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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

New Moon in Gemini

New Moon in Gemini Horoscopes

Talented intuitive Yarusha Jimenez @sisters_of_eastwick @yarusha1111 has some beautiful insight for what this New Moon in Gemini brings. To book an astrology or tarot reading with Yarusha visit her at: www.sistersofeastwick.com. Yarusha will be part of a Virtual Divination for the New Moon on May 22nd. Sign up here on our virtual learning center! The new

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha: Ancient Ayurvedic Adaptogen

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), a valued herb in the Ayurvedic tradition for over 6,000 years, is one of modern herbalism’s favorite plant medicines. Traditionally and currently, Ashwagandha has been used primarily for its adaptogenic properties, which help our bodies adapt to the negative impacts of various stressors. Unlike stimulating adaptogens such as Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) and

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Kate Belew

Five Questions with Kate Belew

Kate Belew is a Brooklyn Based writer and herbalist from the Midwest. She has been involved in projects of writing with Poets House, The National Book Critics Circle, The Poetry Society of New York, Evolver, The New York City Poetry Festival, Slice Magazine, The Poetry Brothel, Publisher’s Weekly, and Milk Press. She also works as

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Bre Jenkins

Five Questions with Bre Jenkins

Bre Jenkins of Going Inwrd has worked in the health and wellness industry for over nine years. She is currently a freelance writer for several wellness and psychedelics focused platforms and offers Psychedelic Integration Support for her clients. On Wednesday, May 13, she will be teaching: Preparation and Integration: A Guide to Psilocybin Mushrooms on The

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Scorpio Full Moon

Scorpio Full Moon: Phosphorescent Waves

Nicholas Pfeiffer May 7, 2020 — The Scorpio Full Moon arrives on Wednesday, at 3:45am Pacific Time, eliciting our passions and profundity. Luckily, the Moon is supported by gentle, dreamy Neptune. We might feel extra attuned to our psychic abilities as truth is revealed, and we are able to love ourselves more. As we face

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Veles

Meet the Maker: Veles

@velesofficial CEO & Co-founder Amanda Weeks’ experience growing up in NYC, near what was formerly the largest landfill in the world, inspired her from an early age to find a better way to dispose of and process waste.  After learning that food is the single largest component of municipal solid waste going to landfills –

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4/20
CBD
The Alchemist's Kitchen

Celebrating 4/20 at Home

As 4/20 arrives this week, celebrating might look a little different than last year. Maybe you’re planning on smoking a bowl alone and spending an evening going inward, or maybe you’ve already been invited to a Zoom magic brownie baking session with friends. Perhaps you just want a really good night of rest! Below, we’ll

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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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Robin Rose Bennett
Herbalism
The Alchemist's Kitchen

Five Questions with Green Witch Robin Rose Bennett

This week, we were lucky enough to virtually chat with Robin Rose Bennett, a story-teller, writer, and herbalist. She has been offering classes in Wisewoman Healing Ways: Herbal Medicine and EarthSpirit Teachings since 1986 – at herb conferences, festivals, clinics, medical and nursing schools, and most joyously, outside with the plants. Robin Rose shares herbal medicine

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Red Clover
Herbalism
Micaela Foley

Exploring Red Clover: The Powerfully Nourishing Pink Flower

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) is a darling little herb that grows in cultivated and wild fields throughout much of the world. Native to much of Europe and Asia, Red Clover has been naturalized globally. When cultivated, it is often used as a cover crop for its nitrogen fixing properties and the forage it provides for

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Mugwort
Herbalism
Micaela Foley

Mugwort: Wise Dreamweaver

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is an herb of the world! Native to Europe and Asia, but with a naturalized domain widespread enough to include every continent, Mugwort grows wild and abundantly in sunny places with disturbed soil—no stranger to cracks in city sidewalks, fields, forests, coastal habitats, and gardens. Mugwort’s adaptability is mirrored by the myriad

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Quicksilver
Health & Wellness
The Alchemist's Kitchen

Meet the Maker: Quicksilver Scientific

This week we got to know Christopher Shade, PhD, Founder & CEO of Quicksilver Scientific, a company which combines nature’s nutrients with the power of science and medicine. Their supplements are rooted in the philosophy that you deserve the ability to maintain a healthy mind and body for life. As noted on the company’s website,

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New Moon
Health & Wellness
The Alchemist's Kitchen

Five Questions with Victoria Libertore

Victoria Libertore has been giving one-on-one intuitive, spiritual and energetic readings to people throughout the U.S. and around the world for 15 years. She has taught spirituality, intuition, guide, chakra, reincarnation, Reiki and creativity workshops at venues such as The Alchemist’s Kitchen, The Assemblage, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Bust Craftacular, House of Intuition, Hastings College and

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Veles
Health & Wellness
The Alchemist's Kitchen

Meet the Maker: Veles

@velesofficial CEO & Co-founder Amanda Weeks’ experience growing up in NYC, near what was formerly the largest landfill in the world, inspired her from an early age to find a better way to dispose of and process waste.  After learning that food is the single largest component of municipal solid waste going to landfills –

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New Moon
Astrology
Juliana McCarthy

Gemini New Moon: Heartfelt Connections + Meaningful Connections

Andy Kehoe May 22, 2020 — The Gemini New Moon arrives on Friday, at 10:38am Pacific Time, sparking a swell of Gemini energy. The Moon is beckoning us to consider our thoughts, while opening to meaningful, heartfelt dialogues and exchanges. At the same time, Venus, planet of love, is retrograding conjunct Mercury, while square to

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New Moon in Gemini
Astrology
Yarusha Jimenez

New Moon in Gemini Horoscopes

Talented intuitive Yarusha Jimenez @sisters_of_eastwick @yarusha1111 has some beautiful insight for what this New Moon in Gemini brings. To book an astrology or tarot reading with Yarusha visit her at: www.sistersofeastwick.com. Yarusha will be part of a Virtual Divination for the New Moon on May 22nd. Sign up here on our virtual learning center! The new

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Scorpio Full Moon
Astrology
Juliana McCarthy

Scorpio Full Moon: Phosphorescent Waves

Nicholas Pfeiffer May 7, 2020 — The Scorpio Full Moon arrives on Wednesday, at 3:45am Pacific Time, eliciting our passions and profundity. Luckily, the Moon is supported by gentle, dreamy Neptune. We might feel extra attuned to our psychic abilities as truth is revealed, and we are able to love ourselves more. As we face

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Create Your Altar
Witch
Nicole Adriana Casanova

Create Your Altar

Spring has come and with its return, the dance between day and night begins to balance out. As daytime grows longer, the earth receives the light it needs to initiate its next cycle of emergence. In many traditions, springtime heralds the New Year. With the Spirit of Aries, the Ram, whose strong will and vitality

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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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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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Season of Alchemy Cr
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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