In celebration of Herb Day, we've created this free herbal medicine making e-book as our gift to you! Learn to craft tinctures, infused oils, herbal vinegars, salves, mushroom extracts, and more with this gorgeous guide. Soon you will be well-stocked with herbal goodness! To make it super easy for you to find the supplies you need, we've included links to all of the ingredients, tools, and container options within these recipes. Simply click on the listed supplies to find that item in our shop. We hope you enjoy the e-book and feel inspired to create these botanical formulas for your very own home apothecary. Let's honor and celebrate the plants growing all around us… Click here to view our free e-book!
Caramelly, salty, nutty goodness! I remember being wide-eyed and toothy-grinned with my little kid hands greedily tearing into that classic cardboard box. Crunching my way through the sticky sweetness of glazed popcorn and peanuts to the mystery prize hiding within, I reveled in the euphoria of this special childhood snack. You know what? It's been a while since I've indulged in this long-lost favorite. Plus, these days I do my best to avoid GMOs and processed sugars, which got me thinking! How can I make a healthier version that's just as satisfying as the original with organic cinnamon, vanilla, and a hint of spice? A recipe that's so good, you can sneak a little surprise inside and bring it to a ball game… I started with this beautiful organic heirloom popcorn from our […]
Can you believe that Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away? Let's take some time to celebrate those who've shown us motherly love over the years. She could be a close friend, aunt, grandma, mentor, or the woman who gave you life. No matter her role, these botanically infused gifts will surely express your gratitude for all she's given. From an organic spice rack refresh to a home spa pampering fest, here are a few of our favorite goodies for the special women that give us strength and make our days brighter… The Culinary Adventurer Does she love to get creative in the kitchen? Freshen up mom's spice rack with a set of new aromatic seasoning blends. Our entire collection is certified organic and includes a variety of classics like Pumpkin Pie Spice, Lemon Pepper, […]
Our new Spring/Summer 2016 catalog has arrived! Seeds are sprouting in the sunny soil as we begin another green cycle. We love spending time on our organic farms, surrounded by blossoming fields of herbs that are grown, harvested, and dried with great care. The healing vibrancy of color and aromatic bliss these plants offer infuse us with pure delight. We hope you’ll enjoy the herbal information, new botanical offerings, and fun recipes that fill these pages. Let them inspire you to try something new, make your favorite formulas with love, and prepare for the season ahead. 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 bright, spicy notes of bergamot orange perfuming rich black tea leaves, Earl Grey is a classic that's always en vogue. The aromatic oil from this special citrus fruit is complex with a clean floral spirit that pairs perfectly with the softer sweetness of lavender. Add a little honey, vanilla, and cream to marry it all together and wow…what an indulgent morning treat! The ritual of making a beautiful cup of tea infused with the uplifting scent of flowers and a mildly stimulating caffeine boost can easily elevate the mood. It might just replace your morning cup of coffee. Lavender is strongly aromatic and can be a bit overwhelming, so finding the right ratio is important. Feel free to adjust the recipe below to your liking…and then be prepared for an experience of tea […]
We're seeing matcha pop up everywhere! From fancy lattes and pastries to energy drinks and facial masks, this extraordinary green tea is trending thanks to its delicious flavor and many health benefits. So…what is matcha? This revered tea has been prepared, served, and enjoyed during traditional tea ceremonies in Japan for centuries. To produce this delicacy, the most tender young green tea leaves (Camellia sinensis) are harvested, dried, and ground to a fine powder. When you drink matcha, you consume the entire green tea leaf, which is alive with antioxidants and a nice kick of caffeine. Whether whisked hot in the traditional preparation or combined with milk and honey poured over ice, matcha offers a truly remarkable sipping experience. Enjoy the video! Where to buy: Certified Organic Matcha Tea Powder Bamboo Matcha Whisk Bamboo Matcha Spoon Matcha Recipes: Matcha Shortbread Cookies Green Tea Ice Cream Green Tea & Lavender […]
