Wisdom

Welcome to our blog, where ancient wisdom meets modern spirit. Here you’ll find articles written by herbalists, healers, witches, holistic health practitioners, astrologists, and experts in many other fields of healing. We hope to present a collection of wisdom that is multi-faceted, multi-cultural, and intergenerational. Enjoy your exploration!

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antiviral
Herbalism
The Alchemist's Kitchen

5 Herbs With Antiviral Properties


For as long as humans have been around, we’ve used plants as natural remedies for illness and as antivirals to combat infection. According to The Herbal Academy, “The first written record of medicinal plants was transcribed on clay tablets over 5000 years ago by the Sumerians, in ancient Mesopotamia (Iraq).” All ancient cultures have proof

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hand wash
Health & Wellness
The Alchemist's Kitchen

Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Many of you might be feeling nervous or overwhelmed with all of the information about coronavirus out there. One thing that is a known preventative measure is washing hands for at least 20 seconds, as well as using hand sanitizer. Many places are all out of big brands such as Purell, but the good news

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Coronavirus
Herbalism
The Alchemist's Kitchen

Coronavirus: Take Preventative Action with Herbal Allies

Unquestionably, the coronavirus, named Covid-19, an infectious flu has become an alarming issue of global concern and uncertainty. Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi; the diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another. For the Coronavirus the number of cases have reached 88,000

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Recent Knowledge

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Season of Alchemy Crystal Guide

This season, as we consider practices to connect to our ability to manifest and create change, we might go towards ritual, such as spells, prayer, or working with crystals. Crystals can offer a tangible and visible reminder of alchemy, plus, they’re absolutely beautiful to keep around the home. Below, Katherine Stanbury— a modern mystic, yogi,

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antiviral

5 Herbs With Antiviral Properties


For as long as humans have been around, we’ve used plants as natural remedies for illness and as antivirals to combat infection. According to The Herbal Academy, “The first written record of medicinal plants was transcribed on clay tablets over 5000 years ago by the Sumerians, in ancient Mesopotamia (Iraq).” All ancient cultures have proof

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herbal support

COVID-19 Support

We’ve been hearing a lot of the same info getting spread around about COVID-19 in regards to washing hands, sneezing in elbows, avoiding large gatherings and staying home when sick. This is all important information, but what else can we do to support our bodies in this turbulent time? While we don’t yet know how

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hand wash

Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Many of you might be feeling nervous or overwhelmed with all of the information about coronavirus out there. One thing that is a known preventative measure is washing hands for at least 20 seconds, as well as using hand sanitizer. Many places are all out of big brands such as Purell, but the good news

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Menstrual Magick

Menstrual Magick

Menstruation, or the periodical shedding of the lining of the uterus, still remains very much a mystery to most. As menstrual periods typically occur at intervals of one lunar month from puberty until menopause, they are often referred to as “moon cycles.” Like the moon – magnetic, sovereign, and wavering – vaginal bleeding has been

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Danielle

Meet the Maker: Four Sigmatic

Have you tried Four Sigmatic’s amazing mushroom coffee and hot cocoa yet? They’re filled with functional adaptogens and mushrooms to support the body’s natural functions, and are a real favorite at The Alchemist’s Kitchen. We reach for them when we need help getting through a long day without the negative affects of caffeine. We chatted

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Cannabis Testing
CBD
Celia Gold

The Trouble with Cannabis Testing (and What You Can Do About It)

A few years ago in Southern California, before the state legalized adult recreational use, there was a rumor going around that if you asked to see test results for cannabis products and a dispensary didn’t have or want to provide them (which was against the law), you could be refused service and unceremoniously ejected. This

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CBD and Sexual Healing
CBD
The Alchemist's Kitchen

CBD and Sexual Healing

CBD and sexual healing is not a new concept.  Before its criminalization, cannabis was often prescribed by doctors for relief from gynecological issues. Traditional cannabis recipes were for oral, vaginal, intranasal, anal, and topical application, instead of for being smoked. And now CBD oil is commonly used for various applications. As Foria Wellness explains: The

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Water Soluble CBD
CBD
Raisa Tolchinsky

A Morning Beverage with Plant Alchemy Water Soluble CBD

As we launch into the Season of Love here at The Alchemist’s Kitchen, something we discuss often is how to incorporate acts of self-care and the power of plants into our daily routine. Most of us drink coffee or tea in the morning, or some form of adaptogenic latte (made with Ashwagandha or Anandamide. Lately,

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Mushrooms for Immunity
Herbalism
The Alchemist's Kitchen

Mushrooms for Immunity

How do we “boost” our immune systems besides eating well, getting enough sleep, and trying to lower our stress? One possible answer could be medicinal mushrooms, whose healing benefits have been utilized in cultures all around the world for thousands of years. Although each mushroom has their unique list of health benefits, they are each

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coronavirus
Health & Wellness
The Alchemist's Kitchen

Five Adaptogenic Herbs for Times of Stress

Right now, most of us are probably using all the tools in our toolkit to cope with being inside most of the time and having our daily lives and activities disrupted. There are numerous reasons to feel stressed right now, which is a very normal response to the world at large.  However, adaptogenic herbs can

