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Here Comes the Sun!

There are many mystical beliefs, rituals and folklore about summer that have been chronicled and passed down throughout history in most cultures. But for the majority of people, summer is celebrated the whole season long by engaging in activities or traditions specific to the hot, long days. Today we are sharing enjoyable activities that we at PSB have found to be enriching for this busy and intense season. Perhaps some of these ideas will inspire you to try something new this summer!

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Ode to Yarrow

I stand at the butcher’s block chopping fresh vegetables, my white curtains fluttering from the warm breeze coming from the window that looks over the garden. I can hear someone mowing the lawn in the distance. My chopping knife slips and I nick my finger. It is not deep enough for an emergency room visit but it stings and is bleeding. I wrap my injured finger in a paper towel and head to the garden. Here in the garden, my dear plant friend yarrow is waiting patiently to come to my aid. I pluck a feathery leaf from from her and wrap it around the wounded finger. Immediately the bleeding subsides and the sting is taken away.   Yarrow (Achillea...

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Seasonal Chat - Summer 2023

Summer will arrive on June 21, with the summer equinox.  In pre-modern cultures, the seasons provided a framework for everyday living, and connection to the natural world.  I find that the disconnection that accompanies modern living can leave us feeling unsettled, and may lead to stress and disease. Seasons are our guide to connect to the energy of the world around us.  The intelligence of the natural world allows us to become resilient, or at least, stress-neutral.  Ancient, medieval and indigenous peoples understood this, because they were more closely connected to the daily, monthly and yearly movement of the sun.  Many healing traditions are based on the rhythm of the seasons, and include the four elements – earth, air, fire...

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Annual Plant Sale

Every year, we hold 3 guaranteed annual events, in this order: Free Seed Exchange (First Thursday in March) Monthly Herb Walks (The last Wednesday of every month, starts in April and ends in September) Annual Plant Sale (First Thursday in May) Free Seed Exchange Our Free Seed Exchange event occurs on the first Thursday of March, which is also paired with the Blair Lady’s Day Out event, meaning our retail items are 10% off for all in-person purchases. The Lady’s Day Out pricing isn’t just for ladies only, the fellas benefit from this sale too! The Seed Exchange is a rain or shine event and is basically an all-day event – starting around 10:00 AM running until 5:00 (close). This...

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The Making of a Flower Essence

The air was heavy with humidity, the kind so thick it can be tasted, yet we still packed our camping gear in the car. We were excited about our weekend trip to Dannebrog, NE. It was August of 2017 and after weeks of planning, we were going to see the total eclipse in an area where the totality was visible. A magical event, where day became night for a few moments. I had a set intention that day to make a total eclipse essence. In with camping gear was a jar of spring water. Much like a flower essence, I was collecting the vibrational energy of the eclipse to bring emotional and spiritual balance and clarity to my self-care routine....

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