Monthly Archives: September 2012

  • Essential Oil Blending Tips!

Essential Oil Blending Tips!

Creating new essential oil blends and re-creating old favorites is an exciting and relaxing experience for me. It doesn't need to take a lot of time, although it sometimes can – either way, the rewards of creating your own scent combinations are endless and very satisfying! What you'll need to get started: Essential Oils: A nice selection of staples, top, middle, base aromas, and maybe some special treats like rose and ylang ylang. Find high-quality, organic essential oils in our shop! Gloves: Keep in mind that you are working with undiluted essential oils and you do not want to get any on your hands! Droppers, Pipettes, or Reducer Caps: Most essential oils come equipped with a reducer cap, but if there isn't one, keep some droppers or pipettes handy. Find glass droppers in our shop.  Small Glass Storage or Blending Bottles: I find that 1/24, 1/8, or 1/4 oz bottles work […]

Photo Thursday!

Mary traveled north last week to visit one of our farms where fields of organic Skullcap, Red Clover, Valerian, and this gorgeous Nettle root await the harvest for next year. Check out the energetic vibrancy in this photo! These crops will surely provide much appreciated and very potent medicine for all of us. We’ll have more delicious farm photos and stories from Mary’s trip coming soon…  

Essential Herbal Giveaway!

Over the last few years, we’ve had the pleasure of working with Tina Sams, the ever-so inspiring editor of The Essential Herbal bi-monthly magazine! Each beautiful issue motivates you to embark on your own wildcrafting journey, plant a flourishing garden, create an herbal formula, or even make your very own plant press. Since 2002, The Essential Herbal has provided a collection of stories, recipes, tips, lore, and project ideas for the adventurous cooks, foragers, crafters, and family herbalists among us. We get pretty giddy with excitement when a new issue arrives in the mail – such a treat! You can check out a free sample issue of the magazine by visiting So, fall is here yet again with the promise of glorious changing leaves and chilly breezes, but we know that running noses and scratchy throats are not far behind. Tina has kindly shared one of her favorite […]

New! 1/8oz Amber Bottles

You may recognize these cute little 1/8oz Amber bottles from some of the smaller essential oil sizes that we offer, or our essential oil samplers. We are happy to announce that they are now available for purchase – get them empty as a single count, a case of 50, or a case of 100. Also known as a fluid dram, these little bottles are perfect for storing small amounts of liquid or powdered materials. They are useful while formulating new products, and a collection of them filled with your favorite oils makes a great gift! Visit our website here to see all of the glass bottles that we offer for your many packaging and storage needs. Have fun formulating!

Photo Thursday!

Here’s our lucky winner at the Breitenbush Herbal Conference! This happy lady won our raffle basket filled with organic teas, tinctures, mugs, strainers, and more herbal goodies during the late night talent show at Breitenbush this year. She and her friends look pretty excited as they dig into the prizes! We’re posting more photos from this weekend of herbal education and adventure on Facebook. You can find the album here: Breitenbush 2012 Photos  

Herbal Liniments

Simple to make, herbal liniments are a great element for any home medicine cabinet!  They offer relief for occasional pain, muscles, bruises, and sprains. Depending on which botanicals are included, liniments can be used to disinfect cuts and wounds, and may benefit a variety of conditions including sore muscles, joints, circulation problems, sprains, strains, and bruises. Liniments may also be formulated to warm or cool.  Warming herbs like Black Pepper, Cayenne, or Ginger can be added to stimulate blood circulation and assist with arthritis, pain, stiffness, and conditions aggravated by exertion or cold weather.  Cooling herbs like Peppermint or Menthol crystals are useful for swelling, and areas that are hot due to sprains, bruises, and other injuries. Basic Herbal Liniment This recipe provides the basic guidelines for making herbal liniments and is completely customizable. Ingredients: • Rubbing Alcohol or other menstruum of choice.   *See note below. • Fresh or dried herbs. Popular choices are: Arnica, Black […]

