Bioregional Swap

I had the opportunity of participating in a bioregional swap through Mary's blog, terrallectualism. I was so happy when I was paired up with Jenny who lives in the Appalachian town of Mars Hill, North Carolina just a few miles away from Burnsville, the town that I had WWOOF'ed at two summers ago. I fell in love with Appalachia during my time WWOOF'ing there and have since missed the lush flora and fauna of that bioregion. So it was great to hear that Jenny would be sending me goodies from that area!

Here are my goodies from my bioregional swap package:

(clockwise starting from the top: 3 books on herbs and sustainable/natural living, dried monarda, a beautiful purple notebook made with hand-crafted paper, a little wooden pot, handmade pot holder, an awesome apron, and a hand-dyed tablecloth in blue and white)

Thank you, Jenny! <3

Your swap package will be ready in about a week or so! Here is a little peak of what's to come:

Last days of summer

Herbal Day

Dessa, Ha, and I recently started this tradition of Herbal Fridays. We gather together every Friday and make herbal medicine or healing foods. So far, we've made lacto-fermented ginger beer and herbal capsules (alfalfa leaf, red clover blossoms, neem, and feverfew). In December, when I travel back down to SoCal for winter break, we are coming together again and making healing salves and herbal candies, and perhaps we'll also start some tinctures and infused oils!

1 week fermentation of ginger syrup + ginger bug

encapsulating powdered neem

powdering dried herbs in the vitamix

finished herbal capsules~