confidently cultivate your holistic wisdom
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.
Are you interested in the holistic world, but don't know where to start?
Many people are very interested in holistic living, but they’re overwhelmed with how to start, and think they’re going to harm themselves and their families without guidance. They stare longingly at the bulk herb bins in health food stores, but since the bins only list the SKU, price per pound, and the herb’s Latin name, it’s hard to know how much to buy, and what to do with them. Hands-on workshops aim to increase participants’ confidence in, and knowledge of, the use of plants, herbs, fermented foods, stones, and crystals for healing.
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 holistic workshops are a great resource to add some DIY herbal products to your repertoire.
Grounded Goodwife's holistic 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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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.
“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.
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!
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.
What should I grow in my medicinal herb garden? Continued
Home-grown herbal “superstars” can treat common ailments like anxiety, stress, nervousness, stomachache, sore throat, headache, colds, flu, and insomnia.
Whether this topic is brand-new to you, or you joined us for Part 1 and want to expand your medicinal herb garden, we'll introduce you to more herbs (and some surprise recipes!).
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.
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!
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.
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 artificial 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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...
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.
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.
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Contact Velya and Ehris below!