Heart Health for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. I don’t know about you, but this year it doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. However, in years past, it WAS a big deal… whether I was single or in a relationship.

Whether you are paying close attention to your heart because you desire romantic love or your heart hurts from the loss of a loved one, Roses should have a place somewhere on your apothecary shelf.

This is my rose bush, Chuckles

Rose petals and hips are powerful energetic medicine. Rose flower essence dispels feelings of apathy, helps you attract love more easily, and sparks feelings of joy. Rose hips are an incredible source of Vitamin C, which helps to restore your immune system and aids in tissue repair. Rose petals are edible, make a lovely tea, and can be added to herbal smoking blends for both flavor and a boost to heart health. I also add ground rose petals as a main ingredient in one of my favorite incense blends, Some Romantic Evening.

One of my favorite things to make with roses is Rose Elixir. Just a few drops of this on or under your tongue helps your heart feel lighter when you are lamenting a lost love or your lack of romance. It also helps heal heartache over a deceased loved one and any other kind of emotional pain you have been facing.

Making Rose Elixir

If you are feeling lack of romance in your current relationship, however, you may need to re-evaluate who your current partner is. I offer some relationship advice on my alternative TikTok account but if you really are having trouble meeting, finding, or attracting a romantic partner for a happy long-term relationship I can’t possibly recommend highly enough the advice of my friend Bryan Redfield.

If you are a man tired of wasting money on dates that go nowhere and wondering what the heck you’ve been doing wrong, I advise you to check out The Redfield System. I personally took Bryan’s course for women, The Redfield Dating System and have final figured out how to build a quality, equal partnership with someone rather than just a give-and-take, where my heart and mind was the one suffering. I refuse to accept anything less than a relationship where my needs are met physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and sexually– and I hope the same for you!

Another wonderful herb that is not to be downplayed for heart health is Hawthorn. I personally feel Hawthorn (cretaegus monogyna) is more my go-to remedy for the physical heart, as it improves circulation and helps oxygenate the blood, helping protect the heart from damage and healing the heart muscle after the effects of a heart attack.

No matter what your feeling are about Valentine’s Day tomorrow, remember that the person who loves you most in the entire world should be YOU. If you don’t love yourself totally, completely, and unconditionally, nobody else can either.

I love you!

This Farm’s Future is Evolving

Black Sun Farm has been the product of my heart and soul for over five years now. I poured myself into building this small property into a working homestead. I can’t even tell you how many plants I’ve put into the ground here. And the birds I’ve raised for eggs and meat over the years were all spoiled rotten and given the best food and care possible.

Last weekend I found a new home for Cabbage, Onion, and the few ducks I had left. Feeding them all winter with virtually no return of eggs is simply unsustainable at this point. This year was hard for me—if you noticed, I started the year off strong with lots of Events, but I only went to a few markets and festivals over the season. I’ve been working my other farm job, growing food here for my family, and my business necessarily took a spot on the back burner of importance.

There are now no longer any farm animals on this farm. I still have three cats (one of whom is a great barn cat that I may need to find a home for soon as well,) but no more poultry. It’s a sad week for me. I’ll have to buy my eggs someplace else. The gardens produced a lot and my freezer is full, so at least I have that much.

If you’re still reading this far, THANK YOU for your support!

Whether or not I keep this place, or keep farming is very questionable right now. I will always be an Herbalist and a farmer at heart, but this business doesn’t make nearly enough to pay all my bills on its own.

Check out the links in my sidebar and below to see a few class offerings you can learn from any time. Also remember that I have lots of GARLIC available at $2/bulb if you want some for eating or planting.

People tell me constantly, “Keep farming, there are food shortages coming!” or “I’m so envious of all the things you know about and know how to do!”

Want to know the truth? I LOVE knowing how to grow and forage my own food. I LOVE knowing how to raise and slaughter my own animals for meat. I love knowing all I know about medicinal plants, nutrition, and keeping the body healthy.

But LOVE does not equal money. And I need money to survive.

So if you want to keep me going please seriously check out the things I sell through my website and Etsy store.

Also: I spent all of 2022 making foraging videos on TikTok. Why don’t you follow me and start learning a few things for free?


Hopefully this explains better why you should be trying to grow some of your own food or at least buying food from a farmer’s market or local farm. It’s not as hard as you think it is and it will save you money and health in the long run! #farmtok #farmfood #foodismedicine #eatrealfood #buyfarmfood #supportyourlocalfarmer #sustainablefood #sustainablefarming #foodsource #savemoneyonfood #buylocal

♬ original sound – Amelia from Black Sun Farm

Heart Health is Vital!

Keeping your heart healthy is about more than just supporting an organ. Yes, you can’t live without your actual physical heart. It pumps blood throughout your entire body and is the powerhouse of your system. Herbs like Hawthorn, Shepherd’s Purse, and Rose can help heart and circulation health on a physical level. But what about your emotional heart?

Women have mostly been interested in my Rose Elixir: a special blend of rose hips, rose petals, brandy, and honey infused over many months. A few drops of this helps heal your heartache over a loved one (whether that be a death or a relationship.) I only have a couple of bottles left, so Contact Me if you want some.

But for men? Whether you are a man or know a man in your life who has suffered heartache over and over, or is sick of the ghosting and frustration involved in Online Dating, there’s little help for you. Every self-help or coaching program I’ve seen online claims to teach a man how to catch a woman or how to get into her pants as if sex will solve all his problems.

I promise you this: it won’t. Men have emotional needs too! One of my closest friends is a man who has had a lot of life experience with relationships and can show you how to find, meet, attract, and date a quality woman for a real romantic relationship that could make you happier than you’ve ever been before.

He learned his lessons from the School of Hard Knocks… working at Chippendale’s and then becoming a bartender in Hollywood for 14 years!

If you’re a man looking for help to end your loneliness, check out The Redfield System. If you’re a woman, please share this with a man you KNOW needs help finding a woman for something deeper than just a sexual fling.