Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring has Sprung!

Signs of spring are popping up all over my yard! 

Dandelions, Chickweed, Cleavers are all out in the spring sunshine this week. I have already begun to harvest and eat them as I weed my garden beds and prepare them for planting peas and greens. I hope to go in search of the first shoots of stinging nettles this weekend on Vashon & make a tincture from the fresh plants.  I will be eating them in stir-fry and making a nettle pesto to have in the freezer and add to soups or make sauces from. Yum!

Nettles Sprouts

I harvested and trimmed Valerian roots last week, and left them on my porch intending to replant them soon. They are already sprouting new growth before I have had time to re-pot them! Catnip is coming up and looks amazing, and the Daphne is blooming and smelling up the neighborhood. 
Valerian Sprouts

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Valentine's Special Deal at Pike Place

This Valentine's Day, give the gift that really keeps on giving! 

Valentine's Special  $30

St Joan's Sensual Massage Oil - Beacuse a soft, loving touch is often the beginning of something lovely....Try a back massage on your lover or a nightly foot massage on yourself. This oil is infused with St Joan's oil (St John's- hypericum perforatum). The oil turns a bright  red color when it's infused, and is especially helpful to soothe and nourish the nerves, and may heighten nerve sensitivity. St Joan's herb is as an anti-inflammatory, natural pain reliever as well.

Peace And Love Potion- This potion is not the typical Love potion- given secretly to woo a lover. Rather, it is designed to help strengthen a love that is already between people.  The Hawthorn tree is traditionally used in matters of the heart by increasing circulation and strengthening the heart muscle. Oats are nourishing and soothing to the nervous system, and the strong Gingko tree helps improve circulation over the long haul.

The pack comes in a box with red tissue... (and a free condom if desired!) 
This offer is for our Pike Place Market customers only, and ends Feb 16th. Please find Eddie, AKA "Brother Basil" at our stand, located at the corner of Pike Place and Pine St (just next to City Fish and the Ghost Pepper hot sauce folks).

Here is a great Valentine's Day exercise: Send Love to a special person you know! You can do it right now or anytime- send a little heart beam. Imagine a beam of light stretching out into space and straight to your friend's heart. Your invisible secret valentine message will be received in it's purist form!

Peace & Love to All!

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Visit Our Booth At The Pike Place Market

Hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying Winter!

Brother Basil's $20 Deal of the Week:  (1oz ea)
In honor of the New Year, we want to support you as you make choices and strive for change. Many people start a new workout routine and want to give their body a detox during this period of time. The main thing to remember is to stick with it. Even a short walk in the rain will help you keep up the habits that will help you effect change.
Lymph & Kidney Tonic: The Cleavers, Dandelion and Chickweed all provide vitamins and minerals to your body while working to eliminate toxins and flush your kidneys and lymph system.
Weekend Warrior Muscle Balm: Arnica is an amazing anti-inflammatory flower that I grow on my farm, hand harvest and infuse in olive oil.  Each batch is unique to the day I make it. and I usually have the softest hands for about a week after that!Use it to alleviate sore muscles," charlie horses" and to work out bruises. Rub directly on and around the sore area, but not in an open cut.
($25 Value)

Please give some of our other Tincture formulas a try:
Peace & Love Tonic
Cough It Up Respiratory Formula
Aunt Flo's Lymph & Kidney Tonic
Aunt Flo's Cramp Formula
Holy Mama Stress and Anxiety Formula

Friday, November 29, 2013

Sister Sage is at Pike Place Market!

