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  • November Herb of the Month - Elecampane

    Elecampane (Inula helenium) Elecampane was a plant I recently added to my garden. It is a perennial with impressive large leaves and yellow flowers. It grows well in zone 3. I quickly fell in love with this garden favorite and added 6 more plants this year. Synonyms: Horse-heal, elf dock, Velvet dock Description: Elecampane grows up to 4 or 5 ft tall. It will bloom large yellow flowers from June to August however can sometimes take 2-3 years to flower. The leaves on this plant are magnificence. They are large and paddle shaped. Elecampane is very adaptable to your garden soil but does prefer moist soil in a shadier location. Parts Used: Roots Actions/Uses: The roots of this plant are often used in a syrup for bronchial issues, it is a warming and bitter herb so honey does well to make it palatable. It is an expectorant and makes a great cough syrup as well. It has been used as a digestive remedy to promote appetite and to help prevent upset stomach. It is often used in a tea, tincture or syrup Folklore: Elecampane is said to have sprung up from the place where the tears of Helen of Troy fell. It is said that she used to wear the flowers in her hair when she was taken from Sparta and wept from her broken heart. As a magical herb elecampane has a strong connection with the fae and elf lore. Legend says that elves used to inhabit these large plants Flower Essence: As a flower essence Elecampane is used to combat irrational fears and fears that take your breath away. Cautions: Individuals with allergies to plants in the asterac

  • October Herb of the Month - Mugwort

    Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) This month I chose Mugwort for the Herb of the Month. It is a great additional to your medicinal garden. Word of warning that is spreads easily so is often grown in pots. It is commonly used as a smudge because of its spiritual potency. Synonyms: Wild Wormwood, Sailor’s Tobacco, Maiden Wort, Chinese Honeysuckle, St John’s Plant Description: Mugwort is in the daisy family. It grows between 3-6ft tall. It is native to Europe and Asia but has now become naturalized throughout most of the world. Here in Canada, Mugwort has become an aggressive weed due to it easily spreading. Mugwort is a fairly easy to identify plant. Its leaves are green with a light silvery back. They are pinnately lobed. Mugwort stands tall with its leafy stem, the flowers are dainty and small with red to yellow heads. Mugwort is very similar to Wormwood but the underside of Mugwort’s leaves are white and the leaf segments are pointed where wormwood is blunt. Parts Used: Leaves, Roots, Flowering heads. Actions/Uses: Mugwort is used as a Anthelmintic, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Nervine, Oneirogen and as a Stomachic. Mugwort is used as a tonic and is sought after for the female reproductive system. In TCM, Japan and Korean the leaves are used as medicine for rheumatism. Mugwort is calming and has been used as both a nervine and for depression and tension. Even when I walk through the garden and smell Mugwort is soothing to the soul. The roots are used in combination with other digestive bitters to aid the digestive system. Folklore: It is said that St John the Baptist wore a girdle of Mugwort when out in the wilderness for protection. Prior to the 15th Century, Mugwort was used to flavor beet before hops become the common practice. Indigenous people used Mugwort as a spiritual ally in addition to a medical one. Smudges made from Mugwort are still common today. Wearing a Mugwort necklace was worn to keep you from dreaming about the dead. Mugwort has long been used for lucid dreaming and is drank, smoked or kept in a sachet under your pillow. Flower Essence: As a flower essence Mugwort helps to harmonize one’s psychic potentials with their soul by bringing on more consciousness. It is good for meditation as it brings on spiritual awareness. Cautions: Mugwort should never be used during pregnancy or lactation or by people with pelvic inflammatory issues as it can cause uterine cramping and is passed through mother’s milk. Mugwort is a short term herb that should not be used for more than a week at a time. The pollen in Mugwort can cause allergies in some people.

