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Firewalker Bitters Tonic
$37.00

Woodspell Apothecary

Firewalker Bitters Tonic

For thousands of years, fire has been sacred to the Slavic people. It is thought of as a cleansing element, much like water. During nearly all important Slavic festivals, fire is incorporated in some way. During the summer solstice, bonfires are built and folks jump over the fires to cleanse themselves of negative energies and evil spirits.

Much like the cleansing fires of the Slavic people, this Firewalker blend helps to cleanse our digestive system of toxins and negative influences. And much like the summer solstice, it is fleeting: a seasonal blend based on high summer flavors like elderflower, orange peel, and fiery roots of angelica and elecampane. Enjoying this blend is like taking a lovely frolic through a wildflower field.

Not only does this blend help to stoke the digestive fire, but the creative fire as well. Wild columbine flower essence and sunflower essence are incorporated to boost self expression and identity...ideal for the creatives who struggle with writer’s block or artist’s block.

Besides being a unique flavoring agent to sparkling water or cocktails, bitters are a traditional digestive remedy dating back to ancient Egypt. Many modern bitters can even be traced back to the Renaissance era...being some of our oldest plant ancestors. Used as a daily tonic or upon the onset of digestive trouble, these time-tested formulas may help heal the gut, relieve gas + heartburn + occasional heartburn, curb sugar cravings, encourage enzyme production, promote healthy skin, gently detoxify the body, and promote overall wellness. 

4fl oz

Organic cane alcohol, spring water, elderflower, wild bee balm, burdock, elecampane, angelica, orange peel, wild columbine essence & sunflower essence

To stimulate digestion, take 1/4 teaspoon before meals. As a flavoring agent, try mixing 1/2 teaspoon with sparkling water + fruit + fresh herbs + ice, or experiment combining bitters in different cocktails. Do not take during pregnancy.

As an adult, herbalist and founder of Woodspell Apothecary, Val Elkhorn started to see the enchantment in the elusive ghost pipe and lady orchid when she would stumble across them in the wild. She would feel the chilling magic at nightfall when an owl would hoots in darkness. The trees felt as if they were reaching out to her as bejeweled flowers bloomed at their feet. She began to see how the forest could provide a sustainable restorative agriculture approach by growing food in the forest such as nuts, berries, mushrooms, and perennial vegetables. This in turn would help the fight against climate change through carbon sequestering that the forest does naturally. She saw how this could be an opportunity to cultivate common and at-risk woodland medicinal plants to heal the earth and the body. 

Thus, Woodspell was born. Out of a love for this land and a desire to delve deeper into the gifts of the forest, Val began crafting herbal medicines that spoke to her as a way to share this magic with the world. The 12 acres her husband, dog, and two cats dwell on in northern Michigan sustain beautiful plant communities from pine and hardwood forest that is home to trillium, wintergreen, and violets to a wetland marsh that hosts gentians, boneset, and milkweeds. All the herbs + ingredients used in her blends are either grown biodynamically to the cycles of the moon within Woodspell or acquired from sustainable, organic sources.

Val's goal is to show the wondrous relationship in the forest between magic and productivity; healing and progression, and how we can tap into that to live a more sane and beautiful life.

The Intention

For thousands of years, fire has been sacred to the Slavic people. It is thought of as a cleansing element, much like water. During nearly all important Slavic festivals, fire is incorporated in some way. During the summer solstice, bonfires are built and folks jump over the fires to cleanse themselves of negative energies and evil spirits.

Much like the cleansing fires of the Slavic people, this Firewalker blend helps to cleanse our digestive system of toxins and negative influences. And much like the summer solstice, it is fleeting: a seasonal blend based on high summer flavors like elderflower, orange peel, and fiery roots of angelica and elecampane. Enjoying this blend is like taking a lovely frolic through a wildflower field.

Not only does this blend help to stoke the digestive fire, but the creative fire as well. Wild columbine flower essence and sunflower essence are incorporated to boost self expression and identity...ideal for the creatives who struggle with writer’s block or artist’s block.

Besides being a unique flavoring agent to sparkling water or cocktails, bitters are a traditional digestive remedy dating back to ancient Egypt. Many modern bitters can even be traced back to the Renaissance era...being some of our oldest plant ancestors. Used as a daily tonic or upon the onset of digestive trouble, these time-tested formulas may help heal the gut, relieve gas + heartburn + occasional heartburn, curb sugar cravings, encourage enzyme production, promote healthy skin, gently detoxify the body, and promote overall wellness. 

4fl oz

The Ingredients

Organic cane alcohol, spring water, elderflower, wild bee balm, burdock, elecampane, angelica, orange peel, wild columbine essence & sunflower essence

The Ritual

To stimulate digestion, take 1/4 teaspoon before meals. As a flavoring agent, try mixing 1/2 teaspoon with sparkling water + fruit + fresh herbs + ice, or experiment combining bitters in different cocktails. Do not take during pregnancy.

The Woodspell Story

As an adult, herbalist and founder of Woodspell Apothecary, Val Elkhorn started to see the enchantment in the elusive ghost pipe and lady orchid when she would stumble across them in the wild. She would feel the chilling magic at nightfall when an owl would hoots in darkness. The trees felt as if they were reaching out to her as bejeweled flowers bloomed at their feet. She began to see how the forest could provide a sustainable restorative agriculture approach by growing food in the forest such as nuts, berries, mushrooms, and perennial vegetables. This in turn would help the fight against climate change through carbon sequestering that the forest does naturally. She saw how this could be an opportunity to cultivate common and at-risk woodland medicinal plants to heal the earth and the body. 

Thus, Woodspell was born. Out of a love for this land and a desire to delve deeper into the gifts of the forest, Val began crafting herbal medicines that spoke to her as a way to share this magic with the world. The 12 acres her husband, dog, and two cats dwell on in northern Michigan sustain beautiful plant communities from pine and hardwood forest that is home to trillium, wintergreen, and violets to a wetland marsh that hosts gentians, boneset, and milkweeds. All the herbs + ingredients used in her blends are either grown biodynamically to the cycles of the moon within Woodspell or acquired from sustainable, organic sources.

Val's goal is to show the wondrous relationship in the forest between magic and productivity; healing and progression, and how we can tap into that to live a more sane and beautiful life.

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