Traveling to the heart of the herb growing region of the Appalachian mountain range during harvest season, Jennifer Gerrity, our Executive Director of Operations, and Jacob Lauch, one of our Procurement Officers, had the incredible opportunity to meet with prospective herb growers interested in native plant conservation. This gathering of forest farmers was part of a growing movement toward the cultivation of woodland botanicals through the new Forest Grown Verification Program. The PCO Forest Grown Verification program provides a third party audit system for native medicinal plants grown in their natural habitat. These herbs are skillfully tended by stewards who propagate and care for the plants in a sustainable and ethical manner. Additionally, the program also audits wildcrafted stands to ensure proper collection practices are being used and long term natural expansion of these stands can take root. Professor Eric Burkhart from Penn […]
Swoooon…check out that gorgeous color! Turmeric is a tropical perennial plant in the same family as ginger, native to India, and cultivated throughout the tropics. Growing to a height of about three feet, it has beautiful lance-shaped leaves on alternate sides of the stem. At the base of the stem, there is a knobby rhizome somewhat resembling ginger with a vibrant orange glow. Turmeric root can be prepared as a tincture, encapsulated, added to tea blends and fire cider, or made into a topical paste. Boasting many benefits, turmeric has become very popular as an herb to help support normal joint mobility.* You can cook with it too! A wonderful ingredient in many savory dishes including stocks, sauces, curries, and spice blends, its distinct fragrance is mildly hot and gingery. The dried […]
Looking for the perfect pick-me-up snack to power you through the day? Spiced nuts are what I crave when I want something substantial and satisfying, yet quick and easy. Fragrant curry powder and rich coconut oil paired with sweet and creamy roasted cashews is a heavenly combination. This simple recipe is such a hit, both at work and when entertaining, that I always have a fresh batch ready to share. Mix it up! Feel free to experiment with other nuts, seeds, and spices like Cajun Seasoning, Mesquite Seasoning, Mexican Seasoning, Thai Curry Blend, or West Indies Rub. So many delicious possibilities to explore… Coconut Curry Cashews Ingredients 2 cups organic unsalted roasted cashews 1 Tbsp organic unrefined coconut oil 1 1/2 tsp organic curry powder 1/2 tsp fine sea salt Directions Melt coconut oil in a […]
Next up in our video series from the Free Herbalism Project, wise woman herbalist Susun Weed illuminates the history, lore, and traditional preparations made with Artemisia vulgaris. Learn Susun's favorite uses for the plant including dream work, smudging, and moxa, her discovery of the herbal feminine triad, and why she no longer calls this green being Mugwort… Want to experiment with these herbs on your own? Find them here: Organic Mugwort Organic Motherwort Organic Chickweed Wise Woman Tea Dream Tea Dream Balm DIY: Homemade Sleep & Dream Pillow Tutorial How to Make Mugwort Bundles Click here to watch the video!
Adoration for cacao can be traced back to ancient cultures in Mesoamerica. Bitter beverages made from the crushed seeds of this voluptuous fruit were enjoyed with a belief that these pods had magical properties. Mildly stimulating with a pronounced twinkle of euphoria, cacao was reserved for sacred rituals and royalty. With our obsession over herbal baths and Valentine's Day just a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to handcraft this decadent chocolate-infused body polish! This scrub recipe is a favorite from our own Irene Wolansky that smells scrumptious and beautifully exfoliates the skin, making it soft and smooth. It will leave a faint perfume of chocolate and vanilla that's sweet, earthy, and wonderfully provocative… Cacao & Vanilla Body Polish Recipe Ingredients ¾ cup organic granulated or brown sugar, or fine sea salt ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp organic apricot kernel, […]
Crackers are the perfect salty canvas for spreads, dips, nut butters, and cheeses. It's so easy to snack away on these savory treats with their satisfying crispy crunch, but the store-bought variety are usually grain-based and contain weird preservatives, GMOs, emulsifiers, starches, gross hydrogenated oils, and loads of sugar. As many of us transition our diets to more whole foods and less processed junk, we also examine the ethics and health concerns of consuming certain ingredients. This challenges us to find alternatives to our favorite comfort munchies that are still crave-worthy, easy to prepare, and perhaps even good for us… That's what makes this recipe such a crowd-pleaser! For all of the gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, or otherwise health-conscious folks in your life, these seed crackers will […]