Crystal balls may be a fortune teller’s tool of choice for predicting the future, but we can determine our own destiny by nourishing our bodies with digestive support, immune boosting herbs, and decadent flavors. This delicious blend is based around the mushroom of immortality: reishi. This powerful ancestor is supported by other plants rooted in longevity like cacao and oak. White oak specifically has been associated with long life, and is revered as the World Tree in the Slavic creation story.
When blended together, these plants create a divine potion of support and flavor that may be enjoyed in coffee, hot cocoa, or simply sparkling water. This rich flavor is unique in the collection and well-loved by those seeking connection to body and ancestors.
Self-heal flower essence is the binding force in this blend to encourage the ability to, of course, heal ourselves. More than that though, this blend helps us to not just survive but thrive, which can be such a difficult level to reach. By embracing the healing powers within, we can finally move past that threshold.
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.
Organic cane alcohol, spring water, reishi, cacao, nutmeg, toasted oak, gentian root & self heal flower essence
*All plants biodynamically grown to the cycles of the moon on Woodspell’s own land or obtained from organic, sustainable sources.
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.