The Wonderful Walnut Tree

The Wonderful Walnut Tree

One of the most amazing plants I have met this year is the wonderful walnut tree. There is a giant of a creature right in my back yard, and to my delight this last Autumn, it showered me with the means to enjoy food, medicine, stains, tinctures, hair dye, and so much more! I woke up every morning and gathered them up in cloth nets, in a territory bid with the local wildlife. The hulls and nuts themselves are incredibly hard, and although I looked carefully, I saw no tiny tools, and I still don’t know quite how other creatures manage to extract the sweet meat, but apparently they have secrets.

I moved to SW Missouri last September, with a Zombie Emergency Response Team sticker in my window, and dreams of an Ozark adventure and a house in the Countryside. That didn’t exactly happen, (yet) but I was lucky enough to meet a colorful, seasoned local, at a bookstore, who was happy to share his wisdom of the land with me, including the many uses of the local trees and other medicinal and edible plants.

I discovered that the large green balls that were the vexation of many Missourians in the suburbs could be gathered up and put to good use. It’s another one of those pesky and contentious points of perspective, those who curse them as a seasonal nuisance, and those who run around like crazy walnut squirrel people, gathering them from parks and the front yards of strangers. The actual nut is inside of the shell, which is inside of the green part, which is the hull. These are things I did not know.


The American walnut tree, or Juglans nigra, the American Black Walnut tree is found from Southern Ontario to South Dakota to Georgia, Northern Florida, and Southwest Texas. The most black walnut tees are to be found in Missouri, (over 59 million of them!).

green walnuts

Black walnut is an important tree commercially, as the wood is a deep brown color and easily worked. Walnut seeds (nuts) are cultivated for their distinctive and desirable taste. Walnut trees are grown both for lumber and food, and many cultivars have been developed for improved quality wood or nuts.

What are Walnuts Good For?

I learned that the green hulls could be made into a tincture by washing them, carefully splitting, and packing into a sterile mason jar with vodka or other grain alcohol. Shake it up every once in a while, and after at least 30 days, strain the liquid into dropper bottles. Take 15-20 drops 3x’s a day for a variety of conditions.

The hulls are used to help with many conditions, as they contain high tannin and juglone content and are thought to oxygenate the blood and kill parasites. Black walnut is known as an effective anti-viral and is used to remove warts, which are caused by viruses. Black walnut is an anti-fungal, and anti-viral, and often used historically for many parasitic issues and stomach ailments. The bark is a gentle laxative, and the leaves have an astringent effect that could probably translate into an acne care regime, or deodorant base.

The meat of the black walnut contains the highest amount of protein of any tree nut. They are a good source of manganese, omega 3’s, a wide array of vitamins and anti oxidants-making it a super food that is not hard to acquire, or to prepare. Walnuts lend a delicious taste to just about anything, from cookies, to sauces, syrup, salads, and just too many choices to list them all! Get creative in the kitchen with your own nuts.

some of the tinctures I made from the walnut hulls

The active ingredients which are the most controversially discussed and debated are the naturally occurring tannins and juglone, found in the hull. Although I have seen a few websites stating that it could be dangerous, I cannot find any evidence to support that. Horses and dogs cannot tolerate it, but I see no evidence that it isn’t safe for humans, in moderation. Modern Pharmacology it seems, is often hellbent on dissuading people from natural medicines that have been used successfully for thousands of years. It is my opinion that both philosophies have a place on the shelf, and could benefit one another, with proper respect and education.

How do you remove the Hull?

The hulls are a lot of fun to remove. I have seen videos of people running them over in cars, using gigantic drills in a bucket, having family driveway boot stomps, and science types, with sharp, expensive knives, carefully carving off only the most pristine greeness for use.

I chose to stomp off the hulls of the ones I set aside to eat, and use a clean indoor hammer and chisel for the very nice green ones to be used as tincture and dye. The same clean tools seem to work best to also remove the meat from the inner shell. Once clean and dried, they can be stored in temperate conditions all year. When the kids get bored in the winter, give them a hammer and a bag of walnuts, they’ll be entertained all afternoon. (Maybe.)

or, be an old guy, and run them over with your golf cart

use a clean, indoor set of tools to crack your shells

I liken them to cleaning and eating blue crab. It’s not easy, but well worth it, and although they are slightly high in calories, after the gathering, sorting, de hulling, cleaning and cracking, I think it’s an even trade.

