Thursday, May 26, 2011

Announcing Athena's Armoury & Apothecary

I'm very excited to announce that I've started incorporating the Apothecary into the Armoury!

This has been a long time in coming.  I've been fascinated with the medicinal use of herbs for as long as I can remember.  In historical stories (whether it be books or movies), I've always been intrigued by the knowledge of the apothecary and the seeming magic of the village wise woman.  Although I've always had an interest, I started studying the herbs in earnest nearly two years ago when I was doing a lot of soul searching to get out of my horrible job.  Lots of reading and researching ensued in addition to concocting, growing, and just getting to know the plants.  As any herbalist will tell you, we never stop learning but I do feel like I'm at a place where I can start sharing what I know about herbs.  After all, herbalism is the people's medicine.

In the future, I hope to share with you simple ways of incorporating herbs in your every day life; not just as remedies but also as nourishment.  I will share some plant profiles with you as well as recipes and projects that you can do with them.  I'll continue to share with you what I learn about growing herbs as we continue the raised garden bed project.  But also, I want to hear from you.  Herbalism is the people's medicine and we should be able to share our knowledge in this community.

The shop is only in the beginning stages of herbal goodness right now.  So far, there are a few different kinds of soap listed in my Artfire and Etsy shops.  I've been testing different recipes on myself and others for months now and have had my testers asking me to start listing it.  Once I get through the remainder of this stock, you will start to see a more unified size of soap, but this is what we have to start.

Coming soon, you will see salves including my sore muscle salve (with a new name!), sleep pillows, bulk herbs, incense, herb beads, and much more.

To celebrate the Apothecary, you'll see a new banner in my shops and the beginnings of a makeover here on the blog.  Also, once there are a few more items in the shops, I'll be hosting a giveaway of herbal products.  You don't want to miss this, so if you're not a follower yet, now's the time (Google Friend Connect and e-mail subscriptions are both available on the right side bar).

I'm so excited about this herbal journey that I'm on and look forward to sharing it with you!


FairiesNest said...

I'm excited about this for you!...and for me, I can't wait to try your salve!

Kate said...

Looking forward to seeing more of your herbal stuff!

Unknown said...

I can't wait to read about your recipes!
I also read your posts about changing your career path, and I can tell you I've been through something very similar.
Best of luck!

Athena's Armoury said...

Cyn: I'm really hoping to get that salve in the shop by the end of the weekend.

Thanks, Kate!

Biblitra: I'm so sorry to hear about your work woes. I hope that you're in the process of positive transition! Or, even better, hopefully you are already in a better place.

Evie's Tool Emporium said...

Love, love, love the look of your new blog, banner etc! Look forward to further updates!

Unknown said...

Athena, my transition is fortunately over: as you did, I left my employee job in order to start a new adventure and it's going so well by now!

Athena's Armoury said...

Thanks, Evie's mom! =)

Biblitra: I'm so happy to hear that for you! I still feel like I'm very much in transition, but things are still so much better than they were at that job.