Monday, April 7, 2014

Good Time Energy Treats

"Date fruit" image by Suat Eman
These herbal treats are a nutritious alternative to candy or energy bars, are free of nuts, soy, dairy and gluten. Filled with herbs that support digestion, mood, energy, and decreased stress, they also provide a host of vitamins (including B vitamins, K, and A) and minerals such as iron, calcium and magnesium from the dates, spirulina and tahini. The tahini also provides protein, while coconut oil gives us healthy fats in the form of medium-chain triglycerides, supporting increased energy, strong muscles, and brain health. Dietary fiber from dates helps prevent LDL (bad cholesterol) build-up and moves waste smoothly through the digestive system, allowing your body to remove toxins. Rose Salt is filled with trace minerals that support the thyroid and roses for joy. Best of all, Good Time Energy Treats are delicious!Good Time Energy Treats are great for school lunch boxes or for an afternoon pick-me-up, a hike, or as a tasty snack with a tall glass of hemp milk or locally pasture-raised cows’ milk.

Good Time Energy Treats 
   3 cups tahini (drain excess oil from the top)
   1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
   1 cup honey
   1 cup pitted dates
   ½ cup cocoa powder or carob powder (use more or less for consistency)
   2 cups shredded coconut, divided
   2 oz slippery elm powder
   5 oz ashwagandha
   1 oz spirulina
   2 Tablespoons cinnamon
   1 Tablespoon ginger
   1 Tablespoon cardamom
   1/3 teaspoon Blackbird's Daughter Himalayan Rose Salt, ground.
1.    Mix tahini and dates in a blender until smooth.
2.    Blend in coconut oil, honey, salt and powdered herbs and spices.
3.    Add 1 cup of coconut and blend. Add cocoa powder until you have a soft dough.
4.    Pour the rest of the coconut into a wide bowl. Grease your hands with a little coconut oil, and roll spoonfuls of the dough into balls. Roll the balls in the coconut, pressing the coconut into the dough so the balls don’t stick together.5.    Store your treats in the fridge or a cool place away from moisture. They will last for several weeks.©2014 Blackbird’s Daughter

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It's Spring!

Sacred sage and poke on the kitchen windowsill
We may be in for one more good blow of Winter today, despite being almost a full week into spring, and I'm hearing some rumblings among the masses. 
I get it. We're all starved for warmth and sunlight and vitamin D and Mama Earth energy.
We are a hardy bunch, us Yankees, and even we are at our peaked end. Perhaps you feel you just cannot take another shoveling out the car. Perhaps you already put away your heaviest jacket in a fit of magical thinking. Perhaps the extended cold has left you feeling as emotionally vibrant as the last mealy apple in the bottom of the fridge.
Again, I get it. 
So here's some good news, in no particular order:

~The tiny yellow Aconite flowers that peak out through the snow by my mother's doorway are here.
~I put out a bird feeder two weeks ago and each day we have more visitors - chickadees, cardinals, sparrows, and someone that I think is a tufted titmouse (though the man of the house says that's just because I like saying the words "tufted titmouse").
~Yesterday I went for a wander down the lane to nibble some pine sap and hug a tree and stroke the newly uncovered moss, and Every Puddle I jumped in was thawed. Every single one. You'd better believe I went back for second jumpsies. I got myself such a good running start, I practically dove in.
first puddle of the season
~And finally, as a reminder of just how precious and lovely our planet is, I present to you... Us. On the Vernal Equinox. From Space.   With love,
Blackbird's Daughter

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Apprentices, meet your teachers...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sacred Herbalism Apprenticeship

Connect with the Earth. Deepen your roots. Grow your passion.

Beloveds, it's time to sign up for the..

Sacred Herbalism Apprenticeship

Do you crave a connection with Nature's healing wisdom that is based on more than just which herbs heal what ailments and what berries are safe to eat? Do you want to grow your practical and intuitive skills as a healer?  Are you interested in holistic wellness not just for humans, but for the Earth itself?

