Herbs Posted on 11 May 15:50 , 0 comments

Why use herbs? Herbs have wonderful properties to help your body cope with stress, prevent infection and help your body be healthy every day. We have become to used to reaching for that convenient bottle of medicine on a shelf, that convenience comes with a price. Look at the the back of the bottle, do you know what all those ingredients are? If you cannot pronounce it, you should not be putting it in or on your body.
So what can you do instead? You can use herbs, you can use them in your cooking, in teas, in infusions. You can make your own tinctures and salves. There are so many wonderful ways to incorporate herbs into your everyday life.
How can herbs help you? Stress in your life? Some herbs act as adaptogens: Ashwagandha, Eleuthero, Ginseng, Holy basil (tulsi)
Reishi, Rhodiola. Adaptogens aid the body through a nonspecific boost in resistance to external stressors, supports its ability to adapt to change, and may stimulant or modulate immunity. Herbalists use adaptogens to improve immune response, increase stamina.
Some herbs act as Antimicrobials: Goldenseal, Sage, Thyme
Antibacterial: Goldenseal, Hyssop, Yarrow,
Antiviral: Elder berry, Lemon balm, Licorice, Anti-fungal, Calendula, Cardamom, Wormwood. The aid the body in destroying or resisting pathogens. An herbal constituent may have a direct effect on the pathogenic organism or may strengthen the body’s immune system, improving resistance. Antimicrobials are further divided into more specific terms such as antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal.
Start small, just incorporate one new herb into your world. Rely more on nature and less on pharmaceuticals.

Commercial VS Herbal Skin Care Posted on 01 Mar 10:32 , 0 comments

It is so easy to just walk into a store and buy some lotion. But what are you buying? Have you looked at the back of that bottle? Can you pronounce those ingredients? Do you even know what they are? There are so many chemicals and preservatives in store bought lotions. While many of those are technically safe, why add more chemicals to your environment?

Take a look at herbal skin care products. Herbs are filled naturally with vitamins and minerals. Many of them have anti - inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-spasmodic properties. They nourish your skin, helping you to look more radiant and healthy in return.

The herbs that we use in our products are mostly grown here on our farm. I hand grow the herbs organically, then hand pick the healthiest parts. I have a very special drying room where the herbs are placed on racks or hung until they are completely dry. Then I hand grind the herbs and place them in airtight containers. They are stored in a cool, dark room to preserve the freshness. I use only certified organic oils and butters in my products.

In my next blog I will be going over specific herbs and their health benefits. In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to post in the comments section. I would love to hear from you.