Shannon Mulligan-Mayernik is an herbalist and plant medicine maker based in Northern New Jersey. Co-Owner of Mayernik Kitchen, Beekeeper & Educator of all things local and homemade. Graduate apprentice of herbalist Robin Rose Bennett and recent graduate of the Chestnut School of Herbs. Shannon graduated from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition in 2015 and became a Master Food Preserver in 2019. Currently, Shannon is participating in a year long clinical program for herbal medicine in Bronx, New York.
I know it may sound fairly counter-productive for skin care, but June’s Out of the Woods Apothecary Box contains one of my favorite products to prevent and ease the effects of sunburn: St. John’s Wort Oil. Though we foraged some... read more.
One of the first steps Matt and I ever took before embarking on our new healthy eating, healthy lifestyle kick was to branch out from our local food stores. Of course we recognize the convenience that mass supermarkets have to offer, but in... read more.
One of our first products created in the Mayernik Kitchen was a room spray. It was fall, the spray held a woodsy, autumn scent, and we received rave reviews. Since our room spray was such a hit, we decided to reinvent the wheel and change... read more.
As we are about to kick off summer, we can’t help but notice all of the ads and marketing focusing on beach bodies and healthy living. Of course, we know that fad diets and crash weight loss are never the healthiest options, but sometimes... read more.
One of my favorite homemade products is our salves. I love blending the scents of specific plants along with the health benefits they promote. In our June Out of the Woods Apothecary Box, we put a new spin on our salve blend by infusion... read more.
Hello, start of summer! Am I the only person who gets super excited for the change of seasons, regardless of which we are entering? I hope not! While I love my boots and cozy sweaters, I also love fresh, local produce. In... read more.
Nothing says summer like a good, old-fashioned BBQ. With Memorial Day quickly approaching, we figured it was time to jump on the summer recipe ideas bandwagon. Since you know we’ve made a mission out of going meatless, we knew it... read more.
I love a good night out as much as the next guy. Ok, well maybe not as much as Matt. Though he works longer and harder than anyone I know, when he chooses to let loose, he really lets loose. It may seem like a good idea to kick back... read more.
Though I love this time of year for the beautiful weather, the blooming flowers, and the increased time outside, Mother Nature’s erratic weather patterns are one of the largest causes of some serious migraines. If you are one of the lucky... read more.
One of my personal favorites – and definitely one of the world’s most underrated – natural ingredients is honey. Using honey has become a part of my daily routine – whether in tea, a sweetener in oatmeal, an added bonus... read more.
I know I talk a ton about woodsy, florally scents, but I should tell you that I, by no means, discriminate against some flavorful, sweet scents. One of my go-to, most-used ingredients – for both flavor and scent – is vanilla. I... read more.
One year, back in college, I thought I was simply suffering some seasonal allergies. But on the morning of my last final, when I woke up, I could barely swing my legs out of bed. My body hurt worse than it ever had before, and to be... read more.