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  • A Plant of Many Names: Lippia Alba

    Lippia alba is native to the tropical and subtropical southern United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. It's a member of the prolific verbena family or vervain family, a family of mainly tropical flowering plants that are notable for clusters of small flowers that have a strong aromatic scent. Lippia alba, a plant of many names: Bushy Matgrass, Bushy Lippia, Oaxaca Lemon Verbena, Juanilama, as it’s known in Costa Rica and Toronjil, is the common name in South America, which translates to lemon balm. Lemon balm is in the Lamiaceae or mint family. Lippia alba is in the Verbenaceae or verbena family. Growing Tips It is a multi-branched shrub, reaching a height of about 5-6 feet in height. Lippia alba prefers a position in full sun to partial shade in any moderately fertile, well-drained soil. It doesn’t seem too picky on soil types and is an adaptable plant. It’s also perennial, easy to grow and easy to propagate. You can propagate by seed or softwood cuttings. I’ve personally never grown it from seed, but it’s very easy to propagate from cuttings. Carefully cut a small branch off and plant it in rich soil and water daily until the roots are established. You can also place a cutting in water with much success of rooting. When it starts growing and rooting, transplant it to a moderately sunny location. Lippia alba will survive in full sun, but it seems to thrive in partial shade. As a tropical, it has a high heat tolerance. Essential Oils Lippia alba is a shrub whose essential oils has important biological, pharmacological, and aromatic properties. The strong aromatics of the crushed leaves indicate strong essential oils. The essential oil composition is unique to each plant and the most abundant compounds found in lippia alba are linalool, limonene, and carvone. Lippia alba terpenes, the fragrant oils, have therapeutic benefits. Many of the positive attributes to lippia alba can be connected to its essential oil components. Terpenes are promising for use in the pharmaceutical, aromatic and perfume industries. There are indications for such aromatics to be suitable for the agricultural chemical industry because of its proven antifungal, insecticidal, and repellent properties. Essential oils are primarily produced by the plant leaves and the chemical composition of essential oils consists of a mixture of many organic compounds varying in concentrations that can range from very low quantities (or trace amounts) to major compounds. Lippia alba contains a rich source of: Linalool - valued in perfumes and flavors, found in lavender, known sedative. Carvone - another major component identified in lippia alba. It has fungicidal and antimicrobial properties. This terpene is a useful carminative and a main component to the essential oils and aromatics of spearmint and dill. Citral - found naturally in many citrus fruits and offers a sweet lemony flavor when added to foods and beverages. Citral is commonly found in apricot, lemon, lemongrass, orange and lime. Citral offers sedative, antiviral and antibacterial effects. Limonene - commonly associated with fruity, citrus aromas, and is found in rosemary and fruit rinds, cosmetics and cleaning products. Limonene provides stress relief, as well as antifungal, antibacterial, antitumor effects and may help relieve heartburn. Limonene provides insecticide and repellent activities. Medicinal Value Lippia alba has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, sedative, relaxant, analgesic, antiviral, and anti-spasmodic properties. It’s known for its digestive soothing effects as well as antidepressant properties. Lippia alba has been treasured medicinally for thousands of years by indigenous people in Central and South America. The plant is harvested from the wild or cultivated in gardens as a medicinal plant. The leaves are used for flavoring foods, such as mole sauce from Oaxaca, Mexico. Used externally, the aromatic leaves are used in herbal baths, to relieve fevers, cramps, stomach pain and spasms. For cases of cough and colds, fresh leaves can be used in a delicious herbal infusion. Lippia alba makes a pleasant tasting tea from the aromatic leaves. The tea has been enjoyed as a remedy in Central America for both intestinal and respiratory disturbances, including influenza. A medicinal tea is prepared from the leaves as a relaxant, along with the many additional benefits of enjoying this delicious herbal remedy. The aromatic leaves are enjoyed on their own, added with other garden herbs, served warm or iced. Herbal infusions A variety of teas and herbs to drink infused in water is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and medicine. The tea can be prepared by boiling water and pouring over fresh or dried leaves. You can also make a solar infusion on a warm, sunny day by filling the container with filtered water without boiling, and placing the filled jar of herbs in a sunny location to steep for a few hours. Lippia Alba Herbal Infusion Ingredients: Lippia alba 1 Tablespoon Rose hips 1 teaspoon Tulsi 1 teaspoon Optional: Local honey or preferred natural sweetener. Directions: Add herbs to a 16 oz Pint Mason Jar. To make a hot cup of tea, warm filtered water in a tea kettle and our over the herbs in the jar. Gently place lid on top. Let steep for 10-15 minutes. You can also make a solar infusion on a warm, sunny day by filling the container with filtered water without boiling. Place the filled jar of herbs in a sunny location for 1-2 hours. Strain in a cheesecloth, mesh, or bamboo strainer. Add honey or preferred natural sweetener of choice. Enjoy! Author: Phoenix Fermin Phoenix Fermin is a Certified Herbalist, Yoga Instructor, Educator, Author, and Illustrator. Phoenix teaches topics in herbalism and holistic health. Find her recipe in the award winning book, Fire Cider 101 Zesty Recipes by Rosemary Gladstar. * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

