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An Interview with Dennis Mckenna
Herbalism
Kate Belew

An Interview With Dennis McKenna

In June, I had the great fortune to have a phone call with Dennis McKenna to discuss connecting with mushrooms, how psychedelics can heal, symbiosis, and civil disobedience.  Dennis McKenna’s research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology and plant hallucinogens. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian, Colombian, and Brazilian

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Mushroom Foraging
Herbalism
Ali Banks

Mushroom Foraging

The first time I plucked a mushroom from the earth with intention was during a mushroom foraging walk led by a mycology group local to my area. I knew enough to understand that if I was to begin a relationship with the wild fungi around me, I would need guides who knew what it meant

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Herbalism
William Padilla-Brown

Stalking the Wild Cordyceps at MycoFest

August is here, for me that means MycoFest. MycoFest is our annual Mushroom & Arts Festival the first weekend of August every year here in Central Pennsylvania. MycoFest has held its significance in regards to stalking the wild Cordyceps since the beginning in 2015. Cordyceps season is in full swing for us Central Pennsylvanians during

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Recent Knowledge

Dosage

Best Way to Find Your Perfect CBD Dosage

The popularity of CBD is on the rise for its potential benefits for an array of ailments. Packaging and bottles give recommended serving sizes, however one size does not fit all when it comes to CBD dosage. Everyone will react slightly differently to CBD just as they do medications and supplements. So, how do you

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Pisces Full Moon

Pisces Full Moon: Dissolving Into Love

Image by Katherine Bradford September 13, 2019 — The Pisces Full Moon arrives on Friday at 9:35pm Pacific Time, eliciting a well of deep feelings, confusion, and sensitivity. The Moon is conjunct Neptune, square to Jupiter, and opposite the many planets falling in Virgo, clouding the Virgin’s usual lucidity and precision. On top of this, Mars

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Mushroom Foraging

Mushroom Foraging

The first time I plucked a mushroom from the earth with intention was during a mushroom foraging walk led by a mycology group local to my area. I knew enough to understand that if I was to begin a relationship with the wild fungi around me, I would need guides who knew what it meant

Read More »

Stalking the Wild Cordyceps at MycoFest

August is here, for me that means MycoFest. MycoFest is our annual Mushroom & Arts Festival the first weekend of August every year here in Central Pennsylvania. MycoFest has held its significance in regards to stalking the wild Cordyceps since the beginning in 2015. Cordyceps season is in full swing for us Central Pennsylvanians during

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Medicinal Mushrooms as Food Medicine

Introduction to Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal adaptogenic mushrooms are an ancient tonic medicine experiencing a much deserved revival in modern wellness culture and consciousness communities around the world. There are mushroom tinctures sold in wellness havens like The Alchemist’s Kitchen, and mushroom coffee blends for sale in Urban Outfitters demonstrating the popularity and the sheer curiosity people have about these

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September Astrology

The Astrology of September 2019: The Beauty of Imperfection

We begin September on the heels of a Virgo New Moon, with five planets falling in practical Virgo—calling forth her extremes. In her most enlightened state, the Virgin represents service and healing, encouraging us to polish, refine, and strive toward spiritual perfection. When she’s out of balance, we might feel overly neurotic, anxious, or worried.

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Dosage
CBD
The Alchemist's Kitchen

Best Way to Find Your Perfect CBD Dosage

The popularity of CBD is on the rise for its potential benefits for an array of ailments. Packaging and bottles give recommended serving sizes, however one size does not fit all when it comes to CBD dosage. Everyone will react slightly differently to CBD just as they do medications and supplements. So, how do you

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CBD News
CBD
The Alchemist's Kitchen

CBD News Update: September Edition

News and research about cannabis is emerging at a rapid pace and it can be hard to keep up! Here we’ve started compiling the most relevant findings and CBD news from the past month to keep you updated. Stay tuned for more each month! DEA Expands Scientific and Medical Research for Marijuana The Drug Enforcement

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CBD
The Alchemist's Kitchen

CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum: Key Differences

With so types of CBD oil, you may feel overwhelmed when choosing a product. Two key terms that are often found on labels are: “full spectrum” and “CBD isolate.” Beyond just indicating a level of bioavailability, these two words are used to specify what kind of CBD is in a product, and how it will

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Mushroom resources
Health & Wellness
The Alchemist's Kitchen

Sources to Learn More About Mushrooms

Curious about learning more about mushrooms? Check out these resources below! Heffter Research Institute The Heffter Research Institute promotes research of the highest scientific quality with the classic hallucinogens and related compounds (sometimes called psychedelics) in order to contribute to a greater understanding of the mind leading to the improvement of the human condition, and

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Magic of Mushrooms
Herbalism
Val Elkhorn

The Magic of Mushrooms

As some of the first dwellers on planet earth, reaching twenty feet in height over 60 million years ago, mushrooms remain the more mysterious cousins to our plant allies. They make their homes in the hollows of trees and at the foot of woodland springs, sometimes popping up and retreating to the cool tilthy soil

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Psychedelic Ceremony: Psilocybin Mushroom Magic
Herbalism
Kaylin Brown

