Supporting each other, honoring the traditions

by Guest December 15, 2020

Interview with Ancestral Apothecary School

Like many of us, the visionaries at the heart of Ancestral Apothecary School have had a turbulent year. It is no small feat for herbalists, trained through deep, physical connection with the natural world, to move into the virtual domain of online classes: 

to continue their work, the teachers had to retool their curriculum, build a new teaching platform, and spend long hours in front of glowing screens...

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Soothing Digestive Recipes For The Holidays

by Aisling Badger November 30, 2020

UM Digestive Bitter Chews

Enjoy these two soothing digestive recipes made with Urban Moonshine Bitters this season. Your guests will leave your home well nourished, and comfortable after the holiday feast!

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November Things We Love

by Aisling Badger November 13, 2020

November Things we love

We have arrived in November, a true in-between time. The colorful leaves have fallen, the garden has been put to rest, and we are awaiting the first snowfall to make the landscape beautiful once again. We've gotten through an election, and we are still living through the stressful times of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Herbs for Respiratory Health

by Guido Masé October 08, 2020

Herbs for Respiratory Support

You can notice the change from the humid, vegetal smells of summer mornings to the crisp richness of autumn, at least here in Vermont. The dawn is much later too: now we step outside as the last stars fade, and the air has a trace of wood smoke from the first fires of the season. 

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August Things We Love

by Aisling Badger August 15, 2020

August things we love

August is all about slowing down to be present and savor the fleeting summer. Produce is at its peak, and the garden has become a bit wilder as we tend to weed less to try and keep up with the never-ending supply of vegetables. We’ve been busy preserving food, processing herbs, and indulging in outdoor meals.

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A Day In the Garden

by founder Jovial King July 14, 2020

jovial gardening excerpt

Go into the garden every day, no matter what. That's the promise I made at the start of the season. It will be a daily ritual, a practice to keep me in tune with the growth and health of the garden, and a sure way not to miss a bit of garden gossip.

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An Herbalist's Staycation

by Aisling Badger July 08, 2020

staycation excerpt

There is nothing like these long days when every delicious, summery minute counts. This time of year embodies abundance, energy, and fullness. July brings daily joy, feeling the sunshine and warmth that we Northerners miss so much throughout our long winter.

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Dandelion Flower Fritters

by Urban Moonshine May 28, 2020

dandelion fritters

The appearance of dandelion flowers can be a signal for some to get out the lawn mower, but for us herbalists, it’s a call to make fritters! 

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Ancestor Reverence

by Urban Moonshine May 20, 2020

Mercedes blog

Guest blog – by Mercedes Miles Mack

Working with my ancestors feels like being in the sun. It feels like being in alignment with the person I have always dreamed of being. Plugged into mystery, magic and play; the real allure of being alive.

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The Art of Gardening For Beginners

by Urban Moonshine May 18, 2020

the art of gardening

by Jovial King

Are you fantasizing about starting a garden this year but not sure where to begin? Not to worry!  There are many ways to participate in the gardening resurgence even if you don’t know the first thing about soil science or pollinators...

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Botanical at Home DIYs

by Aisling Badger May 08, 2020

self care at home

This whole new way of life has been a good reminder that we can’t control the circumstances around us, but that we can control our reactions and how we take care of ourselves.

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Kid-Friendly Plant Projects for Spring

by Vicki Kuskowski May 07, 2020

Spring is here as far as the calendar is concerned, but it is still quite chilly and brown in Vermont. It is what we call “mud season”, when the snow melts and everything is brown and mucky as the earth thaws and comes to life once again.

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