Green Witch Workshops

Learn how to make your own remedies at a fraction of the price as you gain confidence to take charge of your own health!

We’re living in one of the most fearmongering times in history. For insurance companies, Big Pharma, and politicians, fear is worth billions. If you want to control someone, all you have to do is make them feel afraid. For too long, we’ve been brainwashed that allopathic doctors know best, and prescriptions are our only option.

Why make your own remedies?

Turning to the plants and “weeds” in your backyard to make a remedy allows you to take an active role in your health and well-being. But, more importantly, it’s fun, inexpensive, safe, empowering, and it works!

Whether you’re a wanna-be herbal witch, love the idea of making holistic gifts, or just want to live the natural life on a budget, our hands-on Green Witch workshops are a great resource to add some DIY herbal products to your repertoire. Hands-on learning encourages learning by doing. Instead of simply listening to a lecture, participants are engaged with the subject matter by creating something.

Grounded Goodwife Green Witch workshops invite participants to courageously dabble in the world of “witchiness.” Green Witches (like Ehris and Velya) value the earth, trees, herbs, plants, and flowers for their medicinal and healing properties. As the herbalist daughter/herstorian mother Grounded Goodwife duo, they share their knowledge with reassurance and humor.

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'Tis the season!

A Victorian Christmas
Victorians may have been strict with their morals, but they also had a pretty wicked sense of humor. Children boiled in teapots, dead robins, and a mouse riding a lobster aren't images we see today on Christmas cards. And just wait until you hear about the parlor game, Snapdragon! In Victorian times, this - and more - was all par for the course...

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Harvest the Medicinal Benefits of your Christmas Tree!
Harvest the needles, twigs, and bark from your balsam fir and use it all year long to soothe and heal a variety of ailments - including relieving chest congestion, soothing sore throats, reducing anxiety, and inducing sleep.

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Say "I do" to you!

"Sologamy" is committing to maintain a meaningful, deep, and loving relationship with yourself. Maybe you've lost yourself somewhere in your fast-paced life. Commit to love and cherish yourself this Valentine's Day with these two holistic "love potions" - Freyja's Love Liqueur and Will you accept this rose? Vanilla-Rose Facial Mask.

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Dear Stress...

Nobody is immune to the stress that’s happening in the world right now! Everyone could benefit from herbal adaptogens and nervines. These herbs tonify the nervous system for the long haul, and calm the body during times of mild-to-high stress and anxiety. Nervines are herbs that nourish the nervous system, and adaptogens help us adapt to and manage stress.

We'll share the recipe for our Chill Out Herbal Infusion! Take charge of your emotional and mental well-being with mind and body herbs.

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Herbal Survival Kit

Ehris and Velya will teach you how to make three natural, effective DIY remedies to dropkick a winter bug before it even takes hold (or at least shorten its duration). Think of each one as a shield, a piece of armor against colds, flu, bacteria, viruses.

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Fit as a Fiddle

Feeding your body adaptogenic herbs can help keep your immune system strong! You’ll love these 3 remedies that Velya and Ehris make/take to keep their immune systems strong!

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Stoned!

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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Kombucha

“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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Class Act Extracts

A touch of coconut extract in the frosting on a chocolate cake? Yum!

Homemade extracts are easy to make, great for gifting, inexpensive, and don't contain creepy ingredients like their supermarket cousins.

If you do a lot of baking or cooking, you'll use a lot of extracts. They're great hostess or holiday gifts as well. The shelf life of these extracts is almost indefinite!

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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!

We share 11 of our favorites that are all easy to grow, do well in virtually every climate, and have a variety of medicinal benefits.

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Fire Cider

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.

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Gourd out of your mind?

Wandering into your kitchen and putting a little fresh fruit on your face isn’t as crazy as it sounds! Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids, which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin. Bananas are sometimes called “Nature’s Botox.” When you hear about the other ingredients in these simply decadent recipes, you’ll be tempted to eat the leftovers – and unlike chemical-filled masks, you can!

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Extracts & Ginger Ale

When you hear “vanilla extract” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Desserts, right? Try adding vanilla extract to your diet on a daily basis for its antioxidant, antibacterial, and diaphoretic health benefits!

Grounded Goodwife’s Golden Ginger Ale recipe is full of probiotics, Unlike supermarket versions, our fermented ginger ale recipe 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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Kimchi

A traditional Korean fermented cabbage dish, kimchi contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, probiotic, and anti-aging properties. DIY your own jar with us!

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Amber Power!

Wearing amber can have soothing and healing effects on adults, kids, and even dogs (yes, dogs – but that’s another workshop!). Baltic amber may relieve menstrual cramps, menopausal issues, headaches, arthritis, aching muscles or joints, anxiety, fatigue, and weariness.

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Life is Sublime!

DIY-ing a chemical-free exfoliating sugar scrub is an easy way to get your skin glowing as we shed winter layers and bare more skin! Lime helps rejuvenate the skin and protect it from infections—thanks to its antioxidant, disinfectant, and antibiotic properties—while the citric acid in lime peels can slough off dead skin cells. Coconut oil contains three fatty acids—capric, caprylic, and lauric acid—which possess both disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. Join us and wind back your clock as you pamper yourself naturally…

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Amber Pet Collars

Wearing amber can have beneficial effects on humans – and even dogs and cats! With spring comes glorious sunshine, warmer weather — and ticks! Flea and tick products and medications include toxic ingredients like permethrin, pyrethrin, and fipronil. Amber collars – as tick and flea repellents – work in two ways for dogs (and cats) and they do it naturally! Join Ehris & Velya to learn more.

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"You had me at aloe..." Summer Survival Kit

Velya and Ehris share their sunburn gel recipe, as well as a number of interesting nutrition tips for dealing with sun exposure. The duo recommend and discuss an effective botanical protocol for healing Lyme, and share their chemical-free herbal tick repellent recipe.

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PapaYeah! from root to fruit

Papaya is an incredibly healthy tropical fruit. It can reduce inflammation (and we’re all finally realizing that chronic inflammation is at the root of SO many illnesses), fight disease, and help keep you looking young. We'll share our papaya wisdom, as well as 5 diverse recipes featuring papaya!

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Testimonials

Mikaela Wolfe

Assistant Library Director, Sharon Public Library, MA

Grounded Goodwife are absolutely fantastic. Charming and down-to-earth, Ehris and Velya explain how to DIY remedies like kombucha, ginger ale, and vanilla and almond to our curious audience. They're patient with the many questions asked by our participants, and provided a wealth of follow-up information and recipes.

These programs used to be in-person, but Ehris and Velya have quickly pivoted to online programming, and the workshops and presentations are well chosen for adaptation in a virtual environment. Each program had them explaining not only how to make these items, but also tips and tricks for success, and funny anecdotes about their trials and learning experiences along the way (not every DIY is perfect on the first try, and it’s always helpful for attendees to have realistic expectations for their own initial attempts.)

We’ve done a lot of virtual programming over the past year, as have most libraries, and the Grounded Goodwife ranks as one of our favorite presenters. They're high value for your programming dollar! And with a variety of programs from the history of the suffragettes to making fire cider to planting an herb garden, there’s something to entertain every patron.

Interested in booking a workshop?

Contact Velya and Ehris below!