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We just spent the most amazing long weekend deep in the #blackrockdesert we had the most amazing time but it was also super intense. Our first night was so cold that when we woke up our tent was solid ice and I literally thought it was going to break then we had the most powerful wind storm I felt was going to blow us to the next state. But I also had these crazy intense dreams. We got to #skinnydip in the #hotsprings to warm up.
#northernnevada #nevada #adventureawaits #getoutside #rewildyourchild #rewildyourlife #desertdweller #medicinewoman #medicinewomban #healer #plantmedicine #desertmedicine #spiritmedicine #herbalmedicine #shamanicherbalism #shamanicherbalist #herbalist #blackrock

I like cabin fever days - sorted and bagged more plants & got a lot of medicine making done today! made Three Desert Fire Ciders 🌵🔥experimented with adding Creosote Bush and Osha Root in some and made a Spicy Creosote Bush Oxymel. It’s Creosote Bush dancing with Jalapeño! 💃🏽🌶🕺🏽
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#mothernatureisrad #desertlife #pinusedulis #pinonpine #desertmedicine #treemedicine #desertfirecider #wisewomantradition #joshuatree #greenwitch #desertmaisonlmtii

It’s cold & windy in Josh - some parts got snow this morning and we had some rain! So the cold is keeping me busy making several batches of Fire Cider🔥 .
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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BOYCOT the company Shire City who’s trademarked an herbal remedy #Firecider and has gone after small Herbalist sending them cease to desist letters claiming that they are the original creators of Fire Cider ( @firecider_ their insta Acct) if you see them in your local health food store please don’t support them. Talk to the manager or owner and explain the story, hopefully more shops will pull this greedy company off their shelves. .
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Shire City was trying to sue folks who used the phrase “fire cider” claiming they are the original founders of this name. In fact it is a herbal remedy that was created by #Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar many moons ago. So many moons ago that possibly pre-age the folks at #shirecityherbals .
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Plant Medicine is Peoples Medicine and GREED is gross! Learn to make your own #Firecider - I am making batches for friends, family, myself and my client. Support your local Herbalist and ask them to make you a batch if you don’t have time to do it yourself. .
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I’m organizing another medicine making class for folks who missed the #desertfirecider @cactus_mart earlier this month & focusing on allergies working with medicinal native plants of the Mojave Desert that will not only strengthen the immune system but help us during allergy season. .
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Green Blessings 🌵 💚
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Learn more about the Fire Cider shire city herbal mess on www.freefirecider.com .
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#freefirecider #every_leaf_speaks #plantmedicine #desertmedicine #ethicallywildcrafted #yerbasanta #eriodictyontrichocalyx #ligusticumporteri #bearroot #osharoot #larreatridentata #creosotebush #pinonpine #pinusedulis #medicinemaking #wisewomantradition #plantgeek #thepracticalherbalist #selfcare #rosemarygladstar #joshuatree #mojavedesert

Yerba Mansa - Anemopsis californica .
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One of the green allies that is in topical rub #Warmingvibes & healing salve #woundkiss .
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Primarily found in boggy places - swamp loving plant has declined due to climate change. .
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The entire plant is medicinal and sought after for its antimicrobial, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal & antimicrobial properties. Soothing muscle pain and can be combined with other plants like Sacred Datura in a salve or an oil for real a double analgesic effect on treating muscular pains and joints and sciatica (topically if using #SacredDatuta ) .
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Wound care topically as a #poultice or salve - cuts and burns - clearing boils and acne it’s a stimulating astringent plant that has been used to tray mucus discharge - clearing sinus infections and soothing sore throats. It’s not an expectorant but will quiet coughs and soothe painful bronchioles. A syrup can be made to take during cold and flu season. 😷
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Taken as a tea, Yerba Mansa will calm a gassy belly and bloating 💨 known to shrink hemorrhoids and anal fissures when applied as a salve or rubbing an oil made with Yerba Mansa. ..
I don’t encourage folks to gather this plant since it’s one of the “to watch” plants as a threatened species on @unitedplantsavers website so growing your own or ordering from Michael Cottingham - @voyagebotanica offers dried bulk herb. This is where I source mine or from my friends garden. .
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Check out @cactus_mart in Morongo Valley - when in season they sell #yerbamansa .
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#anemopsiscalifornica #herbalism #plantmedicine #every_leaf_speaks #wisewomantradition #unitedplantsavers #voyagebotanica #cactusmart #michaelcottingham #desertmedicine #highdesert #greenwitch #mojavedesert

