Sometimes the herbal remedies we work with aren't for the physical body- the tissues, organs, and viscera that makes up our dense being. When we need the medicines to reach to the subtle level of being- the emotions, thoughts, energetic patterns, and spirit- we rely on the power of drop dosing.
What Is Drop Dosing?
Drop dosing, also known among herbalists as spirit dosing, is the practice of working with herbal remedies, usually tinctures, in doses that are a fraction of the normal 'therapeutic' standard. The idea, tested and celebrated by empirical evidence for ages, is that the more subtle, quiet, and even sneaky the dose, the more that does is able to reach the subtle levels of our being. Where a standard tincture dosage for an adult might be 30 drops 3 times per day, a drop dose may look more like 3 drops 5 times per day.
Don't try drop dosing on your own. Many herbs we spirit dose must be given in specific amounts for the individual to be used safely, and the dosage amount and schedule needs to be fine-tuned to meet the unique needs of the person taking the remedy.
How Drop Dosing Works
When we drop dose a tincture, we use that tincture in exactly the same way we normally do- drops taken under the tongue, held for 30 seconds with intention, then swallowed. The difference is that the dosage itself is a fraction of the normal. If I were giving a drop dose of Arjuna Bark, for example, I might suggest a standard dosage of 30 drops taken 3 times daily. As a spirit dose, however, I would have the individual work with just 3 drops of tincture 3 times daily.
Again, the only difference here is that the drop dose is intended to speak to the subtle levels of being and be just enough medicine that the being focuses on the inherent wisdom and energetic pattern of the remedy instead of the complex phytochemistry as per usual. Spirit doses incite a subtle reaction in the being that allows the plant medicine to touch the quietest, most mysterious aspects of our being.
As mentioned earlier, I often use drop dosing to reach the emotional, energetic, and spiritual places of being. When folks come for session who have deeply ingrained emotional patterns that are not serving their highest good we can start with drop dosing to gently unwind those toxic patterns with all the love, protection, and wisdom that the herbs bring in.
I also work with drop dosing as a fantastic 'in the moment' remedy for people who struggle with spiral-down emotions and feelings that can be gently slowed, stabilized, and eventually balanced using the spiritual dose of plant medicine taken at the moment of discomfort.
Which Herbs Are Drop Dosed?
All medicinal herbs can be worked with in spirit dose. Those I tend to work with most are the ones with an affinity for the heart such as Motherwort, Linden, Arjuna, and Hawthorn. I also work often with nervine herbs like Skullcap, Lavender, Brahmi, and Lemon Balm in the same way for much the same purpose. There are some herbalists who will also work with more toxic or heroic herbs, mostly from the Chinese materia medica, in drop dose method but again this must be supervised by an extremely qualified and experienced herbalist and should not be attempted otherwise.
Three of my favorite herbal tinctures to drop dose which work well for most people are:
Can be an incredible ally in helping to quiet the mind, balance the thoughts, and relieve the hot energy of bouts of angerm, resentment, and panic. 5 drops with diaphragmatic breathing taken intentionally up to 3 times a day is my standard use for this herb.
I love Lemon Balm drop dosed to help when we feel the pull of a negative, self-loathing, lethargic downward spiral starting to begin. We can often see our thoughts going down the rabbit hole and feel our bodies respond to the intensity of dark, negative, sad feelings. Lemon Balm spirit dosed at 3 or 5 drops as needed throughout the day can be incredible for many types of people.
When my clients are dealing with heartache, heartbreak, loss, grief, or toxic emotions in the heart center, I often turn to this celebrated Ayurvedic herb in spirit dose format. The blood-red, super astringent Arjuna Bark immediately cools the energy body, soothes reactive emotions, and shows some serious spiritual support to the heart of hearts. I generally use 3 drops up to 6 times per day or as needed up to 6 times per day with Arjuna.
If you're interested in working with herbal allies in spirit dose, please come in anytime and we'll help find the right dose and schedule for you and your unique needs. Again, spirit dosing is far more powerful in far more ways than we are likely to give it credit for given the small amount being consumed. Make sure to work with a qualified spiritual herbalist before working with any herbs on this level.
