Our Herbal Products

By listening closely to the trees and plants present here, and leaning strongly on the relationship-centered and ethical gathering practices of the Wise Woman tradition, we decided to create our first herbal products in 2019. Just a few. And just for locals, visitors to the island, friends, and family (aka, we don’t ship to strangers). Our current products include: 

  • Douglas Fir body oil
  • Hard lotion bars in reusable canning jars (currently Lavender Mint, Rosemary Mint, and Douglas Fir)
  • Simple salves (currently, Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Dandelion, Usnea, Nettle, Burdock Root, and Lavender)
  • Large (4-ounce square) plant-infused soaps and goats milk soaps (about a dozen kinds and what’s available depends on what’s in season and if Julie’s mama goats have extra milk to share)
  • Hand-sized (2.75-ounce) Gardener’s soap, Douglas Fir soap, and shampoo bars
  • Dried plant- and herb-filled sleep and dream pillows

Available on Whidbey Island at Madrona Supply Co, the Workin Dream farm stand, and here at Silly Dog Studios. Also available in the fall at the Whidbey Island Harvest Festival at Langely’s fairgrounds (October) and at our annual holiday trunk sale here at Silly Dog Studios (with other local artists, crafts people, weavers, basket makers, and soap makers) in November. 

Lori Becomes an
Herbalist

I’m currently studying herbalism in the Wise Woman tradition, with Julie Charette Nunn, Crow’s Daughter, and all of the plants around us here, and guided by my grandmothers voices and the voices of other herbalists here on Whidbey and elsewhere. I’ve listened to plants my whole life: trees and herbs in particular. Following the tradition of my grandmothers, mom, and aunts who taught me gardening, home canning, and prioritizing relationships with people, animals, and plants.

 

Since I was young, trees and plants have helped me navigate the world as an empath—someone who picks up and holds the emotions of those close to me (both emotionally and anyone I encounter in person), often whether I want to or not. For example, I cry more than other people. Not because I usually have much to cry about personally, but because I cry in the presence of people who need to cry, but can’t. I cry other people’s tears. Often in public. In a culture in which many assume tears are a sign of weakness. Silly culture.

 

I have always needed to lean on trees and plants to help me be me. I’m getting much better at listening now. By my late 40s, I was listening well enough that I invited trees to sit on the board of directors here at Silly Dog Studios. And I just keep inviting more trees to join us. Currently, our board includes 10 Douglas Fir trees, a Cedar tree, two Spruce trees, two apple trees, two plum trees, two cherry trees, a quince tree, a crab apple tree, a Linden tree, a Hawthorne tree, and a Serviceberry tree. Also, two humans, two cats, and a dog.

 

In addition to the plant-relationship-centered products that Silly Dog Studios and friends created to sell this year, I’ve begun to make many more for our family and friends: plant-infused infusions, oxymels, tinctures, vinegars, and oils, for example. These, however, are gifts, not products. I’m more mystic than healer at heart (thank you trees). Most days I leave healing others to those called to healing. I prefer to spend my days listening to plants and figuring out how connect more deeply with trees, work in full partnership with plants, and create, with them, products that help other humans reconnect with the plants closest to them. Remarkable partners that far too many humans can’t hear anymore.