Psychedelic Ceremony: Psilocybin Mushroom Magic

Magic mushrooms, or Psilocybe Cubensis, are mushrooms we know and love for their psychoactive components psilocybin and psilocin. These psychedelic mushrooms have been used for their magical healing powers since the beginning of humankind—we can even find them displayed throughout art dating all the way back to 5,000 B.C. That is pretty groovy. Today, psilocybin

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Mushroom resources
Health & Wellness
The Alchemist's Kitchen

Sources to Learn More About Mushrooms

Curious about learning more about mushrooms? Check out these resources below! Heffter Research Institute The Heffter Research Institute promotes research of the highest scientific quality with the classic hallucinogens and related compounds (sometimes called psychedelics) in order to contribute to a greater understanding of the mind leading to the improvement of the human condition, and

Read More »
Health & Wellness
Rachelle Robinett

Medicinal Mushrooms as Food Medicine

Medicinal mushrooms are having a moment! Or, rather, they’re reminding us that they’ve been here all along – supporting not just our health but – some would say – the evolution of our species. Of the some 270 different types of medicinal mushrooms, the world is largely focused on just about a dozen, which still

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Medicinal Mushrooms as Food Medicine
Health & Wellness
Arielle Hayat

Introduction to Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal adaptogenic mushrooms are an ancient tonic medicine experiencing a much deserved revival in modern wellness culture and consciousness communities around the world. There are mushroom tinctures sold in wellness havens like The Alchemist’s Kitchen, and mushroom coffee blends for sale in Urban Outfitters demonstrating the popularity and the sheer curiosity people have about these

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Zodiac
Astrology
Juliana McCarthy

Astro-Herbal Calendar: Fall 2019

Image by Anna Pugh Astrology by Juliana McCarthy of Ethereal Culture. The suggested herbal remedies in this calendar are brought to you by medical astrologer Emily McDonald of Ethos Rising. September 23-December 21   Fall Zodiac Signs: Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius Fall begins with the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, when the Sun crosses the Earth’s equator, making day and night of

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Pisces Full Moon
Astrology
Juliana McCarthy

Pisces Full Moon: Dissolving Into Love

Image by Katherine Bradford September 13, 2019 — The Pisces Full Moon arrives on Friday at 9:35pm Pacific Time, eliciting a well of deep feelings, confusion, and sensitivity. The Moon is conjunct Neptune, square to Jupiter, and opposite the many planets falling in Virgo, clouding the Virgin’s usual lucidity and precision. On top of this, Mars

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September Astrology
Astrology
Juliana McCarthy

The Astrology of September 2019: The Beauty of Imperfection

We begin September on the heels of a Virgo New Moon, with five planets falling in practical Virgo—calling forth her extremes. In her most enlightened state, the Virgin represents service and healing, encouraging us to polish, refine, and strive toward spiritual perfection. When she’s out of balance, we might feel overly neurotic, anxious, or worried.

Read More »
Santeria
Rituals
Jessica Ramirez

Reclaiming the Power of Santería

The practice and religion of Santería, like so many other spiritual practices before it, have been stigmatized and fetishized by our colonizers. In recent years as an active Latinx Brujx, there has been an accession within our communities and the energy is building. Santería’s deep roots flow within the veins of my mother, her mother

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Juniper
Herbalism
Minta Carlson

Nordic Herbs: Plants to Forage in the Fall

Fall is an exciting time for Nordic herbs. Foraging has been a long-loved Nordic activity, especially in September, when everything is brimming for harvest and the long dark winter fast approaches. As a Swedish folk magic practitioner, I tramp into the forest every year to find a bounty. In terms of foraging, I am a

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The Stars Within You book
Witch
The Alchemist's Kitchen

The Alchemist’s Kitchen Book Club: The Stars Within You

There’s nothing like laying out a blanket on a roof or a field on a warm summer night, laying back, and looking up at the night sky. Beyond just being beautiful, the stars can tell us so much about ourselves and how we move through the world. They offer a map of our tendencies, responses,

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Psychedelic Ceremony: Psilocybin Mushroom Magic
Herbalism
Kaylin Brown

Psychedelic Ceremony: Psilocybin Mushroom Magic

Magic mushrooms, or Psilocybe Cubensis, are mushrooms we know and love for their psychoactive components psilocybin and psilocin. These psychedelic mushrooms have been used for their magical healing powers since the beginning of humankind—we can even find them displayed throughout art dating all the way back to 5,000 B.C. That is pretty groovy. Today, psilocybin

Read More »
Santeria
Rituals
Jessica Ramirez

Reclaiming the Power of Santería

The practice and religion of Santería, like so many other spiritual practices before it, have been stigmatized and fetishized by our colonizers. In recent years as an active Latinx Brujx, there has been an accession within our communities and the energy is building. Santería’s deep roots flow within the veins of my mother, her mother

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Creating Earth Altars and Mandalas for Ritual and Prayer
Herbalism
Val Elkhorn

Creating Earth Altars and Mandalas for Ritual and Prayer

Some of the greatest social gatherings and introspective musings occur around earth altars. Whether under a tree, around a fire, or gazing out across the sea, these special spaces conjure a unique magic about an area. Created within minutes or crafted over hours, they hone the creator into the cosmic rhythms of the earth as

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