Please use your nuts responsibly.

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Labradorite, Guardian of the Dreamworld

labradorite night guard

Labradorite, Guardian of the Dreamworld

Labradorite is a mystical and magical stone that entrances all who gaze upon it.  It’s deep flashes of intense blues, violets, and gold, has been the source of folklore and imagination for time untold. Called the Merlin Stone, the Keeper of the Void, The Night Watchman, and my favorite, Guardian of the Dream World. Maybe because it reminds me of Guardians of the Guardians of the Galaxy…A movie who’s unlikely hero, actually embodied some of the more playful aspects of this elusive mineral.


guardians galaxy

Labradorite is a type of feldspar. It commonly appears to be bright bluish-green, to violet or yellow, but in actuality, has no color of it’s own. Fissures in the structure reflect and bend light, giving it the signature luminescent ethereal glow, also known as the Schiller effect, or more commonly called labradoressence. Inclusions of copper or hematite can create a spectrum of flash. Like emerald, it can be dull and opaque, or clear and gemmy. Labradorite is a calcium aluminum silicate, found in many locations around the world, including Canada, Madagascar, China, Russia, India, Austalia, and the U.S. Oregon, USA has some amazing specimens come out of it, and a rare full rainbow flash type called spectrolite, can only be sourced from Finland.

Labradorite value is dependant on the size, color, depth of color, clarity, and rarity. A very transparent piece of several carats with intricate depth and color could be quite expensive!!


Happily, labradorite is not only beautiful, it is also relatively affordable. A little blue flash can inspire a lot of joy! Most Gemstone and Metaphysical shops will carry labradorite, due to it’s classic appeal, it sells itself.

According to tradition, physically, labradorite is associated with the health of the blood, kidneys, and bones. It is said to break up blockages and get things moving, much as it’s spiritual nature would suggest. It helps us to be more extroverted and surefooted in a variety of situations. Labradorite encourages us, through heightened intuition and a breezy sense of fresh confidence, to step forward, and show our inner warmth and wisdom. 



Labradorite is a legendary crystal that awakens the young adventurer inside of us all. It helps us to think for ourselves, walk our path of intuition and self knowledge, and optimistically venture into independence with a strong sense of being guided and protected, against all danger, seen, and unseen. I like to think of it as being represen tative of the Magician, Merlin, as a youth. I can see him full of untapped power and noetic wisedom, running too fast, laughing too loud, and yet unsheathing his sword without hestitation, when honor requires.


I also liken labradorite to the Yin compliment to moonstone, which is not to imply that labradorite is strictly masculine, just that it tends to embody the equalizing aspects. Like most good pairings, they compliment similarities, but create a more complex effect in the totality of their unique qualities combining. 


On a metaphysical level, labradorite is often refered to as a protection stone. This, for it’s reputation as a guardian of the night. Labradorite will watch over you while your spirit travels in the dreamworld, and see you safely home. It accelerates your spiritual growth by activating not only your third eye, but your ability to get over social conformity, and say, “yes!” to your true desires, however freakish or staunch they really are. You are unique, and no one is served by a Magician who hides his Light for fear of conflict or social change

Because labradorite is such a stunning stone, it is quite popular, and comes in a variety of colors and grades. It is not hard to acquire, and there are few fakes, as the real thing is quite beautiful and plentiful enough for anyone who feels drawn to create a new reality, can have a pocketful of minor magic

As always, check your sources, and make sure you are talking to a reputable stone seller, especially now, with so many items being sold online. Buying in person, whenever possible, is always going to be your best bet. At Naked Fairy Apothecary, I create synergistic combinations for intentional health and happiness. Below are a few that contain labradorite. I can also offer most crystals and stones by themselves, in a bracelet or necklace, as a single point, or in a tensor or organite design.
empath protection bracelet
orgonite discs with labradorite

Always Wear Protection         Empath Protection             Orgonite w Tensor


Empath Protection Necklace with moonstone and kyanite

Back to Basics, Rose Quartz, the Love Stone

Back to Basics, Rose Quartz, The Love Stone

What is Rose Quartz?

