Hey BXB Fam!!
I hope that you are all doing well & staying cozy as the weather begins to cool down.🍁
This month has been a whirlwind! The more I have been seeing folks in the shop, talking during one on ones, and just hanging with my homies, the more I can’t help but notice that it seems we are all sitting in our own shit—unsettling energy lol (I’m right there with you).
We’re still in the midst of a retrograde until 10/18, we’re coming down from experiencing ALL the feels from this past New Moon in Libra, and we're tryna cross stuff off the list before the year ends! I FEEL YOU—it's a lot for us too!
We’re all in this together & I am here to try and help! I’m popping in to offer you some quick remedios & herbal wellness ideas. Most of these things you can find in your own kitchen or local market. Kitchen’ Witchin Season is upon us 🧙♀️
First, let's talk about this retrograde season. Last newsletter, I offered some food for thought while moving through the month—this time we’re talking Yerbas (herbs). 🌱
This retrograde is challenging our relationship narratives—from our relationship to self, our romantic situations, our friends, family….like all of em. These heart strings are TIREDt. Oftentimes, we can look at a retrograde as a negative experience, it’s got a lil bit of a bad rep, you know? But let's shift our perspective a bit and look at retrograde as a moment to sit, reflect & edit. What is this retrograde showing us when it comes to the relationships we are a part of? What kinds of stories are we telling ourselves when it comes to these relationships? What is your gut / intuition telling you? Not only is shedding season here, which is a whole other story, but also we are given a lil retrograde right in the middle of it, as a moment from the universe to chill out, not force the things that are not tryna move & listen to ourselves for a moment. What are the ”retrograde woes” we are working through? What's not moving in the way you want? What is that telling us?
Wooo Chile 😮💨--- with that said, let's talk about herbs that will help us move through this energy.
With the shift in season and moving into cooler weather, I like to work with teas during this time. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) we are taught that resting and consuming warm foods during this time of year will help to keep our stress levels low & help to boost our immune system for the colder months ahead.
I also like to work with water because it is highly vibrational—infusing herbs and intention into your water can provide so much healing to our physical and energetic bodies. During this retrograde season I have been drinking a lot of Rosemary Tea, like straight up fresh rosemary from the farmers market in my mug, with hot water & a little bit of healing honey. As retrograde wants us to sit down and reflect a bit, having a nice cup of tea is sure to chill anyone out. If you are able to, take these few minutes to breathe in the warmth from your mug and slow down for un momentito. Our bodies and minds will be grateful for it.
Rosemary is an amazing herb to help open up your breathing passageways and allow for a full deep breath. Libra is ruled by air—taking a deep breath and tuning into the feeling our chest rising and falling is a great way to connect to this energy. It is also slowing down our cortisol levels, allowing stress to melt away and let some clarity roll in. Rosemary is also great for enhancing memory, boosting the immune system, improving circulation, and helping with gut health.
In spiritual herbalism, we often look to rosemary for clearing the conscious mind and allowing for our intuition to come through. It is also used to remove dense energies and help to soothe a heavy heart. I often add rosemary to spiritual banos that work with clearing negative energies and helping to move past difficult situations.
Lucky for us, rosemary can be found relatively easily in your local supermarket, farmers market, and herb shop. Consider putting a handful of rosemary in your tea or burning a rosemary bundle to clear the air and make your space smell amazing.
Click here to shop our Botanica Herb Bundles & Apothecary for your rosemary needs.
Full Moon in Aries Releasing Ritual
The Full Moon in Aries is coming up on 10/20—for this full moon I would suggest a releasing ritual. After moving through a heavy retrograde & a very emotional new moon- you may be clearer on some things that need to go, things we may need to move past & perspectives that have shifted.
For this full moon, a fire releasing ritual feels right with the moon shining bright in the sign of fiery Aries.
You can make this as simple or complex as you’d like! Most of these items you may already have a home:
- Writing tool
- A candle
- Fire safe bowl
- Incense or Herb Bundle
Begin by lighting your incense or herb bundle and energetically clearing your space, beginning to ground into your ritual space. Next light your candle and play music or sounds that help to create the atmosphere for your sacred space.
Now that your space is set, sit down and prepare for a little journal journeying~~
Taking deep breaths and closing your eyes, set an intention to be clear on what you need to release this full moon that will allow you to move closer to embodying your highest self. Allow what comes up to come up judgement free, as these thoughts bubble, write them down and continue with your breathing and intention setting practice again and allow more to come up.
If a free form writing experience feels more aligned then go for it, but allow your subconscious to flow and write until you feel completely done. From there, take the paper and burn it with your candle, drop it into the fire safe dish and watch as the element of fire alchemizes your written intentions into smoke to be carried into the universe and be heard by benevolent ears.
Allow your candle to burn to the end, sit and relax for a bit focusing on clearing energetic space to make room for your highest good.
I hope that these thoughts were helpful. I did not expect so much to come through, but spirit be like that sometimes lol!
A Few Announcements
Our online Botanica has expanded and now carries our ritual tools and herbs from our growing apothecary. All of these products were sourced from organic small farms in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and the Pacific Northwest. We are so happy to finally offer these products online for you folks! As our team grows we are hoping to become more accessible to our online community & beyond <3
Thanks so much for being a part of this community, for supporting a small Latina owned business and for sharing our information with others- we have been found by word of mouth for the last 6 years and I appreciate that more than yall could ever know! Our collective vibe has truly attracted our tribe and for that I am eternally grateful.
As a true Libra rising I have created a playlist for the month, my ultimate love language.
Click here for our playlist of the month: OCTOBER BLESSINGS
Click here to read a lil bit about me and my journey into the world of Cannabis and being a Curandera—HUGE thanks to Honeysuckle Magazine for featuring me for Indigenous Hispanic Heritage Month, twas cuuute lol.
This past week we had a beautiful Members Velada Ceremony where we went on a deep journey into our subconscious. Together we sat in ceremony, built a community altar with fresh flowers, set our intention for the journey and drank nourishing entheogen infused cacao . It was a great experience! We journeyed deep, tapped into our inner child by creating art and laughing around a table of art supplies and glitter. Our intention with this journey was to get clear on what energy we want to end 2021 with. I was truly great to host group sessions again, please stay tuned for a new year ceremony being announced soon for members✨
Have a great rest of October! Keep in touch on Instagram to see what we’ve got going on at Haus this month.