Essential Oils: A Cautionary Tale

The following story is a personal experience and is in no way, shape, or form medical advice or instruction. There is no doubt that essential oils (EOs) are officially in the mainstream and mass market. The fact that you can purchase essential oils at almost any store, including gas stations, speaks to the prevalence and … Continue reading Essential Oils: A Cautionary Tale

It’s Okay: 10 Permissions for the Herbal Minded

As people who identify as herbalists, herbal minded, gardeners, etc., we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to align with what we see as the acceptable version of our role. Many of us look at community leaders (i.e. people with huge IG followings) as role models and to inspire our own journeys. Just like … Continue reading It’s Okay: 10 Permissions for the Herbal Minded

Am I an Herbalist?

I have always struggled with what I call myself, especially in professional settings. Whether it be my herbal work or my full-time job, it is always uneasy to navigate. For me, it has always been more comfortable to say 'I do...' rather than 'I am...'.Maybe it's insecurity, minimal self-esteem, or simply a lack of comfortable … Continue reading Am I an Herbalist?

Foraging & Harvesting Guidelines

A few weeks back I posted a brief video on Instagram regarding some upsetting things I had started to see on social media (watch the full video below). At the time, I felt a bit overwhelmed seeing posts asking questions like 'what should I do with this herb I just picked'. This really struck me … Continue reading Foraging & Harvesting Guidelines

Why am I attracted to a certain herb/flower?

Now that the earth is thawing, Spring is starting to poke through the ground, and the snowbanks have disappeared, many of us are eager to get outside, into our gardens, or just open the windows again.  With new plant life beginning to take form, you may find yourself thinking more about plants, herbs, and flowers. … Continue reading Why am I attracted to a certain herb/flower?

Am I Smudging Wrong? (No, You’re Not, but Here’s Some Tips.)

The part of herbalism that brings me the most joy is sharing what I know and helping others find their personal practices. A number of the questions people ask me revolve around smudging, how to do it, and what to use. Tools vary although the process is relatively similar, but the truth is, 90% of … Continue reading Am I Smudging Wrong? (No, You’re Not, but Here’s Some Tips.)

10 Tips for Exploring Herbalism

With a recent rise in popularity and mainstream acceptance, we hear more about herbalism now than ever before. While this is exciting and validating for us in the herbalism world, it can be intimidating for those who want to come play in our sandbox. Let me just say, the sandbox is plenty big for everyone … Continue reading 10 Tips for Exploring Herbalism

Grinding resin (and my patience).

You already know that all the incense Nor'Eastern Herb Company, LLC sells is blended, mixed, and rolled into cones by hand.  What you might not know is the herbs and resins used in every incense cone must be ground into powder so the cones have a smooth, even burn.  Very few herbs are available powered … Continue reading Grinding resin (and my patience).

Seasonal Items Announcement!

Hi there, Kristen here with an update about our products for 2018: As you may know, on each Solstice in 2017, we debuted 3 seasonal items.  Each item was made with seasonally available herbs (many wild foraged) and in a very small quantities.  When these items sold out, they were gone for good.  Many of you … Continue reading Seasonal Items Announcement!

What is Mercury Retrograde?

The quick answer: Mercury Retrograde is when the planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards in its orbit.  It is a kind of optical illusion when Mercury passes by Earth during its orbit.  The next Mercury Retrograde period kicks off August 13, 2017, wrapping up September 3, 2017. If it's that simple, why do people … Continue reading What is Mercury Retrograde?