NUTRITIVE TONIC TEA
Our Spring tea blend is a mix of Stinging Nettles, Oatstraw and Tulsi, created to build nutrients, prevent allergies, soothe your nervous system and kick the winter blues! We harvested these wild nettles from a wooded creek in Pescadero where we have been returning for a few years now. In the shade of willows and elders, these chlorophylll-rich plants grow large and in abundance. Stinging nettles are highly nourishing, full of an amazing amount of vitamins and minerals including A, C, E, K and easily absorbable forms of calcium, iron and protein. Nettles help to build your overall vitality and strength and are particularly helpful for the kidneys, adrenals, lungs and circulation. Stinging nettles are also an anti-histamine and regular use can help prevent seasonal allergies. Oatstraw is another nutrient-rich herb and is particularly nourishing to the nervous system. (Wild Oats are also thought to increase the libido, perfect for a little Spring friskyness!) Tulsi is known for bringing vitality and helping the body adapt to stress, and it provides a nice taste for the tea. The effects of all of these plants are cumulative, so drinking this tea with some regularity will increase the benefits.
+Avoid during pregnancy or when breast feeding.
BURDOCK AND DANDELION LIVER SUPPORT TINCTURE
Burdock is an edible root that nourishes the liver, lymph and immune systems. Dandelion root and leaf cleanse the blood, support the kidneys and strengthen the liver. Spring is an especially good time for supporting the liver for those of you with seasonal allergies since your body interprets allergens as toxins and the liver is where toxins are processed and removed. Burdock and dandelion tincture also improves digestion (both constipation and loose bowels) and it can help heal skin issues like psoriasis and acne. Both plants are rich in inulin (nature’s insulin) so this tincture will also help to regulate blood sugar. (When you see a layer of white on the bottom of your tincture bottle it hasn’t gone bad- it’s simply the inulin settling out. Feel free to shake your tincture bottle to mix this powerful medicine back in.) It is useful to take this tincture daily during Spring
Dosage: 20-60 drops up to 3x a day or as needed. +If you are taking insulin, consult a practitioner before use. Use with caution if you have a latex allergy.
FOUR THIEVES VINEGAR
Similar to Fire Cider in effect (but not taste!) Four Thieves Vinegar is a traditional tonic used to help strengthen the immune system. Fabled to be used in the time of plagues in Europe, this anti-microbial vinegar containing the common garden herbs of rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender and peppermint, is both effective and versatile. Add its floral taste to salads, use it on cooked greens, or take 1/2 tsp up to 3x a day to stay healthy at the tail end of this cold and flu season.
CALENDULA AND CHAMOMILE HEALING SALVE
This salve is helpful in so many ways! From soothing dry, irritated skin to easing long term issues like eczema and psoriasis. Calendula alone is a powerful herb for all skin conditions and this plant promotes tissue repair, helps scars, eases rashes and heals scrapes. Chamomile is often overlooked because of its gentle reputation but this herb is strongly anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. Try out this versatile salve on diaper rash, new tattoos, scrapes and even staph. Apply it externally to skin as often as needed.
ROSE PETAL SALT SCRUB
Rose petals are a sweet friend to our largest organ- the skin. Roses tighten and heal, cleanse and tone, soothe inflammation and soften skin tissue. Most of the roses used in this remedy are from one of our favorite varieties of rose- the Cecil Bruner- which has small, unassuming yet nicely fragrant pink flowers. The fine salt and herbs in this scrub will exfoliate dead skin cells while the rose infused oil will moisturize your skin. Perhaps it’s time for a little Spring cleaning- scrub away at what isn’t needed, rinse, and feel calmed and refreshed! (Tip: this scrub will keep longer if you can avoid getting water inside the jar.)
MILKWEED FLOWER ESSENCE SPRAY
This formula was created to help you to connect to the transformational energy of Spring. Milkweed is the primary food of monarch butterflies and its flower essence supports the often challenging, and sometimes painful, work of growth and change. This flower essence was created with Finn’s classmates at the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine in the school’s incredible garden, alive with the new growth of Spring, many pollinators, and the snow on Mt. Shasta in view. This essence was then added to spring water and preserved in a brandy that has been infused with jasmine and apple blossoms and honey from Lauren's backyard hive. You can use this formula by spraying it onto your tongue or on specific points of your body, whenever you need a little support in meeting the transformative power of Spring.
LAVENDER BURN BUNDLE
Many peoples, traditions and cultures have burned plants throughout time as a form of prayer, offering and medicine. "Smudging" is a popularized term for the act of burning herbs to clear energy from people, objects and spaces. We have included lavender in your share because it is a plant which resonated with us in terms of the Spring season- sending energy outward, growing, blooming. Lauren finds that burning lavender is helpful to coax or revive her artistic process, often using it to smudge her work space and invite the spirit of creativity. We also wanted to let you know that there is currently a call out from some Native American healers asking for people who aren’t of Native decent to discontinue the use of White Sage- since there is currently a shortage- to ensure that there is enough left for it to be used in the traditional way.
Use a smudge bundle by lighting the end, letting it burn for about 10 seconds, and then gently blowing out the flame but leaving the embers glowing as the smoke should start to flow. Hold your lavender bundle over a fireproof container to collect burning ash (a simple glass or ceramic bowl works well) and direct the smoke with your hand, wafting it toward your body. Close your eyes and set an intention or offer a prayer. To smudge a room, you can start at the door and move slowly clockwise, wafting the smoke as you move, spending a little extra time in the corners. When finished, be sure to fully extinguish the smudge bundle by stamping it out in your bowl until there is no more smoke (you can add a little sand to the bowl to make this easier).