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Sleeping Beauty Bitters

Woodspell Apothecary

Sleeping Beauty Bitters

The Intention

If you enjoy the soothing flavor of lavender, the Sleeping Beauty Bitters are a MUST try. The combination of lavender with anise hyssop (two strong flavors) creates a beautiful dance of flavor and intrigue on the palette. Accompanied by lemon verbena, the more feminine counterpart to lemon balm, this blend takes on a spirit of its own. Skullcap accompanies these prominent flavors to further this blend’s ability to not only be delicious, but to promote a restful sleep. This is ideal for those of us who hold stressful tension in our bodies and could use a bit of something to help us unwind.

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. These time-tested formulas may help to relieve gas, bloating, and occasional heartburn, help curb sugar cravings, help with food sensitivities, encourage enzyme production, and promote healthy skin and gentle detox.

3.4fl oz

The Ingredients

Organic cane alcohol, spring water, lavender, anise hyssop, lemon verbena, skullcap

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.

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.