Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Apothecary's Apprentice: Meet Kizzi

Greetings sweet readers! 

I'm elated to welcome my new work-study apprentice. Won't you help me give her a warm entrance into the wild & witchy world of plant potions?

It's been a while since I've had a one-on-one apprentice. 2001, if I remember right. Timing was divine for Kizzi to arrive and I'm grateful for the blessing! I'm in great need of a helping hand here in my apothecary as things have quite grown over the last year and it's a bit more than I can handle all by myself.

I'm feeling ready to give herbal knowledge in a personal and reciprocal context, and ready for some spunky wonderful company to banter with. 

Meet Miss Kizzi - a bright and grounded young lady whom I met through North Star a couple of years ago. 

With a passion for self-sufficiency and connection to her body, she fiercely embodies her Virgo nature. Arriving not a moment late - but rather early - to our first day (of course this would be Friday the 13th) she sits smiling on the steps with a witchy novel and ready boots. 

She comes with notes already! Notes on basic preparations, and a few recipes. 

Elderberry syrup - yes, this is the perfect place to start. 

Since product making will be delayed a few days, we have time to play and cover some foundations. We simmer the elderberry and spice elixir, she explores the jars of dried herbs to invent her own infusion blend, and we jar up some dried comfrey. We make a fresh mugwort tincture too.

Our last hour, we walked along the back road by the horse fields. The roses brambled along the fences and the foliage of grapes and clematis are showing signs of cool nights. We touched on elder, yarrow, chickweed, linden trees, and admired the pretty turtleheads in flower.

Talking is rich and easy and woven, and the curiosity fuels me. She tells me bits about her interesting life and I appreciate both her openness and her opinions. She's interested in daily self-care herbalism, women's health, as well as field medicine for traveling and wilderness trips. Her college courses in botany and the human body will be very compatible with her plant knowledge. She may even dabble in a little aromatherapy or perfumery .. who knows ;)

Welcoming a new chapter, welcoming in the continuation of our plant lineage! 

Blessed be the medicines and joys of our Earth, all our relations, and to the blessings of divine good timing. I am grateful. 

If you have a wise word or a special welcoming for Kizzi, please feel free to comment on the facebook page  

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