  • Mabon - A balance of light and dark

    Mabon is hands down my favorite traditional celebration. I love Autumn and all the colors and changes that occur this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere. Mabon is essential a harvest celebration or festival. This was a time to celebrate the bounty of the gardens and thank Mother Earth for all she had provided. Mabon also celebrates the Autumn Equinox or the first day of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. At this time and light and dark are even and in balance with each other, just like at the Spring Equinox. However, during the Spring we say goodbye to dark and let in the light. During Mabon the Sun’s light in waning and we are returning to the dark the cycle is almost complete. The sap in the trees are returning to the roots. The lush green of Summer is change to the fiery colors of Autumn. What are some things to do for Mabon: We can declutter. Just like Spring cleaning is cleansing to our home and soul so it Autumn cleansing. You are putting away what no longer serves you in preparation for what does. So how can be celebrate Mabon at home? We can plant bulbs. Just because the days are getting longer and cooler does not mean that life stops. Beneath the chilly earth the bulbs and roots are resting to make their appearance in the Spring. We can decorate with Autumn colors, go apple picking and host a dinner to show off and give thanks for our bounty. Other ways to celebrate: We can celebrate by harvesting. We can pick what has been grown for us and give thanks for the abundance that we have received during the Summer months. Rosehips are abundant this time of year (wait until after the first good frost). They can be dried for teas and infused oils, cooked down into jams and syrups or added into your baking. Remember to remove the seeds as they are hairy and can be irritating to the throat. Other quick tidbits for Mabon: Colors: Orange, Red, Yellow, Brown, Copper, Dark Yellows and Greens Foods: Pumpkins, Squash, Apples, Pomegranate and Root Vegetables Stones: Amber, Citrine, Cat’s Eye, Jasper, Aventurine Flowers and plants: Sunflowers, Marigolds, Thistle Herbs: Mugwort, Yarrow, Rosehips Deities: Mabon, Green Man, Persephone Folklore: The origin of the name Mabon is from the Welsh God. He is the Child of Light and he was son of the Earth Mother Goddess. In Greek Mythology, Hades the God of the Underworld saw Demeter’s daughter and wanted her for himself so he took her to his palace in the Underworld. Demeter (known as the grain goddess) was very protective of her daughter and Hades knew she would never approve of him marrying her Persephone (ancient death goddess whose name means ‘destroying face’. So Hades made a secret arrangement with Zeus, Persephone’s father and he took Persephone down to his Underworld. Demeter scoured the earth for her missing daughter. She grew more and more sad and began to cry. She cried so much for her daughter that her tears destroyed all the crops on Earth. Meanwhile, while Persephone was in the Underworld she ate from ‘the fruit of death’. She had 6 pomegranate seeds that she picked from Hades garden. The consequence for her snack? 6 months of the year she had to remain in the Underworld. So in the Northern Hemisphere, Persephone remains underground for Autumn and Winter. But this is not all bad as she is granted to return to the surface for Spring and Summer where she visits her mother Demeter. Recipes: Spice Cake; Ingredients: SPICE MIXTURE: 1.5tsp Ground Cinnamon 1.5tsp Ground Nutmeg 1.5tsp Ground Clove 1.5tsp Ground Allspice CAKE BATTER: 1/2C Butter 2C Flour 1tsp Baking Soda 1tsp Baking Powder Pinch of Salt 1C Packed Brown Sugar 1/2C Oil 3 Eggs 3/4C Buttermilk FROSTING: 1C Milk 3-4 Tbsp Flour 1C Sugar 1tsp Vanilla 1C Soften Butter Directions: Mix all spices together and set aside Melt and brown butter, once brown add spice mixture and allow to cool until firm in the fridge. Preheat oven to 350 degrees C In a bowl whisk together dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt) In a large bowl cream spiced butter mixture and brown sugar until fluffy Beat in oil and egss one at a time until incorporated While alternating flour mixture and buttermilk mix continuously until combined. Pour batter into a 8x8 lined dish or pan and bake for 35-40 mins Remove from oven and allow to cool before frosting. Frosting Directions: Heat and whisk together milk, flour and sugar Bring to a boil and stir constantly until thick (about 5mins) Remove from heat and mix in vanilla Cool completely Beat butter in a bowl until light and fluffy and then add cooled frosting mixture Continue to beat until light and fluffy then frost the cake. Apple Cider Ingredients: 2C Apple Juice (Real not concentrate or blend) 3 Cinnamon Sticks ¼C Brown Sugar 1tsp Cloves (whole) ¼tsp Ground Nutmeg 1 Orange (sliced) Directions: Add all ingredients to slow cooker and heat on high for several hours. Or Heat in a pot and allow to simmer for 30mins. Serve warm *Optional treat. Add a scoop of Vanilla ice cream and make it an apple cider float

