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Elie Barausky | Dry Creek Valley (Northern California) | Ū L A.

Do you have a secret swimming hole (or favorite)? tell us about it.
My home away from home- Orcas Island, Mountain Lake, late August. The most amazing deep blue water. Dive off the rocks, swim out towards the middle. Float and watch the bald eagles fly overhead. Take in all the textures and silhouettes of the forest, the tall cedar, fir and alder trees. Explore one of the little islands in the lake, take a sunbath. Bring a picnic and follow the beautiful trail around the lake. Not so secret but favorite for sure.

What is your go-to picnic fare?
Cherries, rye crackers, manchego, radishes, parsley pesto, sprouted almonds, dark chocolate, a quart mason jar with a handful of fresh herbs like thyme, or mint, filled with water so I can make sun tea.

Describe your dream summer ootd (outfit of the day).
Loose linen shift dress, slip on vans, straw hat, illesteva shades, and my beloved BOET tassel necklace.

Desert Island music?
Marisa Anderson, Ethiopiques, Karen Dalton, and Bey of course.

What reading material clutters your nightstand?
The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben
Tending the Wild, M Kat Anderson
How to Move Like a Gardener, Deb Soule
Latest Issues of The Gentlewoman & Apartamento

What’s got you on your soapbox lately?
The plight of honeybees. They are the most magical venus + sun creatures and have a profound message to teach us about working collectively and respecting the interconnectedness of nature. They need our voices and actions for their protection, they are integral to our story. How could you not love and protect a little being that works so diligently and tirelessly to visit flower upon flower, gathering pollen, and turning this blossom nectar into the magical healing substance of honey and the sacred geometry of the hive- the whole process is breathtaking. Our use of insecticides like neonicotinoids weakens and kills the honeybee and needs to be banned. I encourage folks to check out the work of Gaia Bees, and learn more about protecting and supporting the bees, and possibly start beekeeping!

Tell us about something you recently learned.
The skin responds so well to touch and massage. As a holistic esthetician, I am developing a facial treatment protocol that includes lymphatic drainage movements, acupressure and along with my new skincare remedies, the results and changes I’ve seen are inspiring. We sometimes forget how alive and changing our bodies really are and that we have so much capacity to shift patterns, heal ourselves and improve how we feel (physically and emotionally), especially with the help of healing touch and herbs. I’m currently dreaming up a new treatment studio where I can see clients and offer holistic facials…. think outdoor bath soaks and body scrubs, herbal tea ceremony, and a beautiful herb garden sanctuary.

Current obsession?
Learning more about cold enfleurage. An ancient method of extracting fragile fragrance from flowers too delicate to steam distill. This summer expect to find me surrounded by baskets of fragrant blossoms and trays of coconut and shea butter experiments.

Who is your art crush?
Anni Albers and the other artists and ideas around Black Mountain College.

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Instagram: @portlandapothecary