such a lovely life ♡
we found poisonous jack o'lantern mushrooms, edible oyster mushrooms, medicinal turkey tail mushrooms, magical hanging lichen and deer bones.
such a lovely life ♡
Herbs are gentle reminders to the body. They take time to help you heal, it is not a quick fix. Ailments that cause the body to become imbalanced need about 3 months to have a noticeable shift.
Of course there are the subtle shifts that may be more noticeable to folks with a sensitive system. Then there are complex imbalances that need more time, more then 3 months...depending on the issue. But generally around the 3 month mark folks start to notice a positive shift in their body.
Hormonal imbalances are an emotionally and physically challenging case. Shifting a woman's short or long menstrual cycle takes time. I have worked on both; short estrogen dominate and long progesterone deficient cases.
One approach is an herbal regiment which includes nourishing the endocrine system to support the bodies natural hormone release, while also supporting the liver, which is key.
Adaptogenic herbs are amazing in their ability to support the endocrine system in properly functioning. An example of a series of glandular excretions would be the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Many women suffer from adrenal burnout. When our bodies are over taxed by stress it takes energy from different systems like the adrenals to compensate for over use. This in turn can be the cause of a hormone imbalance. One example of many endocrine cascade imbalance possibilities.
The liver helps the body flush out toxins. If the liver is inundated with a toxic overload then bile isn't excreted properly. Bile helps the body break down fats in the lower intestines providing better nutrient absorption. Also when someone is constipated, due to poor digestive excretions, these toxins (like pesticide inducing xenoestrogens) can be reabsorbed back into the body through the bowels. This could also be a cause of hormonal imbalance. Milk thistle is a powerful herb that supports, rebuilds and nourishes the liver.
It takes time to shift hormones at least 3 months to notice a significant difference in lengthening a short cycle. Perhaps reducing pain during menses. The domino effect to good health is numerous. In helping a hormone imbalance by way of nourishing the liver; digestion is improved through better nutrient absorption! It's all connected, through an amazing interdependent dance between all of the systems of the whole body. That's why w.holistic health care is so important.
Of course these are a couple examples of what to do in the case of a hormonal imbalance. There are so many herbs that help so many systems that have fallen out of balance. I love the art of helping the system remember it's optimal path.
I would love to help you
A Health Consultation with me Includes;
The following 2 sessions are an hour each. I spend 45 minutes talking with you about your physical-mental-spiritual health and the maintenance of your health plan. The last 15 minutes are geared toward formulation of your tincture. The tincture is a healthful potion you take home and take as suggested during the session.
My rates for this service are:
Initial consultation Two hour session $190, An hour session $95
My service cost for 3 months is $380
(1 two hour session and 2 one hour sessions)
Plus 3 herbal formulations of 30 ml tinctures at $90
Equaling $470 for 3 months of healthcare including herbal formulation with tincture and the initial consultation.
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One of my favorite creative expressions is to sculpt herbs into beads.
This year, the dazzling well awaited year of 2012, I've been drying and collecting all of the flowers that have been given to me. You know those divine expressions of love - the bouquet. From purple roses splashed in white streaks to Blue Herons farmers market bouquets and even a few wild flowers picked on epic hikes. I have a wonderful pile of beautiful flowers waiting to be turned into beads!
I dry the flowers, then I pummel them into a fine powder. I mix the powder with fragrant essential oils and sculpt them into beads of all shapes and sizes. Sometimes I add different herbs and essences to create particular spells. Spells for love, truth, dreams incantaions, even really really specific spells ;)
I like to sculpt the beads into simple shapes; circles for well rounded completion, earth diamonds for truth, squares to honor the four directions - pillars of a healthy foundation.
Then I wire with copper, gold or silver. Each metal possessing it's one magical quality. Gold for radiant solar energy. Silver for intuitive lunar energy. Copper often linked with the planet Venus as an amazing amplifier and natural conduit of the hearts truest desire.
Imagine it perfume diffusers, swaying fragrance near the curve of your neck. Starting with a base of fragrant whole herbs, flowers and spices pummeled and blended with natural fragrance and essences, sculpted into symbolic shapes creating wearable altars.
Yup, a wearable altar. Made from the best stuff on earth, with the best intention. Read all about it in this article written by Joshua Alexander, about yours truly.
Did you know scented herb beads and rose beads have their roots in rosaries, during ancient times people made scented prayer amulets such as rosaries. It was believed the fragrance from the beads, warmed by the wearer during prayer, would reach the nose of god, and god would be pleased. With a pleased god, prayers would be answered. Often made from roses, hence the name rosaries.
This jewelry is fragrant and magical!
I would love to make you something packed full of magic!
