WILD MILKY OATS- Nervous System Support Tincture
Oats are a slow acting tonic that specifically act as food to the nervous system. Wild and domestic Oats are "milky" for only a short period of time each year (after they've flowered but before the seed have formed) and tincturing fresh oat heads in this stage makes for the strongest medicine. This tincture helps to repair frazzled nerves, support stressed adrenals, and ease anxiety and depression. It can also be helpful in recovering from addiction and is supportive during chronic illness. Milky Oats tincture is so gentle that it can combined with any kind of medication. This remedy is at its most powerful when taken consistently over time, but Finn has found that it also helps in moments of acute stress or anxiety or even just when going into a crowd. Taken in small spirit doses, it can return a sense of lightness and play.
Dosage: 20-40 drops up to 3x day. Avoid if you have celiac's disease.
This Summer tea blend is a mix of several mint varieties, lemon verbena and a touch of lavender- all grown and gathered in Pescadero in the late Spring. This tea is cooling and refreshing, helpful for rehydrating on a hot day and bringing some energy on a drowsy afternoon. Medicinally, this mix is excellent for aiding digestion or calming an upset stomach or nausea (although it’s not recommended if you have a lot of stomach acid or reflux.) It is both energizing and soothing to the nerves and it can ease minor headaches especially those caused by heat or sun. Feel free to try brewing it as a sun tea outside or in a sunny window.
CALIFORNIA POPPY TINCTURE- Sleep, Stress and Trauma Support
This beautiful and potent herb (harvested in the height of bloom at Root Down Farm) has so many uses. In small doses California Poppy can help soothe anxiety, panic and PTSD symptoms (for these uses, start with just 2 to 5 drops and increase the dosage from there as needed.) It is also an analgesic that can take the edge off of pain and Karyn Sanders recommends it for emotional pain that has taken a physical form. In larger doses (20-60 drops) this tincture will help you to fall asleep and sleep more deeply. It is a sedative, so don't much if you will be driving or operating other machinery! and don't combine with pharmaceutical sleep aids. Avoid during pregnancy.
LEMON BALM HYDROSOL
A ‘hydrosol’ refers to a steam distillation of a plant and we used our new copper still to gather the steam and essential oils of one of our favorite herbs. Lemon Balm is growing in abundance on the farm and we used it in this remedy because it is calming, cooling and antiviral! Finn learned once that a lemon scent goes straight to our limbic system which is why the smell of this plant can be so powerful. To cool down after a hot day or too much time in the sun, simply mist your skin. It can also be used as a gently astringent toner or breath in the spray to take in the calming scent in moments of stress.
CHIVE BLOSSOM VINEGAR
We like this culinary vinegar both for its taste and its rosy look. Lauren harvested these purple Spring blossoms from her backyard garden and infused them in Rice Vinegar to preserve their color. Chives are loaded with Vitamin A and C and also contain many minerals including Iron and Calcium. Add this vinegar to salad and veggies or take a teaspoon to fight any summer bugs you might encounter.
We have found this spray to be one of our most useful remedies! Originally created for our First Aid Kit to prevent infections in scrapes and wounds, we’ve discovered that it has all kinds of uses. Need a sand sanitizer? Have athletes foot? Forgot your deodorant? Getting a rash? This strongly antibacterial and antifungal spray will take care of pretty much any skin related condition. Helpful to keep in your pack or in your car, simply spray it on the affected area as often as needed. Not for internal use.
This all-purpose salve will help to heal wounds, prevent infection, heal bruising, prevent scarring and ease skin pain and irritation. Apply as often as you'd like to bites, rashes, scrapes and cuts (after first washing any wounds.) This salve can also be applied to burns after they have thoroughly cooled to the touch and we've gotten feedback that it's quick to heal external candida. This is another handy remedy to keep with you this Summer to care for yourself and others.