December 2017 - Nourish
To nourish is to strengthen, build up, sustain - and our bodies certainly need all the help they can get during the beginning of the Winter season.
When you’re feeling the stress of the holidays, find relief with Just Breathe roller oil, then soothe your inevitable cold and flu symptoms with a cup of Support tea! Then enjoy the healing, nourishing powers of Elder infused honey and Elder, Citrus Mint tincture. Then wash away the mess of the holiday celebrations with natural cleansers brought to you by Earth & Flax.
MONTHLY FEATURE: EARTH & FLAX
Herbalism has it's roots in a respect for what the natural world can offer us. As modern consumers, one small way we can continue this respect, is to use sustainable and earth friendly products. Earth and Flax offers natural cleaning and finishing products not often available in the United States. Focusing mainly on the German brand Sodasan, they stand behind natural products that really work. As quoted by Sodasan:
- We use only vegetable oils from organic cultivation as the base for our soap products.
- We support socially responsible agriculture in the Third World by buying vegetable oils from Fair Trade projects.
- We do not use any synthetic preservatives or fragrances in our products.
- We do not use any ingredients from chlorine chemistry.
- We do not use any ingredients which are manufactured using genetic engineering.
Citrus Mint + Elderflower Tincture
Tinctures are a wonderful way to ingest concentrated herbal medicine. Want to learn more about the basics of tincture making?
P.S. This tincture contains Elderflowers that I harvested alongside the ocean coast in Little Compton, Rhode Island!
DID YOU KNOW: Traditionally all parts of Elder are useful medicinally. The berries and the leaves are both rich in vitamin C. The leaves can be made into ear drops to treat pain and inflammation. The flowers make a tea that is good for treating coughs and irritable throats, as well as being made into a skin cleanser and lotion. The bark of the new small twigs can be made into a laxative. The bark, roots, berries and leaves can all be used as a dye. And the berries are good for making jam, wine, vinegar, and syrups.