We are both really inspired by the work of The Great Kosmic Kitchen! Their beautiful, seemingly effortless style of presenting really valuable information is really unique and special. Interviewing them for our continuing 5 Questions Series was such a special treat! We are all happy to connect, so you can expect to see some exciting collaborations between us, and they may even travel up here to Portland to teach. Please enjoy the following interview, and feel free to share with friends and family.
1. What motivates you to do the work that you do?
This is a difficult question for us to answer. We both feel that The Great Spirit of the plants put us on this path whether we wanted it or not. We met each other in the garden and have been on this epic ride ever since.
We both have had our own healing journeys. Through misdiagnosis and disappointment we each have found herbal medicine. We feel called to share and empower people with herbal recipes, plant wisdom, and rituals that have helped to heal our own bodies.
2. Do you use plants in your work and if so, how?
We love to incorporate medicinal plants into our meals. We find it is easiest for us to take adaptogens like licorice and shatavari in our oatmeal, turkey tails in our bone broths, and nervines like holy basil in our pestos. We are really looking forward to offering our medicinal spice blends on our website this fall!
3. Is there a certain piece of advice you find yourself giving to your clients often? If so, what is it?
We like to encourage others (and ourselves) to take time to listen to our bodies. Whether it means sitting in meditation, doing yoga, taking a walk in nature, spending time preparing a meal, or just allowing ourselves some space to comeback to our center. These are the moments when our body has a chance to communicate to us and has our full attention. We can learn so much in these simple moments to really make wise and informed decisions for bodies and spirits.
4. What do you turn towards for inspiration? If you include books, artists, other makers, music, etc can you include some links?
Rosemary Gladstar has been called the “Fairy Godmother” of Western Herbalisim. I had the opportunity to study and garden with her at Sage Mountain a couple years ago and it was probably one of the most profound experiences of my life. She taught me a lot about the plants, but even more about what it means to be a good human. Her spirit comes to me a lot when I am working with the plants. She reminds me that there is an endless fountain of creativity available and that every plant is sacred. – Summer
So much of my inspiration comes from the plants themselves. They have a funny way of getting my attention. Like when I was “grabbed” by a red raspberry bush even when I made a mental note to steer clear of its thorny branch. It just decided to reach out and latch on to my shirt as I walked by. And that’s when it hit me, “Oh, she’s telling me to pay attention to her. I need to work with this plant right now.” Or sometimes it can just be seeds of “weeds” sticking to my socks and pant legs that spark my attention to a plant and its medicine. For me, working with herbs has brought me in a close relationship with the plant spirits. Not only am fascinated by their powerful healing properties for our physical bodies, but I’m incredibly fascinated at how they work on our more subtle levels, our subconscious and spiritual bodies. - Sarah
5. Please include 1 instructional for a quick project someone reading this could incorporate into their own lives.
Adaptogenic Turmeric Melita
8 oz. mason jar
3 tbs turmeric
1 tbs shatavari
1 tbs ashwagandha
3 pinches of ground black pepper
1 cup of honey
Stir in the powders one by one, grind some pepper in to bring out the curcumin the turmeric. This ignites the medicine of the golden turmeric plant and allows all it’s anti-inflammatory properties to become enhanced. The shatavari and ashwagandha are powerful adaptogens in the Ayurvedic tradition that help the body come back to homeostasis. These are plants that are best used over time to keep the body vibrant and capable of dealing with life’s stressors. When we use adaptogenic plants regularly we find ourselves more emotionally balanced and capable to fight colds more effectively.
Shatavari, in the Ayurvedic tradtion, is said to give the female body enough life force to have “a hundred husbands”. So use this honey wisely, you might be feeling pretty great!
Once everything is mixed together you can leave it in a warm windowsill for one week. Then feel free to stir it up and mix a spoon full in warm milk to create a yummy dinner drink, or spread some on toast for a spicy treat! Store the honey in a cool dark place.
***It is always best to talk to your doctor before taking herbs, especially if you are on any medications. If you live near an herbalist, a consultation would provide you with the best plants for your body’s constitution. Every being is different, therefore our experience with plants will vary too. This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure. Only to inspire!
Sarah and Summer first met in college, where they laid the foundation for The University of Central Florida’s very first community garden. They grew heirloom varietals, medicinal herbs, perennial vegetables, and even ate the weeds! The constant abundance in the garden allowed them to come home and experiment in their own kitchens.
After being introduced to the world of plants, they both set out on journeys to deepen this connection. Together they studied permaculture at The Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California. Summer then ventured to Vermont to apprentice with Rosemary Gladstar, which lead her to study at The California School of Herbal Studies in 2013. During this time Sarah interned at Herb Pharm in Oregon, apprenticed at Tassjara's Zen Kitchen, and then went on to study Amazonian plants in the Peruvian jungle.
In gratitude for these immersive experiences, Sarah and Summer share the wisdom they learn along the way. The Great Kosmic Kitchen showcases the art of incorporating plants, traditional preparations, and sacred rituals into daily life.