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You may not be where you want to be, but are you where you were?


Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.

When Mary Phelps Jacob patented the "backless brassiere" in 1910, and Dr. Edward Bach pioneered a new healing technique involving flowers, neither had any idea how they would impact the world.

Small shifts in your thinking, and small changes in your energy, can lead to massive alterations of your end result.

And, what have you got to lose?

Dare to be a Green Witch

Are you tentatively dipping your toes into holistic waters, or already on this path, but keep quiet about it since you feel alone? We'll discuss alternatives to the mainstream approach to wellness. Trust your inner knowing, hear your inner voice, and question “the experts.” 

We'll share a number of  holistic first-aid remedies to file away in your memory!

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The Five Elements

The most useful thing you'll ever learn!

Are you Earth, Wood, Fire, Metal, or Water?

Imagine the power of being able to walk into any business or personal situation, instantly assess the personality types in the room, and know how to best interact with them. You'll even understand the element of your mechanic, dentist, mother-in-law, waitress, or blind date! Once you master elements, your worldview will change. It's like knowing a great secret. It makes life make sense.

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Chance it!

What have you got to lose?

Life's too short to live in fear. That pull you feel, nagging at you every day, is real. Your path probably won't make sense to your family or friends, but playing totally safe means you're existing, not living. Do you feel there's more to life than a comfortable, same-as-everybody-else existence? Take the chances, make the leaps, and become the inspiration that others need to keep growing! What's the worst that could happen?

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Suffragettes in Corselettes

For centuries, women have allowed themselves to be squeezed, twisted, and squished to conform to desired shapes. The history of underwear reveals a lot about women’s changing roles in society – how we perceive ourselves, and how we’re viewed by others. The 1910s saw an end to the hourglass figure with a tiny waist. Women were finally able to breathe and move more freely. Did the demise of tightlacing help women gain the right to vote in 1920? 

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What should I grow in my medicinal herb garden?

Without a doubt, the right herbal “superstars” can treat common ailments. For instance: colds and flu, inflammation, minor cuts, infections, pain, muscle spasms, anxiety, poor digestion, and insomnia.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed and want to plant all of the herbs you’ve researched! Ehris & Velya share 11 of their favorites that are all easy to grow, do well in virtually every climate, and have a variety of medicinal benefits.

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The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife

Discover what life was really like for New England’s colonial women – because we’ve always been curious about: menstruation, sex, birth control, childbirth, sickness, and medicine. For instance: in an era when underwear hadn’t been invented, what did colonial women do when they had their periods? What were early American birth control methods? It was suggested that colonial women try jumping backwards seven times after intercourse to expel sperm, drink water that blacksmiths used to cool metals, or insert a mixture of dried crocodile dung and honey into the vagina.

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Flower Essences 101

Addressing the root cause of health issues...

Flower essences are extractions prepared from flowering plants, used therapeutically (they're not essential oils). This introductory course, filled with success stories and anecdotes, includes history, the Doctrine of Signatures, usage, and much more!

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Unveiling the Lives of Tudor Wives

menstruation, contraception, "tilling the fields of Venus," impotence, childbirth, and aphrodisiacs

People are captivated by the Tudor era and Henry VIII's wed, bed, behead philosophy, but did you know that despite the fact that the Tudor era (1485 to 1603) saw 2 queens, women were made to serve and obey men.

Need Tudoring? Join us for a look at the private lives of Tudor wives.

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Learn how to cleanse, charge, and set intentions for your stones, healing properties of specific crystals, how to determine which crystals and stones speak to you (and why), and divinatory meanings. Let us rock your world!


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the history of the bra

Just as the modern woman has evolved over the last one hundred years, the bra reflects that transformation. Before the bra was invented, corsets lifted breasts to artificial heights—but they pushed from below instead of lifting from above. In 1913, using two pocket handkerchiefs and some pink ribbon, socialite Mary Phelps Jacob created the “backless brassiere,” and became the first patent recipient for the modern bra. From Jacob’s invention, to the bullet shape of the 40s, to modern-day pillow cup push-up plunge bras, our boobs have been cinched, flattened down, and lifted up.

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Fire Cider

the ultimate herbal cold & flu remedy

Fire Cider is an apple cider vinegar-based herbal tonic revered for its ability to help prevent cold/flu symptoms, and/or shorten their duration if they occur. It’s an immune-boosting remedy with antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, and antifungal properties. We’ll break down what each Fire Cider ingredient brings to the table. Make your own "flu shot in a jar" with us!

