N U T R I T I V E T O N I C T E A
Our Spring tea blend is a mix of Stinging Nettles, Oatstraw, Violets and Meyer Lemon peels, created to build nutrients and prevent allergies. We harvested these wild nettles from a wooded creek in Pescadero where we have been returning for several 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 while violets are full of minerals and support the lymph system. We’ve also added lemon peels to the mix for flavor and because they help to make the nutrients in these herbs more available for your body to absorb.
For a medicinal brew use at a ratio of 1 tbsp of herbs per one cup of water. Pour boiling water over herbs, cover, and let steep for a minimum of 20 minutes, up to overnight (longer steeping will create a more potent infusion- especially for nettles.) or simply enjoy in the way that you usually prepare your tea. If you steep overnight, you can drink it cool or reheat your tea if you prefer it warm. Nettle tea will get (what we refer to as) ‘skunky’ if you leave it out for more than a day, so refrigerate it or drink it throughout the following day.
A L L E R G Y S U P P O R T T I N C T U R E
Spring allergies can be anywhere from a nuisance to a completely debilitating experience. We formulated this Allergy Support Tincture to aid acutely in the moment of an allergy attack, as well as to serve as a tonic to the season as a whole. In many forms of plant medicine there is a principle that ‘like treats like’, and this formula falls very much into that vein. The two allergy relief plants are Goldenrod and Ragweed, two of the main culprits that cause Spring allergies! Both plants are anti-inflammatory and astringent and are intended to quell a histamine response while it’s happening. These will serve you best for allergies that present as runny nose and eyes, swelling, redness and inflammation. We’ve added burdock to help cleanse your liver and support your lymph system, helping expedite the processing of irritants. Burdock is rich in inulin (nature’s insulin) so if you see a layer of white on the bottom of your tincture bottle it’s simply the inulin settling out. Feel free to shake your tincture bottle to mix this powerful medicine back in. In addition to this, eating local honey and bee pollen is a great preventative, and nettles are a powerful allergy tonic (as mentioned above), so drink your Nutritive Tonic Tea!
++Dosage: 20-60 drops up to 3x a day or as needed at the onset of an allergy attack. +If you are taking insulin, consult a practitioner before use. Contraindicated while pregnant or nursing.
F O U R T H I E V E S V I N E G A R
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 have been 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. (This has become one of our best-selling remedies, an unexpected underdog, and folks are always reporting back about the numerous ways they’ve added this vinegar into their diet!) Add its aromatic 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.
R O S E S K I N B A L M
We formulated this skin cream to keep you supple as the sun re-emerges and weather begins to dry out! With emollient herbs rose and rose geranium and vitamin C packed rose hips, this cream is helpful for mild skin irritations like eczema and the dryness that comes with seasonal shifts, and also can be rejuvenating to the skin for scars, dark spots, and aging. It has olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and rose hydrosol to make it even more nourishing and moistening.
I N S T I G A T I O N E S S E N C E S P R A Y
This formula was created to help you to tap into the transformational energy of Spring and to engage with greater change- in your life and in your worlds. This spray contains the essence of burdock root, to help you to ground into purpose, mullein flower to help you to feel the feelings without getting stuck, and borage flower for the courage to act. These essences are added to spring water and preserved in a brandy that has been infused with rose buds to hold and strengthen your heart while doing this work. You can use this formula by spraying it onto your tongue or on specific points of your body, whenever you need support in instigating change.