Are you hanging in there? I'm getting by with a little help from my plant friends, especially wood betony (stachys officinalis) & california poppy (eschscholzia californica). Wood betony gives an instant sense of calm, and helps to unhook shoulders from ears. California poppy helps to mend frayed nerves, and loosens the stranglehold of worry and insomnia. I'm also making freshl emon balm-infused water for yummy lemon-scented calming & antiviral support. I'm thinking of you. Wishing you happiness and good health.
SAY HELLO to two new products we're welcoming to the permanent collection.
Dream Boat Cleansing Balm is a cloud-tinted cleansing balm that effortlessly intuits current conditions and delivers perfectly balanced hydration. Fresh-pressed local hazelnut oil & lightweight kokum butter support skin's innate protective barrier, while effectively liberating pore congestion. French green clay offers oxygenating, healing, antimicrobial magic. Scented with a glow-revealing alloy of energizing bitter orange, calming blue cypress & cabreuva, and anti-inflammatory shiso leaf. A proper clean-rinsing delight for all skin types.
Pool of Light Gommage & Mask is a dual-purpose riff on the classic French-style hydrating gommage- a mild & ultra hydrating exfoliation method. Pool of Light is a succulent hydrating & resurfacing treatment replete with calming, immune stimulating, lymphatic supportive, enzyme resurfacing, and stress modulating plant magic. When your skin is feeling abused & dehydrated, it's a lifesaving moisture infusion mask. When your skin is feeling rough & dry, it's an utterly gorgeous (and super quick) hydrating exfoliant.
LIMITED EDITION//TRYING TIMES
In support of the sky-high stress levels we've all been experiencing, I've created a little section of the shop called Tools for trying times. This collection of quarantine-specific tiny batch limited edition offerings includes:
Three essential oil diffuser blends- Amulet is a minty-fresh lung support team, Abraxas is a deep blue sea of relaxation, and Espiritu is a grounding forest walk. Fair warning- there are only a few bottles of each in stock. (UPDATE: all diffuser blends are officially sold out)
My favorite calming tea, Asteroid 325 is an utterly delicious (and effective) combination of linden, osmanthus, lemon verbena, orange peel & chamomile. Perfect for when you can't stop the wheels of worry from turning.
Albion Salve is a wonderful anointment for rediscovering hope, recalibrating our inner compass, and supporting aching hearts and sore joints.
Sagebrush & Pinyon Hydrolatis a resinous, warm, space & face clearing mist made with antimicrobial sagebrush and protective, healing pinyon pine resin. It holds the imprint of a vast blue sky, sunshine, and desert.
Spearmint & Raspberry Leaf Hydrolatis a balancing & brightening mist made with cooling, hormone balancing spearmint, and brightening, antioxidant-rich raspberry leaf. I have fallen HARD for this one. I love the scent and the minty tingle. This may be my favorite hydrolat ever.
I just made one last batch of Pastoralia Seasonal Sequence, which is a rosewater & fireweed glow-boosting 30-day sequence for springtime.
Spiral Spring Cottonwood Creamis officially sold out!
FRESH RICOTTA WITH PARSLEY-MINT SAUCE + PEAS
Recipe courtesy of chef Ana Ortiz FRESH RICOTTA INGREDIENTS
2 cups Milk
3/4 cups Heavy cream
2 Tablespoons orange juice
2 Tablespoons champagne vinegar (other vinegar would work in a pinch but not balsamic)
1 Tablespoon lemon Juice
2.5 grams salt
Bring the milk and cream to simmer at 200 degrees.
Pour in all the acids. Continue to simmer at 200 for about 3 minutes.
Turn off heat. Rest three hours.
After three hours strain it. Use cheesecloth if you have it. Let it drain for about an hour.
Make smoothies with the whey.
PARSLEY-MINT SAUCE INGREDIENTS
A bunch of mint
A bunch of Parsley
2 spoonfuls of capers (or not)
1/4 cup of soaked cashews
Blend everything thinning out the sauce with water to a thick but pourable consistency.
If you didn’t add capers add salt. I use salt cured capers so if you use the other kind you may have to add a little salt too. Taste and see.
SERVING Swoosh ricotta on a plate. Spoon some mint parsley sauce on top. Top that with peas, pea tendrils, favas. Glug some good olive oil and Maldon. Add some seeds or nuts if you feel inclined. Have some micro greens? Add them too! Eat with good bread.
The flower essences from La Abeja Herbs are so profound, I especially love california poppy for handling quarantine with grace.
Chef Ana Ortiz is doing a very cool quarantine project. She's curating dinner parties complete with menu, recipes (see above), mood board, and killer playlist. My husband and I loved our romantic date night. It could be a fun thing to share with friends & family via zoom!
Jojo Rabbit is such a good movie.
DEVS is the most interesting tv show ever.
I love this super versatile Lip & Cheek Tint.