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The Not-So-Golden Life of the Gilded Age Wife

Although Gilded Age women in the upper and lower classes had many differences, they had one similarity. Women, viewed as second best to men, were expected to be content with this role in society.

Topics include: ovariotomies, sedation of menopausal women, free-bleeding, tapeworm larvae, meat masks, mourning, and hidden mother photos.


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“Booch” flows at coffee shops and health food stores. It’s extremely trendy. But, many people still don’t know why it’s good for them. Kombucha’s bacteria – the good kind of bacteria – supports everything from immune function and mental health to nutrient absorption. Learn how to fearlessly make your own kombucha, and about the importance of adding fermented foods to your diet.

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You're making me blush!

the history of women's makeup

The first historical traces of makeup on record can be found in cave paintings of Paleolithic women with portions of their body colored in reddish-brown tones. In ancient Egypt, women wore makeup as a marker of wealth believed to appeal to the gods. Queen Victoria declared makeup to be vulgar!

For some women, makeup is something that should always be applied before leaving the house, and for others, it's unnecessary and offensive. The next time you pop on your magnetic mink fake eyelash strips, think about all that women have gone through in order to give you the freedom to choose.

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You've gut this!

Made from pineapple rind and core, tepache is a popular fermented Mexican drink. Slightly effervescent, tepache is refreshing and cider-like with a sweet pineapple aftertaste. It's packed full of probiotics, prebiotics, and antioxidants. 

Unlike supermarket versions, Grounded Goodwife’s Golden Ginger Ale is fermented, and contains actual ginger. Ginger is an effective (and tasty!) remedy for issues like menstrual cramps, poor circulation, respiratory congestion, and colds/flu.


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Don't sweat the small stuff!

Body Odor through the Ages:
the history of deodorant

It’s estimated that 95% of American women use deodorant. The first deodorant was trademarked in 1888, and the first antiperspirant in 1909 - when a Cincinnati physician developed a liquid antiperspirant to keep his hands dry during surgery. His daughter used the invention under her arms, and found it eliminated sweat and odor - and later, decided to market it to women as a way to ditch hot and uncomfortable sweat pads used in dresses. Find out who else left their mark in the armpits of America!

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Great-Granny McWilliams' Spring Tonic

Now that spring is almost here, it's time to clear your body and mind of winter residues and blocks, and prepare for the active warm days ahead. Our foremothers looked forward to foraging for wild greens that appeared under melting snow during the first days of spring. Fresh spring greens were not only healthy, but also a welcome treat after a long winter or pickled, salted, and dried foods.

This family recipe has been passed down for generations. Velya and Ehris will teach you to concoct Great-Granny McWilliams' Spring Tonic, featuring the wild edibles of spring!

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

the history of plucking, waxing, tweezing, and shaving

The human body contains 5,000,000 hair follicles. The practice of removing female body hair isn’t new - it can be traced back to ancient Rome and Egypt. During World War II, wartime shortage of nylon meant women couldn’t wear stockings every day. Having to go bare legged, more women shaved their legs, a practice that prepared them for the mini-skirt in the 1960s. By 1964, 98% of American women were routinely shaving their legs. Today, the choice to groom body hair is a personal preference, but it's a practice that’s been shaped by centuries of history.

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Kimchi is a traditional Korean fermented cabbage dish with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, probiotic, and anti-aging properties. Learn about the importance of adding fermented/cultures foods to your diet, and learn to DIY your own jar of kimchi with us!

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If the broom fits...

Halloween & the History of Witches

Have you ever wondered, especially on Halloween, why witches are depicted as riding on brooms through the nighttime sky? (It's a story you may find difficult explaining to kids!) You're never going to look at sweeping the same way again...

How did the benevolent image of a wise woman transform into the malevolent figure of the witch we know today?

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Virgin Territory

the history of virginity

Over time, words change meaning in ways that might surprise you. In many ancient civilizations, virginity signaled a woman's independence and strength. Virgins were "free wonen," not subject to the will of a man. 

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Meet Velya & Ehris

When a vivacious teacher and grounded herbalist join forces, they create Grounded Goodwife. Velya’s gregarious personality and Ehris’ serene energy enable this mother/daughter duo to connect with audiences through their seminars, herstory unsanitized presentations, holistic workshops, and books. Funny and frank, Velya and Ehris share their respect for Mother Nature, enthusiasm for all things green, and belief that history (and life!) should never be boring.

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