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The excitement of the New Year motivates many of us to craft a list of resolutions, intentions, and hopes for the subsequent months. Often, these resolutions are written down in journals, penciled in our minds, or crafted for the social media world. However, sometimes tangible rituals can help us firmly and deliberately set these intentions. On January 6th, Victoria White Eagle hosted a free class at Moonflower Community Co-op focused on incense making from an indigenous perspective. Victoria guided the roughly twenty participants through the process of creating a personalized incense ball infused with herbs, positive energy, and affirmations of [...]
Every year, individuals in the United States generate a total of 169 million tons of landfill waste. Food and food packaging comprises nearly 45% of this yearly landfill waste figure, which compels us all to think more seriously about how we purchase and consume food. Social media has begun to highlight the dedicated environmentalists who have attempted to live waste-free, which is quite a difficult feat to achieve in this day and age. A simple Google search of “zero-waste living” will generate numerous results of blogs showcasing people’s dedication to waste reduction. Check out some of these inspiring blogs for [...]
Holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, filled with cheer, joy, and nothing but Hallmark moments. The reality, however, often looks and feels quite different. People are stressed, lonely, overwhelmed, or anxious. It doesn’t help that it is colder and darker outside and that many people in Moab lose their source of income once the tourist season ends. For some families, holidays are particularly sad because they lost a loved one over the last years and the festivities make their loss even more apparent. Holiday traditions from past years bring back painful memories or have [...]
Emily Stock, an herbalist and founder of Sundial Medicinals, concluded her fall herbalism series at Moonflower with a class covering forms of inflammation in the body. Inflammation in the body presents differently depending on the source of inflammation. External inflammation from acute injuries to the skin, muscles, and tissues appears as redness, swelling, bruising, and pain. Preventing stagnation of the blood by using heat promotes healing, and topical herbs can alleviate the inflammation. Arnica montana, a plant in the Asteraceae family, can provide relief from bruising and swelling in the form of a topical salve. However, Arnica contains the toxic [...]
On Thursday, October 26th, Emily Stock continued her fall herbalism series with an interactive kitchen class covering herbal preparations, including drying, steeps, infusions, decoctions, and steams. Some of the information in this article was pulled from Emily’s class handout, which you can refer to here. Learning how to collect and dry herbs and wildcraft one’s own herbal medicine can offer a deeply satisfying, holistic experience. Try using light mesh bags to gather herbs, if available. Dry the herbs while trying to preserve their integrity, and place them in a cool, dry place. Remove gathered herbs from the drying rack as [...]
On Thursday, October 19th, Emily Stock (founder and owner of Sundial Medicinals) initiated her Fall Herbalism Series at Moonflower with an inspiring class on the philosophy and practice of energetics. Emily’s aimed to describe energetics in a way that conveyed its practicality and tangible applications in our lives, and she certainly succeeded. Emily described energetics as a way of seeing patterns of nature within bodies, herbs, and foods. Theories of energetics emerged in many different human societies. She referenced the Five Element Theory within Chinese medicine, which relates five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water) to cycles in nature, including [...]