The Music of Sarah Stockwell Arthen & Hilltown Herbals

The Music of Sarah Stockwell Arthen & Hilltown Herbals

Hilltown Herbals – Product List is under construction!  In the meantime, please order from this page,  and feel free to contact us at  There are other tinctures we have available if there is something you need (or saw at NOFA but cannot find on the list).  Just ask!

EXTRACTS & CAPSULES (we have caps of hard-to-find whole ground herb for Lyme disease: Japanese Knotweed and Cat’s Claw)

All extracts (2 oz) and capsules (100 caps) cost $18.  Shipping & handling by flat rate priority mail ($ 5.95) for up to 3 items.  (Please inquire for shipping of more than 3 items.  And forgive the primitive shopping set-up!) 

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C = herb cultivated/from garden

WC = herb wildcrafted

P = herb purchased, tested, reputable sources

Common Name Botanical Name
Angelica extract (C) Angelica archangelica
Ashwagandha extract (C) Ashwagandha sominifera
Astragalus extract (P) Astragalus membranaceus
Astragalus extract 13 oz bottles ($26) avail. locally  for pick up only (W. Mass. hilltowns)
Baikal (Chinese) Skullcap extract (P) Scutellaria baicalensis
Barberry extract (W) Berberis vulgaris
Bidens Frondosa extract (W) Bidens frondosa
Black Cohosh extract (fresh) (C) Cimicifuga racemosa
Boneset extract (flower & leaf) (W) Eupatorium perfoliatum
Burdock Root extract (W) Arctium lappa
Cat’s Claw capsules $18/100 caps (P) Uncaria tomentosa
Chinese (Baikal) Skullcap extract (P) Scutellaria baicalensis 
Chickweed extract (C) Stellaria media
Dandelion Root extract (WC) Taraxacum officinalis
Echinacea Extra! extract (root, leaf & flower) (C) Echinacea purpurea
Elderflower extract (WC) Sambuccus nigra (flos)
Eleuethero (Siberian Ginseng) extract (P) Eleutherococcus senticosus
Hawthorne Berry extract (P) Crataegus oxyacanthoides
Japanese Knotweed capsules $18/100caps (P)  Polygonum cuspidatum
Menopause Mix (Blk Cohosh, Vitex, Dong Quai, Dandelion) (C, P, WC) C. racemosa, V. agnus castus, A. sinensis, T. officinalis
Motherwort (WC) Leonurus cardiaca
St. Johns Wort (C) Hypericum perforatum
Tulsi (Sacred Basil) extract (C)  Ocimum sanctum
Vitex (Chastetree) (P) Vitex agnus castus
Yarrow extract (WC) Achillea millefolium

Disclaimer: Hilltown Herbals is not responsible for any individual’s use of our products. Each person’s response to herbs may differ. Consult a qualified health care practitioner for guidance. Prices subject to change.

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Home Health Herb Garden list


Home Health Herbs at Taproot CommonsGarden & Wild Plant Allies

* = use these lavishly as infusions (strong tea).

17 Herbs To Grow at Home: Plant starts (seeds or bulbs… and some tinctures) available at Taproot Commons Farm Stand. For workshops to show you how to use and grow these plants, go to Many of these plants are very generous, and will spread and self-seed, esp. not used prolifically! So use them!)


*Lemon Balm (perennial: may self-seed prolifically if not used.)

*Chamomile (perennial)

*Peppermint (perennial: spreads by runners)

*Nettle (perennial: spreads by seed and runners)

*Tulsi/Sacred Basil (annual: may self-seed)

*Oats (direct seed in your garden)

*Catnip (perennial: spreads and self-seeds)

Motherwort (perennial: may self-seed)

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale, perennial: spreads and self-seeds)

Calendula (annual: will self-seed)

Marshmallow (perennial, will self-seed)

Mugwort (perennial: spreads by runners, pull them back)

Boneset (perennial: will self-seed conservatively)

Elder (perennial shrub)

