Here we are in Virtual Reality! How am I? Busy! Being a practicing herbalist means we always have the quest to serve. We also have seriously ill clients already who need to refill their orders. The box outside has constant activity and spraying! I had the foresight to order herbs, menstruum, and containers prior to the lockdown. My days are spent with my Herbalist in Residence, Jaime Jancosek. She and I have been OCD about cleanliness, created a fabulous spray for packages, mail, and hands. (Now used by our mail carriers). In addition to her efficiency, emotional support and knowledge of our beloved plants she has a dog, Moby, so we have to walk the coast, six feet apart from others daily.
I watch people running, and spitting on the street. Again, our OCD tendencies now include leaving our outdoor shoes in a plastic bin under the mailbox. Jaime’s Mom came up with that one.
We make sure to stay hydrated with warm fluids. I feel a little burst of fairy dust around me when I hear that warm is best! Who has said those words these past forty years? Half your body weight in ounces, at body temperature of warm fluids. Yes!
We have a preventative dosage of Baikal Skullcap root, ¼ tsp twice daily.
At first symptoms Upper Respiratory System Tincture
Flu Fighter formula Usnea, Baikal, Mullein, Boneset, Licorice, Hyssop
Then, if there were beds and it was open to go to the hospital. Bring your spray, earplugs and a sleep mask full of lavender and flax seeds.
The Big Guns Lower Respiratory System Tincture
Baikal Skullcap, Pleurisy, Elecampane, Licorice roots, Boneset and Mullein leaf, Hyssop ¼ tsp twice daily. With the addition of a demulcent tea like Marshmallow root, Burdock, Fenugreek, flax, Irish Moss, Lungwort, Oats, Olive leaf, Ashwagandha, and Couchgrass will be growing soon! That’s why our animals nibble on that tenacious plant, it expels the hard mucus from within.
I am using Facetime or Zoom to “see” clients and listen to their fascinating life stories. Virtual, of course, not my first choice, being a tactile person, pulse taker and reader of the face, nails, and tongue. It does work. Harder to read those colors and lines on the screen. People have been as effusive as they ever were in person. I do miss hugs! Interestingly, one of the most common threads is that people don’t know how to cook! Shall I do more basic cooking classes on Facebook? Too funny.
I am also offering Practicing Herbalists an opportunity to “Sit in Circle” for Clinic Days. Five practitioners. You will have a job, Note Taking, Time-Line, Phrase catching and perhaps virtual testing of herbs. This takes Matthew Wood’s proven use of drop testing, or to write the name of the herb on paper to test, now to write the name and tune in ethereally to test. We shall see how that goes! What an adventure!
I managed to drive to the Publishers Storage warehouse to gather ten cases of my book as well! The official ending of non-essential business was the following day. Yikes. I am able to ship by USPS from home as usual. Phew. People have more time to read and study. Cool.
The online Reading the Body Class, a full weekend intensive shot in Texas with Nicole Telkes is always available on my website www.earthsongherbals.com.
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Be well, be safe, Bees arrive mid-April and know that we all belong to the family of humans, all humans walking this gorgeous planet. Learn to share, have good boundaries and love the light you shine! Margi