  • The Wise Elder (Elderberries and Elderflowers)

    Elder (Sambucus) is an old, ancient medicinal that has a lot of wisdom to share. It is easy to grow, identify in the wild and grows prolifically once established. Elderflowers are a medicinal bloom from the elder. Elderberries are a super delicious antioxidant rich medicinal fruit from the elder, with immune-enhancing and antiviral properties. Learn how to make syrup, identify and grow with our YouTube video. Growing and Identifying Elders are adaptable plants that can thrive in many types of soil conditions, yet prefer moist, well-drained soil. Elder is relatively drought tolerant and might require some irrigation during a dry summer. You might find them near rivers, creeks, wetlands or along the roadside of the highway. If foraging, you want to be sure to collect flowers and berries away from potential contaminants such as plants that may be sprayed with chemicals near storm water ditches or roadsides. Elders can be found or grown in full sun to part shade. They reproduce by suckers, which sprout from the plant's lateral roots. Because of this, many plants are often found growing together. Deciduous leaves grow in opposite pairs and have 5 to 7 leaflets. Elderberry shrubs have opposite, elongated leaves opposite each other along the stem. You can feel tiny bumps all along the bark. It’s extremely important to identify as there are some look-alikes, such as water hemlock, that can be deadly. The leaves, stems and unripe berries of elderberry are toxic, so it's important to be vigilant about not including any of these when processing elderberries or elderflowers. Raw berries can cause nausea and should be cooked to safely remove the toxins if not well processed. Ingesting these parts of the plant in large quantities can cause a toxic buildup of cyanide in the body. There are different varieties of elder depending on where you live. Make sure to carefully identity your plant if you plan on foraging. You can typically find Elder at a local plant nursery, which will help give you confidence on harvesting and help you build a better relationship with the plant to further identify in the wild. This extremely important wild edible and medicinal plant are a summer fruit, but the exact timing depends on your climate. Elderberries ripen in a couple months after the flowers bloom. The flowers grow in umbels, large umbrella-shaped clusters. Elderflowers contain their own medicinal benefits and flower infusions are an anti-viral and can be used as a gargle for sore throats, mouth ulcers and inflamed gums, as a relaxant and to help reduce fevers. Elderflowers and berries are expectorant, diaphoretic, they help to release the body of toxins. The creamy white flowers are bursting with scent and pollen. The flowers contain natural, copious yeasts in the pollen, making them excellent for fermentation drinks such as elderflower champagne, mead or kombucha. Do not wash the flowers for this reason - just shake off any insects and remove the thick stems. Once the pollinators visit, the cute white blooms transform into juicy, ripe berries full of medicinal qualities. The clusters of flowers give rise to green berries that ripen into plump deep purple, nourishing berries. Always remember, whenever you pick the flowers there will be less berries. It is important to wait until the berries are fully ripe. Choose clusters with berries that are plump and dark purple, avoiding those that are still green. Simply use pruners to cut the berry clusters off where the cluster stems reach the main stem. Remember that the leaves and stems of elder are toxic, so there is no need to trim more of the branch than you need. Insects like to hang out in the clusters, so give each branch a little shake before snipping off the berry clusters. After harvesting clusters, you can rinse those off by filling a bowl with water by holding at the stem and briefly swirling the cluster, or harvesting right after a rain storm. The dark colored berries are a powerful natural remedy in preventing and shortening the duration of viral infections like colds, flus, and upper respiratory infections. They are rich in folic acid and vitamins A and C. Elder’s immunomodulating and accompanying anti-viral qualities – give a boost to the immune system. Elderberries are an excellent anti-viral. Viral diseases mutate often and can evolve. Elder attacks influenza strains making it an efficient ally during cold and flu season. Elderberry and Elderflower hold their vitality in the dehydration process and can be dried to store in your own apothecary. I typically hang my herbs upside down, away from direct sunlight to naturally dry over the course of a few days. Once berries are completely dry, remove the stems and any remnants of twigs before storing away. Most of the medicinal qualities are extracted out of the elderberries through water and alcohol extraction. I love making syrup with dried berries and enjoying adding it to sparkling water for a homemade soda, added as a sweetener to a blend with other herbs in an herbal infusion or taken by itself by the spoonful. We crafted adorable DIY Elderberry Syrup Gift Boxes with Mountain Rose Organic Elderberries, a reusable green glass 4 oz jar, bamboo strainer and directions on how to make syrup at home. This kit makes approximately up to eight ounces of syrup. To make syrup you simply make a decoction by measuring a half cup of dried elderberries to three cups of filtered water in a saucepan. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes. Strain. Add local honey. You can add cinnamon sticks, hawthorn berries and other herbs, or just make a simple syrup. It's delicious! Classic Elderberry Syrup Recipe Ingredients: 3 Cups filtered water 1/2 Cup organic dried Elderberries 1/2 Cup of raw local Honey Optional: Organic cinnamon stick, fresh grated organic ginger root, star anise, hawthorn berries, rose hips Directions: 1. Combine the berries and herbs with filtered water in a pot and bring to a boil. 2. Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. 3. Strain the berries and squeeze out the juice. 4. Add a ½ cup of honey and mix well while still warm. Gently heat the honey by stirring for a few minutes. I love to use a bamboo chopstick to stir with. 5. Bottle in sterilized glass. 6. Label with date. 7. Enjoy! Fun Facts Elton John sang a song "Elderberry Wine" that debuted on his album in 1973. A powerful and rare magic wand in the Harry Potter series is made of Sambucus – the “Elder Wand.” Since ancient traditions, along the edge of the herb garden was the wise guardian of the garden, Elder. Elder (Sambucus nigra) Author: Phoenix Fermin Phoenix Fermin is a Certified Herbalist, Yoga Instructor, Educator, Author, and Illustrator. Phoenix teaches topics in herbalism and holistic health. Find her recipe in the award winning book, Fire Cider 101 Zesty Recipes by Rosemary Gladstar. * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

