Whether submerged in a forest-nestled hot spring, floating on the surface of a high mountain lake, or luxuriating in the warm lapping ocean, water is an essential element for physical and emotional wellbeing. Taking time to bathe in the ancient healing power that water offers can be transformative, and sometimes this simple pleasure is the perfect medicine for whatever ails us. The sensuous comfort water provides connects us back to both our bodies and the Earth’s beauty. Creating an oasis evocative of these experiences is not far out of reach in our daily lives, and can be done easily at home. Rather than rushing through another quick shower, try lighting a few natural beeswax candles, play some soothing music, and draw a warm bath infused with fragrant oils, relaxing salts, or therapeutic herbs. Making this a regular ritual, even just once a month, can improve your health in many ways. […]
If you find yourself plucking petals over whether or not you actually love Valentine's Day, it's good to remember that February 14th is a nice excuse to honor that special someone in your life. Why not reinvent the holiday by pampering your beautiful lover, best friend, or fluffy cat with pure herbal decadence? These all natural and organic gift ideas will be thoroughly enjoyed by the one you hold dear. Whether sipping rose tea during a candlelit bath, offering a soothing massage with aromatic oils, or crafting homemade chocolates and perfume, your love will shine bright. Essential Oil Kits Did you know that there are 60 roses in every drop of rose essential oil? These sets are much better than a bouquet! We love the romantic collections of sensuous and arousing essential oils found in both the Lovers and the Rose Essential Oil Samplers. Each pure botanical oil comes in its own glass vial, […]
We've been crafting herbal teas for nearly 30 years, and 5th Chakra has become one of our most beloved blends. Especially wonderful this time of year, the sweet citrus and warming spices combined with Echinacea for immune support* and soothing marshmallow root make this tea the perfect base for a seasonal syrup. I love how the thickness of the honey and natural mucilage from the marshmallow root and cinnamon coats, soothes, and moistens irritated mucous membranes in the respiratory tract. Such a delicious remedy! Let's make a batch to have on hand all season long. You can also create syrups at home using other tea blends. Some great choices would be Echinacea & Roots, Forests Tea, Happy Man Tea, Winter Spice Tea, or Holy Basil Chai. Imagine a beautiful little gift basket of freshly bottled herbal syrups to give to friends and family! Sweet holiday preparations… 5th Chakra Syrup Recipe Ingredients ½ cup loose organic 5th Chakra Tea Blend raw local honey 1 part brandy or […]
Here in the Willamette Valley, leaves are beginning their autumnal descent from the lofty tops of trees, destined for the inward journey of the composting process. Fall color abounds, and the height of summer seems long ago. Organic Hops Flowers are another useful member of the Cannabaceae plant family, and one of our favorite calming herbs for this time of year. Hops are most famous today as a prominent ingredient in beer. In fact, the first documented use of hops in beer is from the 9th century. Before this period, a wide variety of bitter herbs and flowers, including Dandelion root, Burdock root, Horehound, Mugwort and Heather flowers, were used as bittering agents in the brewing process. Hops eventually separated themselves from the pack due to their flavor balancing the sweetness of the malt with bitterness and contributing a variety of desirable aromas. Hops flowers have an even longer history of usage in […]
Check out our gorgeous new North American Grown Calendula Flowers in the shop! Several North American farms located up and down the West Coast have been rearing their own varieties of calendula for many years if not decades. The common goal was to produce a product that is not only vibrant in color with amazing visual properties, but also to increase the resin content within the flowers. High resin producing plants make more potent medicine and allow herbalists to stretch their limited supply a little further when making oil infusions and extracts. The process of developing a variety isn’t just about waiting until the flowers have matured and saving as much seed as possible. Vigilant observation is required to select the most desirable attributes from an entire field. With vegetable crops, attention is paid to the biggest yielding, most perfectly shaped and textured, or the tastiest individuals, and only those select few plants are chosen as seed stock for […]
We're happy to highlight an old favorite around these parts…our Organic Lycii Berries! Also known as goji berries or wolfberries, this fruit has been an integral herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2000 years. Lycii berries are first mentioned in the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, written in 200 BC and widely recognized as the oldest text on Chinese herbs. This book records 365 traditional herbs that are classified into three grades: top, middle, and low. Lycii berries are one of the 120 herbs belonging to the top grade, which are believed to have remarkable health benefits and to be harmless to humans. Long-term use of Lycii berries was considered beneficial for strengthening the body, keeping fit, and easing life through all the seasons. Traditionally the fruit was consumed as a tea, but they can also be eaten, and are excellent when added to oatmeal or other warm cereals. […]
