Thursday, April 28, 2011

Outside My Window

Here's a picture I took today of the double rainbow that appeared right outside my window.

The moment was so fleeting, I wanted it to last so much longer. It was incredibly beautiful.

Okay, I can't help the spirit of this occasion, I have to post this video:


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011


I'm working on setting up more ways to help you all stay connected to the blog, and as a thank you to all of you who come back and read my posts, I'd like to do a giveaway as soon as I reach 25 followers. 

To follow Folkspirit, simply click the "follow" button on the right side of the blog.

Tell all your friends they might win some awesome treats and maybe learn something new. :)

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More Healing Goodness

Another staple ingredient I use in all my herbal salves along with Calendula is Comfrey.

The leaves are used in salve making and they have amazing healing benefits. Staph infections for instance, which are caused by Staphylococcal bacteria, are quickly killed by simply applying Comfrey salve to the infected area. Open wounds heal extremely fast - usually within 24 hours or less- and usually leave no scars behind as well. Broken bones are known to heal faster when Comfrey is applied to the outside of the affected area, and torn ligaments and tendons also heal quite quickly when a Comfrey salve is applied externally. Not only does Comfrey start the healing process quite fast, it also helps relieve pain as soon as it comes in contact with the injured area. It's also excellent for bringing down swelling and reducing inflammation.

Comfrey also heals hard-to-heal wounds such as bites from brown recluse spiders, diabetic ulcers, and bedsores.

Plants have awesome powers; they never cease to amaze me.

Love love,

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Hooded Sage

"People like to push the blame of their pain onto others and external conditions. While other people and external conditions can affect the quality of your energy—it is precisely within your very own ability to discipline your own emotion and mind and maintain the quality of your own inner feelings that grants you the very ability to withstand things. Essentially, all you have to really do is vibrate faster than anything that is affecting you. If you don’t understand what it means to vibrate faster—understand this. You are a reflection of your own attitudes and inner feelings. Change your attitudes and inner feelings, and your energy vibrates faster, because they are essentially the same thing. Energy is a feeling.

There is nothing that you can’t heal, if you can only change the way you feel. Put that on your fridge.

Emotional reaction and rigid intellectual opinions are the very things that degrade the very quality of a person’s body, life, and spirit. I try to teach people: No Emotion—No Mind. No Reaction—No Opinion. Because emotion is nothing more than a reaction of the rigid intellectual opinions of the human ego. And the rigid intellectual opinions of the human ego are nothing more than programming from the hammer of conditioning. Rigid intellectual opinions are the very things that form the limitations of one’s own perception and reality. No Opinion=No Reaction. No Reaction=No Imbalance. No Imbalance=Balance.
If you want to evolve and develop your energy, you have to ditch your rigid intellectual opinions."

 -Khris Krepcik of

This has never been explained better, in my opinion. I have a very deep respect for Khris Krepcik, who was a student of Stuart Wilde for many years.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Who Says Girls Can't Smoke Pipes?

I get a lot of people that ask me if I actually smoke the Herbal Smoking Blends I make.
I sure do!
Here is a picture of my wooden Wizard Pipe. It makes smoking out of a pipe turn into a magical ceremony.

I started making Herbal Smoking Blends as an alternative to smoking Tobacco, which is super expensive and I may have heard somewhere that Tobacco is bad for your health. :)

Tonight's chosen blend: Happy Day

On moonlit nights, I like to take my pipe down to the river, sit in nature, and smoke like a Hobbit.

Love love,

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Calendula to the Rescue

My life partner Matthew came home late last night from working on a project and fell asleep in front of the space heater. He woke up with a pretty nasty burn on his knee.
I sent him off to school today with a jar of cool salve, knowing it contains herbs and essential oils that will soothe his burn and heal it super quick.

One of my favorite ingredients that I use in all of my salves is Calendula. Calendula is a popular salve and cream ingredient because it decreases the inflammation of sprains, stings, varicose veins and other swellings. It soothes burns, sunburn, rashes, and skin irritations, cures acne, and stops bleeding.
This amazing flower is also anti-fungal, astringent, and anti-viral. Amazing, right?

While other prescription medicated ointments cause contact dermatitis and other crazy side effects, herbal salves do not have any side effects at all. Just healing goodness.

The Earth is so good to us.

Love love,

Monday, April 18, 2011


If you're wondering, "What the heck is that thing?"
It's my Ultrasonic Diffuser.

Ultrasonic Diffusers break up Essential Oils into tiny particles and mist them all around the room, so you can get aromatherapy benefits to the max. This one is also a humidifier and lights up slowly through the entire rainbow spectrum, allowing for awesome color therapy as well.
(I tried to get a good picture of the mist coming from the top, but unfortunately, none of the pictures I took do it justice.)

Essential Oils are very powerful healers, and I use them in my products instead of ever using fragrance oils, which are not natural.

Today, I needed a little energizing while packing orders, so I mixed Peppermint Essential Oil with Orange Essential Oil. 

Love love,

Sunday, April 17, 2011

For the Love of Animals

Meet Merlin,
my magical cat.

Occupational Sleeper, Chair Stealer, and Unconditional Lover.

I adopted Merlin from a shelter as a tiny kitten 7 years ago.

He is very much a part of the Folkspirit store, helping to uplift my spirit every single day.
I believe having animals around heals the soul.
Love love,

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Juice Fast

Today I am starting a juice fast.
Fasting is a great way to cleanse the body of built-up toxins and other junk that may be lingering in the system.

Here are some pictures of me using "The Greens" mix from my shop.
This mix includes organic Wheat Grass powder, organic Acerola Cherry powder, and organic Kelp powder. Yum!

Share any juice recipes in the comments if you have them!

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Friday, April 15, 2011

For the Love of Gems

I believe that gemstones possess a certain magical quality, having come from our Mother Earth. Just as plants each give us their healing powers in their own way, I believe each stone has it's own healing power to share with us. 
Hold a beautiful stone in your hands close to your heart for awhile, you will feel it.

Love love,

Makin' Salve

Last night I made two new salves,
Pau D'arco Salve and Ultimate Salve.

Salves are made by steeping healing herbs in olive oil.
Some people set them in jars in to steep in the sun for weeks on end, but I use James Green's method of evenly heating them in the oven with the door slightly ajar for 5-6 hours.
I like this method better because it ensures zero mold growth.

(I hate to break it to you, but if you have ever purchased a "cold infused" salve that sat on someone's window sill for 6-8 weeks, that salve had mold in it. Yuck.)

Beeswax and essential oils are then added to make the salve thicken. It is a magical process. Making salve is one of my absolute favorite things to do.

The New Pau D'arco Salve and Ultimate Salve are now available for purchase:

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Folkspirit Workspace

 While brewing up some salves, I took some pictures of my workspace to show all of you.
The first picture is of my little indoor plant garden next to my workspace.
The second is my work table where drawings are made, packages are packed, and dreams come to life.

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Hi There

Folkspirit officially opened for business on April 8, 2011.
I hope to be your go to person for alternative health and metaphysical products.
In future posts I will be talking about herb uses, recipes, metaphysical ideas, inspirational topics, and some pictures of new items in the shop I am excited about.
To get shopping, follow this link:

I look forward to getting to know you :)

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