Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary and Supply

February 2009 Newsletter

Sweet Honey Scrub
Pick up some Sweet Honey Scrub
for your sweet honey!

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Welcome to our newsletter! Don't forget Valentine's Day is Feb. 14th. and as always we have lots of Valentine's delights to choose from. Come in and make your Valentine a one of a kind custom scent, lotion or bath salt or choose from our many hand-made bath and body products.

Below is our Winter Class Schedule. Look for more seasonal classes to come. For full list of classes and descriptions go to:

February and March Classes

Herbal Aphrodisia
Wednesday, February 4th, 6:30-8:00pm
Wednesday, February 11th, 6:30-8:00pm

(*this is the same class offered twice)
Instructors: Ashlee Bodo, certified clinical herbalist & Katie Browning, certified herbalist
Cost: $35.00
Come join us for this informative and fun class just in time for Valentine's Day...more

Tuesday, February 17th, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Deanna Gabriel
Cost: $35.00
Come and discover how to make your own lotions using all natural ingredients! Handmade, natural lotions are a wonderful way to pamper and improve your skin...more

Fertility Awareness Method Workshop
Introduction, Thursday, February 19th, 6:30-8:30pm
Advanced, Thursday, February 26th, 6:30-8:30pm
Cost: $35.00 each*
(*Discounted rate of $60.00 given if you sign up for both classes in advance)
Instructor: Faith Goguen
The Fertility Awareness Method is a way of observing and charting fertility signs to either avoid pregnancy, achieve pregnancy, or to monitor your gynecological health. FAM is an effective, well-researched method and a powerful way to develop a deeper understanding and relationship with your body...more

Herbs 101
Tuesday, February 24th, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Deanna Gabriel
Cost: $25.00
Curious about the wondrous world of herbs? Want to learn the basics of tea making and herbal formulations? Want to know more about tinctures and teas?...more

Kombucha Explorations
Tuesday, March 3rd, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Deanna Gabriel
Cost: $30.00
Come discover the curious and exciting world of Kombucha! Taste a variety of teas, find out about the potential health benefits of Kombucha and learn how to create your own culture at home....more

The Spirit of Trees
Wednesday, March 4th, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Katie Browning
Cost: $25.00
Come experience the magic and deep rooted knowledge of the trees! Learn of their medicinal uses, history, lore, magical and divinatory aspects and much more!...more

Luscious Lips
Tuesday, March 10th, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Faith Goguen
Cost: $35.00
Please join us for a fun demonstration of how to make your own natural lip balms and lip glosses...more

The Healing Power of Seaweed
Wednesday, March 11th, 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Christina Bertelli
Cost: $25.00
In this class we will learn about a variety of seaweeds that are bountiful sources of mineral nutrition. You will also learn recipes and helpful hints on how to integrate these potent green foods into your diet...more

Kitchen Cosmetics Spa Night
Wednesday, March 18th, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Ashlee Bodo
Cost: $35.00
Learn how to make fresh skin and body care products right in your own kitchen. This is a fun and "hands-on" class, so come prepared to try masks, scrubs, and much more!...more

Food Allergy Explorations
Tuesday, March 24th, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Deanna Gabriel
Cost: $30.00
Discover how great life can be after eliminating a food allergy! In this class we will discuss food allergies from start to finish...more

Herbs for Enlightenment
Thursday, March 26th, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Christina Bertelli
Cost: $25.00
Join clinical herbalist, Christina Bertelli for a discussion on how the plant world can aid you in connecting with your core and accessing your true, natural state in meditative practice on and off the cushion...more

The Rebecca's staff is excited to introduce our featured "Herb of the Month". Each month one of our staff members will pick an herb that they are drawn to, and will share some experiences, thoughts, medicinal uses and a bit of traditional lore about their selected plant. As each plant is unique, each Herbalist and point of view is unique. We hope you enjoy this tradition.

Herb of the Month
Herb of the Month — February:
More Herbal Aphrodisiacs and Reproductive Tonics

By Katie Browning C.H.