Introduction to Herbalism - August 31 @ 5pm
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In this fun, fast-paced presentation we explore the many traditions, approaches, and gifts of herbalism all while experiencing many herbal remedies and meeting many medicinal herbs along the way. Each class is different and will often include seasonally-relevant wellness themes and lots of foundational herbal inspiration.
Saturday August 31
5pm - 6:30pm
Come get dig in to herbalism with us!
Herbal Magic Intensive - September 22 @ 3pm
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Join Herbalist Josh Williams for a special 3-hour herb magic intensive workshop that will take you on a deep, empowering journey into the ancient practice of working with natural herbal energies to call forth positive manifestation.
Sunday September 22
3pm - 6pm
This workshop is suitable for folks of all experience levels. We'll start from the beginning and give you powerful, solid wisdom and hands-on experiences from Josh's Green Craft tradition while exploring many magical herbs, spellcrafting techniques, meditations, recipes, and some very special bits and pieces of magical love.
Workshop is limited to 8 participants. Due to the complex preparations needed for this event, refunds will not be available. Please RSVP early to save your seat- this workshop always goes fast!
Medicinal Incense Workshop - September 14 @ 5pm
Join Herbalist Josh Williams for a hands-on, super messy exploration of medicinal incense!
In this class we'll learn about the history, traditions, and applications of incense as herbal medicine, then get busy creating our own hand-rolled herbal incense joss sticks made entirely of botanicals.
Saturday September 14
5pm - 7pm
We'll cover many of the best therapeutic herbs to use in incense, talk about recipes and formulas, learn about commercial incense, and finish the event with a magical incense ceremony.
This is a small class to afford space for everyone to create. Please RSVP early to save your spot.
Herbs for Stress Support with Heather Saba of HerbPharm
Join special guest herbalist Heather Saba from Boulder, CO as she guides you through the many herbs that support resilience, protection, and adaptability in the face of everyday stress.
Heather is an amazing educator who works with HerbPharm, Herbal Academy, and many other celebrated organizations. We're thrilled to have her in the shop and know you won't want to miss this event.
Tuesday September 10
Class includes herbal samplings throughout the evening and several special offers in the shop on stress-related products.
Herbal Formulation Essentials - September 18 @ 7pm
Join Herbalist Josh Williams for an exploration of the art and science of herbal formulations. In this class you'll learn how to combine different herbs to create powerful and effective formulas for use in herbal teas and more!
We'll cover 3 different formulation styles and will work with example formulas, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences.
This class is moderate to advanced in scope and is best suited for those who have a basic understanding of herbalism, or those who have attended our Intro to Herbalism class.
Wednesday September 18, 7pm-8:30pm
Tincture Making Workshop - October 5 @ 5pm
Join Herbalist Josh Williams and learn how to create your own high-potency tinctures at home! In this hands-on workshop we'll explore the tools, techniques, and tips you need to make your own herbal medicine at a fraction of the cost of buying while adding your own personal magic to each creation you make. Make tinctures as holiday gifts or just start working on building up your own home herbal medicine chest!
Class covers many herbs and formulas for the season, tools, techniques, glycerine and alcohol extractions, and more!
Saturday October 5, 5pm-7pm
Mindfulness & Flowers with Felicia Sanchez / September 28 @ 5pm
Join us for an evening in mindful celebration of the the beauty of flowers.
Felicia Sanchez of Apiana Blooms will be joining us to talk about the art of flower arranging and experiencing this art as an intentional flow for mindfulness and mediation.
Felicia will be providing a selection of gorgeous fresh local flowers for you to choose from in creating your own arrangement; dropping into a free flowing space of creativity and manifesting.
This is an evening of beauty, celebration, mindfulness, and creative space. We're incredibly lucky to have Felicia in the shop with us for this event- if you're a devotee of flowers, this is one you must attend!
Class cost includes presentation and Felicia's hand-harvested local flowers for you to journey with and take home.