B R I G H T E N I N G A N D N O U R I S H I N G T I N C T U R E
This tincture is intended to lift your mood/spirit while helping to soothe and support your nervous system. It has two herbs that we consider 'brightening'- Lemon Balm, which is helpful for nervousness/anxiety and seasonal affective disorder and Tulsi (also called Holy Basil) which supports depression and fatigue. Both of these herbs help stimulate appreciation if you are struggling to feel joy, can protect you from overstimulation, and will alleviate brain fog and promote mental clarity. Tulsi is an adaptogen, meaning it will help cultivate balance and make you more resilient in your ability to respond to stressors, and is considered a Rasayana herb in Ayurveda- an herb that is nourishing to the body as well as the spirit. We rounded out this tincture with Milky Oats, which provides structural repair to the nervous system, meaning it quite literally brings your frayed nerves back into alignment. It is especially helpful in times of exhaustion (often a sign that your nervous system is overtaxed), and for ongoing nourishment for folks who tend toward worry, fear, or stress. You can take this tincture in acute moments of stress or sadness, but it tends to be the most helpful when you taken daily during periods of ongoing stress, anxiety or depression.
Dosage: 20-40 drops up to 3x a day. Not for use during pregnancy.
W A R M I N G R O O T S A N D F R U I T S T E A
This delicious tea mix has a number of herbs to support your immune system while also warming you up on a cold day! Ginger roots and elderberries are both antiviral and antibacterial, while rose hips and citrus peels offer a boost with their high Vitamin C content. And burdock is a deeply grounding plant that is also a lymph and liver cleanser. This tea is most potent when prepared as a “decoction”- the brew method used by herbalists to prepare woodier plant parts like roots, berries and bark. To brew your tea as a “decoction” simply add 1 tablespoon of herbs to 2 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Once your mixture has begun to boil, cover the pot and turn the heat low to simmer your tea for 20 minutes or longer. This cooking time allows for the herbs to better infuse their medicine into your tea. Feel free to experiment with the quantity of herbs to water to get a ratio that suits your taste.
E L D E R B E R R Y E L I X I R
Elderberries are antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory and are especially useful in treating lower respiratory issues. Recent research studies have proven what folk herbalists have always known, that elderberries are particularly adept at inhibiting influenza viruses. We’ve found this delicious and potent remedy to be most powerful when used at the first sign of a cold or flu, or at the tail end of a bug that you just can’t shake. This elixir is most effective when taken in frequent small doses, rather than occasionally taking larger dosages. We recommend using 20-30 drops every couple of hours when your immune system needs an extra boost. You can place the drops directly in your mouth or feel free to add them into water, juice or tea.
E U C A L Y P T U S C H E S T B A L M
Menthol chest rubs are great for breaking up chest and sinus congestion and soothing coughs, but commercially made vapor rubs are often petroleum based and contain synthetically made camphor, not our ideals for rubbing into your skin and breathing in! Our version is made with three simple ingredients- eucalyptus, olive oil and beeswax. We make a strong infusion of eucalyptus leaves and bark in olive oil, and add the beeswax to thicken it and add shelf stability. We don’t add essential oils because eucalyptus plant matter is very potent! Eucalyptus is highly antiseptic, antibacterial, and warming, in addition to alleviating congestion, it can also help to aid the relief of aches associated with cold and flu. Rub this balm into your chest and throat and breathe deeply. Do not apply it to your nose or any mucous membranes!
G R i E F S U P P O R T E S S E N C E
This essence was created to support you as you move through times of grief and loss. It contains Rose Buds and Rose Petals to sweetly tend your heart and Peach Leaf, a soothing herb long used in Southern folk medicine for addressing grief. This remedy also holds spirit doses of Rosemary, for a protective hold, Comfrey, for grounding and integration, and Mimosa Flower for bringing comfort and joy into a heavy heart.
Since this remedy is an essence, rather than a tincture, only small doses of 1 to 5 drops are needed. Essences are a powerful but subtle form of plant medicine, that call on the spirit or energy of the plant, (moreso than the phytochemicals utilized in a tincture.) If you are in the process of grieving we recommended taking a few drops daily, over time, to sense the support of these plants.