medicines, or feel like a beginner. This isn’t about learning a whole new bunch of facts about plants, but connecting with a few simple tools that can be used any time to improve, deepen and enrich our daily experience of plants, sacred space and spirit in our lives.

These tools come from my own years of practicing with the plants in my home and daily life, shamanism, personal healing, and ceremony.

I hope you will join in this growing community of souls who want to cultivate the beauty and magic of sacred space and plant allies in their world every day.

The 28 day journey is just $28 dollars, $1 a day, and the tools available to you for the rest of your life to use as you find them beneficial.

When you change the way you look at things…..

When you change the way you see the world, the world around you changes. Perspective controls our perceptions. When I feel stuck, triggered, mired, or unhappy with the way things appear to be, I know it’s time for a perspective shift. A sit with the plant teachers and healers who continually offer their medicine wisdom, year after year. Certain plant medicines have been used for thousands of years to help us humans shift our perspective away from our small personal ego stories to a greater understanding of the sacredness in all things, and the endless possibilities of creation. Some are strong teachers like ayahuasca, some are more widely used, such as cannabis and tobacco, and yet there are still others, who whisper to us their gifts gently, urging us to turn our heads up and look at things in another way. Pictured here is beautiful wild marigolds- tagetes lemmonii, one of many species, used as medicine for grief, sadness and darkness(as well as a ally for digestion!). Marigold helps us to turn in our darkness towards the light, so we can see more clearly and shed light on those shadows we can learn to love and embrace, rather than hide and fear. This medicine goes so deep. I am in deep deep gratitude to its fragrance and magic that help me turn things upside down when I need a fresh look. What are your favorite herbal perspective shifting medicines?

2015 CSA Memberships Open Now!

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 Join the Herbal CSA Movement!!  

Support grassroots healing, local small business, and sustainability!

The Blue Turtle Botanicals Herbal CSA shares have been consistently being delivered for 4 years, with repeat customers who subscribe year after year, enjoy fresh new products and long time favorites.

 

  • 20130413-070540.jpgMuch like farming, earth centered herbalism is based on long term relationships with the land and the plants harvested, and the skill and art of making medicines, formulas and finished products from the raw plants. Herbal products have become widely available in health food stores across the nation, allowing more people more access to natural plant medicines, but what is lacking from this model, is precisely what the Community Supported Agriculture movement has done for farming, and what it can do for herbalism! It provides sustainable, healthy, locally produced plant medicines made by with the skill, knowledge, intention, love and magic of your herbalist. And now, the Herbal CSA!
    The Blue Turtle Botanicals Herbal CSA includes: 
  • delivery to your home each month through the mail- you never have to go anywhere to pick up your dukkah2share (pick up is available in Tucson, AZ)
  • 3 new fresh, handmade products each month
  • offers multiple share lengths
  • affordable
  • provides the freshest, most potent plant medicine and products for your personal use (products are made seasonally, and fresh- nothing sitting on a shelf for months on end!)
  • many products are made with ethically wildcrafted local plants, when not wildcrafted we use organic or plants from gardens grown without chemicals.
  • supplies you with seasonally appropriate medicines and products (elderberry for cold & flu season, cooling tea blends for summer iced infusions, soup herbs to infuse your fall soups with healing plants)
  • offers a wide variety of medicines and product types for all tastes- including tinctures, elixirs, medicinal tea blends, infused healing oils, salves, luscious body care, flower essences, vinegars and more!
  • supports the skills, experience, knowledge, and heartfelt connection of your herbalist, Darcey, with the plants and land she works from

TincturesElixirsWordingThe Herbal CSA makes a wonderful gift to yourself each month, with a new product to nourish your well being arriving every month. It is ideal for the herbal enthusiast who would like to learn more about new plants and herbal products, the family building their natural medicine cabinet, the herbal student, and anyone who would like to use natural healing on a more regular basis, and those who support the local, sustainable and community based product model (like CSA’s!)Your options for joining the CSA are varied:

 

20130413-070735.jpgNow THREE share lengths – 3, 6 month or 12 month duration
Monthly Box with 3 items (1 oz size tincture, 1 oz size salve, 2 oz fresh blended teas, 2 oz vinegars, syrups, or oxymels, body care products (varies with product)

Selections will be seasonal- based on what is available and growing well and abundantly, and what inspires in the moment of connection between wilderness, plant and herbalist.

 

If you’d like to support grassroots herbalism consider joining the CSA today!

For LOCALS to Tucson, AZ – Get your local medicine share for pick up!

To make easy, afforadable monthly payments via Paypal Autopay- $35.99 a month at any share length, make your share length choice and purchase below.

This is a 15% discount of LAST years memberships!!!

paypal-buy-now-button 3 month CSA membership $35.99/month

paypal-buy-now-button 6 months CSA membership $35.99/month

 

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Or If you would like to purchase your share in full – please click here to make that purchase!

3 months -just $99!

Darcey Blue is the clinical herbalist, wildcrafter, plant whisperer, medicine maker andchiricahua dawn owner of Blue Turtle Botanicals.  In recent years,  the development of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) has blossomed all across the country.  In this unique partnership, communities support their local farms, business and ecosystems by purchasing a share at the beginning of the season, and are rewarded with rich, healthy, locally grown food and products for a specific amount of time.

In light of this development, Darcey Blue has created a unique Herbal CSA!  Much like farming, earth centered herbalism is based on long term relationships with the land and the plants harvested, and the skill and art of making medicines, formulas and finished products from the raw plants.  Herbal products have become widely available in health food stores across the nation, allowing more people more access to natural plant medicines, but what is lacking from this model, is precisely what the Community Supported Agriculture movement has done for farming, and what it can do for herbalism!  It provides sustainable, healthy, locally produced plant medicines made by with the skill, knowledge,  intention, love and magic of your herbalist.