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A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

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A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

It's no secret to anyone following me on Instagram, that I'm a lover of flowers. But of all flowers, Rose is queen! I'm grateful to live in Portland- the Rose City. And I'm even more grateful to live in a house that bursts with the most fragrant antique roses I've ever seen. Roses have a lot of medicinal uses- both energetically and for the skin. So, many of my products are made with Rose. From cradle to grave, Rose brings hope, trust, self-love, self acceptance, and is downright stress-relieving and magical. I'm sure anyone knows this intuitively when catching a whiff...

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Douglas Fir: 3 Delicious Recipes

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Douglas Fir: 3 Delicious Recipes

Douglas Fir is one of the most ubiquitous trees in our region here in the Pacific Northwest. They're everywhere, tall and stately, decorating our landscape with sheltering, aromatic, silhouettes. Traditionally, the Doug Fir tree was used in communities of Cascadia for many things including building structures & canoes, using the pitch as skin medicine, and even drinking tonics made from the leaves and bark for colds, coughs, and kidney/bladder ailments. But the way I came to learn about Doug Fir was via its bright green spring tips. I was taught that these tips were like nature's gatorade, and if you're...

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Lilac Magic for May Day

Lilac Magic for May Day

Oh Lilacs! Full of intoxicating aromas, and currently blossoming in every color of a palette that makes me think of true Unicorns (boo, Starbucks!), I've taken the past week to really get to know this beautiful flower. Lilacs are definitely medicinal, but from what I've read, most of the traditions around Lilac as medicine has to do with malaria. But what I've realized is that Lilac has energetic medicine that touches so many people. Why else would mere photographs of Lilacs elicit so many olfactory, nostalgic memories in so many people? Several folks wrote to me this week telling me how...

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Morehouse Barbershop & Solabee Flowers

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Morehouse Barbershop & Solabee Flowers

It seems to be a spring thing that we begin doing a lot more events for local businesses. We love that! It's nice to feel the inspiration from what is blooming as we come up with drink ideas, and it's nice to feel the common sense of emerging to socialize within the community.  Here are two drinks we recently did: one for the new brilliant barbershop, Morehouse Barbershop, and one for Solabee's one year anniversary in their stunning new space. Noteworthy also, is the fact that these are also businesses with whom we've become good friends with. Kale Chesney is...

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Much Ado about Violets!

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Much Ado about Violets!

There's something about catching a glimpse of a Violet patch amongst all the Spring green that becomes like a treasure hunt for me. Flashes of purple as I drive down busy streets, and the strength of their scent given how small they are. I love Violets! I started experimenting with violet infused honey a few years ago, and this year I created a little challenge for myself to go full-on violet with my menu and for an upcoming cocktail event that we'll be doing for Solabee Flowers here in Portland.  What I came to realize, is that making violet syrups...

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