What I've been reading, writing, thinking about and indulging in this week.
Pumpkin Spice Season: Well, it's here, the annual onslaught of 'pumpkin spice' flavoured everything. I think that our excitement over this annual appearance reveals our attunement to seasonal foods. The delight in once a year foods is one we share with our earliest ancestors. Of course, those foods used to come from the earth, not the marketing department. The deep orange sweetness of pumpkin and other winter squashes, and warming, stimulating spices like ginger, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, are very much in tune with shortening days and cooler nights. I eat my squash in these pumpkin pancakes from Balanced Bites - bake the squash yourself to get it local, and cheaper! (and fine, here's a dairy and sugar free homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe if you must!)
This Week's Herbal History: Healers and parfumers have been distilling essential oils for centuries. This article gives a fascinating overview.
Fall Sale Still On! My new labels are rolling out, and I still have some stock of my 'classic' labels on SALE. As of Friday morning, I still have sale prices available for Three-in-One Serum, Swimming Dragon Oil, Basic Balm and Ex Libris Balm. Other items are available with brand-new labels!
Have a great weekend!