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Corinna's Corner
Corinna WoodAnxiety, Depression, Stress? Treat them the Wise Woman Way.
Corinna Wood, Director, Red Moon Herbs & Southeast Wise Women
So many people are experiencing mood disturbances these days. While the choice to use anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication is a valid one, the increase in use over the past decade has doubled, along with our stress levels. How can we address this issue in our lives on deeper lifestyle level and create more sustainable solutions?
Flame Goddess
My favorite interpretation of the Wise Woman Tradition, which speaks to the heart of this issue, is to:
Live in your body. Speak your truth. Love yourself.
Living in your body is all about nourishment, the foundation of the Wise Woman Tradition. If we’re not deeply nourished, it’s very difficult for us to deal with the situational anxiety and depression that comes our way. Most women suffer from a lack of healthy fats in their diets. Healthy fats, like raw organic butter and coconut oil, contribute to a healthy nervous system unlike anything else. A robust nervous system helps us be less emotionally volatile or prone to extreme bouts of anxiety. Reducing or eliminating stimulants will also help get you off the up and down wheel of anxiety.
Speaking your truth. The Wise Woman Tradition teaches us to embrace both the light and dark sides of ourselves – even those so called “negative emotions” such as grief and rage. Women and men have often been taught to suppress these parts which, stored in our bodies, can create anxiety and illness. Name the fears and dark emotions with your loved ones. Be vulnerable and real about who you are and what you feel. Try expressing this dark stuff in a safe way by lying on the earth and letting your tears and anger flow . . . the earth can take your pain and turn it into food and medicine!
Loving yourself. Where in your life are you being nourished? Accentuate those parts and begin to look at what drains your energy. Your job, your relationship, your community? Is there a way to live more authentically who you are? Is there a way to live more simply to reduce economic stress? Can you reach out to others to create more community in your life? Can you find a way to get nourishing non-sexual touch such as massage or cuddling? Can you do a daily movement or writing or art practice, which grounds your energy and frees your soul?
Herbs alone, just like prescription medicine alone, will not be a miracle cure. In combination with the lifestyle issues above, herbs will encourage your body and mind towards wholeness.
Three of my favorite herbs to soothe the nerves and ease anxiety are lemon balm, skullcap and catnip, all gentle, safe herbs in the mint family. Lemon balm is known as a mood elevator--if you've had a sniff of a leaf from the garden, you understand what that means! Skullcap is used to ease nervous tension and help with headaches and sleep disturbances. Catnip is used to for calming, pain, and bellyaches, which often accompany mood disorders.
May you discover yourself more deeply on your journey through the light and dark spiral of life.
February Specials
Red Clover Special
We're almost through with what has been, at least in our neck of the woods, a very harsh winter. Here are our sale offers to help get you through to sunnier times....
Free 1 oz. Red Clover Extract
with all orders over $35
(calculated before shipping).
Also, take 25% off any size:
  • Catnip Extract
  • Lemon Balm Extract
  • Skullcap Extract
Offers good until Feburay 28th.
February Sale
Celebrating Imbolc
The roots of our contemporary Ground Hog Day can be found in the age-old, earth-honoring annual ceremony called Imbolc or Candlemas. The word Imbolc comes from the Celtic peoples and derives from a word meaning “in the belly” which refers to the pregnancy of ewes or ewe’s milk. Sheep are bred once the weather turns cold for lambing sometime around Imbolc.
This agrarian festival is celebrated around the world at the beginning of February, as this marks the mid point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, thus making is what’s called a “cross quarterly” holiday in the wheel of the year.
With Imbolc we have awareness of the return of spring, which to our ancestors meant relief from cold and the dwindling resources of food and fuel. With the end of winter in sight, this is a time to celebrate using candles and ritual fires to symbolize the return of the sun, warmth, and light.
To agrarian peoples this is also a time of weather divination. A time to ask the spirits, watch the signs, and wait for information regarding not only when winter will end (as in, does the ground hog see it’s shadow or not?) but about how damp or dry a season will be. Important information when deciding which crops to plant or seeds to order. In modern times we have the Farmer’s Almanac or the extended forecast to rely on, but in times of old, they watched for signs like badgers, snakes, and bears on the move. Keep an eye outside, you might see something!
Homemade Granola
We get many requests for recipes for the dishes served at the conference, and this is one of the most wanted recipes. It is super easy to make and is a delicious source of whole grains.
Anne’s Golden Granola
Granola2 cups rolled oats
½ cup slivered or sliced raw almonds
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup sesame seeds
½ cup syrup
1/3 cup sunflower oil (can be replaced with safflower or coconut oil)
In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients together. Set aside.
Mix syrup and oil together thoroughly until the liquid becomes thick.
Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and mix until evenly coated.
Spread on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 300  for 25-30 minutes, stirring about every 10 minutes. Remove from oven when golden but still moist (it will get crisp as it cools). Stir one last time.
Let it cool on the cookie sheet. When cool, move to an airtight container.
Makes almost 2 quarts.
2010 We'Moon
As you begin to plan your schedule for 2010, make sure you save October 1-3 for the Southeast Women's Herbal Conference. Having grown to over 600 participants over the last five years, this is a much-loved annual tradition in herbal education, nourishing foods, empowerment, and community.   We are pleased to offer a menu based on nourishing foods, including the Granola, above. Please check out our 2009 menu and become tantilized already.
Weathering the Weather
Snow coming down hard outside.
Red Moon Herbs and the SE Wise Women offices are located in a rural valley nearly an hour east of Asheville, NC. Winters here are usually mild and snow rarely sticks around for more than a few days.
This year, we got whalloped! A foot of snow came at winter solstice and lasted on the ground for over a month. An ice storm came on Christmas day and hundreds of trees in our little valley either completely fell over or had the tops and large branches fall. Another foot of snow fell over this last weekend leading up to Imbolc.
Roads weren't plowed for days; we've been snowed in a lot! Thankfully we have power and wonderful warm heat due to our off-grid systems and the water only froze once. Here's some of the staff (and farm friends) weathering the weather.
With a little help from her friends, Julie (Customer Service) rides out to her mother's funeral on a tractor....the only way out!
Julie in the snow    Julie and friends
Corinna (Director) and her brother, Harlan, watch the sun rise from the earth on Solstice morning.
Corinna and Harlan see the solstice sunrise
Ema (Manager) and her family in snowy January:
Calendar of Events
March 6&7, 2010
Organic Grower's School at UNC Asheville
Red Moon Herbs will have a booth and Corinna will be teaching Using Edible & Medicinal “Weeds” on Saturday only.
Wise Woman Immersion
June 13-18, 2010
Sign up before March 10th Early Bird Registration Deadline. See details on the website.
Mark your calendar for another fabulous weekend of empowerment, spirit, and health!
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Contact Information
Red Moon Herbs
SE Wise Women
The information included in this newsletter on the structure and function uses of herbs is based on historical use and personal experience. It has not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Thanks to Lee Warren for Newsletter Coordination.
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