Notes From A Trip To Past/Present 012
Earlier this year, I was accepted to a 2-month ceramics residency at the John Bauer Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. I’d love your support in actualizing this opportunity. Learn more + give to help me get to the residency below.
I’ve been thinking a lot about herbalism lately. How I came to it. How it was modeled for me by my mother, father, and grandmother. What I’ve learned from plants. How I want to share what I know.
I don’t have a ton of answers to those questions or ideas yet, but for now, I can share a few of the herbal bits that have come up at the residency. Stuff we’ve talked about over dinner. Stuff I’ve offered from my traveling apothecary to others.
Lion’s Mane can help with any brain fog and neuropathy in extremities. I get mine from Anima Mundi.
Herbal allergy pills have made my allergy experience 10x better. I take the tablet for a few days, my allergies get under control and then I only need to take it if I have a flare-up. I get mine from Genexa.
Fire cider can help keep your immune system strong and support you in fighting off colds. It’s easy to make your own.
Electrolytes hydrate you faster than drinking plain water alone which is crucial in the extreme heat many are experiencing this summer and will continue to experience as our climate changes. I’ve been using Ultima.
Certain herbs (Gaba, L-Theanine, St. John’s Wort, Milky Oats, etc.) can help with mental health by serving as precursors to dopamine, serotonin, and other feel-good chemicals in our brains. I work with Olly Goodbye Stress.
Bitters can help prevent or relieve gas and bloating. I get mine from Anima Mundi.
Hibiscus tea is an all-around systems tonic that supports your heart, liver, cholesterol, blood pressure, and more.
Golden milk (turmeric, cacao, coconut cream, black pepper), is supportive for any joint pain, reducing inflammation, and more. There’s this one from Anima Mundi, but I buy the ingredients noted above from them separately and mix my own together.
This edition isn’t behind a paywall because I want us all to be well. And while I’m always balancing living in a capitalist system and wanting to be paid for knowledge or labor, I also just don’t believe in paywalls of supportive information, especially when it comes to health.
Nothing here should be taken as medical advice. You should do your own research into everything I’ve said + any herbs you’re considering taking. Make sure you discuss them with a doctor and/or check them with any meds you take to be sure there aren’t any counterindications (which means you shouldn’t use them in certain circumstances).
May we be happy. May we be healthy. May we feel at ease.
I am currently on an Artist Residency, writing, thinking, and working toward one of my current works in progress. This WIP is a memoir. Each day that I am here, on the residency, I will send you a note. They will reach you at all hours of the day and night. I do not promise that they will be long, coherent, adhere to any one form, or make sense at all. You are welcome to ask about what is shared—though I do not promise to answer or make any meaning for you. This space is after all a documentation of my creative practice—no more, no less.