The EMOTIONAL SELF CARE KIT
WHY BUILD A EMOTIONAL SELF CARE TOOLKIT
The Self Care Kit idea has been brewing for a long time. Born out of a need for these kinds of tailored tools, we wanted to offer something that bridges the gap between store shelves and the consultation room. Our hope in building these kits is to fulfill the Cabinet's mission to empower people to take care of themselves. We hope the kit will be a tool utilized to seek out emotional support from the plant kingdom.
For many of us these are difficult times. There is a wide divide between privilege and oppression in our daily lives and we, the medicine makers contributing to this project, share in the challenges of navigating this collective external and internal landscape. As humans and clinicians we see people struggling to cope in this political climate and feel that this Self Care Kit could be a way to offer support outside of the client-practitioner relationship. We also recognize the patterns inherent in the issues of our time, that although they may feel like new issues they are in fact not new and as such manifest in our bodies in a variety of ways and on different levels.
WHAT THE KIT IS NOT
We are not telling you to exercise. We are not telling you that you need fancy things to be well. We are not telling you that you have to meditate or deep breathe. We aren't telling you anything in particular except that you are a human animal whose needs of eating, sleeping and drinking water have to be abided. We aren't telling you to say gratitudes, to pray, to manifest what you need. At least one of us does one or more of these things for self care and they probably are working for us.
Some people might find deep breathing really triggering. At least two of us know how annoying it is to be told "You'll feel better if you exercise", but have actually just been too sick for it to be healthy. This kit is not a to do list, it's an offering of medicines that we have tried and use, that have helped us take care of our hearts and mind. We hope these offerings can help you build on the work of self care you are already doing. We hope to create a container to dive further into self care practices and find things that work for you. We are building a box and offering some tools.
If there is one thing we can promise about each of these medicines, it's that they were made with an exceptional amount of love, care and intention. These medicine makers have a heck of a lot of heart and skill, and they are showing up to share it with you. Yes, there are a LOT of remedies to choose from. While we don't want choosing the right ones to be overwhelming, we wanted to give you options to suite your needs. Take your time. Listen to your gut. Enjoy browsing. There is as much art in these offerings as there's medicine.
We made you a bag for your Remedies and Compass. It's designed to fit around five remedies, your booklet and a few odds and ends of your choosing. We have a crystal or two that might end up in your bag!
Sometimes looking at remedies, many things resonate. Remember, you don't need everything. And you definitely don't need everything in any given moment. When taking tons of herbs all at once, their voices drown each other out. Start with one or two remedies that you feel called to. We hope this project grows and hope to be able to continue offer medicines of this platform for some time.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. If you are on any medications or have any serious health concerns, please check with your doctor before starting any herbal remedy to avoid any contraindications.
THE SELF CARE COMPASS
We call our workbook a Self Care Compass, because it is offering direction. This is just an external manifestation of your internal compass. It's self direction we're interested in supporting. Self care is a buzz word, but we all take care of ourselves every day, some of us with more help than others. And sometimes it's harder than other times. While we've found it's worth doing work in the good times to support resilience in the hard ones, the hard times aren't moments to throw your good habits out with the bath water. And sometimes it's useful to refer back to what you knew how to do in the better times for support. Understanding your coping mechanisms, resources, and needs is a place to start. That's what we hope your Compass offers. Check out our Booklet Brainstorm if you get stuck or to get you started filling out your booklet. It's a compilation of a variety of people's answers to the Compass questions. They all won't resonate with you, and that's the point. Everyone is different, so our self care looks different too.
In the interest of accessibility, we are offering the compasses free here. We also offer a Self Care Card with is a shorter more postable reminder. The creation of and subsequent interest in these cards was a big part of how the compass and this whole project came into being.
HOW TO USE YOUR KIT
Check out our Remedies and decide which are most targeted to your needs.
Don't see what you need? Let us know what you want here. We're releasing more products in early August.
If you order any of the offerings in the KIT the Cabinet will send you a Self Care Compass.
Place your offerings in the cart.
Want a beautiful bag? Put that in your cart too.
The first 25 orders will recieve a FREE set of mini tappers courtesy of Narrowbridge Candles!!!
Have a little extra pocket change, pay it forward by making a donation to our piggy bank in the shop. It'll help someone who can't afford an offering make it work.
Short on cash, but in need of support? Write us to ask if we have $ in the piggy bank.
You've got your kit... What next?
Carve out some time to fill out your Compass. Transfer some abbreviated answers onto your Self Care Card and put it somewhere to remind you. If your not into that, use it as a postcard or give it to a friend.
Your medicines were created with deep intention. If you can, take them with the same intention too. If you can take a few quiet minutes to sit with yourself after you take a remedy, that's awesome.
Store them in a cool dark place (ie. not on a window sill or in a hot car).
As an urban farmer, community herbalist and artist, Bonnie Rose Weaver operates 1849 Medicine Garden, as a bridge project, promoting access to and education about locally grown plant medicine in San Francisco, CA. From 2013 -2015 the medicine garden was an educational and commercial agriculture endeavour, home to over 50 medicinal plants and an herbal community supported agriculture program (CSA) on 1/16th of an acre in the Mission District of San Francisco. After the garden closed, Bonnie Rose wrote and illustrated Deeply Rooted: Medicinal Herb Cultivation in Techtropolis, about art and social context of growing herbal medicine in her hometown. 1849 operates as an anti-capitalist small business and a radical act of love.