Rippin that zero scape. #ophirspaceprogram

New blog post on the Sacred Medicine of Sacred Datura featuring the work of my friend @jokeanelopez .... .
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My path with the back pain and sciatica I’ve been dealing with for a month now has deeper roots to merely injuring myself climbing. This path of working with plant medicine and plant spirit has lead me to working on other levels of self healing and self care. No, I’m not one to pamper myself with a day spa sort of “self care” but sourcing the ROOT goes deeper. This pain has lead me to seeking which plants would work and the plants that call me to work with their medicine like Sacred Datura. .
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Check out the recent blog post (link in my bio) on more about this alluring siren
Check out my post!
https://www.everyleafspeaks.com/single-post/2018/02/16/Sacred-Medicine-Sacred-Daturahttps://www.everyleafspeaks.com/single-post/2018/02/16/Sacred-Medicine-Sacred-Datura
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#sacreddatura #daturawrightii #every_leaf_speaks #herbalism #medicinemaking #desertmedicine #plantspiritmedicine #joshuatree #herbalist #greenwitch #joannakeanelopez #hawkmoth #medicinewomban #daturaappreciationsociety

When I see yellow💛I FEEL JOY! .
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Encelia farinosa - #brittlebush from the Sunflower 🌻 family, her blooms are sporadically popping up as spring appears to have arrived early. Her radiant flowers reach for the sun☀️come spring. Thriving bush in the hottest of temps with the beating sun her gray-white hairy leaves help in making this plant reflect the harsh sun. .
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The leaves vary in size dependent upon the availability of water. .
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Mistaken by many for Salvia apiana, known as “false sage” her leaves from afar could be mistaken until you get up close to her. Her leaves are hairy and nothing like that of White Sage. .
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When water is abundant the leaves grow to be large & green utilizing the solar energy. With the lack of water the leaves stay small. I find it fascinating to find the different variations of this plant and her growth pattern based on elevation & water. .
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She dressings the foothills with her golden flowers and from far away the foothills on the grade on HWY 62 look golden! - Spring is arriving soon and if you find yourself in the Sonoran or Mojave Desert - look for the GOLD! 💛💛💛💛
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She is also medicinal - the leaves, resin and twig is medicinal. Check out my prior post on more of her medicinal uses #enceliafarinosa_ELS
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#enceliafarinosa #mojavedesert #plantnerd #desertlife #plantwalk #plantidentification #earthmedicine #plantmedicine #wildcrafting #greenwitch #herbalism #desertmedicine

Sacred Datura liniment - I posted earlier today about this sacred medicine, Datura wrightii and why I am choosing to work with her medicine EXTERNALLY. .
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I’ve been dealing with lower back pain and sciatica off and on now for a month. I have been working with plant medicine learning which plants are more effective for me. I have been feeling the lowest of energies today. I’ve been offered muscle relaxants & pain pills by some of my climbing buddies but I refuse to take that poison and let my body heal with the plants🌿Breathing into the pain, stretch, working now with #Kratom aside of #nervines like #Skullcap and adding #Catnip #CBD derived from tincture didn’t do much for me, #CaliforniaPoppy was slightly helpful - topically using #WarmingVibes getting temporary relief, I’m still in pain. .
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I’m grateful for Sacred Daturas reemergence in our backyard. Check out the post prior on more of her medicine and why we must respect her✊🏽. Toxic plants that can cause death have medicinal properties - with so much respect and gratitude I will be making medicine for futures use. #sacreddaturaliniment .
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#every_leaf_speaks #sacreddatura #jimsonweed #daturawrightii #plantspirit #sacredmedicine #joshuatree #desertlife #greenwitch #sciatica #analgesic #naturalmedicine #daturaappreciationsociety #healingwithplants #mojavedesert #thepracticalherbalist #herbalism #desertmedicine #earthmedicine #medicinemaking

