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nEWwORLD iS hERE! let’s get cozy

12.23.12 @ 13:0119086

In honor of the fall equinox and the change of seasons today, we have been stocking the NewWorld Apothecary with deep healing medicines for fall+winter.New in the shop:Medicine of the People-traditonal Navajo salves+creams,handmade by Virginia Boone in Marana, Arizona. A brief history of their company: ”In 1995 my partner Leonard Marcus and I started a company called Dine Be Azee (Medicine of the People), using traditional knowledge of Plants that was given to me by my father, Sam Boone.My memories of my dad selling herbs on the Navajo Reservation and of his belief that “in order to heal himself he had to help his people” were the inspiration for our company, medicine and products.For many years we have traveled to Powwows, Conferences and Native American events, selling herbs for medicinal and ceremonial use. We have crafted herbal salves and made creams, massage oils and tinctures from native plants we have gathered. As our company has grown we have added wholesale distribution in an effort to get our products out to a broader audience. Medicine of the people products are sold at over one hundred mostly Native American cultural centers, museums, casinos and health food stores across the country.”
I feel really lucky to be able to carry these healing medicines in S+F, come experience them soon. I first came across Medicine of The People in Tucson a few years ago,and am so happy to bring it home to share with Portland. Their pinon salve is the most amazing scent I have ever tried- sweet and spicy and feels like desert treasure.In stock now are their Pinon; White Sage; Juniper-Lavender-Sage;and Sore Joint salves, White Sage moisturizer, and Pinon Sap creams.The blends are traditional Navajo herbs in a beeswax/calendula base.Support First Nations Elders and buy their deep medicines.
Learn more about the Boones on their FB page

09.22.12 @ 12:492

Harvesting my Calendula officinalis today. I use the aerial flower parts to create a healing,moisturizing base for S+F lip care-combined with Oregon beeswax, essential oils, and Vitamin E, this is the stuff you need for ultimate lip health!
Calendula has been used medicinally for centuries all over the world-The calendula is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. Its name refers to its tendency to bloom with the calendar, usually once a month or every new moon. The term “marigold” refers to the Virgin Mary, and marigolds are used in Catholic events honoring the Virgin Mary. The Egyptians considered them to have rejuvenating properties. In the Hindu world, the flowers were used to adorn statues of gods in their temples, as well as a colorant in food, fabrics, and cosmetics, and of particular interest, in the 18th and 19th century, calendula was used to color cheese. The calendula was originally used as food rather than as an herb. It adds flavor to cereals, rice, and soups. The petals can be added to salads. As recently as 70 years ago, American physicians used calendula to treat amenorrhea, conjunctivitis, fevers, cuts, scrapes, bruises, and burns, as well as minor infections of the skin.

09.16.12 @ 17:294

New Gemstone-Infused Herbal Teas. 8 ounces,makes 112 cups of tea.Comes with a muslin bag and a crystal for infusing your brewed tea.
Moonday: Organic Peppermint/Lemon Verbena/Calendula
Rose Quartz: Wild harvested and organic Wild Rose/Lavender/Calendula.

07.09.12 @ 08:411

Open 12 to 5 today, come sniff new Captain Blankenship organic fragrances with me..
“Put them on your skin and let them grow”
This mantra encapsulates the delicate, wildcrafted energy behind Captain Blankenship, a line of spellbinding organic fragrance from San Francisco’s Jana Blankenship. Scent feels personal, even sentimental, right? We wear it on our skin: on our throats, wrists, over our hearts. This intimate relationship to scent seems to be an essential component in Jana’s craft.
Her olfactory powers first surfaced as a child when she began to mix her mother’s perfumes. An allergy to synthetic scents coupled with a life spent in the wilds of central California  evolved Captain Blankenship. Mixed with gluten-free organic grape alcohol base and wholly natural & local ingredients, her line offers concoctions like the woodsy, dark Wolf Moon (inspired by the winter moon) and Phosphorescent, a citrus and salt blend that harkens back to warm summer evenings spent by the sea.
Sword + Fern is charmed to exclusively purvey Captain Blankenship in Portland. Come mingle with one (or more) of the six scents and see how the dynamic scents brew with your skin. —EH

07.08.12 @ 09:291

can’t wait to unveil all the news from the NEW WORLD APOTHECARY this summer, and soon!

06.26.12 @ 09:291

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