September 2017 - Transition

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The transition from Summer to Autumn can be a tricky one. In this month's share, find the tools to balance and strengthen both your physical and emotional bodies during the challenges of seasonal change. 

 respiratory + immune system support tincture 

hyssop/elderflower/elderberry/vodka

Respiratory challenges are inevitable during seasonal change - Hyssop is an expectorant that can be used to treat ailments of the lungs including bronchitis, asthma, and respiratory conditions associated with coughs and colds. Elder provides powerful immune support in the form of both it's berries and it's flowers. Tinctured, the flowers promote sweating in colds, fevers, and flu. In general, herbal immunomodulators or immune tonics can be taken on a daily basis during the fall and winter months to bolster immunity and lessen the chance of succumbing to common viral infections.


MONTHLY MAKER FEATURE:

PRIMAL APOTHECARY


Located in the heart of South Philly, Primal Apothecary is run by Kathleen who has been fascinated with plants and their natural healing powers since childhood. Making her dream a reality, her formulations are not only all mostly vegan, but also inspired by ancient recipes that have stood the test of time. We strive to use ethically crafted, certified organic, and locally-sourced ingredients when possible, in small batches to ensure quality.

Return to your "primal roots," and turn your daily routine into  r i t u a l.

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Indian Summer is inspired by those hot days that still linger in between the cooler days, where September becomes the meeting place for Summer and Autumn. With dynamic yet earthy patchouli, spicy and sweet cinnamon, grounding sandalwood, vanilla scented propolis from local bee hives, and centering pine resin, this hand rolled incense blend is sure to bring you into the right state of mind for starting your Fall season.

 

Coxcomb / Celosia

A wonderful flower ideal for the novice city gardener

 

Seed saving is a powerful + empowering practice for gardeners of all kinds. As an organic gardener, I love the assurance I get from knowing that my saved seeds are truly organic and local - not to mention it saves money on Spring seed purchases and improves my chances of developing a strong crop. 

 

transition tea

A tea blend helpful in balancing the nerves and relaxing the body.

-HIBISCUS FLOWER / Hibiscus sabdariffa / High in anti-oxidants. Yields mucilage and pectin (relieves irritation of mucous membranes.) May help calm nervous system + reduce high blood pressure.

-PASSIONFLOWER / Passiflora incarnate / Calmative and sedative. Can aid in relief of irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, and anxiety. (Do not take in conjunction with other antidepressant drugs. Can cause uterine contraction *Do not consume during pregnancy*)

-SKULLCAP / Scutellaria lateriflora / Nerve tonic - soothes and calms nervous anxiety, stress disorder, and tension. (Helps promote menstruation *Do not consume during pregnancy*)

-ST. JOHN'S WORT / Hypericum perforated / Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, nerve-tonic, pain-relieving, sedative. Useful in naturally treating depression. 

nasal steam

Let's be real - one of the most annoying and inconvenient side effects of seasonal change is the havoc it wreaks on your nasal passages - this blend of dried Eucalyptus Leaf, dried Lavender Flower, and dried Peppermint Leaf will soothe and awaken that area gently and naturally. A tool to create your very own at-home spa! 

Rosemary / Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary / Rosmarinus officinalis

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Dried or fresh Rosemary may be taken as a tea (no more than 3 times daily and for short periods) to improve mental clarity, energy, and circulation. A liver stimulant that speeds up the removal of toxins. Try adding to your bath water for relief of aches, pains, and fatigue. Also a wonderful antiseptic and useful in unblocking pores (a key ingredient in the Terra Luna Facial Steam!) 

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