Wowza. This is what happens when you put fresh St. John’s Wort flowers (which are yellow) and leaves (which are green) into vodka (which is clear). It turns red! This happened after only a half hour or so. This tincture will eventually be one of the things that gets me through another long gray winter (along with a stint in New Orleans!). This is real summer magic in a jar!
Here you can see the different layers as I mix my natural perfume, Francesca. I don’t know where the name came from, but as I was in flow mixing the beautiful fragrances together, and needed something to write on the label, that is the name that popped into my head. And it seems to fit…a top note of bright bergamot resting atop a fairly feminine floral blend of neroli, rose and lavender, winding down into a rich ambery, patchouli-laced […]
Gorgeous Aquilegia canadensis, or Wild Columbine, nods in the breeze and rings like bells (if you have synesthesia) alongside the road to our house. It has an otherworldly feel to it. Though I had heard varying reports of toxicity, and I knew this plant is classified in the often-toxic Buttercup family, i once ate several flowers in attempt to grok this mysterious beauty. I don’t recommend this. The taste was sweet, but I my heart sped up and I felt […]