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Biscotti for Brighid

Biscotti for Brighid

I’m aware biscotti aren’t exactly a traditional food for Imbolc. Also, I get that biscotti aren’t likely to be found on a list of typical items celebrating Brighid. I don’t care. I’m over here in a wee emotional funk, feeling a bit messy, moving a […]

Practical Magic for Imbolc

Practical Magic for Imbolc

While many people associate Groundhog Day with superstitious weather prediction (or a timeless movie with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell), witch-y types recognize it by other more evocative and symbolic names: Candlemas, the Feast of Brigid/Brighid, the Feast of Lights, Imbolc. Situated between the Winter […]

Incense for the Longest Night

Incense for the Longest Night

Today’s recipe is the last for this winter series–it’s also the final item I’m making and sharing to use in my 2017 Yule ritual. This is incense for the longest night, essentially an aromatic altar offering for Yule. Stick incense using essential oils can easily […]

Santa Lucia Anointing Perfume

Santa Lucia Anointing Perfume

The longest, darkest night approaches in the northern hemisphere–many of us seek warmth, comfort, light, and clarity to carry as we navigate the night. Crafted to celebrate Santa Lucia, this simple anointing perfume carries deep symbolism and bright energy. While the feast day and festivities […]

Winter Winds Lip Balm

Winter Winds Lip Balm

With snow accumulating and winds whipping, it’s time to add some protective lip balm to our maker’s list–we’ll need enough for stuffing stockings and some for our own pockets, zippers, and mittens. WAIT. Zippers and mittens? Yep, zippers and mittens. That’s because we make our […]

Holiday Vodka Infused with Douglas Fir Spring Tips Tea

Holiday Vodka Infused with Douglas Fir Spring Tips Tea

Most years, I slide toward my winter self in an increasingly cozy cloak of introspection, meditation, and meanderings. As the world in me slows and simmers, the house begins to sparkle with Yule and Solstice decorations. Bright seasonal blessings sit on my mantle, emerge from […]

Mooning Over the New Moon – December 2017

Mooning Over the New Moon – December 2017

If you follow me on social media, you already know that this witch worships most meaningfully at the New Moon. Each New Moon brings new opportunities to go deep and invites fresh intentions for deliberate engagement with my life. I’m always excited about a New […]

Yummy Vegan Elderberry Gummies

Yummy Vegan Elderberry Gummies

In the “easy-steps-yielding-fun” category, elderberry gummies stand out. They’re a simple, easy way to get your daily dose of elderberry goodness. This recipe is simple and straightforward–especially if you have some yummy homemade elderberry syrup already made! (What? No elder berry syrup made? Start with […]

Siberian Fir Melt & Pour Soaps

Siberian Fir Melt & Pour Soaps

Guests always comment on the quality and aroma of our hand soaps. Both the foaming hand soaps we have at our kitchen sink or the guest soaps we have in the guest bath garner all kinds of comments. People unanimously love well-crafted aromatic soaps. Few […]

Cardamom and Sweet Orange Beeswax Candles

Cardamom and Sweet Orange Beeswax Candles

I’m on a bit of a tear with cardamom and sweet orange essential oils. For one thing, cardamom and sweet orange essential oils smell incredible together. For another thing, I accidentally have too much of each. What to do? Indulge some aromatic beeswax candles! Honestly, […]

Yule Gløgg (aka Danish Mulled Wine)

Yule Gløgg (aka Danish Mulled Wine)

I miss my mom, y’all. Christmas is 100% my mom’s jam. You can’t arrive at her house in December without being offered some of the frikadeller (Danish meatballs), aebleskiver (Danish doughnuts), or glögg (Danish mulled wine) she always has on hand for her ongoing holiday […]

Honey Roasted Holiday Nuts

Honey Roasted Holiday Nuts

These simple, sweet, and salty honey-roasted nuts are a new tradition this year. Born of a desire to have something special to snack on whilst we languish in the living room (read: fold laundry and panic about our kitchen demolition), they surprised us with their […]

Whipped Vanilla Jasmine Shea Butter

Whipped Vanilla Jasmine Shea Butter

Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of whipped Shea butter myself–if I’m going to enjoy Shea I’ll typically blend it into a cream or body butter. (The one exception: I lurve whipped Shea butter on my dry, cracked hands!) But I have a dear friend […]

Winter Blanket White Tea

Winter Blanket White Tea

It’s snuggle-up time in North Idaho–lots of cold, short days lend themselves to sipping tea under a cozy blanket on the sofa beside the fire. This particular tea recipe was born out of a desire to have a simple tea for sipping that included some […]

