If I were to be completely honest, I would have to admit that I have a commitment issue of sorts. I find it difficult being in one place longer than 3 months, my recent pledge to vegetarianism has been blown far to the wayside, my grudges last either 4 days or 4 years, I can't commit to tattoos larger than a dot or a half inch line..
These three formulations are the results of my wanting to stay in one place. They are the pledges to my ever growing devotion to herbalism and my wanting to connect with those who I love and appreciate. They have been given as gifts to dear friends and named for lovers and David Bowie; they have been dreamed up through tears, funk and pure bliss.
I initially created STAR SOOTHER last winter on the night of David Bowie's death. It was a reaction to the incredible grief I was experiencing both from his passing and the deep depression I found myself in that first winter away from California. I gathered my favorite herbs together and tossed in a citrine stone given to me by a fellow scorpion friend and danced around the kitchen putting my heart and soul into the first creation of this blend. I carried it with me through a southern trek of America and found comfort in its restful qualities.
OH LOVER came to me as I departed from two dear friends a few months before the creation of STAR SOOTHER. Inspired by the sweetness of their love, I threw together the most delicious and passionate herbs I had in my pocession. The first brewing of this syrup journeyed with these friends as they braved the salty seas of Cuba and the rough sands of Mexico. Even somehow surviving a theft of luggage and traveling back to Florida, still intact nearly a year later. Some parts of the original syrup have changed but most of it is the same. For this batch I added honey from my beloved farm back in Sweden. Honey that is so sweet and dear to me that I almost found it difficult to part with; but knowing that I could pass it on to you was an inspiration and I felt no regrets adding it to the pot.
LONELY HEART was a dream of mine for some time. It's a combination of the herbs that bring me such immediate joy, a flower essence I've grown to love and a crystal I've known for years. This is my first time actually bring this particular formula to the physical realm, but I feel as if I've known it for years. When I was in herb school I felt such a strong pull toward roses that I sought out the advice of a teacher and expressed my concerns of a possible addiction to her. She assured me that all was well and if rose was singing to me in such a soulful way, then I should just keep on riding that wave.
Know that these creations are meant to be a sort of hug from someone who understands. I may not have been exactly where you've been and we may not share similar stories but I am here for you and try my best to understand where you come from. The tinctures, syrups and zines I create are intended to be a friend to carry in your pocket and your belly. It's my gesture of showing love to those I can't speak to and the ones I don't know.
You are loved. You are so loved.
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