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Herbalism
Micaela Foley

The Cytokine Storm & Herbs for COVID-19

With the recent pandemic of COVID-19 or “Coronavirus,” there’s been some debate about using immune stimulating herbs like Elderberry and Echinacea due to concerns that they may trigger a “cytokine storm.” Cytokine storms (a term that’s gone rather, dare I say, viral), are essentially hyperinflammation that occurs when the immune system releases excessive or uncontrolled

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community
Health & Wellness
The Alchemist's Kitchen

Community Offerings from The Alchemist’s Kitchen Family

During this unprecedented and challenging moment, we have compiled a list of healers’ current offerings: online teaching, zoom sessions, consultations, kind words, etc. Now more than ever, this kind of community guide is essential to help everyone feel a little less alone. Find below a list of resources from our amazing staff & makers!  You

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coronavirus
Health & Wellness
The Alchemist's Kitchen

Five Adaptogenic Herbs for Times of Stress

Right now, most of us are probably using all the tools in our toolkit to cope with being inside most of the time and having our daily lives and activities disrupted. There are numerous reasons to feel stressed right now, which is a very normal response to the world at large.  However, adaptogenic herbs can

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hand wash
Health & Wellness
The Alchemist's Kitchen

Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Many of you might be feeling nervous or overwhelmed with all of the information about coronavirus out there. One thing that is a known preventative measure is washing hands for at least 20 seconds, as well as using hand sanitizer. Many places are all out of big brands such as Purell, but the good news

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Virgo Full Moon
Astrology
Juliana McCarthy

Virgo Full Moon: A Healing Crisis

March 9, 2020 — The Virgo Full Moon arrives on Monday at 10:47am Pacific Time, eliciting a potent and humbling period of purification. It’s time for great karmic rectification as we reach painful crescendos in the realms of health, consciousness, and the Earth. Neptune is conjunct the Sun while opposing the Virgo Moon, and veils

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March 2020
Astrology
Juliana McCarthy

The Astrology of March: Healing Ourselves, Healing the World

March begins with the Fish leading us through her waters of dreams and surreality. The Sun and Mercury retrograde are in Pisces, submerging us in poetry and confusion. However, we are gathering steam this month, preparing for a pivot point. We are shifting from a phase of reflection, into one of action and greater momentum.

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March Astrology
Astrology
Yarusha Jimenez

March Horoscopes with Yarusha Jimenez

It’s the third month of 2020, and talented intuitive Yarusha Jimenez @sisters_of_eastwick @yarusha1111 has some beautiful insight for what the next 30 days bring as we usher in the Season of the Moon! Read on, and find out what this March Horoscope has in store. To book an astrology or tarot reading with Yarusha visit

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Menstrual Magick
Witch
Madison Murray

Menstrual Magick

Menstruation, or the periodical shedding of the lining of the uterus, still remains very much a mystery to most. As menstrual periods typically occur at intervals of one lunar month from puberty until menopause, they are often referred to as “moon cycles.” Like the moon – magnetic, sovereign, and wavering – vaginal bleeding has been

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The Lover and the Loved Spell
Rituals
Kaylin Brown

The Lover and the Loved Spell

The goal of this love spell is to release any fear and pain held within the body and heart, and ultimately to open up your life and heart to love through renewed passion, vision, and positive, fulfilling relationships (in the form of both friends and lovers,) all in the highest good for you and your

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Curandera Atava Garcia Swiecicki
Herbalism
Raisa Tolchinsky

A Conversation With Curandera Atava Garcia Swiecicki

Last month, I was lucky enough to speak with Curandera Atava Garcia Swiecicki, MA, RH (AHG), the founder and lead instructor of Ancestral Apothecary, School of Herbal, Folk and Indigenous Medicine—- a school which was born from Atava’s dream to create a more diverse community of herbalists and healers in the Bay Area. Atava has

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Spring Equinox
Rituals
Val Elkhorn

Spring Equinox Celebrations and Rituals

As leaves unfurl and newborn animals venture into the world for the first time, we are reminded that life begins over and over again. Every day, month, season, year, decade and so on are cycles that bring us closer to the nature of all things. There is something special about the spring cycle though. It

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Rituals
Katherine Stanbury

Season of Alchemy Crystal Guide

This season, as we consider practices to connect to our ability to manifest and create change, we might go towards ritual, such as spells, prayer, or working with crystals. Crystals can offer a tangible and visible reminder of alchemy, plus, they’re absolutely beautiful to keep around the home. Below, Katherine Stanbury— a modern mystic, yogi,

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Ancestral Magic
Herbalism
Minta Karlsson

4 Ways to Ground Your Magic Practice into Ancestral Roots

My magic practice is deeply rooted in personal ancestry. My ancestors are primarily Swedish and Irish, and I work primarily within those folk traditions. I believe this is important, and in this blog I will explain a few ways you can start to invite that energy into your own magic practice. I do this for

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