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Plants + Ancestral Medicine


Embodied Rituals for Skin + Soul

Plants + Ancestral Medicine

Katie Gordon

Hello, Wild One,

For as long as I can remember, I've felt an inexplicable call to a land I've never known. There were times in my life when I felt silly for feeling so homesick for a place to which I've never been...


I've always known my ancestors came from there, but there were no stories, no anecdotes, no books, I had never even seen photos of them. All there is is an intense desire to be in a place, breathe that air, and hear its sounds.

Lately, I've been spending time reading about old world plants. The ones grown and used by my ancestors for food and medicine. The ones they gathered, dried, brewed, poulticed, and used to heal. 

One thing I've been coming to understand as I dig deeper into my ancestry is the sense of shame that comes with abandoning a place. My great great grandparents came here from Ireland and never talked about it. As far as anyone still living remembers, nothing was spoken of about their own lives, what it was like there, how it was to leave, and what they missed from their home land.

What I do have is a very old music box that still works. I have facts about where some were born and where they lived. And I have the knowing that exists in my own blood as it sings through my body.

But I now know the sense of shame, of grief and heartbreak that comes with leaving a land you have deep roots in. A feeling I never understood but often felt as deep seated as the stories written in my own bones.

With this realization comes another one: my love for plants and the medicine (physical, spiritual, and emotional) they provide is intimately tied to this grief and the need to heal from that particular wound of disconnection from the land.

That is my Why. 

I could go on and on about natural skincare and herbalism, the importance of using substances our bodies can recognize. And I often do. But the real why is that plants and their medicines bring me back home. 

When I use the plants of my ancestors {Rosemary, Yarrow, Thyme, Mugwort, Wormwood, Calendula} I remember who I am. And my hope is to inspire those same connections and remembrance in others.

So, with that I'll leave you with two of our newest products, inspired by the plants, the land, and the souls that call to me...

Rosemary + Lavender Shower Lotion Stick

A lotion stick crafted with Calendula, Mugwort, Plantain, Rosemary, and Lavender-infused oil that's been sitting for nearly a full moon cycle, hemp seed oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, and Northwest beeswax. Wonderfully healing for eczema, sensitive + irritated skin, cracking, psoriasis, damaged skin, sunburn, chapped skin, and even diaper rash. Shop now >>>

Awaken: Ritual Room + Body Mist

A fresh, enlivening room + body mist to use ritually to banish the "blahs" and move stuck, stagnant, uncreative energy.

The oils in this blend are intended to be stimulating in a good way. In the way that helps awaken creativity, and transform + transmute places within that are wound up, tight, and inaccessible. Awaken helps unwind tension, bring you back to your center, and remind you of your own healing potential. And it smells gorgeous! Shop now >>>