Sage (perennial)

Garlic (annual bulb: plant in late fall for next year)

Echinacea (perennial: will self-seed reasonably)


To Grow Indoors:



Wild plants to encourage and gather:

*Red Clover flower

*Violet leaf and flower

*Red Raspberry leaf

*Dandelion leaf, (flower, root)

*Chickweed leaf

Mullein leaf and flower

Evening Primrose/Borage (eat flowers, collect seeds for oil nutrients)

Burdock root (biennial: use 1st year root)

Blackberry root

Goldenrod leaf

Plantain leaf

Yellow Dock leaf and root

Evergreen needles (such as pines, firs, cedars – not yew)

St. Johns Wort leaf and flower

Yarrow leaf

Wild ginger (Asarum)

Pickles in my root cellar!


Living Sustainably in the Hilltowns: The Waulking Song (with friends, part 4)

Sticky: “Ballad of Mary Magdalene” – Live at the Iron Horse

Richard Shindell’s, “The Ballad of Mary Magdalene” at

the Iron Horse Music Hall on August 29, 2007.

“I Knew This Place” – Live at the Hilltown Spring Festival

The Hilltown Community Development Corporation ( is a great organization here in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts — its annual Spring Festival is one of my favorite events of the year.  I’ve been singing Dave Mallet’s “I Knew This Place” for a couple of decades (  Reminds me of  my family’s connection to my grandparent’s land.

“Solid Ground” – Live from a hay field

Singing Dougie MacLean’s “Solid Ground” in Kip Sear’s hay field, Cummington, MA.  Video and inspiration by Rose Wessel (

“Just a Bum” – Live at the Iron Horse

Greg Brown’s “Just a Bum” at the Iron Horse Music Hall

in Northampton, Mass. on August 29, 2007.

Healing in This Night – Live at the Iron Horse

Sarah sings Bob Franke’s “Healing in this Night” at the Iron Horse

Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. on August 29, 2007.

The Dead Egyptian Blues – Live at the Iron Horse

Sarah sings Michael Smith’s “The Dead Egyptian Blues” at the Iron

Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. on August 29, 2007.

Performance reviews and audience reaction

“With her vast and unusual repertoire, Sarah spins a story into a lyrical web of sound that she wraps ever so gently around the listener, moving and changing them. Her presence is as compelling as her performances are unforgettable, awakening the heart and mind of those lucky enough to hear her remarkable song interpretations. She’s my favorite local singer.                                                                                                                 – Penny Schultz

“Her singing is soulful and deeply felt; when she began to sing I felt the mood in the whole room change.”

“I haven’t fall so much in love with a singer since I first heard Kate Bush.”

“My CD player has become a Sarah Stockwell jukebox. I just can’t get enough of her!”

“Eroticism, grace and a deep, loving sensuality are brought to every note.”

Sticky: about Dark of Moon


You can buy Dark of Moon online at cdBaby or iTunes.


“Too often albums are merely strings of songs with little thematic link. But these 12 exquisitely chosen ballads create a spiritual journey through the human soul, with affecting images of darkness and light, strength and weakness, evil plenty of humor.” (three star rating)
–Bruce Sylvester, The Boston Phoenix

“Most of the well-known songs take on new colors and nuances in her performance. I felt like I was hearing Gorka’s “Raven in the Storm” for the first time. Bob Franke owes Stockwell a great debt for her haunting interpretation of his “I But a Little Girl.” Few, if any, others have tackled this powerfully chilling epic.”
–Rich Warren, Sing Out Magazine

“In an era when every guitarist tries to be a songwriter, Sarah Stockwell’s debut album “Dark of Moon” comes as a relief: finally, a young folk singer who interprets other writer’s work… finesses some wonderful songs… and she brings a brooding power to Bob Franke’s “I But a Little Girl” that the original only hinted at.”
–Daniel Gewertz, The Folk Almanac

“I love these versions of my songs — there is so much mood to this whole record.”
Michael Smith

