30 July 2012

Two poems (not by me)

Raymond Carver

Left off the highway and
down the hill. At the
bottom, hang another left.
Keep bearing left. The road
will make a Y. Left again.
There's a creek on the left.
Keep going. Just before
the road ends, there'll be
another road. Take it
and no other. Otherwise,
your life will be ruined
forever. There's a log house
with a shake roof, on the left.
It's not that house. It's
the next house, just over
a rise. The house
where trees are laden with
fruit. Where phlox, forsythia
and marigold grow. It's
the house where the woman
stands in the doorway
wearing sun in her hair. The one
who's been waiting
all this time.
The woman who loves you.
The one who can say,
"What's kept you?"

First Lesson
Philip Booth

Lie back, daughter, let your head
be tipped gently back in the cup of my hand.
Gently, and I will hold you. Spread
your arms wide, lie out on the stream
and look high at the gulls. A dead-
man's-float is face down. You will dive
and swim soon enough where this tidewater
ebbs to the sea. Daughter, believe
me, when you tire on the long thrash
to your island, lie up, and survive.
As you float now, where I held you
and let go, remember when fear
cramps your heart what I told you:
lie gently and wide to the light-year
stars, lie back, and the sea will hold you.

11 July 2012

yarrow-bird herbs run down

I've got my salve all done, and have sold three jars, but on two of them, the postage was half as much as what I was charging. Five jars of face scrub, going to make a couple sample jars of body scrub (totally different) and over twenty tins of tea, in five types. I thought I would post a final accounting of the tea recipes and a general overview of the products.

Pine Sap Salve- Pinyon pine pitch, chapparal leaf, st. john's wort leaf, olive oil, beeswax, juniper essential oil. $5 small jar $8 large

Facial Cleansing Grains (face scrub/mask)- oats, almonds, rose petals, calendula petals, hibiscus, orange peel, clay, baking soda, essential oils. $10 large jar

Precious Facial Oil- Hemp seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, tamanu oil, olive oil, argan oil, rosehip seed oil, essential oils of niaouli, cedarwood, sweet orange, and lavender. $15 small bottle

Body Scrub- Coarse sea salt, olive oil, coconut oil, essential oils. $5 jar

Dream tea: encourages vivid dreams and restful sleep.
(mugwort, chamomile, lavender, carob, skullcap, valerian, hops, lemon balm, passionflower) $12 large tin

Summer tea: celebrate sunny days, stay healthy, purify skin and blood, and has a cooling effect.
(red clover, meadowsweet, elderberry, rosehip, hibiscus, stevia, lemon verbena, blackberry leaf, elder flower) $12 large tin

Autumn tea: build your health and strength to gear up for the dark days ahead, anti-inflammatory, balances the body as it transitions from summer to winter.
(yarrow, chickweed, holy basil, burdock, sage, peppermint, echinacea, eucalyptus) $12 large tin

Woman tea: to nourish your inner warrior woman, encourage balanced energy, prevent UTIs, and lighten cramps.
(raspberry leaf, nettle, rose, chrysanthemum, spearmint, lady's mantle) $13 large tin

Man tea: to awaken your inner medicine man, help with digestion, heal bruises and sore muscles, and encourage quick thinking.
(clove, fennel, orange peel, licorice, oatstraw, cinnamon, ashwaganda, siberian gingseng, ginger, yohimbe, catuaba, muira puama, saw palmetto, gotu kola, stevia) $13 large tin