Why Detox in the Spring?

There are so many opinions about detoxing floating around that it can be difficult to sort out what is helpful. There are some who are passionately attached to specific practices as THE way to detox. Historically, many cultures do a type of internal ‘Spring cleaning’ as a way to clear out the accumulation of the results of Winter’s heavier, fatty …

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Autumn, Sadness and Yin Deficiency

I don’t know about you, but this summer was hotter and busier than I anticipated.   Busier in that I was feeling particularly bombarded with lots of things I wanted to do but never seemed to get to.   These expectations were not met (natch) and the resulting sadness and judgement over whether I “should have been better at (fill …

Running an Apothecary in the 1800’s

“How I spent my summer vacation….” So begins many a school child’s writing assignment. When you are small, you travel at the whim of your parents. When you are older, you travel at the whim of yourself (and partner/companion). That is how we ended up at Mystic Seaport, Connecticut in June. We were headed to Springfield, MA for the National …

The Elderberry is Expanding Services

Part of developing a business is knowing when to expand and when to just maintain.  At The Elderberry, we are in the process of expanding.   We have brought on another local herbalist, the talented Liz Henke of Talking Drum Herbals to help in the store. She brings experience with Women’s Health and self-care issues along with an amazing ability …

This Little Light of Mine

The heaviness of mid-Winter can be difficult to process.   The gray days, bouncing from”severe winter weather warnings” to “wintry mix” forecasts to just cold drizzly days can bring down even the most enthusiastic hibernator supporters (bears don’t count). It is now time for the Season of the Seed Catalogs.   The ever growing pile of seed catalogs awaits review …

Class Recipes

Below are the recipes we used in our recent classes.  They are basic ones to get you started on your creative journey.  Please feel free to experiment and make them your recipes! Calendula Salve A salve is basically a mixture of oil and beeswax. You can vary the type of oil used in order to met your needs for moistening, …

Welcome New Year 2015!

2014 was a very good year for The Elderberry… That was the year we came into our physical presence!   The planning for the store’s birth started 18 months earlier and could not have been possible without the help of many people, a true community effort.   I would like to thank the following people: From the beginning, Heather Wetzel …

Winter Wellness

In a couple of weeks we will be entering the period of Stillness Between Movements: Winter. “Winter…creates the space between autumn and the rebirth of spring.”   Susan Gallagher In Chinese medicine, each season is assigned an element and corresponding organ. The element of Winter is water   and the organ is the Kidney.   Kidneys balance both water and …