Magic & Medicine

Writings rooted in ritual & research

 

Join the seasonal newsletter to learn herbal, nutrition and lifestyle tips that will empower your health. You'll get recipes, insights and inspiration for holistic wellness practices delivered to your inbox on each of the holidays that mark the  wheel of the year. You'll receive ritual practices to deepen your connection to nature and the energetics of each season as well as functional lifestyle tips for empowered health.  This is also a great way to stay in the loop about workshops and events.

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Imbolc (mid-winter) News, Energy Bite Recipe & Announcements

By Ashley Sapir Lathrop / February 5, 2024

Imbolc Blessings Imbolc blessings! Halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox Imbolc is a land based holiday celebrating renewal. This […]

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Adaptogenic Herbs & Amazing Upcoming Events

By Ashley Sapir Lathrop / August 10, 2023

I have three opportunities to share with you, before discussing herbs that help us to find peace and resilience. This is always an important topic; it is especially relevant in August as we prepare for the seasonal transition. I find that by working with adaptogenic herbs at the end of summer we can set ourselves up for a healthier and heartier fall and winter. Below you’ll read about some amazing adaptogenic plant allies and simple, delicious ways to bring their medicine into your life.

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Rose Medicine

Join the Power Collective & Remember to Breathe!

By Ashley Sapir Lathrop / June 9, 2023

Do you ever forget to breathe? It is the most simple thing in the world, we are born knowing how to do it, and somewhere along the line we may learn to constrict ourselves to shallow breathing. Each time we pause and focus on our breath we switch from thinking mode to feeling mode. Lately I have been breathing with the roses and it has been AMAZING. Their vibrant energy pulls me out of my head and back into my body. Breath work is at the root of my meditation practice and I find I’m so much more successful when I sit with plants.

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Strawberries: Lightning Bugs~Solstice Blessings

By Ashley Sapir Lathrop / June 21, 2022

Today is the pinnacle of the sun’s journey across the sky.  Traditionally it was said that this day is a celebration of the Sun’s love for his concert, the Goddess. Times have changed but what has not is our need for myth and holy-days. So today, I invite you to embrace the delicious elements of summer that light you up.

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Fun Spring Events (starting immediately) & PLANTS are waking up!!

By Ashley Sapir Lathrop / April 19, 2022

This past week I noticed the greening (check out the photo gallery below to see some of the baby plants)!! Trees are popping little green leaves. The first color of spring flowers, yellow, is in full glory with the forsythia, daffodils, comfrey and dandelion donning their golden blossoms. The fruit trees are opening with a glorious mix of pink, white and blush. Time to wake up my dears! Below are some upcoming events (one fun gathering tomorrow night if you like magic and storytelling)

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Sharing Herbal Tea Together

New Years Prayer & Covid Related Support

By Ashley Sapir Lathrop / January 21, 2022

There are some common health practices that ALL of us can embrace, while simultaneously embracing each other…we all learned how sad it was to go “hugless”. So my prayer for this new year is more hugs, more embracing nuanced conversations and deep listening, and a genuine devotion to individual health practices. I am sharing my current practices in hopes that they will help you.

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Join the seasonal newsletter to get recipes, insights and inspiration delivered to your inbox on each of the holidays that mark the  wheel of the year. You'll receive ritual practices to deepen your connection to nature and the energetics of each season as well as functional lifestyle tips for empowered health.