Growing up, I was fed this beauty myth that oily skin is bad. The cosmetics industry pushes the use of really harsh, drying soaps and products that strip natural oils to help you get rid of shine. However, those oils actually help protect delicate skin! This can result in overly dry and rough skin, rather than soft and supple. Really what you want is skin-loving oils like the serum recipe below paired with a nice, gentle astringent like Wild Rose Facial Toner or Rose Hydrosol for a balanced regimen. Using natural plant oils is a wonderful way to help nourish, replenish, and plump skin cells. Some of my favorites are organic rosehip seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, and tamanu oil. I love how quickly they absorb into the skin, leaving my […]
Over the past few years, stevia leaf has become a favorite alternative to sugar and other highly caloric sweeteners. How cool is it that a tiny green leaf can offer such a powerful boost of sweetness and is also easy to use, versatile, and healthy for you? With so many expensive and highly processed stevia products on the market, making your own extract as a dietary ingredient is the best way to go. Plus, you only need a few drops to sweeten up a recipe, so that means you'll have a good supply around if you make even a half pint of extract. Native to South America, stevia has been used for centuries to sweeten all sorts of food and beverages and is believed to be one of the sweetest […]
Nutmeg The flavor and aroma of this classic winter spice brings memories of family celebrations. The introduction of punch drinks by the upper echelon of society brought the pocket nutmeg grater into vogue in the late 18th century. It was fashionable to carry nutmeg to parties and use it to spice up alcoholic beverages, like eggnog! Elecampane Stately in the garden, this lovely Asteraceae plant has been used medicinally in Europe for millennia. The roots are harvested in the fall or early winter and have been used as an expectorant to help support healthy respiratory function. This root is also traditionally candied and made into lozenges. Holy Basil Feeling the stress of the season? Have a cup of Holy Basil tea! Also known as Tulsi, this tasty mint family plant […]
Aromatic herbs and spices like sweet cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla define our culinary palate this time of year, and that goes for cocktails too. Thankfully, you don’t need to stock the cabinet with a fortune’s worth of pretty liquor bottles to enjoy these delights. Infusing your own spirits at home and making flavored syrups are easy ways to build ingredients for your home bar. It's fun to have a few specialty drinks on hand that will wow your guests when hosting parties. After all, tis the season for cups filled with cheer, making memories, and merriment! Here are 5 of my favorite herbal sipping treats for winter celebrations… Rose & Cardamom Eggnog 2 super fresh, organic eggs 3 oz (by volume) organic granulated sugar ½ tsp organic cardamom powder 2 oz […]
Oooh, check this out! Our friends over at Learning Herbs are hosting a free webinar tomorrow night all about herbs for winter wellness. What a gift! You can sign up for free by clicking here!
We had so much fun wandering through the garden with Rosemary Gladstar last summer! A highlight of our day was when Rosemary spotted this towering elder swaying in the breeze. She shared lots of stories and passed down traditional knowledge about this important plant, as well as her favorite recipes using elderberries. (You can find organic elderberries in our shop by clicking here.) We hope you enjoy the video! Looking for more elderberry recipes? Berry Rooty Syrup Fermented Elderberry Soda Elderberry Oxymel Even more elderberry recipes!
Alieta braved the rain today to warm folks up with mulled cider! She sampled out 200 cups of hot spiced organic apple cider along with recipe cards, and free bags of mulling spice made with organic herbs at the Kiva Grocery in downtown Eugene. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to chat! Want our Mulling Spice recipe? You can find it here!
We have a wonderful new collection of YouTube videos with aromatherapist Kathi Keville! Kathi takes us through the top 8 essential oils you need to create a starter set at home. In this series, she teaches us about the emotional, cosmetic, and medicinal properties of Lavender, Rosemary, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Tea Tree found in our Classic sampler, as well as Citrus and Marjoram essential oils. We are so grateful for the time we shared with Kathi and the amazing wealth of knowledge she brought to our community during the Free Herbalism Project. We hope you enjoy the videos too! Be sure to watch in HD 1080 for the best quality. Be sure to grab a copy of Kathi’s book Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing […]
This is a classic topical formula that can be used to help ease occasional aches and pains associated with activities like hiking and biking or to help warm up the joints when faced with the chill of cold weather. I like to keep this healing ointment handy during the active summer months and throughout the wintertime for just these reasons. Such great medicine! It also makes a wonderful gift that’s super easy to whip up. Simply rub into sore joints and muscles for a little relief, avoiding broken skin, as needed. Cayenne & St. John’s Wort Salve Recipe Ingredients 4 oz St. John’s Wort infused oil 2 tsp organic cayenne powder 1/2 ounce beeswax or 2 Tbsp beeswax pastilles Directions 1. Using a double boiler, mix the oil with the cayenne powder and warm […]
This week was so much fun! We got to have a tea party photo shoot with one of our favorite little herbalists. Big thanks to Amelia (and her dad Mason) for sipping some organic Hibiscus High with us. More cuteness from this shoot coming soon…
Our new catalog for Autumn 2014/Winter 2015 has arrived! As cool weather draws us near the hearth, we’re crafting gifts for the holidays, baking treats, and making medicine from this year’s bounty. We’ve filled these pages with new recipes like vegan gluten-free White Chocolate Coconut Bark, Rosemary Mint Elixir, and Herb Roasted Chickpeas, as well as unique homemade gift ideas, herbal profiles, and new products. As always, we print on post-consumer waste paper with eco-friendly inks so you can recycle the cover and compost the rest, although we hope you’ll keep it around for a bit or share it with a friend. You can also view the catalog online by clicking here! Want a FREE copy all for yourself? Request a new catalog here!