Friday Roundup, November 13

What I've been reading, writing, thinking about and indulging in this week

This week has been a lot of getting ready for the Opal Street Center Holiday Fair tomorrow! I'm excited to meet and try the wares of all my fellow herbalists and makers. Check out the whole list here.

Chennai's Traditional Medicine Kits for Mums: Hospitals in Chennai, India are distributing 'kits' to expectant mothers, with herbal medicine and tonic foods for health during pregnancy and after birth. "Under the scheme, a woman who seeks medical care for pregnancy in a government hospital can opt for supportive care from a Siddha practitioner in the institution. The woman will be evaluated by the practitioner and provided a kit containing herbal tonics, tablets and in later stages of pregnancy and post-delivery oils for external application."

Behind the Scenes Beauty: This week I got to meet up with an awesome local talent - Amy Bobeda - a cosmetologist and theatre professional, Amy runs the Behind the Scenes Beauty Blog. As a sometimes scruffy herbalist who longs for perfectly groomed brows, I am digging her most recent article about how to get perfect brows on the cheap!

Have a great weekend!

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Opal Street Center Holiday Fair! Saturday, November 14, 4-7 pm

I'm super lucky to be part of the inaugural Opal Street Center Holiday Fair! The Opal Street Center is a beautiful healing space in Oakland, right near the intersection of 40th and Broadway. The normally tranquil space will be humming with activity as I join almost a dozen other herbalists and makers featuring handmade remedies, body care, botanical jewelry, succulent gardens and more! I'll have holiday specials like gift sets, and some special products just for Opal Street. We'll have music, snacks and drinks, and I'll be doing facial massage demos using my luxurious serums, all evening long. Happy holidays and see you there!

Some of these makers can only be found at in-person events like the Holiday Fair!

 

Erin Wood, L.Ac  www.erinwoodacupuncture.com
Sage Staggs, L.Ac belly balms & uplifting mists www.sagestaggs.com
Linda Kim, L.Ac handmade herbal remedies for common ailments  lindakimacupuncture.com
Impressed by Nature handmade pressed flower & leaf jewelry www.beimpressedbynature.com
Summer Sequoia Tallow Balms and Candles www.summersequoia.com
Preserved DIY Fermentation Kits www.preservedgoods.com
Mermaid Medicinals Salves and Tinctures
Vanda's Gardens air plant terrariums
Celeste Zolezzi Art Prints, Magnets and Buttons celestezolezzi.tumblr.com
Taproot Medicine Strong Woman Herbal Iron Syrup  www.taprootmedicine.org
Pixie Plants by Tanya Stiller  Bay Nut Truffles, Lick your Lover Lube, and Herbal Bitters

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Friday Roundup - October 16

What I've been reading, writing, thinking about and indulging in this week

Toxic Beauty Companies: It's October, which among other things, is 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month.' There's been lots of great discussion in recent years about the problem with 'pinkwashing.' This searing indictment from Peggy Orenstein is one I reread every October. This year Breast Cancer Action, an organization I got to know through my volunteer work at the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, is raising the roof about an especially egregious 'pinkwash.'

Cosmetic companies donate products to people in treatment for breast cancer, and those products both CAUSE cancer and even interfere with treatment. If you're as horrified by that as I am, sign the BCA petition here, and of course, kick those toxic products out of your own bathroom, purse or gym bag! Breast Cancer Action believes 'Breast cancer is a social justice issue and a public health crisis' and I agree!

Homemade hotsauce: I love hot sauces and fermented pastes of all kinds. But a lot of my favorites have junk in them that I'd prefer to avoid. (oh Oyster Sauce, we have to break up!) This week I snagged some organic red jalapenos and in just a few minutes, whipped up my own completely natural and additive free chili paste. I've been having it on everything and have to make more! I used this recipe from Nom Nom Paleo, but made it a little chunkier than her 'sriracha' version. I also succumbed to the hype and bought some Red Boat Fish Sauce, the 'champagne of fish sauce' Honestly, it's not hype - this stuff is incredible!

Busy, busy bee! That's me! Fall is bringing me lots of opportunities and I'm working hard to share the word about Angelica & Peony. I'll be at the Patchwork Show  on October 25 in Jack London Square, and I'm excited to announce I'll be at the Opal Street Center on November 14 for a festive herbalist and maker fair with an amazing group of healers, more deets soon. My friend and colleague Denise Cicuto L.Ac and I have been having so much fun doing Periscope live broadcasts together, that we're going to make it a regular thing - catch us Thursday, October 29 at 4 pm PST for our next installment (and email or comment if you have questions about Chinese Medicine, natural health, gynecology or skin care that you'd like us to tackle!)

Have a great weekend!

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