  • Honoring A Good Night Sleep

    Sleep is paramount to our health and well-being. A good night's sleep allows us to be more functional and effective in our our daily routine, and ultimately to be and feel our best. When we find ourselves down the path to a sleepless night, it's wonderful to have something on hand that supports relaxation and deeper sleep. When we experience insomnia, getting little to no sleep, the body increases its production of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is produced by the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis and is secreted by the adrenal glands. It has a powerful influence on sleep patterns and our natural circadian rhythm. The essential hormone is known as the stress-response hormone that regulates a wide range of body processes including the immune response, digestion and metabolism. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation may cause the body to secrete more cortisol throughout the day, perhaps in an effort to stimulate alertness due to fatigue from inadequate sleep. Chronic stress can cause cortisol levels to remain high for long periods of time, continuing the cycle of lack of sleep and fatigue. Chronic stress can interfere with nutrition which in turn can trigger overthinking, the feeling of overwhelm and can cause sleep disturbances. Sleep deprivation can become a vicious cycle spiraling into endless nights of wakefulness, turning into brain fog, weight gain and the inability to truly be effective in our daily lives. Lack of sleep affects the rationality of our moods and it can bring troubled water to our relationships when we truly do not take of ourselves. Lack of sleep can affect overall health making it easier to be more prone to serious medical conditions, such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. A good night sleep is top priority to all aspects of health and well-being. We offer a variety of sleep supplements in our Apothecary Shop to encourage a night time solution to obtain a natural sleep cycle for overall health and well-being. We offer Good Day Chocolate, candy-coated supplements colored from fruits and veggies. Not only is Good Day Chocolate an absolute delicious way to enjoy taking your supplements, research even shows that chocolate is one of the most effective delivery methods for vitamins and supplements! There is 1 mg of melatonin per piece and soothing chamomile to encourage a deep restful sleep. You can take one to four chocolates depending on your circumstance with an easy-to-use serving size guide for responsible dosing. The guide provides the ability to give you the right amount of serving for what your body may need at the time. Good Day Chocolate is made with premium, Fair-Trade certified milk chocolate, Non-GMO ingredients and contains probiotics. A delicious chocolate treat with benefits! Winged Sleepy was designed to be a night time solution for banishing occasional sleepless nights for good.  The formulation contains full spectrum hemp extract, Melatonin for supporting falling asleep and support sleep/wake cycles, 5-HTP and GABA to calm an overactive mind and enhance sleep quality, L-Theanine to promote mental relaxation and ease mental stress, and Evening Primrose Oil for hormonal support. Sleepy gummies are a delicious way to enjoy the formulation benefits. The are Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, and US Hemp Authority Certified. Charlotte's Web is one of the oldest, most well-known brands on the market and a member of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). Charlotte's Web is committed to making quality products and offering product transparency. The Sleep gummies are formulated with full-spectrum hemp extract containing 10 mg of hemp and 3 mg of melatonin in every serving supporting a wonderful night of sleep. Their extracts feature naturally occurring phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids in every sweet bite, plus nature's favorite sleep aid, melatonin. The gummies are Non-GMO, flavored with natural juices from fruits and vegetables and offer a delicious evening bedtime routine. Supporting sound, quality sleep not only regulates your natural cycle, it promotes overall well-being for you to be truly more present in your daily routine. If you find yourself stuck in sluggish cycle, focus on the fundamental things that bring a good quality of life like a good night rest, taking adaptogen herbs like ashwagandha found in our Tulsi Chai, focus on eating a more organic whole food diet, drink more water and get an adequate amount of exercise. If you're in a state of overwhelm, focus on one step at a time. The very intention of honoring your sleep cycle brings you on the path of true self-care and is the ultimate gift you can give to yourself. The best way to prepare for tomorrow is by doing your best today and by Honoring A Good Night Sleep. Author: Phoenix Fermin Phoenix Fermin is a Certified Herbalist, Yoga Instructor, Educator, Author and Illustrator. Phoenix teaches topics in herbalism and holistic health. She maintained the teaching collection of plants for the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida State University, managed the Apothecary at Lucky's Market and tended to the historic gardens at Lichgate on High Road as the Director of Education. Find her recipe in the award winning book, Fire Cider 101 Zesty Recipes by Rosemary Gladstar.

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