Rose quartz is known as the Love Stone. Real rose quartz is a microcrystalline member of the quartz family. Scientists still aren’t in agreement as to the exact source of it’s luminous pink glow. Rose quartz is one of the most popular and readily available crystals, and it’s also one of the most misrepresented, often sold in pink bubblegum colors in perfect points, or labeled as rose quartz, when it is actually colored clear quartz, or a separate variety of a more common, or even synthetic, pink quartz. Real crystal and stone has a solid weight to it, and is cold to the touch, no matter the room temperature. Rose quartz has a high degree of piezoelectric abilities, and it you hit two pieces together in the dark, you will see them glow from the inside. (I love this demo from Hibiscus Moon!

Artifacts of rose quartz, shaped into beads, have been found that dated back at least 7000 B.C.

In it’s natural state, rose quartz grows in tight veins, and is rarely naturally terminated. It is found all over the world, although some of the most highly valued specimens are found in Brazil. It is opaque, rather than transparent, and it’s colors range from an almost white to a deep lilac. Real rose quartz is not cotton candy pink, but it can make you feel that sweet. This pale rose to light lilac type of quartz is all about the energy of love. Contrary to popular belief, Rose quart will not make people fall in love with you.

We attract what we project, not what we are lacking.

It’s action encourages us to love ourselves, and thereby attract equal energy to what we are broadcasting from within.

The nature of it’s effects are said to help restore trust and harmony in all different kinds of relationships while improving their close connections. It’s also claimed to help provide comfort and calm during times of grief, or melancholy reflection.

Rose quartz exudes a soothing influence. It softens our existence and makes negative energies less intense. It does have a sympathetic nature and when it is in tune with its owners emotions, it can help diffuse negative energy and uncomfortable memories and traumas. One of it’s attributes is connecting to and healing the inner child, by releasing old hurts and disappointments.


On the physical, level rose quartz is often used for circulation and heart issues, mildly relieving pain, helping children calm down, helping you sleep and getting in tune with positive energies that we need for fulfilling our personal expression of perfect health. It can quell anxiety and nervousness, bringing a mental and emotional sigh of ease and comfort. I myself, unconsciously hold my breath when I’m anxious, rose quartz reminds us to exhale. It also helps us to see that sometimes, the negative, needy baby in the room, is Us. Lol.

Rose quartz partners well with moonstone, white agate, amethyst, selenite, and moldavite. It does not make a good snack..

It may aid us in discovering the ability to love ourselves, as well as others and opens our heart to compassion. It is also valuable in helping us to forgive ourselves and process through self-acceptance as the road to tolerance for those who we perceive as unlovable. As we activate our heart chakra, which is represented by both pink and green colors, we are able to receive, as well as give love.

I love me!!!

Rose quartz can help us find acceptance, and restore faith.

On the physical, level rose quartz is often used for circulation and heart issues, mildly relieving pain, helping children calm down, hormonal balance, helping you sleep, aiding in fertility and joyful pregnancy, and getting in tune with positive energies that we need for fulfilling our expression of perfect health. Often, what we project to the outside world is what we attract to ourselves, so the self-love aspect is extremely important. If we don’t love and respect ourselves, we don’t have very much to give other people and we generally attract what we are projecting, not what we are desiring. When you love yourself you will attract similar energies that will be drawn to the beautiful pink light in your aura.

Rose quartz is best worn over the heart chakra, and partners well with moonstone, amethyst, selenite, white agate, rhodenite, moldavite, aquamarine, emerald, kunzite, morganite, and clear quartz.

I sell rose quartz, among other things, at my shop, in bracelets, necklace, or stylishly healing combinations. Here are just a few: check out all of my designs, or e mail me for more choices.

The Delightful Dirt on Fulvic Acid

Fulvic acid is a two part genius. It takes out the cellular trash, while simultaneously inserting minerals into the correct receptors and restoring our proper electrical potential, combating oxidative stress and chelates toxins.   

Scientists and doctors are begining to recognize the important potential of fulvic acid, which is a by product of  humic acid.  Because fulvic acid is derived from humate, it usually contains 60 or more minerals and trace elements that are nutritionally essential for cell health and balance (including cell growth and replication). Throughout most of human history, we have received beneficial amounts of fulvic acid compounds through our normal consumption of plants, just as nature intended. In the last century, modern use of pesticides and fertilizers, inadequate agricultural practices, errosion, and mineral depletion, have contributed to decreased microbial activity in the world’s soil deposits. As a result, adequate quantities of fulvic acid have been missing from our food crops and our soil. Why is this a big deal?  Fulvic acid transports minerals to living cells, catalyzing vitamins within cells, and metabolizing proteins, RNA, and DNA. 