Damiana (Turnera diffusa): This spicy herb native to Central America and the Caribbean brings circulation specifically to the pelvic region of the body and stimulates, tones and restores reproductive function. Try as a tincture, tea or my personal favorite, an infused wine.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia): This tasty spice is a warming stimulant and traditional aphrodisiac. Try a spicy tea with cardamom, ginger and a few cloves or use our "Ultimate Love Oil" which includes a blend of Cinnamon and Jasmine essential oils as a massage or bath oil.

Raspberry (Rubus spp.): Raspberry is full of vital vitamins, minerals and nutrients that tone and support the reproductive system in both men and women. It is best taken as a tea that has been infused 4 hrs-overnight to extract its nutritive qualities.

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus): In Ayurvedic tradition this herb is considered an important tonic for the female system (Ashwaganda being its male counterpart). Being nourishing and moist in nature it is used for everything from menses regulation to sexual dysfunction to fertility preparation, especially for Vatta and Pitta constitutions. Try simmering in warm milk/coconut milk and drink as tea.

Rose (Rosa spp.): Steeped in a long line of lore and tradition Rose is considered the flower of love for a reason. It physically astringes and tones the reproductive organs and nurtures the emotional heart engendering love, confidence and passion (the Red Rose is particular for this). Try using in baths, oils or sprinkled in your favorite tea. Rebecca's "Queen's Bath" which incorporates Rose, Jasmine and Neroli is a luxurious gift and a great way to get Rose into your bath!

* Check out our "Herbal Aphrodisiacs" class with Ashlee Bodo C.C.H. and Katie Browning C.H., on Wed. Feb. 4th OR 11th from 6:30-8:00 to learn more!!!

Botanica Erotica by Diana De Luca
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Andrew Chevallier

We have a wide variety of body care products, gift bags and baskets, medicinal herbs, books and more to spice up your Valentine's Day! Here are some of our most popular Valentine's gifts:

 Our new Valentine's Spritzer
 A lovely bag of our Sweet Love Tea
 Beautiful gift baskets or gift bags
 The Ultimate Decadence Bath Basket
 A bundled trilogy of bath oils.
 Fabulous aromatherapy spritzers
 Luxurious bath salts
 Locally made Healing Heart Pillows
 Fun books such as Botanica Erotica and Naked Chocolate
 Our custom products and gift baskets, to suit your sweetheart's unique needs
 Take our popular "Herbal Aphrodisiacs" class for more ideas...

We wish you a loving Valentines!

Sale Items: We have a variety of sale items in our sale section including 30% OFF the popular glass holiday ornaments! Also, all bulk herbs listed in this month's "Herb of the Month" section are 10% OFF the entire month — Damiana, Cinnamon, Raspberry, Shatavari & Rose.

Ashlee's Pick
Naked Chocolate by David Wolfe and Shazzie
Just in time for Valentine's Day! This book discusses everything you could EVER want to know about chocolate- from its chemical constituents and medicinal properties, to the "Alchemy of Chocolate". Almost half of the book is dedicated to delicious recipes like Chili con Cacao, Chocolate Banana Bread, and Chocolate Pizza! Yum!

Faith's Pick
Woman, Hormones & The Menstrual Cycle by Ruth Trickey
This is an amazing book for anyone interested in women's health. It gives and in-depth look at anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system including all stages of life from adolescence to menopause. It covers both common complaints, like PMS, and more serious disorders such as cysts and endometriosis and gives great therapeutic strategies, including both conventional and natural approaches. Comprehensive research based and easy to read, this is the first book I reach for when it comes to questions concerning women's health.


Christina' Pick
The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra
This foundational herbal text is a wonderful book that opens the reader to the world of Ayurvedic, Chinese, Native American and European healing traditions. It includes chapters on diagnosis and therapeutic strategies, kitchen medicines and diet. This is a great overview of holistic health concepts for the newcomer to herbal medicine.

Katie's Pick
Botanica Erotica by Diana De Luca
This sensuous book is filled with amazing pictures, delicious recipes and well thought out information on herbal aphrodisiacs and reproductive health. From "Cleopatra's Love Nuggets" to "Diana's Delight Bath" the scrumptious recipes presented in this book are perfect for your Valentine's pleasures! You can also join us for our "Herbal Aphrodisiac" class offered on February 4th and 11th for a fun, hands on option to creating and making your Valentine's treats!


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