April 2018 - Spring

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Spring is finally here! Let's wake up our bodies and our minds to celebrate!

Monthly Maker feature: Marsau Botanicals soap

Marsau Botanicals is a small batch, all natural, artisan soap company based in a historical riverfront town in Delaware. Desiree is brand new to soap making but is obsessively engrossed in learning everything there is to know about the ancient practice of making soap by hand.  

Her soaps are 100% plant and earth based and each bar is a tiny, luxurious work of art.

 
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elder / Sambucus nigra

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is one of my very favorite medicines. It is helpful in boosting the immune system’s ability to prevent and fight cold and flu. When the seasons change, the human body inevitably needs to adjust...sometimes resulting in pesky colds and allergies. Take this tincture as a Spring health tonic - or try your hand at a vodka based cocktail for a bit of herbal fun :-)


By the way: The most commonly used dose for tinctures is 15-30 drops or 1-2 dropperfuls, two times per day. Tinctures offer concentrated medicine when your body needs it most. This tincture comes in handy when your body is feeling attacked...begin to take as soon as the first signs of immune system challenges appear.

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from seed to flower and back again

 Elderberry tincture in progress

Elderberry tincture in progress

WEEDS AS MEDICINE - SPRING GREENS TEA

 

+Stinging Nettle Leaves

(Urtica dioica)

Iron and Vitamin C rich, supports liver cleansing. Supports healthy, clear skin and Urinary Tract health (diuretic.)

 

+Dandelion Leaves

(Taraxacum officinale)

Diuretic, laxative, and digestive. Rich in Potassium and a tonic herb for the Kidneys and Liver.

You might be surprised to know just how many medicinal plants are all around you, growing on their own without any help from us humans. Before jumping in to wild harvesting these weedy wonders however, take a peek at this wonderful guide to harvesting ethically and safely. 

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No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.
— Hal Borland