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Sacred Datura - #Jimsonweed - #Daturawrightii - from the Nightshade family. 🌑Her trumpet like flowers bloom in the night & wither the next day. On yesterday’s Plant ID hike, I referred to #SacredDatura as a Siren who’s beauty is so captivating & luring but demanding respect or one will see the night & not return. .
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Her medicine has been used by the Native Americans in Sacred ceremonies, folks have misused #Datura because compounds in the plant are psychedelic & with misuse death is gonna happen. Medicinal plants have a certain level of toxicity (not all). Datura is extremely toxic & should not be used by the inexperienced. I’ve read books that straight out say not to work with the plant. She’s known to cause hallucinations, convulsions, respiratory arrest & death. Folks have smoked her leaves to “trip” drifting into insanity, rarely coming back🌑
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Datura is a strong #analgesic plant that is used EXTERNALLY to treat pain from old sport injuries, muscle & leg spasms, joint - muscle pain, sciatica, relieving throbbing headaches, menstrual cramping. EXTERNAL applications of salves, infused oils, #poultice & #liniment have been used for treatments. @returntonature just posted about an oil he made recently of Sacred Datura. I will be making a #liniment with the fresh leaf & drying leaves for an oil today. .
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This is how STRONG her medicine is, from just handling her leafs yesterday on the plant hike, I felt her strong numbing effect for over 15 minutes on my fingertips. Even after rubbing vigorously with sand & water, I knew that I should make medicine to treat the #sciatica & back pain I’ve been experiencing for a month now. If there is an open wound DO NOT apply topically. .
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I wasn’t sure about posting this because I don’t want to give folks the idea of working with her medicine, but I want to share that even the most beautifully toxic of plants are medicinal and demand respect & knowledge. .
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#sacredplantmedicine #every_leaf_speaks #plantspirit #desertmedicine #plantid #herbalist #thepracticalherbalist #wisewomantradition #healingwithplants #greenwitch #sacreddaturaliniment

Nope, not me - just my sushi sister doppelgänger @maramar1 met this lady at the #desertfirecider class I taught nearly 2 weeks ago at @cactus_mart and folks keep asking if we are related.... 🌿Today’s plant ID hike and foraging (ethical foraging).... teaching this Minneapolis transplant about the medicinal flora of the Mojave Desert and soon how to make medicine. .
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#plantidentification #every_leaf_speaks #desertmedicine #ethicalwildcrafting #foraging #plantmedicine #herbalism #mojavedesert #plantnerds #yerbasanta #eriodictyontrichocalyx #desertlife #wanderlustingencelia