Email me Tatiana@FlorentinaCraft.com and we'll play together.
PS check out my Instagram for a few mushroom pictures!
Did you know I also offer urban herb walks?
Check out my Events page
Get to know your local Herbs by taking a walk
With a Certified Western Herbalist
Walk will take place in a park or urban neighborhood
Come take a walk with me
Contact me by email Tatiana@FlorentinaCraft.com
for pricing and availability
There are so many doors to walk through in life.
But which door to choose? Which path to take when life leads you toward a fork in the road?
Everyone needs to be listened to, everyone. It's amazing really, how so many people wait for their turn to talk... Sometimes I wonder if people are really listening. And if they are listening, what are they listening to? To me? To you?
The health practitioner in me has developed a skill, I call it Empathic Counseling. Empathy is the art of feeling other. My goal is to counsel folks onto their path, sense and shine light on their true feelings and their true calling all at their authentic pace.
Omens, I turn my eye to the sky, the road, the subtleties in life; where it seems to be less obvious. In listening I've learned to patiently breath and watch the hands, the brow, the texture of the skin, even the energy around the person. I also listen to the tone and the pace of someones speech. I read the pulse, touch the ears, and feel people, fully. There are so many layers in the experience of human interaction.
I love humans. I love the complexities of beings and playing reminder when folks forget their innate power.
Do you need to be reminded?
Offering you Empathic Counseling - Tatiana@FlorenitnaCraft.com
I want to listen.
When I was a kid science was my favorite.
Nowadays I get to play with the formulation of potions. It's wonderful to understand the synergy of herbs and the body systems. I am grateful for my herbal training, clinical residency and all of science teachers.
I refer to the art of making medicinal preparations made from herbs, essences, gems, animals, minerals, aromatics, (really skies the limit) - as potions.
One of my favorite kinds of potions to make are love potions. Everyone wants to feel love and it's a wonderful potion to share with folks. Once, when I was playing at the Adaptogen healing art salon, I shared this amazing love potion and everyone felt the love. It was pretty magical.
I made this amazing heart opening potion for my friends. Using my grandmothers red roses picked at their highest peak, and they exclaimed that I had made them a true aphrodisiac infused with decadent, heart opening, joy. Yeah, I thought whoa too.
The truth is I love making potions. Talking with someone about how they want to feel and making a potion to invoke the desired feeling is...gosh, indescribable fun! It's like being a kid with a chemistry set - play. Of course I'm all grown up now and I've been trained. But, heck to find that thing that feels like play and to make a career out of it - wow.
I give thanks.
The light is on my path.
Want a potion of your very own?
Well give your local healer an email, Tatiana@FlorentinaCraft.com
I would love to ask you; "So, how do you want to feel?"
I love aroma. The complexity of fragrance is compelling and familiar. In fact we smell through the same neural pathways as we remember.
Different essential oils will invoke in us different feelings, thoughts, ideas, sensations and even affect body systems. There are many ways to utilize aromatics. Through peeling an orange, cooking with spices, a spritz of perfume, burning resins and so many more...
One of my favorite scents this season is Cardamom. Warm and spicy it's top notes help the lungs take in a deeper breath. It's also a carminative; an herb that helps the body release unwanted gas. Plus cardamom is an amazing aphrodisiac.
Enjoy your season with a custom perfume for you or your loved ones, possibly with cardamom!
Contact me today Tatiana@florentinaCraft.com
I woke up HAPPY and D and I talked about what we were grateful and thankful for. Then I leaped out of bed eager to BAKE!
Oh yeah, I'm gonna paleo bake some cinnamon buns, thumb print cookies and meat pies!!!
MMM, so excited! I'll take pictures and post a few on instagram today ;)
In awe of this amazing grandfather eucalyptus tree.
Picked a bouquet of leaves for a steam. Gonna boil water and through in a bunch of eucalyptus leaves and deeply inhale. Soothe and clear out day old summer. I'm quieting mind as I Fall into Autumn. Chinese medicine calls Autumn the time for lung nourishment. Yes, and I'll pair it with a nice cup of licorice, lemon verbena and ginger tea.
Nothing like a warm cup of tea and a warm steam during the cold season. Breathing deeply in quiet introspection.
i'm a practicing clinical western herbalist
thriving in Berkeley, CA
you can find me on a hike or a leisurely walk watching the plants push through the cracks
i love to cook healthy & delicious gluten free & frequently grain free sweet & savory wild foods
while setting intentions--i burn frankincense, copal & wild-crafted pine resins on hot coals filling my space with aroma to please my spirit
i'm driven to learn so i read the latest health articles, metaphysical literature & how-to books
i choose love, hold hands, take a 6 point pulse, ask good questions and adore getting to the root of things