BACK IN STOCK: Coal Leggings x Cauldron Collection

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The Cauldron leggings in COAL are back in stock! These leggings are designed for comfort and feature a wide elastic waistband, gusset at the crotch, and cuffed hem. They are made from a silky soft bamboo cotton blend, and sewn in-house (never factory made). Wear them with layers, to yoga class, or as pajamas.

The Cauldron Collection was created to offer basic knitwear pieces that are sustainably made, for the conscientious consumer. Shop leggings here.

DIY Witch’s Brew Bath Soak & Herb Wash

Here is a simple blend of some of my favorite herbs for a bath soak, herb wash, or floor wash. Bathing (including showers) when done with intention, can be a ritual in itself – for purification, grounding, protection, meditation, and dream work, to name a few. Adding herbs to your bathing experience is a wonderful way to set this intention. Here’s an overview of the herbs included in this blend:

Mugwort – lucid dreams, psychic awareness, inner vision, protection *contraindicated during pregnancy*

Lavender – inner calm, peaceful mind, increased awareness, stability, restful sleep

Rosemary – memory, clarity of mind, strength, protection

Juniper berries – good health and energy, purification, protection

Rose petals – love, romance, heart chakra

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It smells amazing.

For this particular blend, I find the best times to use it are just before going to bed, or as preparation for sitting meditation or ritual work. Obviously any time that suits you is great. I have found it to be good for dream work, psychic vision, and grounding. If you are feeling particularly toxic by the end of the day, this is a good choice for “cleaning the day off”! And I recommend trying it at least once prior to meditation, see how it affects your experience.

Here is the recipe and instructions:

Recipe:

1/2 C Mugwort
1/2 C Lavender
1/2 C Rosemary
1/4 C Juniper Berries
1/4 C Rose Petals

Instructions:

If you have a mortar and pestle, grind the herbs a bit to release more of their aroma and oils. If not, I recommend at least crushing the juniper berries with the flat side of a knife (similar to crushing garlic). Combine you herbs in a bowl and mix together well. Store in a jar until ready to use – it is enough for 2 baths or one very potent bath!

When you are ready to use your Witch’s Brew, get a large pot of water boiling. As the water heats, prep your blend. You’ll want a large muslin drawstring bag, cheesecloth, or a clean dish towel. Fill the muslin bag with at least 1 cup of the blend, or, if using cheesecloth or dish towel, place it in the center of the cloth and pull up the corners and sides – use string or a rubber band to close. Once your water is boiling, take it off the heat, add your sachet to the water, and cover with a lid. Let steep 10 min. Get your bath water water running, and, once the brew is done steeping, add it along with the sachet to your bath. For extra detoxification, add 4 cups of Epsom salts to your bath as well.

For an herb wash (if you don’t have a bath tub):

Follow the process above, bring the pot of infused water with you to the shower with a bowl or large cup. Take your shower (I recommend exfoliating too) and at the end rinse your body (and hair!) with the brew using your cup or bowl.

For a floor wash: this is a good one for cleaning your house for protection, love, and good energy.

Follow the steeping process above, add brew to your mop water along with your usual cleaner and 1 cup of sea salt.

This recipe is an excerpt from my zine, DIY Herbal Bath Kit Zine, which includes lots of other recipes along with information about working with herbs and essential oils.

For more bathing goodness, check out these items in the shop:

Rose Garden Bath Soak

Meadow Bath Soak

Forest Bath Soak

Luna Bath Soak

Honey Rose Soap Bar

Meadow Soap Bar

Visions Soap Bar

Cedar Soap Bar

Luna Soap Bar

Honey Soap Bar

I hope you enjoy this, and let me know what you think in the comments! ❤

Good News!

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Good news y’all! All online orders will now come with a free sample of the one of the scented oils. These are my five signature scents for all of the apothecary goods. I’ll pick these at random but if there’s one you prefer to try try, just let me know in the notes at checkout! ❤ Shop here

For more info on each scent, check these links below:

Rose Scented Oil

Meadow Scented Oil

Visions Scented Oil

Forest Scented Oil

Luna Scented Oil

DIY Rose Face Mist

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Mmmm… I love rose. And my favorite extraction of it has to be rose hydrosol (aka rose water). The scent and feel of it is quite etheric, and always uplifts my spirit. So for this reason I’ve chosen to focus my very first DIY article on making a simple, inexpensive rose face mist that I think you will love. It is perfect in the summer time as refreshing way to cool off, and in the winter to hydrate dry skin. What I’m saying is, you can enjoy this year round! Here is the foundational recipe and instructions:

What you’ll need:
4 oz bottle and spray cap
Small funnel – this is helpful for pouring the ingredients into the bottle
Rose hydrosol — 3 oz.
Witch hazel – regular, unscented, or rose scented (if you use regular, you will smell it! I don’t mind the scent but a lot of people don’t like it, so just a heads up) — 1 oz.
Aloe vera gel — 1 tsp
Vitamin E oil — 1/2 tsp

Here’s what you do:
Add your witch hazel, aloe vera, and Vitamin E.
Close the bottle and give it a good shake!
Open bottle and fill to top with rose hydrosol.
Close the bottle, give it another shake, spray on your face, feel like a faery.

Like I said this is foundational, and perfectly wonderful as is. However, if you wanna add a few more things, here’s some ideas:

1/4 tsp of jojoba, olive, grapeseed, avocado, or sesame oil — for extra moisturizing action!

Small gems or marbles — I added a couple little pieces of rose quartz to mine. Water and oil will separate, so this can help mix it all up when you shake the bottle (and you do want to be sure to give it a shake every time before spraying).

A drop of gem or flower essence.

A tbsp of chamomile tea.

I hope you enjoy this, and let me know what you think in the comments!

For more rose-y goodness, check out these items in the shop:

Rose Bath Soak

Honey Rose Soap Bar

Rose Garden Body Spray

Rose Scented Oil

Welcome!

img_20160212_090608Welcome to the Corvidae blog! Corvidae is a clothing and apothecary shop based in Seattle, WA. My products are inspired by the natural world and the magic it holds. All apothecary goods are made with natural, plant-based materials, and the clothing often incorporates plant-based dyes, natural fibers, and beeswax. Everything is handmade by me  in small batches.

I believe in the idea that the materials and process are just as important as the final product, and that the creative process in itself is a magical act. I strive to reflect this in all of my work.

Here you will find updates on upcoming markets, events, new products, sales, and additions to the shop. Along with these updates, I will be posting my personal musings and recipes. Enjoy!

Anna