Herbal CSA - Community Supported Apothecary

I delightfully invite you to become a sustaining member of my community-supported apothecary, which focuses on seasonally appropriate local plants and ingredients. This CSA provides a meaningful way to build and sustain your home apothecary for vitality and resilience. 

Appalachian Alchemy’s Community Supported Apothecary began in September 2020 and has quickly become my favorite part of my journey. This program encourages self-care rituals and will connect you with the power of bioregional medicine.  Our knowledge of plants around us, movement with the seasons, and connections to others in our community are crucial in these times.  That is why I include a materia medica card in each subscription. This card contains ID traits, energetics, actions, history and tells you when and why you use this plant. I want my subscribers to develop relationships with these abundant herbal allies and become familiar with the many different ways they can assist us in achieving health and longevity.  

Each small batch product is handmade with love, gratitude, and intention.   Shares may include herbal teas, infused vinegars, oxymels, tinctures, salves, lotions, elixirs, flower essences, syrups, herbal sprays, herbal salts, and various seasonal self-care creations!  Each box will be lovingly curated, attuned to the season of its flourishing, and will come with at least four full-size products, an 8-page Zine, and feature an herb of the month. The Zine is new this year. This mini-book features the herb's materia medica, DIY foraging, medicine-making recipes, rituals, a field guide, self-care techniques, wild food recipes, etc. I have partnered with Carole at Farm Around the Bend to paint unique one of kind watercolor labels and stickers for each one of the products offered. The cost of the regular CSA share is $54 monthly.  

This year, I am offering a second option to make learning about plant medicine more accessible to everyone.   For $22, you will receive the 8-page zine and one herbal product featuring the herb of the month. 

If you are local to Bristol, Piney Flats, Bluff City, Johnson City, Jonesborough, Kingsport, Gray, Boones Creek, Erwin, Chucky, Limestone, and Greenville are eligible for door front delivery once a month through my partnership with River Creek Farms.  Sign up for your herbal CSA via http://www.rivercreekfarmcsa.com/groceries

Check out their excellent CSA shares for fresh fruit and veggies, handmade bread and pasta, eggs, and meat. All local organic goodness is delivered straight to your door. 

No worries, I will ship to all 50 states if you are not local.  You can sign up for the CSA by emailing me at lesley@appalachianalchemy.com with CSA in the subject line. I will respond with all you need to make your decision to become a supporting member of this community. 

Each product was handmade in small batches with love and rooted in the intention for the upcoming month.  I thank you for your support of my local small business and your interest in the medicines our mother earth provides. I wish you health and abundance in all corners of your life.  Sending love to you and yours, 

Lesley 

The featured herb of June is YARROW!  

Tennessee Jed - Herbal Bug Spray - This herbal formula harnesses the power of yarrow tincture and other herbal oils that contain natural bug repellent properties instead of the toxic chemicals found in Deet and other sprays. Shake well before each use. Spray on every additional hour for best results. Spray around the neck, head, and ankles before going on a hike to prevent ticks. 

Down to Earth- Herbal Infused Soap - A gentle bar with the earthy scents of frankincense, cedarwood, and lemon leaves you feeling grounded and uplifted.  The oils of castor, cocoa butter, and shea butter make this extra bar moisturizing for dry, irritated skin.  

Keep Truckin’n On - Repair Salve - This salve is valuable for distended veins and capillaries, tightening and firming blood vessels, and clearing blood congestion, which makes it helpful in treating hemorrhoids varicose veins, and deep bruising. Apply liberally. Use several times a day for best results. 

Move Me Brightly - After Sun Care Lotion Bar - Enjoy the perfect balance of sweet Vanilla and pleasantly floral Ylang-Ylang. This uplifting lotion bar works fast on sun-kissed skin and helps relieve the after sun redness and itchiness. Also great as a dry skin bar to use daily. To use, rub the bar on the skin, letting the heat of your skin melt the bar. Apply to irritated areas of the skin or as an all-over moisturizer. Rub excess deep into knuckles.  Store in a cool dark place for up to a year. 

Yarrow Boundary ritual - with a ritual guide, candle, and dried yarrow herb. Pair with your favorite crystals for protection and boundary work. I like amethyst, and I have included a small gemstone for you to add to anything else you'd like to bring into your ritual space.