This balm was created for your dry cuticles, and peace of mind, by plants, lichens, and women who love humans--that is, lavender, rosemary, oatstraw, usnea lichen, and me, supported by more herbalists, women, ancestors, plants, and trees than I can name. Moment of Wonder cuticle balm contains three deeply trusted ancestral plants for me plus our local usnea lichen that's relatively new to me. I've been talking with usnea and studying them for only 3 years. They're a wonder and pure delight to get to know.
The name "Moment of Wonder" comes from my continued responses to encountering usnea in the woods. It's beautiful everywhere you come across it, and in old forests it will stop even the busiest, most exhausted You in your tracks and turn you into a curious, wonder-filled child for at least a few moments. "Who decorated the trees so beautifully?" my Kid Self wonders. Usnea is remarkably beautiful at any age, and at old age offers all the best that the word magical has to offer. (The older the forest, the longer the usnea lichen, the greater the unexpected beauty, the longer the mouth-dropped-open-in-wonder moment.)
We grow the lavender and rosemary here at Silly Dog Studios. I didn't get oats for oatstraw planted this year because we were building a new building (which was, WOW, way more work than I realized), and my farmer friend who was going to grow it for me had to leave the island for family reasons, so I bought some from Mountain Rose Herbs this year. I gather the usnea lichen off the forest floor here after wind storms. I never take this wise and slow-growing lichen off of standing trees, living or dead, because it is needed there. Instead, I pick it up off the ground and pull little bits off of windfall Douglas fir and cedar branches that I gather after winter windstorms. Usnea decorates trees here so beautifully--the older the trees, the more beautiful the usnea lichen display. In truly old forests it hangs loopingly down, from bow to bow, around and around, like the Christmas tree garland of my grandmothers' homes. Or, as I now understand: their Christmas tree garland mimicked a wonder-inducing beautiful old lichen like usnea.
Size/container: Reusable 2-ounce, screw-top tin.
To use: 1. Stand or sit beneath a tree or sky. 2. Look up. 3. Take a breath, rest a moment, and wonder. 4. What do/did you wonder? Name it out loud. 5. With clean fingers, rub a little of this balm into dry cuticles, as needed. 6. Take the You who breathes deeply, rests, wonders, and cares about tiny little things back inside with you.
Ingredients: Whidbey-grown lavender and rosemary (grown here at Silly Dog Studios), Whidbey windfall usnea lichen, and oatstraw from Mountain Rose Herbs infused in organic extra virgin olive oil for 6 weeks to 4 months depending on the plant/lichen, plus beeswax, and two drops per tin of lavender essential oil from Lavender Wind Farm on Whidbey.
Medical Disclaimer: The information on this page is for general reference for further exploration and study. It is not intended as a replacement for professional medical advice. I'm an herbalist who leans on ever-deepening relationships with local forests and plants and herbs and flowers and lichen, local wise women, ancestors (my own and others), other herbalists, and learning traditional folk ways from people who love to share them, every chance I get. I intentionally study forests and plants directly, plus community wellness and connectedness, resilience, self-organizing groups, playfulness and deep fun, and life as experienced by those with different ancestors--because I believe these are what we need to learn more about or become better at right now. I don't study illness and disease, I'm not a doctor or a scientist, and I've also never been pregnant. So, please, to make well-informed decisions for yourself, seek the guidance of your qualified health professional, such your medical doctor, nurse practitioner, naturopathic physician, and/or clinical herbalist with questions regarding your medical conditions, dosage information, and possible interactions with prescription drugs. This is especially important if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking prescription drugs, have a chronic disease or any chronic concern, have allergies, or if you are using this product with young children.