Nature's answer to every day ailments lies within the plants amongst us. Inside the leafs, flowers, & roots hides an intelligence that can beget wellness
How incredible?! Don't hold them back..
Someone recently told me that emotions are chemical levels in your brain and your body is constantly trying to maintain equilibrium. So if one emotion sky rockets, that chemical becomes flagged and signals the tear duct to open as an exit to release that emotion packaged neatly within a tear. It’s why we feel more stable after crying, as if whatever emotion we were feeling had been released and we were refreshed. This is also why tears from different emotions look different under an electron microscope. They’re literally made up of different things. According to Joseph Stromberg of the Smithsonian’s College of Arts and Sciences, happy tears are structurally different than sad tears than angry tears than overwhelmed tears etc. Different types of tears have distinct molecules. Emotional tears have protein-based hormones including the neurotransmitter leucine enkephalin, which is a natural painkiller that is released when we are stressed. (Photography by Rose-Lynn Fisher http://rose-lynnfisher.com/tears.html?fbclid=IwAR1GI_IvO75LUWDLqaELs_qcOtUSf8XPyXlaDgGwNcXl5k3okHf-eT_EvgA)
A fun little article circling back to my lemon balm projects! Stuff is magical ⭐
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Phytomedicine. 2008 Sep;15(9):734-40. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2008.04.018.
Anise hyssop cordial anyone? Probably going to make a syrup out if it too for any coughs during the upcoming come season!
Celebrating the first harvest! Focusing on another from one of our favorite plant families: Lamiaceae (mint)! Melissa officianalis or Lemon balm is kind of a cure-all herb due to its wide array of properties. Being a relaxing diaphoretic, it can be used from anything to helping certain fevers if inducing sweating is desired, to helping with a bout of insomnia with its calming nervine properties. It's also a strong antiviral that's especially known for its abilities to fight herpes zoster... so for shingles, chicken pox or just a pesky cold sore, a lemon balm salve is the way to go!
So here we harvested a bunch and slightly wilted it for use in an oil infusion and a vodka tincture. From there, we'll be making a salve and lip balm, some cordial, some jelly, some oxymel (herbal honey), and some herbed butter. And that's just the first harvest. Much more fun to be had with the next two harvests to come 😁
All of the house and yard work over the weekend prompted me to work on a new pain salve yesterday. Were you aware that "substance P" is thought to be related to the transmission of pain information into the central nervous system? Capsaicin, the active component in cayenne pepper, blocks substance P. Isn't that nice of it?! So I've concocted a rub to ease achy muscles, arthritis & headaches and lessen the ouchiness of bumps and bruises. This and other salves will be available soon 😊
#workinprogress #3kids #notenoughhoursintheday
Homemade Tea infusion ✔
Tincture bottles ✔
Liquid herbal concoctions ✔
Onion soup in slow cooker✔
Hot chocolate for kids✔
40° weather to play in✔
Bring on this snow day! ❄🌬Stay safe and warm friends
[02/07/17] Please bear with my while this page gets up and running! For now, the "shop" button is just linked to my website-to-be, which I'm in the grueling process of creating (so it's not yet launched), so it directs you to a page that says "coming soon". In the meantime, feel free to comment with any products you would like to see here or even just throw out ideas. That's how some of the best creations come to be! And please share with any friends who might be interested in a more natural approach to their health and wellness. Be well friends 🌱
[02/06/17] Stay tuned for some great products that I'll be rolling out within the next couple of weeks including some tasty-nourishing tea blends, salves for various solutions, a few facial tonics and of course a kids line full of Wildcrafting Adventures and gentle products geared towards tiny needs!
We're officially in the second 1/2 of Winter! We're busy trying to use up the remainder of our Fall harvested herbs while simultaneously planting the seeds for the season to come (and prepping Super Bowl food in between...Go Pats!!)
Agitating the dandelion oils one last time before our big batch of healing salve will be prepared🌱! To think that people pluck these things and toss them as weeds, completely disregarding their useful properties. Did you know the flowers and roots are a rich source of beta-carotene (which we convert into vitamin A). It's also rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus (& a great place to get B complex vitamins, trace minerals, organic sodium, and some big D too!) This soon to be salve is destined to come into contact with many a skin-ailment!
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