Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wise Women Embrace the Cycles of the Moon

The breathtaking image above is an original mixed media painting titled "Friends are Magical" by Sascalia.

Wise women embrace nature's cycles of the moon and to ease their "monthly discomforts" their are some therapeutically medicinal herbs that can help! ;-) The Etsy Natural Healers Guild has you covered ladies.

"Calm Cramps Organic Kpangnan Butter Balm with Essential Oils, Anti-Spasmodic & Anti-Inflammatory, 1.7oz" by UpstateHerbWorks

Here is one of my FAVORITE stew recipes from the best "wise woman" I know, Susun Weed's website. It's called a "Moon Stew" and I find it particularly comforting during mine monthly moon cycle. ;-) As mine own personal additional ingredient to this recipe, I add DANDELION GREENS (use as many as you like...I prefer about 6 chopped leaves); as they very cleansing and healing during a woman's menstrual they add a nice medicinal, bitter note to the complex flavors of the stew.

Moon Stew

1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons butter
4-6 cups veggie or meat stock
1/2 cup dry lentils, sorted and rinsed
1 large fresh burdock root, sliced
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger root, peeled and grated

1 small can crushed tomatoes
1 rib celery, chopped
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 large carrot, chopped
a bunch beet greens, chopped
spash of honey
splash of apple cider vinegar
salt or tamari to taste

In a soup pot, saute garlic and onion in butter until brown.
Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
Lower heat to a simmer and cook for 1-2 hrs or until the lentils are soft.
Add more stock or spring water if the stew gets too thick.
Share and enjoy!

To pep you up during your monthly "moon season"; you should try delectable "Cow Jumped Over Macaroons" by Etsy Natural Healers Guild Team Leader Andrea of Storybook Artifact. They always bring a smile to my face when I treat myself to one...little comfort foods like these are also great for soothing any menstrual blahs...and these macaroons by Storybook Artifact are made of only nature's finest all-natural ingredients!

This blog post was contributed by the Etsy Natural Healers Guild Team Captain Jessica of Eco-Friendly Freckles


  1. What an intriguing article; looking forward to trying out that "moon stew". Thank you for featuring my home-baked storybook cookies (Cow Jumped Over Macaroons). Love this post!

    Thanks Again,

  2. This is a great collection of healing goodness and a very useful article! The Moon Stew actually sounds pretty yummy too, and so full of healthy goodness. ^_^
    Thank you most sincerely for featuring my Pain, Pain Go Away Bath Salts in your wonderful collection!
    Have a very lovely day-
    Miss Luna