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Huntress Bitters

Woodspell Apothecary

Huntress Bitters

The Intention

Embodying Artemis, Diana, and the Slavic deity Devana, this blend channels these powerful goddesses of the hunt and protectors of the forest. It emanates the cool serenity of a skilled huntress and woman of the woods. Taking a taste of this blend transports you to a wild wood where you know every tree, every chirping bird, and every soul that enters your domain.

White pine, birch, and lemon balm are the forces behind these calming bitters. This blend not only soothes digestion, but soothes the nervous system as well, helping us to embrace the empowered huntress in us all.

Valerian flower essence weaves delicately through this blend as it helps us energetically to live more fully in the present moment. As any powerful protector of the wild lands, one must be completely aware of one’s own mind, body, and surroundings. This essence helps to call in the huntress that we seek.

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, white pine, birch, lemon balm & valerian flower essence 

*All plants biodynamically grown to the cycles of the moon on Woodspell’s own land or obtained from organic, sustainable sources.

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 Apothecary 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.