Bonnie Rose Weaver
The Emotional Self Care Kit is put together in community for multiple reasons. Every formulator has a different energy and approach. And while we all are West Coasters, we hail from different bioregions. For example, the coastal redwoods have a different energy than the desert. As primarily energetic herbalists, we believe that these different energies are carried through into our medicines as well. By offering a range of herbalist's formulations, we can serve a more diverse population by offering medicines with the different energies of places, plants and practitoners.
Madalyn Berg is a Clinical Herbalist, Artist, and Founder of the Community Medicine Cabinet... In additon to running The Cabinet, Madalyn mainatains a private herbal practice in Santa Rosa and works and teaches at Gathering Thyme, and herbal apothecary and school in San Rafael, CA. Find more information about Madalyn in the About Us section of our site.
Serpent & Bow is a labour of love born from the studio of Rachel Blodgett. Working with seasonal botanical dyes, Indigo, beeswax, and natural fibers, Rachel creates garments and textiles that honor the connection between physical body and spirit, serving as talismans of courage, liberty, and the life-sustaining power of hope. Serpent & Bow operates out of a home and studio in Santa Rosa, CA, where Rachel was born and raised, under oaks and bay laurel. WIth a vision to bring ceremony to everyday life, Rachel’s ritual garments and magical offerings are made with care and purpose, as a celebration of life on Earth.
Rachel Burgos is an herbalist currently living in the town of Joshua Tree, California or occupied native Cahuilla land. The desert is her home and teacher. She is a clinical herbalist dedicated to providing preventative health care and education using plant, stone, animal & earth medicines in a holistic way. This encompasses but not limited to focusing on the patterns of imbalance we create through various traumas, ancestral patterning for both chronic and acute, emotional, physical or spiritual imbalances.
Sisters of the West is a celebration of native plants. Sisters stands for relationship: between people and plants, between person and place, between human beings and nature, between us and the stars, and between each other. All offerings are made with plants grown in and native to the North American Pacific West. These medicinals and scents are intended for ritual use. Out of love and respect for our native plant Sisters we do not wildcraft the plants we use for Sisters of the West. Sisters of the West offerings are seasonal and handmade in small batches in accordance with the cycles of the moon and with deep intention and gratitude. Sisters of the West was founded by Renée Camila in honor of plant magic and connection with place. Renée, a first-generation Nicaraguan-American, was born and raised in San Francisco and is now living in the foothills of Mount Shasta, California.
Carleen Cotter, of Son of Moon Fish, has lived in Oakland, CA for the past 13 years. She is in her final year of study of Traditional Chinese Medicine at AIMC in Berkeley, CA where she currently sees patients as a student practitioner. During her studies, she realized that her Traditional Chinese education lacked a certain focus on how to connect with herbs and instructions on their preparation. To fill that gap, Carleen completed the 9-month Handcrafted Herbalism course at the California School of Herbal Studies in 2015. Since then, she has been producing her own tinctures and topical formulations using Chinese and Western herbs. Making medicine has helped her to forge deeper connections with plants, bring about health in herself and promote the agency and wellbeing of those around her.
Jonah Aline Daniel
Jonah Aline Daniel is a medicine maker, beekeeper, medicinal herb grower, and clinical energetic herbalist with Plants as Allies. Jonah studied herbalism with Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes at the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine. The have 16 year experience of activism and organizing inside of social movements for Queer and Gender Justice, Environmental Justice, Decolonization and Anti-Racist struggles, and Healing and Disability Justice, all of which inform their work with land, plants, and the body. They are trauma and disability justice informed and somatically trained. They also make beeswax ritual candles and are the founder of Narrow Bridge Candles. They live rurally on Makahmo Southern Pomo occupied land, south of Cloverdale, CA, and are deeply committed to exploring the radical potential of rural spaces and rural Queer possibility.
Ripple Medicine is an integrated medicine practice founded by Lauren MacDonald in 2017. Ripple Medicine comes from the belief that our actions and impact matter, causing ripple effects within ourselves and the world around us. The intention of this medicine is to trust in the energy of the natural world around us and in us to bring us to balance and healing. Lauren is a trained herbalist, doula, and registered nurse. She holds much respect and gratitude to the teachings of Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes at Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine and aligns much of her practice with their teachings. She is living in beautiful and magical Wallowa County, OR on occupied and sacred land of the Nez Perce people. She is grateful to have the opportunity to work with this land, it’s ancestors, plants, mountains, waters, and people. Ripple Medicine’s offerings are made with intention and LOVE from Lauren’s big open heart to yours!
Mountain Monarch Herbals was started by TaiMarie Jaques in 2013. After completing her massage therapy training she realized there was more she wanted to do to help her clients. From a young child Tai has been interested in plants and making potions. Growing up in beautiful rural areas she found love for nature and its wonder. Tai is a graduate of Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine taught by two of her most respected herbal elders Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes. Tai is passionate about finding the root of an ailment and working with the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies to help her clients. She resides in Northeastern Oregon and enjoys exploring the local landscape and giving back to the beautiful place she calls home.