Reviews of Dark of Moon cd

“These exquisitely chosen ballads create a spiritual journey through the human soul, with affecting images of darkness and light, strength and weakness, evil and plenty of humor.”
The Boston Phoenix

“One of the best singers around, to my ear… Lets the song create her style.”
Gordon Bok

“I love these versions of my songs — there is so much mood to this whole record. It all adds up for me and I am just knocked down by the whole package.”
Michael Smith (composer of “Dead Egyptian Blues” and “Crazy Mary”)

“Sarah is a singer to be reckoned with. In a folk scene dominated by songwriters it’s refreshing to hear somebody doing great songs they haven’t written — and doing them so well. Her a capella gospel stuff is a knock-out.”
Orrin Star

“Most of the well-known songs take on new colors and nuances in her performance… Bob Franke owes Stockwell a great debt for her haunting interpretation of his “I But a Little Girl.”
Sing Out Magazine

“A penetrating touch….finesses some wonderful songs.”
– New England Folk Almanac

“If you are looking for the one CD that you won’t get tired of, Sarah Stockwell’s ‘Dark of Moon’ is the one… enchanting and very entertaining.”
– Mezlim Magazine

“Stockwell is a riveting, mesmerizing performer who deeply feels the music she plays… My one qualm before listening to Dark of Moon was whether Stockwell could capture such feeling on tape. I am happy to report that she has. ”
– FireHeart Magazine

“… Powerful, often stunning… her voice is a gift.”
– Boston Rock Magazine

“Sarah’s ability to weave diverse materials with style, resonance, class and just a playful hint of the bizarre, carries you with the joy of a bedtime story and the impact of ancient myths. She will move you, but you will also smile.”
– Devyn Christopher Gillette, WMFO, Medford, MA

Pickling Adventures 3/13/11

I’ve been running into pickling workshop attendees at the Creamery and elsewhere, and everyone is full of plans, questions and musings. I can’t tell you how thrilling it is for me to see you all excited and off on your own ventures. If you haven’t started yet, I advise you to get a small cabbage, some good salt, and maybe a carrot or two. Then get them out when you are cooking something else and take the time to shred them up, salt them, let them sit for an hour and stuff them into a couple of quart jars or a quart and a pint. and put them in a warmish place on a plate or something for a few days, tasting every day or two, and letting out extra gas. If you don’t have a scale, forget about it… (I’m sure our great-greats-greats did not have kitchen scales. Sauerkraut is very forgiving. I would try two or three tablespoons for this small cabbage and some carrots, and then stuff them tightly into jars until the brine rises above them. Add some brine if they need more liquid and call it a day.)

So, the pickled kale. Well, here is the sad story. I more or less ignored everything pickle-wise after the workshop in last month (except for burping the most insistent jars). I think the kale was not entirely covered with brine, and probably didn’t need to sit out for about a MONTH, as it did. I opened it and tried it a couple of weeks ago, and it was, I think the technical term would be: icky. Not foul, not clearly noxious, maybe even delectable if you were in the right mood and knew it was ok, but my senses were not convinced, and I chucked it into the compost. Kind of embarrassing, but that’s the true story. When I try again I will be more attentive to the brine coverage, perhaps chop the kale more finely to make it more manageable, and not ferment it for so long.

On the other hand, the pink and orange sauerkraut I showed you (and we tasted?) at the workshop was so tasty, it is all gone. I am still eating the roots, also great, but I think I would chop the turnips more finely next time, as they are more tough than crunchy. Tasty though. I have not yet tried the carrots or the kim chi, but will break them out soon. They are in the root cellar chillin’.

Strong, community-owned institutions such as the Creamery Coop are our best protection for an uncertain future. For me, gathering with all of you to make food from locally-grown plants using copasetic food-cultures is a profoundly positive act for a more sustainable future. We are taking responsibility for our own well-being and stepping out of the remarkable sense of entitlement that is built into our consumer culture. How often do we hear — or think — “I deserve …(fill in the blank).”

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