Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary and Supply

February 2012 Newsletter
 

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This is the time of year to honor the cherished relationships in your life. With all this love flying around don't forget to nurture and treat yourself as well, because self-love is a beautiful thing.

Right in time for Valentine's Day, our ever popular Sweet Love tea is back! Sweet, spicy, and delicious, it is the perfect way to share a loving moment with the special people in your life.

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We have many great offerings for your Valentine this year. Most of these special items are made right in our kitchen in limited amounts, so be sure to stop in soon!
Cacao Valentine Spritzer
Cacao Valentine Spritzer: With gentle floral notes, sweet depth from cacao and a touch of spice, this spritzer will create a space for love, comfort and warmth.

Valentine's Day Gift Bags
Choose from our selection of Love Potion, Valentine Friends, and Fire H2O Love bags. The perfect gift for friends, family and lovers!
Rose Infused Coconut Oil


Valentine's Day Soap Molds
We have brought in an extra special collection of soap molds, perfect for Valentine's gift making and giving.

In addition to these items, we continue to offer some of our favorite products including the deliciously addicting Sweet Love Tea, Ultimate Love Bath & Massage Oil, and our edible Rose Infused Coconut Oil.




Below is our Class Schedule, for full class descriptions please check our website. Your space in the class is reserved once payment is received. Payment for classes is made by cash or check payable to the instructor. Please be aware that classes fill up quickly, so sign up early

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 6:30-8:00pm
Instructors: Corrie Snyder, Certified Clinical Herbalist, and Liz Holtman, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Cost $35.00, Checks payable to Liz Holtman
Be prepared to get creative in the kitchen and make some of your very own chocolate to take home. Great for Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Lelia Lyon, Certified Herbalist
Cost $35.00, Checks payable to Lelia Lyon
Come pamper yourself in a night of herbal indulgence!

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor, Faith Goguen Rodgers, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Cost $35.00, Checks payable to Faith Rodgers.
Please join herbalist and new mom, Faith to learn how to create you own homemade body care products for your precious little one.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Karena Harmon, Certified Herbalist, Certified Reiki Practitioner and Nutritionist
Cost $35.00, Checks payable to Karena Harmon
This class will go over the properties of some beneficial tonic herbs and teach you how to make therapeutic herbal treats.

Thursday, March 1st, 2012 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Corrie Snyder, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Cost $35.00, Checks payable to Corrie Snyder
It is empowering as a parent to have herbal allies that can soothe and treat your child's ailments.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 6:30-8:00pm
Cost $35.00, Checks payable to Liz Holtman
Tinctures demystified! Tinctures are a wonderful and convenient way of taking herbal medicines.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 6:30-8:00pm
Cost $35.00, Checks payable to Lauren Stauber
In this class we will look at some of the ways herbs can be helpful for both chronic and acute pain.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 6:30-8:00pm
Cost $35.00, Checks payable to Karena Harmon.
Learn for yourself how to stain you and your friends' skin in intricate designs for celebration, ceremony or fun.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 6:30-9:00pm
Cost $45.00, Checks payable to Lelia Lyon
This class will cover the basics of cold process soap, using skin loving ingredients and natural oils.

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 6:30-8:00pm
Cost $35.00, Checks payable to Liz Holtman
Herbal teas are a wonderful and tasty way to use herbs medicinally or for pure enjoyment!


Damiana
Each month one of our staff members picks an herb that they are drawn to, and shares 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 — February
By Liz Holtman Certified Clinical Herbalist

Herb
Damiana

Latin Name
Turnera aphrodisiaca

Family
Turneraceae

Parts used
Leaves

Medicinal Properties
As Valentine's Day approaches, I love to play around with some of my favorite herbal aphrodisiacs. Damiana, a traditional aphrodisiac of the Mayan people in Central America, continues to have a well-known reputation for evoking passion and love. It has an affinity for the male and female reproductive systems, toning and restoring vitality to those organs. It has been used to increase low libido and its warming and spicy energy is sure to put anyone in the mood! Due to its warming and circulating properties in the pelvic region, damiana can be used to alleviate gynecological problems such as pelvic stagnation and delayed menstruation.

Damiana is an amazing nervous system tonic as well. Its overall restorative nature can be helpful when recovering from periods of long-term stress and when the nervous system is depleted. Damiana's relaxing and uplifting qualities can be useful for anxiety, mild depression, and nervous exhaustion. Its combined influence on the nervous and reproductive system make it especially useful for depression and anxiety associated with sexual issues.

During this month of love, I recommend turning the lights down low and cozying up next to your loved one while sipping on some damiana tea. It will surely bring some warmth into these cold winter nights and to spice things up in delightful ways!

Contraindications
Damiana should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation.

Preparations

Tea
One tablespoon of damiana per one cup of water. Pour just boiled water over the herb, cover, and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy! Damiana is bitter, so the longer you steep it the bitterer it will become. To reduce the bitter taste, try combining with other herbs like lemon balm, oatstraw, or cinnamon — whatever tastes good to you!

Tincture
30 drops 3x daily or as needed

Recipes

Damiana
Damiana Chocolate Love Liqueur(Adapted from Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal)
A sweet and delightful drink to put you in the mood on those extra special nights! This recipe takes some time to infuse so prepare ahead of time.

Ingredients:
1 ounce damiana
2 cups vodka or brandy
1.5 cups spring water
1 cup honey
1 vanilla bean, chopped
Rose hydrosol
Chocolate syrup
Almond extract

Directions
Soak the damiana in the alcohol for five days. Strain and save the liquid in a bottle.

Soak the damiana you removed from the alcohol in spring water for 3 days.

Strain and gently warm the water extract over low heat and dissolve the honey into it. Remove the pan from heat and add the alcohol extract and stir well. Add the chopped up vanilla bean and a touch of rose hydrosol for flavor. Pour into a jar/bottle and let it sit for at least 2 weeks or longer. The flavor will be at its best after a month. Strain the vanilla bean.

For each cup of the damiana liqueur add 1/2 cup of chocolate syrup, 2-3 drops of almond extract, and a touch more rose hydrosol.

Resources
Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Andrew Chevallier
Herbal Vade Mecum by Gazmund Skenderi

 



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