Playing with tree devas in Maine
During the Sacred Herbalism Apprenticeship program, you will learn to cultivate relationships with the natural world that are reciprocal, joyful, and mutually beneficial. Together, we will explore:

~Wild-crafting, foraging, growing, gathering, and connecting with reverence and gratitude.
~Plant identification and communication.
~Creating your own herbarium & materia medica.
~Traditional healing preparations, including foods, beverages, salves, tinctures and more.
~Dowsing and intuitive energy work.
~Spirit-centered ways to nourish you, your family, your yard, your environment, and all our Relations.
gathering St. Johns Wort in Vermont
This course is open to all skill levels, and has two levels:

4 Month Apprenticeship
  • Full-day Intensives: April 6, May 4, June 1, July 13 (8:30 to 6:30, includes lunchtime potluck with wild foods). A portion of each day will be spent outdoors; please come prepared with appropriate footwear, change of clothes (including swimwear), and hydration.
  • On-going assignments.
  • Optional phone check-ins
  • Opportunity to work with Jessica in her home apothecary, gardens, in the wild, at events, etc.
  • Cost: $500 (see below for details).

observing the lilies from the Summer garden

8 Month Apprenticeship
  • A Sacred Gathering Weekend in Vermont (August 22-24)
  • End of Season ritual and certificate of completion.
  • Full-day Intensives: April 6, May 4, June 1, July 13, August 3, September 14, October 5, November 2  (8:30 to 6:30, includes lunchtime potluck with wild foods). A portion of each day will be spent outdoors; please come prepared with appropriate footwear, change of clothes (including swimwear), and hydration.
  • On-going assignments.
  • Optional phone check-ins
  • Opportunity to work with Jessica in her home apothecary, gardens, in the wild, at events, etc.
  • Cost: $900 (see below for details).
making a bee-sting poultice

To hold your space, a deposit of half the tuition is required by March 15th unless otherwise agreed, and monthly payment plans are available to those who require them. I offer this program at a low cost with the goal of making this wisdom available to more people. In return, I ask that participants agree to share some of what they learn with others, that the cycle of wellness spreads. This knowledge is our birthright. It is high time we claim it and pass it on.
connecting with tide pool energy at dusk
For more information and to meet with Jessica, call (802) 578-7931. I look forward to working with YOU!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

NOFA Winter Conference

Blackbird's Daughter Botanicals will be at the 12th Annual NOFA-NH Winter Conference's Green Market Fair this weekend, Feb 1 & 2, at Rundlett Middle School in Concord, NH. This year's theme is We Are All Farmers: Seeding a Common Soil. For more information about Keynote Speakers and the full conference schedule go to

In honor of Valentine's Day, I've blended a few new products that are a delightful mix of the Sacred and...dare I say it....Profane!
dare you to try it!

PLUS, some very special new (and/or newly streamlined) services and items:

Herbal Services
-Custom Herbals (includes 5 minute mini-consult/blending lesson)
   -tea blends and DIY tincture blends ($10)
   -herb-infused honeys with raw NH honey ($15)
   -DIY bitters blends ($15) 
-$1 a minute holistic wellness consults* (pre-register by text at (802) 578-7931 or sign-up at the booth)

Aromatherapy Services
-$30 custom aromatherapy blends (includes 5 minute consult and essential oil pendant)* (sign-up at booth)

Small-Batch and Limited-Edition Herbal & Aromatherapy Products
-Woman In Winter healing perfume, for seasonal: anxiety/self-doubt, mood & hormonal challenges, and general difficulty nourishing oneself ($20/pendant, $40/perfume bottle)
-Thyme In A Bottle healing perfume pendants, for accessing old memories to make peace and let go of the ones that don't serve and recall the ones that do ($16)
-Crystal-infused wild Reishi tincture ($14/ounce)
-Wildcrafted Ringing Cedar Salve ($8)
-DIY Herbal Kits (night-time tincture & homemade vanilla extract ($15)
-Bourbon Vanilla Extract ($8/ounce)
-Wild Whiskey Bitters ($8/ounce)
-Tropical Vacay aromatherapy bath salts, for unwinding in the midst of Winter ($5),
...and of course...
-Magical Lover's Massage Drops (including Love You Ylang Ylang Thyme and Morning (sandal) Wood) ($6/each, $10/2-pack)
-F__k Majik, a powerful aphrodisiac cologne oil to be worn at your own risk of pleasure ($65)

...I did say sacred and profane, right? SEE YOU AT THE CONFERENCE, heehee!!