I get a huge amount of inquiries asking about the purple herb shelf at Morgan Botanicals! Many about how do I keep them safe from exposure to sunlight. Well if you haven't been into the shop then it's easy to miss the awesomely hidden curtain. My shop faces East and the shelf is tucked into a nook facing South but doesn't get straight sun hitting it. But there are alot of windows and in the summer it is brighter in here. So what I did was put up a curtain rod at the top of my shelf, and I close the curtain when I'm not working and especially in the summer when the light shifts and it's brighter in my shop. It's a super cheap fix for those looking for ideas on how to display and enjoy the beauty of your herbs -but also to protect your medicines better! ~Jessica...
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Many of you know the issues happening right now over the Fire Cider trademarking fiasco, Rosemay Gladstar and the community of disheartened herbalists. It is an issue. A sad one but one that needs to come out in the open as herbal medicine is reaching huge heights in commerce.
For me, I bare no hatred, only a sense of sadness for their business ethics and their disrespect for the Medicines of the People.
You know, I've never been ashamed to speak about my mistakes and bad decisions as it's a lesson that every business (good business) has and can overcome. How do you learn or grow if you don't own up to the uh ohhhs and move forward gracefully and better informed. My business, Morgan Botanicals, has been around for a decade and I've been making herbal medicines for a decade before that and it goes without saying that I've made plenty of silly choices, plenty of stupid mistakes and a good handful of careless decisions. But I've also chosen to embrace change and learn from my uh ohhhs and make the right move in the better direction. It feels good to be able to say, "Well I f***ed up that one! How can I do it better this time?"
One issue clearly come to mind for me when I see the Fire Cider name stealing complaints.
I run a Herbal CSA which allows me the creativity to produce six new original products every month. A very exciting adventure. And so much fun to do. But I also have to name these products and as much as I'd like to scroll through pages and pages and research endless hours to make sure that I'm not stealing anyone else's copyrighted herbal product names...sometimes there's not enough time and sometimes you just miss it. But long story short, last year I created a deliciouses good for you morning brew. I named it Faux Joe. I thought I was a genius. It's hand made with roasted chicory root, roasted and raw dandelion root, roasted burdock root, roasted malva root, roasted carob, roasted cacao nibs and a nice helping of allspice and coriander seed......yummy huh. It's yummy! I guess it's not much different than many of the other caffein free chicory coffee type drinks out there- but it's different. Anyway, I made a label, took photos, put up the yummy pictures on pinterest and twitter and facebook and even created a listing to sell my extras on my website and LocalHarvest.
Not more than a few hours later I was privately contacted by a couple of my very well respected elders appropriately letting me know that that name was already taken. In commerce, and had been for a long time.
Gasp! Uh Ohhh
Of course I was apologetic and embarrassed to say the least. I did not know this name was being used but apparently I didn't look well enough. So I pulled my big girl panties up and apologized. Sincerely. And I immediately to course of action to delete my photos and listings, create a new name, and move forward. You see, even though you may not be in an ideal situation, you can create a positive outcome and along the way -learn some very valuable lessons.
I didn't research well enough. I was wrong. And that's OK. It's Ok to be wrong. Sometimes it feels good to be wrong. Because you learn about who you are and what kind of person you want to be. And how you make others feel says alot about you. I choose to respect what is right, what makes me feel good- whether it is a law or not.
I want to say that I've read many of the Fire Cider trademarking threads about how if this company was to stop and fix the situation and rename their product, that the herbal community would stand strong behind them and I can say that I know this to be true. I had much support around my minor tea naming mishap and I think I've eared a bit of respect for my actions, and a few new friends that I cherish deeply.
And a new tea: Mock Java
Ultimilty I am proud of how it all went down. Quietly, Respectively and Supportively. And this is the Herbal Community that I know, love and trust.
Be Well and Be Honest,
Three years ago today I decided to stop buying myself cigarettes and start buying myself flowers instead. I choose to trade a self destructive habit for a self love habit, and buying flowers was something I 'never' had money to spend.... on myself.
Three years later, the self love tradition continues. I am proud of myself and my commitment to a better me. Change is pretty darned easy when you want it to be. Now my home is prettier, my lungs are prettier, my life is prettier, and I am prettier! And it is my deepest hope that this little blurb of self love might just help someone else to find the courage to commit to themselves too. What ever it may be....
Spices are more than just flavor- they are loaded with phytonutrients and have an array of beneficial medicinal properties. Whenever we eat, we should also be eating good amounts of medicinal spices....they should be synonymous with each other. Why not have medicinally loaded meals! We must appreciate that we need these pungent foods in our lives to stay healthy. Adding spices to our diets is one of the most effective measures we can take to assist our bodies in their constant battle against pathogenic assaults and degenerative processes. Add a few cloves to your chicken soup, dump some coriander in your bean pot, dash some cinnamon in your coffee, grate some nutmeg in your warmed milk and a little cayenne in everything! Go on- start adding a bunch of spice to your life!
Likewise, the late Dr. Chirstopher notes that birch cleanses the body, purifies the blood, cleans out toxins and makes way for a new start. But more so, he said that humans have intentionally planted birch groves in waste areas, such as old mines that have toxic grounds and other areas that we humans have disturbed so greatly that other plants and animals wont even go near, so as to purify the Earth to make way for future successions of native species. In addition, he said that when the leaves from the tree fall to the ground, as well as the roots underground and the whole tree when it eventually dies and falls, rejuvenates the soil in these waste places. Just like it rejuvenates us. You see, birch has a similar effect on humans when taken internally. She cleanses the soul and she purifies the blood. She heals us. She heals the Earth.... because she’s The Lady of the Woods.