Fresh schisandra berries and peach fruit, leaf, twig, bark and pit combine in this bittersweet tonic. Adaptogenic, gently astringent, and grounding. For swimming through the river of world grief and keeping your skin intact. For feeling all the feelings and sipping just a little distance, perspective, and vision in the midst of the swirl. Try in bubbly water, or over some vanilla or coffee ice cream.*
Whether it's lung gunk, heavy food, that cold that just won't quit, or hands that won't get warm this tonic will help keep you going all winter long. (You can take it summer too!)*
Spring hails come through these northeastern New Mexico mountains often. After the storms pass, in the rising steam, the collision of hot and cold, the world smells electric, bruised, on edge, alive.
Hail came mid-may this year. Hail and wind. Walking through the woods the next day, the forest was carpeted in immature douglas fir cones. Beautiful, hilarious creations that look more closely related to a sea anemone than a pine cone. We picked some up from their soft landing in dislodged needles. It was perfect timing to also harvest a few spruce tips. Long steeped in honey and organic cane alcohol, this is the result. A forest concentration. Evergreen and spring hail in a bottle.
Sip when you are exposed to a bunch of pathogens, when the weather changes, when you feel a cold coming on. Or when you want to transport to the forest.
Try in cooking and baking like you would vanilla or almond extracts. Delicious in hot water with a little lemon. Try with gin and limoncello for an evergreen cocktail. Here's a lovely monograph on douglas fir by Renee A. Davis: http://reneeadavis.com/2013/02/04/materia-medica-pseudotsuga-menziesii-douglas-fir/*
A local take on an Italian classic. Three artemisias blend their bitter notes, but don't overpower. Lovage, aromatic and pungent adds a slight musk, and the cardamom brings some warmth. Try a small sip 10 to 15 minutes before eating to set up the order of your digestion, get the juices flowing, or as you would bitters in the mixed drink of your choice.*