new world apothecary

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New re-stock in the apothecary: hand harvested white sage, cedar,desert sage, and juniper smudge wands from First Nations People of California. This Buffalo sage (Salvia apiana) is re-planted as it is being harvested on Native land.Smells mystical burnt or unburnt..

&palo santo/holy wood incense sticks from Peru - such a strong, musky, smoky scent.Wrapped in bright cotton. Burn this to bring good energy and de-toxification into your space. I have also read that it has anti- cancer medicinal qualities.

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New arrivals in the apothecary: Wishbone Medicinals: Gluten-Free/small-batch/organic tinctures, salves, and botanical oils handmade in Portland.

-Sore Muscle Schmeer: salve made specifically for sore and achey muscles. It contains infused oils of Arnica, Comfrey, Plantain, St. John’s Wort, and Calendula. It also contains Vitamin E Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, and Beeswax. A good solid massage oil.

-All-Purpose Rose salve: I’m obsessed with rose scent, it needs to smell natural and authentic-NOT perfume-y. This is a great blend because it smells perfect and is healing too. Made for chapped lips&dry skin,it will also help to heal bruises and minor skin irritations. With infused oils of Calendula, Rosemary, Chamomile, and Sage in a Coconut Oil/Beeswax base.

-Relax tincture: Aids in calming the nervous system and helping the mind and body to relax. This nervine compound is made with Lemon Balm, Hawthorn, Passion Flower, Oat Tops, Skullcap, and Holy Basil tinctures. All Wishbone’s tinctures are made with organic neutral grape alcohol and are gluten free.

-Clear thoughts tincture: Aids in memory and ability to focus. with Gingko, Gotu Kola, Sage, Rosemary, and Lemon Balm.

-Digestive roots tincture: My favorite-tastes great and works fast!A powerful formula to aid in digestion- with the strongest digestive herbs: Yellow Dock, Ginger Root, Burdock, and Dandelion Root.

-Lavender-Sage botanical oil: A light, perfectly scented massage +body oil. Lavender and sage are infused in a combination of olive, jojoba & grape seed oils.

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So happy to introduce another new apothecary line to the shop this week:: Healing goodness from Herbivore Botanicals-Vegan and made by Julia  and Alex in Seattle. They care about using the highest quality organic plant based materials in their salves, soaps, and sprays. 

Every scent and color you find in Herbivore’s products will be from nature, never a synthetic fragrance or an artificial dye.  
Herbs, essential oils, clays, salts, butters, and infusions are used in their recipes in place of artificial colors/dyes, fragrances and preservatives. 

Sword+Fern’s Apothecary is now stocked with Blue+Pink Clay masks, Blood Orange lip butter, Hydrate +Balance Facial Sprays, and 12 in 1 healing salves.

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S+ F’s Incense Guide

Incense’s aroma-therapeutic abilities are undeniable. Each morning when I arrive at S+F I lightly burn some palo santo, frankincense, or patchouli leaf to clean the air and create a peaceful atmosphere. I like to think that, as the smoke curls upward, it carries away any negative thoughts or energy blocks. This ceremony is a wonderful place to begin my day. How do you use incense?

However you use it, S + F has a myriad selection of wild harvested and native incense possibilities to explore. Here is a brief guide to some of the magic each contains:

Patchouli Leaf, Pogostemon cablin-is a species from the genus Pogostemon and a bushy herb of the mint family: this is my personal favorite. Dried leaves can be burned as an aromatherapeutic medicine- it is used to calm nerves and control appetite, relieve depression, stress and lack of sexual interest. Steeped as a tea, Patchouli can enhance vitality, dream worlds and meditation. The leaf’s scent is not like the sticky-sweet synthetic patchouli we often encounter in incense sticks and perfume blends, but releases an earthy, almost mint-like scent that is powerfully cleansing and much more mildly pleasant.The fresh or dried leaves can also prepared as a poultice( steep the leaves in hot water and wrap in cloth, then apply) that helps aid healing minor burns and scrapes.

Frankincense,Boswellia carterii- This is a warm and sweet smelling tree resin growing predominantly on the Arabian Peninsula, but used and known all over the world for its healing powers.It was revered for it’s ability to improve communication with the creator in the Middle East for thousands of years before it was made a gift of to Christ by the Magi. In Ayurvedic medicine, frankincense is combined with turmeric to make teas, tinctures, or encapsulations for treating arthritis and muscle pain.I like to burn it in the autumn or winter on a hot coal to create a comforting ambience. The scent can elevate the mind and renew damp spirits.