Grapeseed Oil Goodness

Have you tried Grapeseed Oil? A common ingredient in cosmetic and body care formulas for its moisturizing properties, this unique and dynamic oil is also quite delicious. Made by crushing whole raw grape seeds (a delightful by-product of the wine industry) this oil presents a bright and complex flavor that is slightly sweet with a hint of tart fruit and subtle floral notes. With a rich dark green color from the natural chlorophyll remaining in the oil, it’s a good source of vitamin E and low in saturated fat, making it a healthy choice for homemade dressings, savory marinades, and gourmet sauces – see recipe below! It also has a high smoking point of 421°F and can be used for deep fried indulgences, sautéing, and baking. Definitely one of our favorites for its versatility and overall tastiness.   Curry Garlic Aioli Recipe We’re giving this Provençal tradition a spicy twist with aromatic curry […]

New! Chocolate Elixir

This chocolate herbal elixir is rightfully named River’s Rhapsody Chocolate Elixir since it was created by and named after the founder of Terra Firma Botanicals, River Kennedy. You might remember our interview with River from last winter where she discussed her path to herbalism, medicine making, and announced the arrival of this tasty new elixir. We love this rich harmonizing blend of organic dark chocolate, local honey, and pure botanicals designed to ease you through those stressful moments that we all have from time to time. Its honey sweet and cocoa deliciousness is sure to bring a smile to your face! Mmm mmm mmm! Contains: water, orange infused Pacific Northwest honey, organic dark chocolate, organic Kava Kava root extract, organic Maqui berry extract, and 10% organic grain alcohol by volume. Click here to see our complete line of Bitters, Elixirs, and Syrups!

Photo Thursday!

We’re here in beautiful Coconino, Arizona for the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference! Vendors and teachers are arriving, setting up their botanical wares…

Building Healthy Rivers One Herb at a Time

Destructive land practices degrade our water quality and threaten its future each day. With an increasing global population and burgeoning climate change, scientists agree that dangers to our precious freshwater ecosystems are everywhere. Now is the time to sound the alarms and support organizations that work to protect our waterways. Recently, we partnered with the Pacific Rivers Council, an incredible non-profit that is committed to protecting and restoring rivers, their watersheds, and the native species that greatly depend on them. Every living creature depends on water. Streamed from flowing rivers, water brings life to our lands and provides the vital force our herbs need to grow. Without moving to sustainable practices and an emphasis on organic farming, there is little chance that future generations will have healthy rivers full of thriving fish populations and clean drinking water. Imagine the consequences. To help get the word out, we decided to create […]

Herbal Harvest Projects

September is traditionally a harvest month, an ideal time to finish gathering goodies from your garden and transform them into provisions that will provide nourishment and enjoyment all winter long.  Here are some simple herbal products that you can create and enjoy throughout the winter months.  Make extra and you’ll have a head start on the holiday season, they make wonderful gifts! Herb Sachets Quick to make and so useful!  The lingering herbal aromas that herbal sachets impart are perfect for tucking into dresser drawers, and clothes smell wonderful when tossed with sachets in the dryer. Dried Herbs and/or Spices: I often use Lavender or Cedar Tips, but any fragrant dried herb or spice can be used. Try Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena, Rose petals, Rosemary, Peppermint, Chamomile, Spearmint, or whichever herbal aromas inspire you! Bags: I used cotton muslin bags from Mountain Rose Herbs, but you can also make your […]

New! Support Organic Agriculture Gear

Support organic agriculture in style with our new line of organic bags, stainless steel canteens, stickers, magnets, and more!  Decorated with this powerful Support Organic Agriculture design, our shirts are made from sustainably grown organic cotton which has been dyed with eco-friendly low-impact dyes. Choose from 3 sizes of a men’s traditional cut t-shirt, or 4 sizes of a women’s t-shirt cut to flatter. We love this new black messenger bag made from organic cotton grown and produced in the United States! The 40” strap makes it easy to sling over your shoulder. Each bag measures 18″ wide x 12″ high and has a Velcro closure under the flap. Also available in organic black cotton is a classic tote bag measuring 18″ wide x 14.5″ high.   Ready to sip with purpose too?     Another new addition we’re excited about is this stainless steel 25oz travel canteen. The screw-top lid is […]