“You can trace every sickness, disease and ailment to a mineral deficiency.” – Two-time Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Linus Pauling


Put Out Fires

In the rural UK, the moss Fontinalis antipyretica was traditionally used to put out fires, as it held and retained so much water. Its Latin name means, “against fire.”

The molecule of the fulvic acid is so small that it works in a variety of ways within the cell, both inside and out, especially the mitochondria, the power plant of the system. Fulvic acid acts as both a delivery service and a garbage collector, putting vital nutrients into key receptors, while at the same time, gathering toxins and pathogens for discarding.

Humic acid, often seen together in fulvic supplements, is derived from the general group of humic substances,  highly complex compounds, that are resistant to further decomposition.


fulvic from plants

I have tried several different types, some say they are fulvic, but if the taste is very acidic, it may be more humic. I am not an affiliate or anything, so I can honestly say that the fulvic recharge, although a little pricey, had an immediate effect on my energy level and sense of well being. Not being very good with the concept of “balance”, the small bottle didn’t last long. Other types, like the Docdetox, can be used in a powdered form, so you can control the strength. I don’t get the same immediate kick from it, but all products are a little different. Some are derived from ancient plant material, while others are extracted from shale or leonardite deposits. I have tried both. and prefer the plant based. 



Why This Is Important to Know About Right Now.

With the Flu “Pandemic” running rampant, the exposure to toxins, regular old germs, and the heavy metals like lead, mercury, and aluminum that get inside of us in a variety of ways, knowing that taking a little fulvic acid compound will chealate, or dispose of said toxins and heavy metals is a big plus. 

In addition, it also seems to protect the cells from excess radiation, and because it fills key receptors with the correct minerals, things that might compete with those receptors are denied entry. 

So…What is Fulvic Acid, Anyway?

It’s Dirt, kind of. Fulvic acid in it’s naturally occurring state, contains over 70 minerals, amino acids, sugars, peptides, nucleic acids, phytochemical compounds, vitamins, and fragments of plant dna. It is a component of humis, which is the end result of the final breakdown of plant matter, harvested from specific types of peat bogs, rock formations, and ancient lake and riverbed deposits. These rich substances develop slowly over time, from decades and centuries in the making, and cannot be rushed. (I’ve tried, I couldn’t make my own.) It has been long used as a fertilizer, as well as a homeopathic aid, and it’s important that you make the distinction and not try to ingest the industrial type. It’s likely not safe.  


In a landmark research paper by Dr R. Klocking, she discusses the action of fulvic acid in relation to viral attachment.

 “Preliminary in-vitro studies with Coxsackie A9 virus, influenza A virus and herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) have already shown that (Humic Substances) are effective against both naked and enveloped DNA viruses (Klocking and Sprosig, 1972, 1975; Thiel et al., 1977).” “Further investigations corroborate the ability of (Humic/Fulvic Acid) to inhibit selectively viruses for human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and type 2 (HIV-2), cytomegalovirus (CMV) and vaccinia virus (Schols et al., 1991; Neyts et al., 1992).” VIRAL FUSION INHIBITION “With most viruses, the inhibitory effect of (Humic/Fulvic Acid) is directed specifically against an early stage of virus replication, namely virus attachment to cells (Klocking and Sprosig, 1975; Schols et al., 1991; Neyts et al., 1992).” “…it appears likely that the poly-anionic Humic/Fulvic Acids occupy positively charged domains of the viral envelope glycoprotein’s, which are necessary for virus attachment to the cell surface (Neyts et al., 1992).”


The Good News!

As a special bonus, the complexities and potentials of fulvic acid are not well known, nor of particular interest to the scientific community at this point. Few attempts to synthesize it have surfaced, due to it’s anomalies and complexity, thus the opportunity for Big pharma to patent and exploit it’s benefits  remain relatively low.

Many of these health assertions are remarkable, and have shown that they could potentially prevent many conditions and diseases, as well as mitigate electro toxicity, and increase longevity. Many of our modern ailments can be traced to the fact that our food is largely devoid of any nutritional value, and even the term, ‘organic’, is essentially meaningless according to labeling standards and definitions.  