Cocoa & Vanilla Tub Truffles

Cocoa & Vanilla Tub Truffles

What the hell are tub truffles? Tub truffles are basically candy for your skin. Tub truffles are tiny “bath candies” designed to add yumminess and skin-nourishing oils to your bath. We call them “tub truffles” because they smell like chocolate (thanks to the cocoa butter) […]

Nourishing Face Serum

Nourishing Face Serum

Real talk: I’m thinking I could use some TLC for my face this winter. Between brutally cold winds and, you know, my age, I want more than just cream for my face in my natural medicine cabinet. It’s time for Nourishing Face Serum, y’all. Thankfully, […]


a note from the alchemist

About This Site

About This Site

Hello, friends!

Welcome to the online home of The Untamed Alchemist™.

I’m here to celebrate and share my love of aromatics, herbs, oils, foods, nature, spirituality, and old-world wisdom. (Think pickling, baking, fermenting, dying yarn, darning socks, basket making…)

I updated this site in 2017 to offer a more user-friendly experience, improved functionality, and new features. (Helloooo, printable recipes!)

Site changes reflected some subtle changes behind the scenes as well…

For one thing, our eating habits evolved to reflect more vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free choices.

To wit, you’ll find recipes are now organized to separate these preferences–with more recipes in these categories.

Major changes continue in my blending studio, my workshop, and my life.

I’ve added new equipment (including a high-shear mixer and bottling machine) and my still room now features multiple alembics and an alquitar. Our vegetable, herb, flower, and distillation gardens have been formally fenced and established with biodynamic principles; our greenhouse will go back up in the spring of 2018, so we’ll be back in our beloved plant and pot rotation soon.

You can expect much more from my garden, my studio, and my still room soon.

As soon as chaos from home repairs ends, the fabled indoor stairs will go into the studio and classroom making it possible for everyone (including me) to enjoy and use those spaces year-round.

For the time being, I am very much focused on my work with Angela Ehmke in producing, writing, and directing the aromatherapy documentary Uncommon Scents.

I continue to indulge my passions–they’re part of my day-to-day life–but I’m not here writing about it as often as I’d like while the film remains my focus. As I find the time in the coming weeks and months, many of the articles-in-waiting will surface (including the remaining articles to complete the zodiac series). As my own journey shifts, you can expect to see more notes from this pilgrim, too.

Workshops and events in The Untamed Workshop will be returning before the end of 2018.

There are also podcasts coming and some other surprises…

The current site makes it easier than ever to connect with your favorite features, explore new areas, or sign up for upcoming events. But the site is always changing….

After all, The Untamed Alchemist™ is me; it grows and evolves as I do.

In keeping with the spirit of what untamed alchemy is, this site celebrates transformation, new insights, and fresh perspective. To wit, it’s alive. Dynamic. Changing. Fallible.

I hope The Untamed Alchemist™ surprises, delights, and empowers you.

Bless and Blessed Be.

 


go deep

Mooning Over the New Moon – December 2017

Mooning Over the New Moon – December 2017

If you follow me on social media, you already know that this witch worships most meaningfully at the New Moon. Each New Moon brings new opportunities to go deep and invites fresh intentions for deliberate engagement with my life. I’m always excited about a New […]

mooning over love

mooning over love

Ah, lurve. Few things are more fun to elevate and celebrate with oils, herbs, and food than sweet, sweet love. Whereas many of the best parts of love are arguably intangible, love is still very much informed by our senses — especially in the physical expression […]

mooning over chamomile

mooning over chamomile

More often than not, when we think of Chamomile, we think of the herbal Chamomile tea used to encourage sleep, but Chamomile essential oil bears many additional therapeutic properties–and lends itself to more varied applications. Aromatherapy offers us two unique Chamomile essential oils: German Chamomile (Matricaria […]

mooning over siberian fir

mooning over siberian fir

  Siberian Fir (Abies siberica) is a particularly powerful essential oil from the evergreen family. While it bears the hallmark “pine-y” scent of its family, that is not the aroma that anchors it. Instead, it offers a unique woodiness and richness in its aroma. It is […]

mooning over sage

mooning over sage

Ah, Sage. The incomparable Salvia. What Thanksgiving table would be complete without the inimitable savory flavor of this sacred herb in stuffing? Of all of the perennials in our herb garden, Sage is by far the lowest maintenance. He returns each year, bountifully, and extends […]


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