herbal satchels

yep, this is a sweet iphone snap. BOOM.

yep, this is a sweet iphone snap. BOOM.

it's the final push for the high holiday season. we've just finished up sukkot (harvest fest-- YAY) and tonight is simchat torah, where we get to dance around because we're so excited that we got the good book. it's pretty awesome. this is a picture i snapped a couple weeks ago while i was prepping herbs to make smelling satchels with some teens on yom kippur.

on yom kipps we fast all day, and so we get to think about our other senses. we harvested lemon balm, oregano, lavender, pine needles, and mixed them with a little chopped up natural soap to tie up smelly satchels. we passes out the bundles of smelly fun to the congregation for the afternoon services when everyone is grumpy and hungry and trying to stay focused on their praying and not faint. (interesting side note: it's said that smell was the only sense not implicated in the original sin [you know, the one with the apple and snake and all that] so it is somehow a holier sense! who knew?)

these little bags are lovely for reminding us to be aware and present, even when it isn't a high holiday! (we just harvested fresh herbs and tied them in a little cheese cloth with twine. bam! martha stewart up in here.) if you left the soap out, they would make perfect fresh tea bags.