This information could at some point, pose a real threat to pharmaceutical companies and chemical based medicine providers, but it is excellent news for those of us who are willing to eat a little dirt in the name of staying alive.


In conclusion.

 It is may belief and assertion, that us humans, in our natural state, have a symbiotic and co dependent relationship with our home Planet. The little microscopic bugs on our skin and eyebrows are supposed to be there, as are the microbes in our guts, and the minerals in the dirt, which in a perfect world, get absorbed by the plants and converted into a form that is bioavailable and necessary to our optimal health. If these things are not allowed to do their fragile dance, everything goes sideways, and we end up with a lot of preventable ailments, or find that something novel becomes something deadly because our immune systems have been rendered inefficient and progressively compromised.

I am not suggesting we stop being sensible and conscientious, or lick the floors at WalMart, but somewhere there is a balance that needs to be maintained between positive technological and medical innovations being implemented to improve and enhance our health, and those lateral innovations that ultimately undermine it.

Straight Talk on Turquoise-the stone of honesty

A few years ago, I was in Sante Fe, NM with my sister, shopping for turquoise. The native women would line the parks and shop fronts, sitting cross legged on colorful hand woven blankets, with their beautiful stones and jewelry shining on display for the dealers and tourists.  Trying to choose a few items was an impossible dilemma, but I heard a story that day that illustrated the historical reverence for turquoise.

A young Indian woman who seemed to be in good health and good spirits, suddenly began to walk with a decided limp, and her speech, normally clear and humorous, began to falter and stammer. Fearing a brain injury, she went to the medicine man, and gave him a detailed account of her life and emotions. He listened, and nodded wisely. He searched his pockets and baskets, and came up with a shiny blue turquoise for her, and explained that, based on the conversation, she was harboring a romantic notion for another woman’s man. The dishonesty in her heart was expressing itself in the limp and stammer. he advised her to carry the stone always, and be true to her friendships.  She thanked him for his insight and discretion, and the symptoms, as well as the infatuation, soon went away.

Many of the mines in the US are no longer producing turquoise, or are operated mainly as copper mines, with turquoise mining being performed by secondary leased third parties.
“Sleeping Beauty” mine still produces on of the purest gem quality turquoise specimens available, but since it has little to no matrix or veining, it is also easy to fake. A good bit of turquoise available in jewelry and online is dyed howlite or magnesite. Terrific stones in their own right, but easily dyed and naturally veined.

Why would you want to wear or carry turquoise?

Turquoise is known as a stone of Truth. It amplifies the core of your essence, and reflects it back to the world. It elevates understanding and compassion. It helps one to communicate in a way that is kind and direct, in word and action. Turquoise jewelry is presently popular with modern culture for its varied and reflective shades of blue, earthy browns and copper veining, with a fashionable trend toward what seems simple and beautiful.

Turquoise is the stone of friendship, healers, and binding social agreements. It is most powerful when given as a gift, transferring its power and honoring the receiver. Up until the last century, turquoise jewelry was only worn by men, they believed it gave them hunting prowess, virility, protected them from physical harm, and strengthened their social bonds and loyalties. Female Shamans wore turquoise to indicate their position, and wisdom. It is said that an untrue heart will not long possess a piece of turquoise, and its a good one to choose to wear or meditate with if your heart is feeling dishonest, or conflicted.

Turquoise is also known as a Master healing stone, it seems to bond with a person on a total assessment scale, adjusting energies that will most benefit the wearer, instead of any singular  point of resonance. It is associated with the throat chakra, communication, emotional acceptance, and aiding the respiratory and immune system.

I use it in many of my designs for overall health, emotional peace, and pain relief. On a humorous note, folklore tells a story that turquoise, like people, has a literal breaking point. After it has protected you one too many times, in quick succession, it will literally crack apart, or lose its blueness.

In Conclusion: Turquoise is a beautiful addition to your crystal collection. Take some time to be aware of it’s qualities and values, practice honesty, and walk straight.

At Naked Fairy Apothecary, I typically do not use a lot of turquoise, due to the previously mentioned fact that most of what is commercially available isn’t actually turquoise at all. I do use a few verified pieces in this “recovery” themed bracelet, to highlight the importance of self honesty being essential to forward progress on one’s journey. I also use turquoise in my Pain Relief designs, as it has a soothing effect on inflammation and often goes to work on the emotional trigger to the physical ailment.

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