Ostara: A Sacred Ritual to Welcome Spring

ABOUT OSTARA Many of us know Ostara as the first day of Spring, Spring Solstice, or the Vernal Equinox. Whichever title you prefer, Ostara is a magical time ripe for setting intentions and planting seeds in all areas of our lives. While we often think of Ostara as March 20th, Ostara is celebrated across 4 … Continue reading Ostara: A Sacred Ritual to Welcome Spring

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.)

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).

The Energy and Spirit of Burdock

Last fall I visited my friend Kate's house in Southern Maine for a gathering of strong women to observe the change of the seasons.  In addition to our festive activities, we ventured outside for a photoshoot among the New England Autumn colors.  Kate lives in a historic and well known house that just happens to … Continue reading The Energy and Spirit of Burdock

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?