Copal Resin,Hymenaea courbaril- Emily’s favorite for everyday burning. Harvested from the milky liquid found in Jatobá trees, this golden resin is widely used in ceremonies of indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America for its protective and purifying properties and emits a pleasant, spicy,almost pine-like scent . 

Western Red Cedar,Thuja plicata-a native species in Oregon, the Western Red Cedar remains a sacred tree of strength. Known to Northwest Coast First Nations as the ‘Tree of Life’, every part of the tree were used practically by the indigenous folks all along the NW Coast for daily living- from ceremonies, to baby diapers to shelter. It’s astringent, balsamic scent is very soothing and helps clear the mind. I like to place piece of red cedar in chests with my sweaters and blankets to provide textiles with a clean and comforting wood-smoke scent.

Palo Santo, Bursera graveolens-Also called Holy Wood, Palo Santo is a sweet-smelling Peruvian wood that can be used for smudging due to its powers of purification. It is gathered from the Peruvian jungle floor as the trees shed their branches and twigs. It can easily be combined with resins and emits a rosy, woodsy aroma.

This provides a brief list of incenses at the shop that I have grown to love but there are more to be discovered and the joy of incense lies in how you choose to use them in your sacred spaces.-EH

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I am so proud to introduce our newest apothecary line: FIG+YARROW.

When I tried Brandy’s products, I could tell they were made with the utmost love,care, and knowledge of organic, high quality ingredients. These feel and smell perfect in every way, and incorporate the type of materials Sword+Fern’s apothecary has always been all about: all organic, plant-based, simply well-made botanical medicinal body care, with nothing else added.

FIG+YARROW is an artisan line of small-batch, handcrafted organic home/health/vanity products born of Apothecary Artisan Brandy Monique’s love affair with botanicals and various earth elements. Their whisperings have guided many unique formulations designed for sensual enjoyment, beauty and overall vitality. All the materials Brandy Monique  uses–from the the lovely and vibrant roots, leaves and flowers, minerals and oils to the glass containers the products live in… are selected for beauty, health and purity as they are designed to evoke these qualities for the user.

So happy to share this very special, thoughtful apothecary beauty line with you!

We are stocked with Corn mint Lavender Tooth Powder,Yarrow Buttercream, Healing salves,and Floral Herbal Steams, with more on the way soon!


Harvesting my Calendula officinalis today. I use the aerial flower parts to create a healing,moisturizing base for S+F lip care-combined with Oregon beeswax, essential oils, and Vitamin E, this is the stuff you need for ultimate lip health!

Calendula has been used medicinally for centuries all over the world-The calendula is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. Its name refers to its tendency to bloom with the calendar, usually once a month or every new moon. The term “marigold” refers to the Virgin Mary, and marigolds are used in Catholic events honoring the Virgin Mary. The Egyptians considered them to have rejuvenating properties. In the Hindu world, the flowers were used to adorn statues of gods in their temples, as well as a colorant in food, fabrics, and cosmetics, and of particular interest, in the 18th and 19th century, calendula was used to color cheese. The calendula was originally used as food rather than as an herb. It adds flavor to cereals, rice, and soups. The petals can be added to salads. As recently as 70 years ago, American physicians used calendula to treat amenorrhea, conjunctivitis, fevers, cuts, scrapes, bruises, and burns, as well as minor infections of the skin.

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Just returned home from this magical place-the Painted Hills–where I wildharvested a small amount of big sagebrush/desert sage on a trip with friends.Erin from MOONTOWER and Wolf’s Clothing is holding a bunch of Juniper +the native “sage”, Artemisia tridentata, (different from the plants found in the ‘true sage’ family-Salvia spp., which includes the culinary species and the white sage/Buffalo sage); is wonderful to burn and inhale as a medicinal incense. Cures headaches, depression, and moodiness, and is helpful for respiratory ailments as a tea. Now in the shop!

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Lately, Sword + Fern has undergone some positive changes.

The shop has new summer hours- Wednesday to Saturday, 11-7; Sunday 12-5, Elissa holds down the fort on Fridays and Saturdays! (and writes a weekly blogpost for us, too!) Emily has concocted two, new gem-infused herbal tea recipes, now available in store~(Moonday +Rose Quartz)

To commemorate this growth Emily has sprinkled the shop with plant life. We are keeping it green with baby ferns, air plants, sedums and succulents. Each plant is small, resilient and ready to thrive: just like the shop.

Stop in and observe the new additions… Find a special plant and grow with it.–words/photos-EH