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  • Herbal products | Off the Pebbled Path | British Columbia

    About Off the Pebbled Path Hello and welcome. My name is Kristina and I am an Herbalist and Reiki Master in Prince George. I have had a love of plants since I was a child. As a girl I would ask what a plant was and was told "Oh it's just a weed" but I knew it had to be more. ​ My family and I have a small but ever-growing garden where many of the herbs we use are grown. We garden using biodynamic techniques and a permaculture flare. We harvest on days that are specific to what we are harvesting. Roots on root days, flowers on flower days. The gardens are set up so each plant has its place and helps the others grow. We keep our gardens and land as natural as possible and never use chemicals such as pesticides or fertilizers. Each year I like to add a "new to me" plant to learn and grow in the gardens. When I am not in the garden I enjoy sharing my knowledge on herb walks around our local community or I can be found in the apothecary creating new tea blends and plant medicine. ​ I started my business in 2016 as a hobby. I created bath products, offered Reiki sessions and worked the aromatherapy products. However, that wasn't enough, my passion lies with how plants can be used as medicine. Like one of my favorite quotes from Hippocrates "Nature itself if the best physician". I wanted to learn more so I returned to school and received my Practical Herbalist Diploma and soon after my Master Herbalist Diploma from the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing. Since then I have been expanding my gardens, business and herbal knowledge to what it is today. ​ Off the Pebbled Path is a family run business in British Columbia's Northern capital. We offer hand blended tea, flower essence, salves, skin care and bath products. We strive to go above sustainable practices and take a regenerative approach by growing what we can to create our products, ethically and sustainably wild harvesting them or sourcing them from companies with the same ethical harvesting, sustainability and regenerative beliefs. We harvest just what we need and when the plant is at its peak. ​ Our products are made in small batches to ensure quality and made only during the appropriate season. For this reason, once a product is sold out it won't be available until the next harvesting season. ​ ​ Please do reach out if you have questions or inquires. Contact Us offthepebbledpath@gmail.com 250-640-2184 Get in Touch Submit Thanks for submitting!

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  • Skin and Bath | Off the Pebbled Path

    Our skin and bath products are made with love and patience. Infused oils are made with herbs that we harvested and infused in oil for a minimum of six weeks. Our bath products are created with the moon cycles and are left to infuse for a full cycle. Sort by Limited Quantity Quick View 12 Day Sip and Relax Price C$55.00 Add to Cart Quick View Tis' the Season Bath Bomb Set Price C$20.00 Out of Stock Quick View Bath Crumbs Price C$10.00 Add to Cart Quick View Body Butter Bar Price C$5.00 Out of Stock Quick View Foot Scrub Price C$10.00 Add to Cart Limited Quantity Quick View Summer Solstice Bath Salts Price C$10.00 Add to Cart Seasonal Product/Sold Out Quick View Autumn Equinox Bath Salt Price C$10.00 Out of Stock Seasonal Product Quick View Winter Solstice Bath Salts Price C$10.00 Add to Cart Quick View Oil Cleanser - Acne Prone Skin Price C$15.00 Add to Cart Quick View Oil Cleanser - Dry Skin Price C$15.00 Add to Cart Quick View Oil Cleanser - Oily Skin Price C$15.00 Add to Cart Quick View Beard Oil Price C$20.00 Out of Stock Quick View Fir and Fireweed Face Serum Price C$20.00 Add to Cart Quick View Rosehip Face Serum Price C$20.00 Add to Cart Quick View Clay Mask - Acne Prone Skin Price C$20.00 Add to Cart Quick View Clay Mask - Normal Skin Price C$20.00 Add to Cart Quick View Clay Mask - Sensitive Skin Price C$20.00 Add to Cart Quick View Clay Mask - All Skin Types Price C$20.00 Add to Cart 1

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