Lavender Flower Bouquets
 I am honored to be selling my natural remedies and Hand balms at the World Famous Pike Place Market. Come down and see me at the bottom of Pine Street. I am on the West side of the Dry Stalls- 2 doors down from City Fish Company-  I am there for sure Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10-4 until the end of the year. I will keep posting if I decide to open up any other days as well.
I am Thankful for the opportunity to share my products this season and glad to meet so many interesting people from across the country and from all over the world.
Have a wonderful, peaceful & healthy holiday season.
Peace, Jayne

Calendula Flowers Drying
Busted Knuckle Hand Balm

Arnica in the Field

Weekend Warrior Sore Muscle Balm

The Tea Shack on Sister Sage Herb Farm

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Herbal Instinct Article

Thanks to Jason Ryan & Leslie Ryann McKellar for a great article in my College of Charleston (SC) Alumni Magazine! It was really fun to show you around the farm and take you to my favorite bakery.
Check it out!

Monday, June 10, 2013

RIP Karen Morgan!

Karen Morgan
My dear friend Karen passed from this world into another while being held in a bubble of love by about 20 of her closest friends last week from Cancer. (yes, she had at least 20 close friends including a gaggle of girlfriends that still get together regularly -since middle & high school ) She was such an amazing person who, during her most trying and vulnerable times still made time to love, laugh and listen.  

One of her best friends had organized her friends and family as her caregivers for the past 5 months, and her partner (a physical therapist) made training videos & care training parties so we could all work together to best help her on her journey. By the time we actually needed the hospice caregivers to be there on 24 hour shifts, they had a hard time figuring out what to do. We all knew about the effects of the meds she was on and how to read her pain better than they could have imagined. Every single caregiver was blown away by how much love and care we had been giving her & they each said in all their years of helping, they had never seen anything like it. It was the least we could do to repay all the love and support that Karen had given us through the years. 

To me, my caregiving was almost a selfish act- It made me feel so good to here her sighs of comfort when I rubbed her feet or shoulders to relieve a little of her tension. I brought nettles or clover tea to help get some vitamins and minerals into her when she couldn't eat much & we brought smoothies every time we visited. 

Marc played "A Love Supreme" on the saxophone for her during the day and later, by the bonfire on the beach with the beautiful red sky of the setting sun, for everyone else. She was literally held by at least a dozen people with our hands on her repeating "You are Loved" for the last hours of her life.  I had picked rose petals and other herbs from my garden for a spiritual bath and brought frankincense essential oil to ease the passing and cleanse her spirit, and her partner and his sister anointed her body with it.  The crows and hummingbirds that she loved so much were keeping watch all week and disappeared after she passed- we thought they were her spirit escorts.  Her partner had gone to the beach to have some alone time and said they had been down there with him.  She had such a sunny disposition and a smile on her face most of her life, and after she passed the smile remained - muscle memory! We should all be half as lucky to create a loving community as she had. As a friend said afterwards to the caregiver who was with us- It is a direct reflection of who SHE was that we could give so much to her.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Wood Betony at Sister Sage Herb Farm

Wood Betony- Stacchys officinalis
I have been reviewing Matthew Wood's book The Book of Herbal Wisdom  and came across the description of Wood Betony (Betonica officinalis)- now renamed (Stacchys officinalis). He says to use it for digestion, headaches, nervousness & after debilitating disease & he even used it himself after a bad case of food poisoning. I use it in the Holy Mama Anxiety & Stress formula because he suggests it to help "relax & strengthen nervous & muscular tension".  It should not be used during pregnancy- I made it for the mom's in my life who have older kids.  There were countless other uses listed in old herbals he consulted, but he seemed to sum it up with the fact that if your nervous system is healthy, the rest of your body can function well.

Jeff Plowing April 1, 2013

I had the land tilled on April 1 (the earliest yet) but I had not had time to go and actually keep the weeds down since then, so the grass and mustard is coming in fast! I just weeded the stacchys row with two great guys who came out and worked on the farm the other day- Thanks Jan & Peter! It is looking good.  I have access to a walk behind tiller, and Peter said he would come back to help, so that will help make the work go faster.

The calendula seeds are sprouting great after the rain and extra sunny days we had in the last few weeks, and I saw some red clover & chamomile flowers getting ready to bloom.


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