Autumn is here and the rains have come to Western Oregon. This is cause for celebration and gratitude, and many of us make pilgrimages to the Cascades to harvest edible mushrooms. The sights and smells of the forest at this time of year are remarkable, and we are often struck by the majestic beauty of one of our local trees, the Western Red Cedar. We are grateful to now be able to offer Organic Western Red Cedar Essential Oil, so that everyone can experience a bit of our local aromatherapy. The cedar tree has been revered for its spiritual significance for thousands of years. Cedar has long been known as a medicine of protection. It has traditionally been used in indigenous sweat lodge ceremonies, where a few pinches are thrown on the red-hot rocks, immediately sparking into a yellow glow and releasing their aroma. The Cedar is also one of the four […]
Have you been enjoying the Flavor Wheel we offered as a free download last week? It's such an incredibly practical tool for anyone learning about natural health and herbal remedies. We love it! Maybe it inspired you to look deeper into choosing the right herb for a specific person’s need? If so, we are excited to present a wonderful online course that simplifies that process and provides a roadmap for making these choices easier… It's called Taste of Herbs with Rosalee de la Forêt! Want more details? Visit the Taste of Herbs website now to learn all about this fantastic online course . Enrollment is now open! Questions about the Taste of Herbs course? Contact LearningHerbs here!
Mushrooms have become very popular over the last few years. From shiitake and reishi, to chaga and maitake, more and more folks are feeling drawn to these fascinating and useful beings. When I’m at events, I get a lot of questions about how to prepare and consume them for their benefits. Making a decoction is a good way to go, but I prefer making what’s called a “double extraction” since mushrooms contain some constituents that are water-soluble, called beta-glucans, and some that are alcohol-soluble, called triterpenes. A double extraction effectively pulls out these constituents with the added benefit of being shelf-stable! For information and research on the benefits of various mushrooms, I recommend checking out the works of Christopher Hobbs and Paul Stamets. Rosalee de la Forêt offers this great introduction to mushrooms on her site as well. Ready to work with mushrooms in your home apothecary? Making a double extraction is actually very similar […]
When I'm working on a project that begs for minimal interruption, it is nice to make a pot of tea instead of just one cup. It's also nice to have recipes for full pots of tea to share with loved ones or company at tea time! This recipe is made up of some of my favorite nutritive herbs. I like these plants when I don't need any caffiene, but I want to stay alert, focused, and bright-eyed. The additional squirt or two of rhodiola extract gives an extra burst of adaptogen properties to make this the perfect tea for a project or a stimulating chat… Daily Provisions Tea–by the Pot 1 Tablespoon organic Borage 1 Tablespoon organic Chickweed 1 Tablespoon organic Nettle leaf 1 Tablespoon organic Lemon peel 1 Tablespoon organic Red Clover blossoms 1-2 droppers of Rhodiola extract Honey to taste, optional Combine all the herbs in […]
How is the autumn weather shaping up where you are? While we have had a bit of lingering summer here in the Pacific Northwest, the nights are getting cooler and the mornings have a bit of a crisp nip in the air. As the season changes, cool fall mornings call for a spicy, warming tea. This tea recipe has the added benefit of being full of good-for-you herbs like Elderberries and Cinnamon! Cold Morning Tea 1 teaspoon organic dried Orange Peel 1 teaspoon organic Cinammon Chips 1 teaspoon organic dried Elderberries 1/2 organic Vanilla Bean (cut bean in half, split and scrape seeds) 1/2 teaspoon organic Anise Seed 1/2 teaspoon organic Ginger Root 1/2 teaspoon organic whole Black Peppercorns Honey and lemon, if desired Combine all the herbs in a tea infuser, bag, or nest. Pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over and allow […]
We have a special gift for you! Over the last few years, folks have asked us to create a book featuring our favorite herbal recipes from the blog. Your wish has been granted! We're so excited to offer this collection of recipes covering natural body care, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, homemade cleaning formulas, and healthy snacks for FREE. You will find so many wonderful inspirations for creating herbal gifts and easy tips for natural healing within these pages. Soon your cupboards 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 – all you need to do it click on the listed ingredients on each page. We hope you enjoy the e-book and look forward to creating these botanical formulas for your very own home apothecary. Click here to download our free e-book!