Today I lead my first Desert Medicine Plant ID hike, covered ethical wildcrafting & connecting to Plant Spirit in one of my favorite spots. I love the plants. I love seeing how at different elevations within the same species the plants vary in size and have distinct features. .
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This is Encelia farinosa - Brittlebush. Her flowers are beginning to bloom as this non existent winter has moved into an early spring (anyone who DOES NOT THINK GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL ARE VERY NAIVE and much more in my colorful language) .
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Encelia farinosa is an astringent ally to those experiencing allergies with watery eyes and a runny nose. A #GreenAlly for those with #arthritis triggered by the damp and cold weather. The resin of the plant has been used along with the leaves and twigs for relief of toothache and arthritic pain. .
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Encelia farinosa is a diaphoretic meaning she will induce sweating to beak a fever. Also used to quill hay fever reactions and poison ivy outbreaks. .
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Having no caffeine yet exhibiting caffeine like nervousness if you are to work with her medicine it is not ideal before bedtime 😴and for you mamas to be and nursing mamas, she is not recommended. .
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Now, I don’t know what constituent of Encelia farinosa causes me to have an allergic reaction to her when I am gathering, I have learned to wear a mask because there is something that causes my head to ache, throat to dry up and feel hoarse, eyes itch and water and sneeze. I still love her medicine. I’ve worked externally and internally with her and I am fine. I’ve made a perfume using her flowers infused in an oil and I am fine. She’s a mystery plant that I continue to regardless of my reactions to her, work & learn from her medicine. 🌼🌿Plants are rad💚
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I’m getting ready as the plants are beginning to bloom lead another Desert Medicine Plant ID hike... Stay posted! .
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#every_leaf_speaks #enceliafarinosa #brittlebush #desertmedicine #plantidentification #desertlife #earthmedicine #wisewomantradition #lovemotherearth #wanderlustingencelia #naturelover #greenwitch #enceliafarinosa_els

Larrea tridentata & I have been waiting for the 20% chance of rain to happen. 😞
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Praying for some rain and some chilly vibes. .
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#Joshuatree #larreatridentata #every_leaf_speaks #creosotebush #desertmedicine #mojavedesert #desertlife

Happy birthday AND Valentine’s Day to my little tugboat. She’s a baddie!!

Creosote Bush Essence
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Creosote Bush is one of the newest Elven Starseed Apothecary Essences made in Joshua Tree throughout last month’s Lunar Eclipse and Blue Moon in Leo. Creosote Bush is also known as Chaparral or Greasewood. It grows prolifically throughout Southern California. I love it’s dry earthy pungent smell. To me it smells like home. 🏡
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I encourage and promote the sustainable notion that some of the most profound earth medicine is right in our own backyards, waiting for us to take notice and to listen to what it has to offer. The truth is, no matter where you go on planet earth, you surrounded by plant allies and angels who are eager to assist you - if you are willing to approach them with an open heart, mutual respect and reciprocity. 🙏
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As an herbal formula Creosote Bush has an abundance of healing properties. It’s a powerful physical detoxifier and aids in deep cellular release. As a plant essence (I made this essence from the leaves and bark - as it’s winter and the flowers were not yet blooming) it works on the emotional, mental and etheric bodied first. Part of Creosotes power lies in the fact that this plant is such a resilient badass. It can survive in dry areas with little to no water for years. It’s a joyous plant that knows how to use its resources wisely.
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For all you lone rangers and lone wolves, priestesses and starseeds who feel they need to go it alone, deeply sensitive introverts who feel safer to live in your own little magical world than creosote bush has medicine for you. Truly for anyone who suffers from feeling cut-off, lonely, isolated and alienated (which is a form of depression) from life....Creosote Bush is the medicine for you. Like a Nourishing Mother, she’ll help you release deep fears and teach you its safe to come out and play with others.
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Speaking of coming out to play! Curious about how Elven Starseed Alchemy can support your own blossoming and evolution? I have a few spaces left for new Feminine Essence Alchemy mentorship clients for late Winter/early Spring. I invite you to book a discovery call via the link in my bio 👆or email with questions!
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With love 💕and gratitude,
Jana + the El

Fouquieria splendens Ocotillo a wonderful Southwest Desert herb. It’s an excellent lymphatic remedy. #herbnerd #desertmedicine #herbalist #ocotillo #kitchenwitch #medicinewoman

Working on crocheting several drawstring pouches with deserty little plants on them... #desertmagic #desertwitch #witchesofinstagram #crochet #hookersofinstagram #witchcraft #pagansofinstagram #wiccansofinstagram #desertmedicine

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