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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 in Sagittarius – December 2017

Mooning over the New Moon in Sagittarius – 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 Gelatin-Free Elderberry Gummies

Yummy Gelatin-Free 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-and-Pour Guest Soaps

Siberian Fir Melt-and-Pour Guest 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, […]

Midnight Sun Bath & Body Scrub

Midnight Sun Bath & Body Scrub

It’s been a bit cold (and energetically frosty) here, y’all. With a construction crew tearing up my kitchen and the sun hiding all day after a late rise with an early set, I find myself hankering for some aromatherapy sunshine. My remedy? Heartwarming, uplifting, strengthening, […]

Fragrant Foaming Hand Soaps

Fragrant Foaming Hand Soaps

There’s something incredibly satisfying about crafting your own cleaning products. I vividly remember the first time I made a foaming hand cleanser–I felt like a sorceress when the fragrant foam came out. Considering how dirty our hands get doing all the things on our farm, […]

Gifts of the Magi resin incense

Gifts of the Magi resin incense

The Christmas season inevitably raises awareness of two blessed aromatic gifts: frankincense and myrrh. Among the gifts that the Wise Men brought to honor the newborn baby Jesus, frankincense and myrrh resins were precious, sacred, and celebrated. It’s no wonder frankincense and myrrh come to […]

sacred heart rose hip jelly

sacred heart rose hip jelly

There’s no better time of year to be indulging vitamin C-rich rose hips–and rose hip jelly is a bright, delicious way to enjoy them. This particular rose hip jelly is extra special: it celebrates sacred unions. Whether created to share with a cherished friend, a […]

Magical “Chai” Spiced Honey

Magical “Chai” Spiced Honey

My journey has moved me inward of late: I find myself giving more time and energy to contemplative and mystical pursuits as I seek to re-establish broken parts of my connection with my self. Having awoken to profound wounds, I am doing the work necessary […]


a note from the alchemist

about the new site

about the new site

Hello, friends!

If you’ve been visiting The Untamed Alchemist on the web for some time and just returned, you’ve doubtless noticed a few changes…

The site has been updated to offer a more user-friendly experience, improved functionality, and new features. (Helloooo, printable recipes!)

Many of the changes to the site also reflect some subtle changes behind the scenes…

For one thing, our eating habits now reflect more vegan and vegetarian choices.

The fact is, eliminating meat–especially processed meat–has had an enormously positive effect in our lives and in our hearts. It has also created opportunities for lots of delicious new experiments in the kitchen that I want to save and share.

Meanwhile, I’ve moved and upgraded my aromatic blending studio: all of my tools and resources are now in one dedicated space.

With the high-shear mixer, bottling machine, herbs, oils, and books all conveniently organized, I expect to be sharing both more recipes and more insights. I want the recipes and articles to be easier to find, use, and share.

I’ve got LOTS of new articles to go up, too.

Since many of the articles-in-waiting either complete existing series (yes, the oils and herbs for zodiac signs will be done soon!), launch new series (get ready for craft/creation posts), or head in directions I haven’t gone deep with yet on the site (more notes from this pilgrim!), I want all of the new pieces to land where they will be easy to find according to their category.

So, you’ll find the categories you may already know and love getting deeper and wider. Also…

Workshops and events in The Untamed Workshop will be returning soon…

The new site will make it easier than ever to see and register for upcoming events. Finally….

If you know me, you know that magic and nature inform how I see the world and how I move through life.

While I have often kept my work and my practice close to the vest, I regularly write about them–only I don’t share it. Lately I feel called to share much more from behind the veil; I’m busily organizing many of my tools and resources to be able to add depth and breadth to the categories, topics, and features most meaningful to me.

I’m grateful for your compassion as we work through bugs and get everything set up for you between now and the end of October…. There is still lots of work to do and there are more surprises coming!

I hope you enjoy the new platform!

Bless and Blessed be!

 


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Mooning over the New Moon in Sagittarius – December 2017

Mooning over the New Moon in Sagittarius – 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: fragrances, foods, and flavors to excite and celebrate your beloved

mooning over love: fragrances, foods, and flavors to excite and celebrate your beloved

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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